62% Rise in Recruitment Sales Propels Industry Leader into Canada
Gecko Hospitality, the largest hospitality recruiter in the US, is expanding into Canada. The firm, known for its expertise in hotel and restaurant management staff recruitment, will open an office in Ontario, Canada in June.
“The hospitality industry in the US and Canada is performing strongly at the moment. Recruiting sales are already up 62% over 2011 and all the signs are that this growth will continue,” says Gecko Hospitality’s President Robert Krzak. He says the move into Canada is customer-driven, coming from US clients with a presence in Canada. “Once that trend started, Canadian-based clients began to seek us out for hospitality recruitment services and our competitive fees made the package even more attractive. We’ve now been operating successfully in that market for about six months so it makes sense to open an Ontario office.”
Shane McCormick of McCormick Consulting in Green Bay, Wisconsin, who has been with Gecko for two years, will run the franchise. Shane is taking on the Ontario franchise on the back of stellar success in Wisconsin where he delivered a 40% increase in sales in 2011. “Shane has been in the hospitality industry for more than 20 years. He is an excellent networker and knows how to uncover the high caliber candidates our clients are seeking,” says Robert.
“I’m excited to be partnering with the firm for its first international launch,” comments Shane. Working with Shane on the Ontario franchise will be a team of three experienced recruiters who have already achieved success in Wisconsin.
The Ontario office is only the start of Gecko’s Canadian expansion plans. The firm plans to open a Vancouver office in summer and an Alberta office in the fall. “This is a natural extension of our hospitality recruitment services,” says Robert. “A lot of our clients operate throughout North America. It makes sense for us to do the same.”
About Gecko Hospitality
Based in Oak Brook, Illinois, Gecko Hospitality is the largest hospitality recruiter in the US. The firm partners with top restaurants, hotels and casinos to help them identify the best salaried management personnel for their properties. Gecko has 37 regional offices, 1 international office and a team of more than 80 hospitality recruiters covering all 50 states and Canada. For more information, please visit www.geckohospitality.com.
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