Client centered professional with a solid record for generating revenue in a successful executive search firm.  Goal oriented with a commitment to bringing each project to a successful completion.  Self motivated professional with an ability to identify and develop business opportunities. Expert in developing, refining and executing recruitment and sourcing strategies to attract, promote and retain highly qualified, talented and diverse candidates. 

  • 20 years executive recruiting experience in an executive search firm
  •  Experience in building business including time and territory management, sales and proposal presentation to clients
  • An impeccable focus on customers and utilization of a consultative approach when dealing with internal and external clients
  • Strong organizational abilities and flexibility to work in a dynamic, matrix, performance driven environment managing multiple projects
  • Demonstrated strategic influencing skills with clients, peers and partners
  • Proven ability to develop and execute a comprehensive sourcing strategy and make use of consistent processes and methodologies that ensure repeatable consistent results
  • Proven experience targeting executive candidates through various communications (cold calling, in-mails, e-mails, etc.) and across the globe
  • Track record of successfully building and maintaining relationships with industry contacts as potential candidates and networking sources
  • A confident and self-reliant approach to work that makes an impact
  • A forward thinking and pro-active leader with a collaborative focus who can effectively partner with individuals across an organization at all levels
  •  Proficient in using Excel and other Microsoft Office tools to track executive recruitment activity and to develop effective executive sourcing

Work History

Work History
Jan 1989 - Present

Managing Director/founder

SEAN LYONS Hospitality Executive Search

Saratoga Springs, NY, Durham, NC

SEAN LYONS Hospitality Executive Search is an established hospitality boutique executive search firm offering a suite of integrated talent acquisition solutions. Founded Executive Search firm. Created nationally recognized recruiting brand. Responsible for managing all aspects of the business including: sales and marketing, profit & loss, business development initiatives. Personally responsible for sales of over $300K.

  • Developed best in class recruiting methodology which includes candidate development; candidate interviews, assessment and presentation; referencing; and client management.
  • Hired and supervised a staff of up to three.
  • Responsible for meeting sales goals and overall quality of service.
  • Maintained a high profile in the professional and business communities.
  • Skilled in cold calling, consultative selling, negotiating contracts, forming alliances and partnering with others.
  • Perform client presentations articulating the value proposition of solution, and service offerings
  • . Pursued long-term account strategy that maximized profits and assisted in cultivating long-term relationships with the appropriate decision makers.
Jan 1987 - Jan 1989

Account Executive

Roth Young

Boston, MA

National executive search firm with 30 offices that specialized in hospitality executive search.

Responsible for placing qualified applicants for open positions. Negotiated contract terms and presented job opportunities to the qualified candidates. Created and directed marketing and sales campaigns for day-to-day operations with Fortine500 companies. Developed sales leads from referrals, resumes, and references. Advised clients of job offers and final agreements.


1980 - 1983


Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester, NY

Hotel & Restaurant Management