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Testimonials

“I have worked with Guion for many years recruiting management talent in the hospitality and club industries. She has always done an exceptional job finding the right candidates. What sets her apart is that she takes the time to really understand the organizations’ needs for the position, both short term and long term. She presents candidates that posses the relevant experience that will allow them to be successful in our position. She has great sensitivity in finding candidates that really fit the organization’s culture and compliment the team. The individuals I’ve hired that she’s recommended have consistently performed beyond my expectations.”

Paul Upchurch
Chief Operating Officer, Midtown Athletic Clubs, Chicago
Formerly, Vice President of Hotel Operations, Marcus Hotels & Resorts
“I have worked with Paul over the years with job placement, in partnering with me to gain employment, and as a VP of Operations to foster candidates for GM jobs. Paul has his pulse of what is happening in the industry. He is passionate about what he does, and is committed to finding the right fit for people. Most importantly Paul has integrity. He's honest with people and is forthright with his clients. I have always found it a pleasure to work with Paul and would highly recommend him.”

Stephanie Long Mack
General Manager and Regional Director of Operations
Marriott International
“My experience has exceeded my and our company’s expectations. Guion understands what a client needs and how to make sure that placement is for the best of both parties. I am highly impressed with the quality of her work and the passion for perfection to meet our needs.”

Arich Berghammer
Vice President of Operations, Live Nation/House of Blues.
Formerly, President, Pink Taco/Viper Room and
COO, SBE Entertainment & Restaurants, Los Angeles
“There are many types of Executive Recruiters, Paul ranks at the top. The reasons we choose to use a recruiter is to have a professional Human Capital Executive who will decipher through highly competent candidates and provide only those with the unique qualities that work within the profile of your company culture and meet or exceed the job requirements. Paul goes beyond the credentials and into the candidate and company personalities so a long lasting relationship and win/win benefit is created.”

Jay Francis, President, SUndance Helicopters, Air Methods
Former, General Manager, The Stirling Club, Las Vegas.
“Guion is very personable and a good listener. She delivers top quality pre-screened candidates that I don’t have to second guess about quality or stability. She gets it right the first time with one candidate as opposed to using the shot-gun approach of ‘let’s see what happens’ with this batch of candidates. She is the best in her field.”

Kevin Beutler
Vice President Human Resources, Archstone (Tishman Speyer).
Formerly Director of Human Resources,
St. Regis Hotels (Starwood Hotels) and Marriott Hotels.
“I have worked with Paul for a number of years and have found him to be diligent, knowledgeable and an “out of the box” thinker! Paul isn’t so much worried about making the “sale” as he is about building the “perfect” relationship… both for the employer and the candidate. I have recommended Paul’s services to both other employers looking for executive search firms and to candidates looking for new opportunities!”

Luisa Marciano
Corporate Director Human Resources
Abigail Kirsch Catering New York.
“Guion is a true professional! Her personal attention, tenacity, and sincere desire to place the right professional in the right role set her apart from the others.”

Louis Roden
Principal, Inspirational Leadership, LLC.
Formerly, Director Organizational Capability, Starwood Hotels.
“Paul is in an elite league when it comes to recruiting. In the many years that I have worked with Paul, I do not see him as a "vendor" but as our partner in delivering results. Paul is unmatched in his ability to forge a partnership for a long term business relationship. Paul has amazing attention to detail to understand the needs of your business, the integrity to work for your best interest, and the skill to find the perfect match. I would work with Paul in any organization that I was a part of.”

Sean A. Quimby
Vice President of Human Resources, ZipCar
Formerly, Director of Human Resources-Talent Acquisition and Development, Equinox Holdings
“Paul is the only recruiter I recommend. His energy and passion for understanding the position and finding the exact best fit are unmatched. He has truly been a partner in my success.”

Randy Doty, Regional Vice President
ClubCorp, Chicago
“Guion Stewart-Moore is one of the finest recruiters in the hospitality industry. Her search is not just for a commission or placement fees, rather she is driven towards doing what is right for all involved. She cares about the long term partnerships she develops.”

Steve Janicek
General Manager, Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch
Formerly, General Manager, Lodge & Spa at Cordillera, Vail.
Director of Sales & Marketing, Ritz Carlton Hotel Company.
“I first had the pleasure of working with Paul Riggle in the capacity as representing me as a candidate in my career search. Paul was always extremely professional, thorough, prompt, respectful and most of all genuinely caring. Integrity is non-negotiable with Paul and he values his clients and end users with equal passion. Paul ensures each party is congruently aligned throughout the process; his standards for excellence are representative of whom the companies and candidates he presents and he makes it his personal business to ensure that in each instance it is the best possible fit. In my current role as Director of Human Resources, I have hired Paul to source candidates and we have successfully filled all of the positions with outstanding, talented performers. It is without pause I highly recommend Paul.”

Tim Kirkpatrick,
Director of Human Resources for Boston Park Plaza, Starwood Hotels.
Former, Human Resources, Ritz Carlton Hotels of New Orleans.
“A first rate recruiter and always professional throughout the process. I used Guion for managers and executives, and because of her industry expertise and knowledge of my expectations, she has brought us only the best candidates for interview and ultimately placement. Guion was respectful of my time, and is a pleasure to work with.”

Keith Halfmann
Corporate Director of Operations & Hotel Operations Support, Marcus Hotels & Resorts.
Formerly, Vice President Food & Beverage, Sage Hospitality.
“Paul has handled a number of searches for me that were very difficult because of both the job specs and the geography (and the comp package as well). He is great to work with. He is very diligent about communication and update and a great driver of process.”

Joel Greengrass
Vice President of People & Learning, Axiom Legal.
Former, Vice President of Human Resources, Equinox Fitness, New York.
“Guion is a true professional. Her knowledge and search abilities far exceed the average recruiting/search firm. She takes time to understand client direction, culture, and delivers to those standards.”

Holly Kast
Director of Humand Resources, Smashbuger, Denver
Formerly Director of Recruiting , Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Denver.
Director of Recruiting, Sage Hospitality.
“Placing your professional future in someone else’s hands requires both the confidence and trust that this person really knows who you are and has the capacity to help you achieve your goals. Paul demonstrates this capacity by drawing on his comprehensive understanding of leadership, hospitality and extraordinary passion for people to align perfect partnerships. He is definitely an elite-level professional -- and in my business, that's important.”

Shawn Hallum
Executive Director Bacara Resort & Spa.
Former, Director of Operations with The Sports Club LA, New York.
“Detailed-oriented professional, fully committed to providing superior service to her customers. Over the past seven years she has assisted my professional development by identifying professional opportunities in the Caribbean and throughout the southern region of the United States. Additionally she provided Starwood Hotels and Resort Int’l with very talented executive professionals.”

Devon Nicholson
Complex Director of Finance, Starwood Hotels, Ft.Lauderdale
Formerly, Complex Director of Operations, Starwood Hotels, New Orleans. Director of Finance, Marriott Hotels
“Paul always takes a strong sincere interest in making sure that your next job is a great fit for both parties. He is honest, has very high integrity. His follow up is detailed and quick. He never misleads you just for the sake of filling a position. He is extremely knowledgeable about hospitality. It is a pleasure to know and work with Paul. I will always use Paul to assist me in finding any new position.”

Keith Landry
Director of Food & Beverage, Hostmark Hospitality Group.
Former, Regional Manager of ESPN Zones Restaurants, Walt Disney Company
“Guion provided professional assistance in supplying our needs for executive and sales positions. Her abilities allowed us to hire the right person for the job, and we have used her for years based upon the successful results we could always achieve.”

David Griffin
General Manager, Lodge of the Four Seasons.
Former, Director of Sales and Marketing, Grand Geneva Resort, Marcus Corporation
“Paul is a personable professional in the hospitality recruitment business. He takes the time to learn and implement his client's expectations in the selection of an important new member for the client's team. I selected Paul on several occasions to complete successful searches for me. He was 'right on' with them!”

Rick Hulse
General Manager, Hilton Hotel Northbrook.
Former, General Manager of Hard Rock Hotel Chicago
“Extremely focused on me as a client. She understood the dynamics that we were looking for in the candidate and delivered a home run. Her years in the business have given her a solid rolodex - she is a resource!”

John Branciforte
Director of Sales & Marketing, Cheyenne Mountain Resort, Benchmark Hospitality.
Former, Director Sales & Marketing, Omni Hotels & Resorts, Orlando.
“I have worked with Paul numerous times on positions for Operations and Spa ranging from field management to executive leadership. Paul really takes the time to learn the culture/goals of the organization in addition to the position specs and as such presents high quality candidates in a timely manner. He is a results-oriented professional and is easy to recommend!”

Bill Stauffer
National Director of Recruiting, Equinox Fitness Clubs, New York.
“I worked for Guion until December 2004. Guion was a wonderful person to work with. She is hard working, friendly, intelligent, professional and a great mentor. Guion is extremely knowledgeable in the hospitality industry, and has a talent for matching the right candidate with the right job.”

Hilary Piegat
Director of Recruiting, Levy Restaurants, Chicago.
“I would highly recommend Paul, as he is a true professional both knowledgeable and driven in his field. He has always worked hard whenever I have used him in a search or just to help me out with an opinion.”
Justin Schmollinger
Director of Sales and Marketing, The Talbott Hotel, Chicago.
Former, Complex Director of Sales, Sheraton Chicago and Westin Chicago River North.