HVS Executive Search Opens in Miami

HVS Executive Search Opens Miami Katie Rosen

January 4, 2018 – HVS Executive Search has continued its expansion with the opening of a new office in Miami, which will be led by associate Katie Rosen.

Prior to joining HVS Executive Search, Ms. Rosen was a member of the human resources team at Crafted Hospitality, Tom Colicchio’s acclaimed restaurant group. During her tenure there, she focused on recruitment, talent acquisition and management training across the company’s restaurant locations in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami and Las Vegas. She played an instrumental role in the opening of Crafted Hospitality’s food and beverage operations within the Beekman Hotel, in New York City’s financial district. She began her career in fashion and retail as a buyer in New York City for leading consumer brands including Macy’s, Cole Haan and Lacoste.

Katie’s strong hospitality talent acquisition experience on the client side uniquely positions her for success,” said Court Williams, CEO of HVS Executive Search. “We are excited to have her representing us in Miami as part of our overall global expansion strategy. Katie serves as a trusted advisor who partners with clients 24/7 throughout the search process and is part of a dedicated team that acts as brand ambassadors in the global marketplace. Her deep industry intelligence focuses on locating candidates that best fit a client’s culture.”

Miami, a major center of commerce and finance, boasts a strong international business community. Tourism remains a mainstay. Renowned for its beaches, conventions, festivals and other events, the city annually draws over 38 million visitors, who spend upwards of $17 billion. The Art Deco District in South Beach, in particular, is renowned for its nightclubs, beaches, historical buildings and shopping.


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HVS Executive Search provides human capital advisory services to leaders in the hotel, restaurant, food service and travel/leisure industries. Its practice areas include senior-level executive search, mid-management recruitment and organizational development. The firm has offices in New York, Denver, Orlando, Atlanta, San Diego, Los Angeles, London, Dubai, Hong Kong, Mumbai and New Delhi.

An Industry in Rebound

After taking a massive hit during the Great Recession, employment and hiring within the hotel/hospitality industry has begun to rebound. Tens of thousands of jobs have been added in recent years.

To help fill that growing need for top talent within the sector, HVS has expanded in various areas over the past year.

HVS launched an executive onboarding service, a holistic approach of ensuring that new executives have the tools and information needed to quickly become an integrated, effective and contributing member of their new team. The new initiative is led by Dr. Michael Grimes and Tim Savage. In an environment in which statistics show significant new-hire turnover within the first 18 months of joining a new firm, HVS’ onboarding service is designed to help executives effectively assimilate to the professional, social and cultural challenges of a new role and organization.

Given the time and expense associated with the hiring of executives, we felt it important to offer our clients a professional onboarding service that would accelerate a new executive’s productivity and cultural alignment,” said Court Williams.

Global Expansion

Recently, the firm opened a new office in Vancouver, British Columbia, which is led by vice president Paul Savage. Mr. Savage has worked with nearly every major North American hotel brand. He developed and implemented national web brand and recruitment tactics along with online digital solutions for IHG, Marriott, Fairmont, Ritz-Carlton, Hyatt and Accor.

HVS also recently launched HVS Executive Search Africa, based in Cape Town. The outpost focuses on corporate positions, general managers and department heads in the hotel industry across the continent. “One of the challenges of running hotels in Africa is finding good quality people,” said Tim Smith, managing partner at HVS in Cape Town. “Then once you’ve found them, and put them into position, you’ve got to find ingenious ways to retain them because with the huge number of hotels opening up across the continent, talent poaching is fast becoming a persistent and challenging problem.”

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

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