Born and raised in Columbus, Nebraska USA, I joined Executive Search International Orlando in 2010. After receiving my BA from the University of Nebraska, I later earned my post graduate diploma in hospitality management from the Glion Institute of Higher Education in Switzerland. Immediately after graduation, I was chosen as a rooms division management trainee for an IHG luxury resort on Phi Phi Island and later Bangkok, Thailand. Following this I was recruited to the national capital region of India to continue my work with IHG as Assistant Duty Manager in charge of guest relations at the award winning Crowne Plaza Today property in Gurgaon, India. Later I took up temporary residency in India and was hired as a Communication Consultant for Evalueserve one of the world’s leading KPOs (knowledge based outsourcing firms). There, I trained and consulted 800+ associates and top executives across India, China, Chile and Romania on how to effectively communicate with international clients and add value to business relationships. I speak English, German and some French and have strong interpersonal and coaching skills. I am excited to help you find the best professionals possible for your organizations and also share my global knowledge and insights on the challenges hospitality professionals face when living and working in foreign countries, particularly Asia. John

Work History

Work History
May 2010 - Present

Vice President Talent Acquisition

Executive Search International
ESI is widely recognized by the worldwide hotel industry as a ‘leading edge’ executive search firm. Our reputation is based upon a proven record of ethical integrity.We remain committed to providing our clients superior professional services with pride and creativity. We know the fast–changing global hospitality industry intimately and maintain constant contact with its topmost talent. This allows us to recruit candidates who will make that crucial difference to your team—and to your bottom line.
Aug 2009 - May 2010

Communication Consultant

Designed client call measurability matrix to track group communication competencies and improve quality of deliverables Pioneered corporate wide mailer Communication Tips focusing on building business and client relationships Conducted corporate policy trainings across all groups and implemented new trainings to increase ROI and meet KPIs
Dec 2008 - Sep 2009

Assistant Duty Manager

Crowne Plaza Today, Gurgaon
Streamlining Front Office operations to create more efficient check in processes focusing on adhering to I arrive policies. Focusing and training Front Office team in Priority Club enrollment and Recognition resulting in improved hotel ratings and scores Currently highlighted as standout employee in Guest In Room Comment Cards. Assisting in Front Office strategy sessions to improve hotel ranking and GSTS satisfaction scores.
Dec 2007 - Dec 2008

Management Trainee/Guest Relations Executive

Holiday Inn Resort Phi Phi Island
Co-conceived logistics and structure Guest Relations program. Performed end to end Night Auditor procedures during extraordinary conditions. Organized and MC’d weekly Friday Night Party. Certified in first level ALDP Advanced Leadership Development Program
May 2007 - Oct 2007


PRAVDA Vodka Bar
Opening team member Manager on Duty Helped with inventory and financial control, Engaged in staff management and training
May 2005 - Oct 2006

Program Coordinator

AVR Ferienanlagen Rugen
Helped develop and implement the “Vacation Ranger” program new concept engaging guests in nature focused learning Independently created and facilitated “Hotel English” course for all hotel staff Organized outdoor guest focused activities Participated in two week general manager shadowing program


2007 - 2008

Post Graduate Degree

Glion Institute of Higher Education, Switzerland
2001 - 2006


University of Nebraska-Lincoln