Doyen Search Group Opens to Serve Hospitality and Real Estate Recruiting Sectors

January 15, 2020 – The executive search industry is being disrupted by the entrance of a multitude of new players offering advanced business models and new technologies. The latest: Doyen Search Group (DSG), an executive search firm specialized in hospitality and real estate development, has been launched by Darrell Maxwell.

Serving clients across the U.S., Doyen Search Group said that it guarantees to deliver top talent, from directors to C-suite executives, through a personalized, in-depth process and high level of expertise. “We take a client-first approach at DSG, working with only a few select companies at a time, allowing us to become thoroughly familiar with your company and its culture,” said Mr. Maxwell. “We are proud to officially launch our executive search firm and offer our services nationwide this New Year.”

“The DSG team works closely with each hiring manager, conducting a diagnostic for the role, understanding both the soft skills and hard skills required to be successful,” Mr. Maxwell said. “To find the right candidates for each client, Doyen Search Group has cultivated an exclusive network of contacts in the hospitality and real estate development industries enabling the firm to identify, locate, and recruit the best professionals nationwide, including those who may not have been thinking about making a change before being contacted. This strategy, along with leading-edge technological tools, helps DSG deliver a panel of ideal candidates to each client faster and better than competing firms, and the firm is expected to maintain one of the highest interview-to-hire ratios in the industry.”

As a seasoned hospitality and real estate development professional, Mr. Maxwell brings extensive experience sourcing the top talent for key positions and providing strategies to help companies improve talent sourcing processes. Previously, he was with Strategic Resources, serving as vice president and affiliated partner. He helped manage the hospitality and real estate development practice, specializing in corporate and operations positions.

Doyen Search Group serves regional, national and international hotel management companies, hotel ownership groups, chef-driven and corporate restaurant groups, as well as companies that build and invest in hotels, retail, mixed-use developments and restaurants. With offices in Los Angeles and Hawaii, DSG has the capacity to work with clients whose properties span the nation.

Open for Business

Over the past year, new recruiting firms have put out shingles around the world in a wide range of industries. Here’s a look at a recent sampling from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:

Bernard Layton and J. James O’Malley have launched Comhar Partners. Comhar was formed to provide independent recruiting expertise in partnership with the firm’s clients to help solve their full spectrum talent management challenges. Comhar Partners, led by former Stanton Chase executives, was formed to focus on providing recruiting solutions in consumer products and services, education and non-profit, financial services, healthcare and life science, industrial, private equity, professional services and technology industries. The firm is headquartered in Chicago with specialized recruiting consultants based in seven offices across the country, including New York City, San Francisco, Denver, Atlanta, South Florida and Mid-Atlantic, with additional offices to be announced in 2020.

Mary Lee Montague has announced the launch of Montague & Associates, a national firm based in Chicago that specializes in C-suite searches for non-profit organizations. “This is a pivotal time for the non-profit sector, which needs dynamic leaders just as critically as for-profit firms,” said Ms. Montague, an executive search professional for more than two decades.

Veteran search consultant Christopher Sheeron launched strategic advisory firm Grayson & Co. “I am thrilled to launch Grayson & Co. to provide a specialized toolkit for an array of organizations to address political uncertainty, corporate complexity and technological innovation,” said Mr. Sheeron.

Former Korn Ferry consultant Kyle Bowlsby has established Bowlsby Sports Advisors LLC, a full-service and integrated sports consulting firm. The company works side by side with clients to pair executive search and career development services. 

Morant Executive Search has been launched in Zurich by veteran search consultant Sabine Morant. The firm offers customized search solutions with a focus on identifying individuals with transformational skills. The firm combines the expertise gained from many years of experience.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor  – Hunt Scanlon Media

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