Restaurants, Hospitality & Foodservice

Alice Elliot founded the Elliot Group over thirty years ago,
and the hospitality family of businesses remains the cornerstone
of the Elliot retained search and consulting practice.

The Elliot Group is a boutique retained executive search firm with a thirty-year history and practice based on recommendation and referral. The Elliot Group’s leadership team has an unprecedented average tenure of 17 years with our company. Our search consultants have combined industry experience of over 275 years. This experience and tenure translates into a powerful understanding of the management and human capital needs unique to the industries we serve.

We have a hands-on and intimate approach to retained search. We are selective in our partnerships with clients and take pride in cultivating long lasting relationships with every client and candidate. We are positioned to track and incubate tomorrow’s leaders, today. Elliot’s unique approach empowers our clients to attract and retain top talent to drive sustained business results and garner the strongest return on investment.

The Elliot team takes great pride in our reputation as one of the most highly sought after executive search firms in the over $800 billion foodservice/hospitality industry and $500 billion retail industry. Our core search work is deeply ingrained in the restaurant industry, but reaches beyond its core, maintaining an impressive network across the hospitality, retail, service, and manufacturing sectors.

We operate five offices nationwide, each led by dedicated search professionals, all of whom bring previous corporate executive experience. Our colleagues have worked in best-in-class, culturally-driven organizations including Coca-Cola, Macy’s, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, General Mills Restaurants (Darden), Brinker International and Hillstone Restaurant Group (Houston’s).

We work with national and international brands at every stage of the business lifecycle, from emerging to mature. The Elliot Group is uniquely positioned to understand the fundamental challenges that organizations face at every stage of the business lifecycle and we bring a deep understanding of the motivations and talents of individual candidates.

Beyond our core search practice, existing clients, new clients, publicly traded organizations, private equity groups and other financial sponsors enlist our services for our intellectual and consultative perspectives across the foodservice, retail, hospitality, service, and manufacturing industries. In addition to executive search, we are actively involved in human resource consulting, benchmarking, and succession planning.

Recently Completed Searches:

  • Chief Brand Officer:
    • $1.3 billion multi-concept restaurant group
    • Polished casual and quick service concepts
    • Aggressive international growth
    • Analytics and data-driven, lead marketing position
  • Chief Financial Officer:
    • publicly traded $1.3 billion casual dining restaurant chain with over 850 restaurants
  • Chief Executive Officer:
    • Legacy casual dining restaurant chain with over 250 locations
    • New chief executive brought in lead rebranding and set new strategic direction for future growth
  • Chief People Officer:
    • High volume casual dining restaurant chain with sales in excess of $500 million
    • Leads all people-related strategy and direction
    • Legacy restaurant group preparing for growth
  • Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Marketing Officer, Vice President Supply Chain:
    • $500 million company with over 400 quick-service locations
    • Company-owned and franchised units
    • Regional chain growing nationally
  • Chief Development Officer:
    • Multi-faceted, multi-company, lifestyle brand with focus on upscale food and beverage
    • Newly created position leading site selection and construction
    • Key member of the senior management team
  • President:
    • Emerging fast casual restaurant chain
    • East Coast based
    • 20 company-owned units
    • High growth