March 9, 2016 – HVS Executive Search has added Mike Young and Rachel Hoffheimer as vice presidents based out of its Las Vegas and San Diego offices, respectively.
Mr. Young brings more than 20 years’ experience in securing talent, which includes domestic and international industry leaders inclusive of Fortune 500 companies within the casino, gaming, hotel, restaurant, and information technology industries.
Mr. Young has held several positions within the HR function, including manager of talent acquisition, senior corporate executive recruiter, business development manager, and manager of strategic alliance and sponsorships at the Las Vegas Sands Corp. and the Palms Casino Resort. Upon the sale of the Palms Casino Resort, he joined Caesars Entertainment Corp. as senior corporate executive recruiter and succeeded to become the global top producer for corporate talent acquisition.
“Las Vegas has long been a targeted market for HVS Executive Search, and together with my partners we welcome Mike Young to lead our practice there,” said CEO Court Williams. “Mike’s 20 years of executive recruitment experience in Las Vegas, including over 10 years in the hotel, gaming, restaurant and technology space developing trusted hospitality industry relationships, will be invaluable for our growth moving forward. He brings a unique and desirable perspective to the search process.”
Ms. Hoffheimer works with a diverse client base, with roles spanning multiple functions and seniority levels throughout the hospitality industry. Her career experience includes leading talent acquisition and recruiting for Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group in New York, where she teamed up with operations leaders to create a strategy for building a sustainable pipeline of new talent. Other prior experience encompasses business development, strategic partnerships and project management roles in companies ranging from Fortune 500 to entrepreneurial ventures.
“Given our growing hospitality client base on the West Coast, we felt it imperative to have ‘boots on the ground’ in California,” said Mr. Williams. “We are excited to have Rachel rejoin us in San Diego. For over two years Rachel was a very productive partner for us in New York, and after a year with Danny Meyer and Union Square Hospitality leading talent acquisition, I am confident she will effectively lead our West Coast expansion initiative for the firm.”
These additions at HVS follow the recent appointment of Karl Schorman as a director in London. He has over 25 years of experience in executive search in the travel, hospitality and leisure industries, across all management disciplines for hotel companies, restaurant chains, food service providers, hospitality & event caterers, and other food and beverage related commercial environments. Mr.Schorman has completed search mandates ranging from board appointments to executive functional heads and corporate, regional and senior management roles in large scale hotels, venues and sites.
HVS Executive Search provides human capital advisory services to leaders in the hotel, restaurant, food service and travel/leisure industries. Practice areas include senior level executive search, mid-management recruitment and performance improvement. The firm maintains offices in New York, London, New Delhi and Hong Kong.
After taking a massive hit during the Great Recession, employment and hiring within the hotel/hospitality industry has begun to rebound. In the last year, according to one set of survey metrics, the industry added 527,000 jobs (2.6 million since 2004). That number is forecasted to increase in 2016, as global tourism and traveling in general are expected to rise. The sector continues to outperform the national average for employers adding full-time staff.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media