Bannerot Partners Assists Remington Hospitality with CHRO Search

November 27, 2023 – CHROs have become critical stakeholders in defining the strategy of a company. Their job description calls for them to tackle the HR challenges and evolving expectations of a dynamic workplace environment that will consist of constant change, calculated risk-taking, and evolving expectations from top stakeholders. Those well-equipped to achieve the greatest success will have diverse skill-sets, be adaptable and agile, and gain hands-on learning from working through real life situations and acquiring knowledge across disciplines and industries. Southlake, TX-based executive search firm Bannerot Partners has assisted in the recruitment of Rick Badgley as the new CHRO of Remington Hospitality in Dallas, TX. Managing partner Larry Mendez led the assignment.

“The addition of Rick continues to signal to the market that Remington is the place where passionate people thrive,” said Sloan Dean, CEO. “Rick is a champion for culture and people, and with Rick as our ‘chief people officer,’ we will soar to new heights.”

With over 20 years of industry experience, Mr. Badgley joins Remington from Brinker International where he served as executive vice president and was responsible for overseeing human resources for the 70,000-person company, communications, shared services, and international restaurant development and operations. The newly-named CHRO also held senior leadership roles at companies such as TOMS and Wyndham Hotels & Resorts. Mr. Badgley also held a leadership role at Starbucks, where he was responsible for the hiring and career development of over 75,000 partners and championed the launch of the Starbucks College Achievement Plan. He serves on the advisory council for the School of Hospitality.

In his new role with Remington, Mr. Badgley will support all aspects of human resources, including recruitment and retention, learning and development, and diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. He will oversee efforts to attract, retain, and develop a guest-centric team to continue company growth and create an engaged and passionate workforce. Mr. Badgley will also ensure that the company’s culture, mission, and values are embedded throughout the organization to deliver memorable guest experiences and help foster a highly engaged workforce that is dedicated to delivering exceptional experiences to each other, and Remington’s guests, partners, and stakeholders.

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“From being a dishwasher at my parent’s restaurant or running a ski resort, hospitality has been at the forefront of my career,” said Mr. Badgley. “I am passionate about creating an environment where associates and guests feel welcome, honored, and respected and I am truly honored to be joining such a special company that values just that. Having the opportunity to help shape the future of this dynamic organization is humbling.”

7 Qualities and Experiences Needed to be a CHRO
The most common questions that come from executives who aspire to move into their first chief human resources officer (CHRO) role involve what it takes to be a strong and viable candidate. IIC Partners’ people and culture practice group, with consultants collaborating across 40 offices worldwide and, has had the opportunity to interact with many HR executives.

Sally W. Stetson, co-founder and managing partner of Salveson Stetson Group (IIC Partners – Philadelphia), and Charlene Bergman, managing director  and partner of B. Riley Farber (IIC Partners – Toronto), recently authored a report on the top seven critical qualities and experiences needed for success in your first CHRO role. “Every company has different perspectives and needs based on their business,” the IIC report said. “However, there are some critical competencies you must possess to be seriously considered for the top HR role at any organization.”

Founded in 1968, Remington has always operated with an owner-centric mindset by delivering superior rooms margin and house profit.

Serving the Lodging, Travel & Leisure Sectors

Bannerot Partners was established in 2007 and its client set includes hotel REITs, owner/operators, third-party management companies, hotel brands, real estate developers, diversified travel companies, and private equity firms. The firm has completed C-level and executive leadership searches across all functional areas including CFO, CMO, CIO, COO and direct reports.

Mr. Mendez has more than 20 years executive search experience, maintaining a practice focus in lodging, travel & leisure since 2005. His clients include leading companies in private equity, real estate development, hotel investment and operations, third party management, restaurants, cruise lines and REITs. With a focus in C-suite leadership searches, he has completed CEO, COO, CMO, CFO, CIO and CHRO for a diverse client set ranging from family run businesses to globally active public companies.

Related: How CEOs Can Help New CHROs Succeed

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Executive Editor; Lily Fauver, Senior Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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