Bristol’s Kristina Paudler recently made her second placement this year for Stars Behavioral Health Group. Established in 1988, Stars Behavioral Health Group (“SBHG”) is a for-profit Behavioral Health organization with over 22 Program sites in California. SBHG created a new position, Chief Business Development Officer. The position called for someone who demonstrated both an understanding of government and community organizations dealing with a range of social services as well as the possession of business acumen related to program start-up, marketing, and business development.
Bristol client Tuscany Suites & Casino is a boutique Las Vegas luxury hotel with a Mediterranean theme. It is a friendly, family-oriented establishment with a corporate culture to match. When it came time for Tuscany to hire a new Director of Security, they tasked Bristol with finding a well-qualified candidate who’d be a good company culture fit as well.
Bristol’s Senior Vice President, Kelly Nelson, recently placed a new Vice President Sales Strategy with Pleasant Holidays. Pleasant, a leader in the hospitality, travel and tourism industries, considers the VP Sales to be a partner to the President & CEO. The VP Sales manages a nationwide sales team and 18 Business Development Managers. In addition, he or she is tasked with growing top-line sales for the company’s four existing travel brands and focusing on growth through expanding existing partnerships and acquisition.
Lisa Pisaturo, most recently Director, International & Domestic Tourism Sales with NBC Universal, has more than 20 years of experience in brand management, strategic marketing, product development and international sales within the hospitality, tourism, and media entertainment industries. Says Mr. Nelson, “Lisa’s sales experience in the travel and tourism industry at Universal, as well as prior brand management experience at Disney, perfectly aligned with Pleasant’s needs.”
Bristol Associates is an executive search firm with a 50-year history of excellence. Bristol specializes in recruiting for companies and candidates in the casino gaming, food manufacturing, hospital/healthcare, hotels/resorts, travel/tourism/attractions, facilities/concessions, restaurant and nonprofit/arts businesses.
Established in 1988, the Stars Behavioral Health Group is a for-profit Behavioral and Mental Health organization with over 22 Program sites in California. They are mindful of succession in their company as several senior executives will be exiting within the next few years. Last year, their CFO retired and the existing Controller was promoted to that role. Stars needed to find a new Controller who would be based in the Bay Area.
San Francisco-based Munchery, the leader in gourmet-quality home-meal delivery, is ramping up for growth. Their dynamic new CEO, James Beriker, is assembling a top executive team. Backed by VC firms: Sherpa Capital, Menlo Ventures and e.Ventures, Munchery placed an order for a Vice President of Operations…and Bristol Associates delivered. Peter Stern, Bristol SVP and Food Industry Executive Recruiter, handled the assignment. As desired by the client, new VP Operations, Gopal Vashist, brings a wealth of culinary experience and continuous improvement skills necessary for expanding capacity while maintaining impeccable product quality and delivery service. Eat Better!
Bristol Associates is an executive search firm with a 49-year history of excellence. Bristol specializes in recruiting for companies and candidates in the casino gaming, food manufacturing, hospital/healthcare, hotels/resorts, travel/tourism/attractions, facilities/concessions, restaurant and nonprofit/arts businesses.
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Bubbies Homemade Ice Cream & Desserts, founded in 1985, is the leading US manufacturer of premium mochi ice cream. On January 4th of this year, Bubbies was sold by its original owner to private equity firm Kenex Holdings. Bristol Associates’ Peter Stern, on a very tight timeline, was tasked with upgrading the executive team to successfully manage the growth and expansion of Bubbies. Kenex wanted a Sales and Marketing-oriented President/CEO with broad consumer products executive experience and sound strategic vision to ignite growth and profitability.
Al and Jerry Lapin opened their first International House of Pancakes in 1958. Five decades later, there are 1,650 IHOP restaurants across the globe. IHOP’s parent company, DineEquity, also owns the Applebee’s brand name.
Bristol has worked extensively with DineEquity, having placed ten candidates within 2016 alone when Applebee’s moved their offices from Kansas to Glendale, CA. So when DineEquity started looking for a new Vice President of Culinary and Menu Strategy, they contacted Bristol’s Steven Kessler. DineEquity defined the role as fit for an effective leader and innovator who could help grow and differentiate the IHOP brand and experience.
Casa del Hererro, built around 1925, is noted as one of the finest examples of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture, complete with intact gardens. Located in Montecito, near Santa Barbara, CA, the 11-acre estate is included on the National Register of Historic Places. In January 2009, it was designated a National Historic Landmark by then Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne. Casa del Herrero includes the main estate house, silversmith shop, office, garage and two rental units, as well as a nearby pump house. The house is furnished as the owners originally had it, with 13th to 19th century Spanish artifacts and architectural elements, all surrounded by ornate Mediterranean gardens.
Bristol’s client, DEQ Inc., is a casino table games manufacturer in the midst of making big changes to their business. DEQ needed a new CFO, to be based in Las Vegas, “who can keep up with a sharp, poised and decisive leader.” In addition, the candidate would be tasked with overseeing installation of a new accounting system, have expertise with public filings and be comfortable operating in a regulated environment.
The right candidate was not easy to find; he or she needed to have appropriate finance management expertise and previous experience in the manufacturing side of the business (different from the operator side). Bottom line, says DEQ President and CEO, Joe Bertolone, “They need to move fast and take the bull by the horns.”
90210Pho, a Vietnamese-French fusion restaurant chain based in Los Angeles, has selected Ric Gordon as its new Chief Operating Officer after a nationwide search led by Bristol Associates.
Ric has an extensive background in restaurant operations and development from his previous roles at companies such as LYFE Kitchen, AMG Restaurants, and P.F. Chang’s China Bistro.
9021Pho hopes to focus on growth and expand its reach outside of Southern California, and Ric will assist in the opening of new stores in Denver, Los Angeles, and Minnesota.