About Us


We’re “People” people.

At Bristol Associates, we believe that people are still at the core of our business. We focus on building lasting, real relationships with client companies and candidates. That’s how Bristol Associates has placed exceptional talent with leading companies for over 50 years.

Our History

Bristol Associates was founded by Jim Sr. and Sandie Bright in 1967 (pictured right). In 1982, Lucy Farber and Jim Bright Jr. became the owners. Now, President Ben Farber represents Bristol Associates’ third generation of family ownership.

Our Team


Ben Farber

Ben Farber joined Bristol Associates in 2003 with his focus in the Casino Gaming Division. As one of the top executive recruiters in the casino industry, he has filled hundreds of executive-level positions across the country.



Kelly Nelson

Senior Vice President
Kelly Nelson joined Bristol Associates in 1995 with initial responsibility for the firm’s long standing Hotel Industry Practice. Kelly currently specializes in executive search within the Hospitality industry, including Hotels & Resorts, Travel & Tourism, Theme Park & Attractions, and Facilities & Concessions.



David Alford

Vice President
David Alford has been in the staffing industry for 18 years and joined Bristol Associates in 2017. He has placed people across a broad spectrum of industries, including Food & Beverage Manufacturing, Restaurant, Hospital & Healthcare, and Nonprofit.


Catia Pecoraro

Vice President
Catia Pecoraro has over 12 years of executive recruitment experience in the global hospitality industry, specializing in the strategic placement of directors, senior, and C-level executives, as well as culinary leaders within hotels, resorts, casinos, and restaurants around the world.


Jessa Farber

Director of Creative Operations
Jessa Farber joined Bristol Associates in 2018 and has over 17 years of experience in the creative industry. She oversees the creative and business operations of Bristol, including marketing, graphics, finance, and administration.



Erika Castro

Marketing Associate
Erika Castro joined Bristol Associates in an effort to strengthen her administrative and marketing experience in a positive work environment. Erika graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Sociology.