Our hotel executive search division, led by Senior Vice President Kelly Nelson and Vice President Catia Pecoraro, has placed exceptional talent with industry leading companies for over 50 years. Our hotel recruiters have experience working with a wide array of hotel industry clients nationally and internationally including: boutique and lifestyle properties, deluxe full service hotels, destination resorts, lodging and camping facilities, private country and city clubs, spas and athletic clubs, and operators of select service hotels. For those seeking hospitality executives, you will not find a better industry search firm.

We recruit executives in the following functions:

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“The expertise, recommendations, and personal touch have been invaluable to our success in building a strong management team. If you have the opportunity to work with Bristol Associates, their dedication and high quality results will speak for themselves.”

Andrew Helmer

Vice President of Human Resources, Hershey Entertainment & Resorts

“The Hotel Group recently retained Bristol Associates to conduct a confidential search for a Vice Presidency at our firm. The search was professionally conducted and successfully concluded. We would not hesitate to use Bristol’s services for our future search needs.”

Doug Dreher

President, The Hotel Group

“I enjoyed working with Kelly of Bristol Associates on a recent tough to fill Executive position. He was professional, in tune with our industry and offered a few marketing suggestions that quickly produced a nice short list. Ultimately, he helped us secure our top candidate who fits right in with our culture and has elevated the leadership team at our property.”

Shelley Ferguson

Director of Human Resources, Marriott - Kansas City Downtown

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Division Leaders


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.


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.


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