About Us

We are the Northeast's premier hospitality recruitment team.

Why Gecko Hospitality?

Gecko Hospitality’s Northeast Team is the leading recruiting firm in the private club sector and has been voted to the list of “Best Professional Search Firms” by Forbes Magazine, three of the last four years. We specialize in full-service permanent placement of General Manager/Chief Operating Officer, Chief Executive Officer, Assistant General Manager/Clubhouse Manager, Director of Operations, Director of Food & Beverage, Food & Beverage Manager, Executive Chef, Sous Chef, Director of Catering, Director of Golf/Head Golf Professional, Golf Course Superintendent/Director of Agronomy, Director of Tennis/Director of Racquets, Fitness & Wellness Director, Controller/CFO, Accountant, Membership, Director/Director of Sales & Marketing and Sales Manager for private clubs, resorts, and hotels.

We are the premier leaders in executive placement by creating a strategic partnership with clients and a personalized relationship with candidates throughout the process; resulting in the “right” fit for both parties. We apply a grounded and balanced approach to recruiting, paired with an analytical method specific to our client’s needs.

The Gecko Hospitality team possesses more than 35 years of combined experience managing all areas of the private club space. Our partners and executive recruiters have worked in every capacity of a private club from Food and Beverage Director to General Manager/Chief Operating Officer. Our experience and award-winning expertise have provided us with a proven history of placing incredible talent that aligns with club’s culture and vision.

Our recruiting team at Gecko Hospitality specializes in full-service permanent placement for the following management positions:

  • General Manager / Chief Operating Officer
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Assistant General Manager / Clubhouse Manager
  • Director of Operations
  • Director of Food & Beverage
  • Food & Beverage Manager
  • Executive Chef
  • Sous Chef
  • Director of Catering
  • Director of Golf / Head Golf Professional
  • Golf Course Superintendent / Director of Agronomy
  • Director of Tennis / Director of Racquets
  • Fitness & Wellness Director
  • Controller / CFO
  • Accountant
  • Membership Director / Director of Sales & Marketing
  • Sales Manager

Evan Kaplan, CPC

Evan is an award-winning Hospitality Headhunter specializing in full-service, permanent placement recruiting for hotels, resorts, private clubs, event management companies, and private estates in the New England, New York, and New Jersey Metro markets.

Evan’s award-winning Northeast Recruiting Team creates a strategic partnership with clients and a personalized relationship with candidates throughout the search process; resulting in the “right” fit for both parties. We apply a grounded and balanced approach to recruiting, paired with an analytical method specific to our client’s needs.

Jessica Platts

Jessica Platts

Jessica joined Gecko Hospitality after an 18-year career in the gaming & hospitality industry. With experience in areas of accounting, marketing, food & beverage, hotel operations, and events as well as being a college professor; recruiting is a passion of hers. She has served as a mentor for many business professionals and students in her professional journey. Jessica has her Master’s in Organizational Management which contribute to her personal drive and passion!

Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson, CCM

Eric Johnson, CCM is a private club specialist with more than two decades of experience in private clubs and hospitality management. Eric specializes in building successful teams to provide unique experiences. He is excited to bring his private club experience and knowledge to his new position as Executive Hospitality Recruiter with Gecko Hospitality, specializing in private club recruitment in the Northeast, USA. 

Eric’s most recent position was as the Club Manager at the Locust Hill Country Club in Pittsford, NY and earlier as General Manager and Chief Operating Officer at Skaneateles Country Club in Skaneateles, NY.  Eric is a native of Michigan, a graduate of Purdue University School of Hospitality, and began his professional management career with KemperSports Management, with whom he held various food and beverage leadership positions at clubs in Chicago, Maryland, and Colorado.

Eric resides in Western New York with his wife and three children and enjoys spending his free time reading, golfing and exploring the outdoors.

Sara Sheiffele

Sara Sheiffele has over 17 years of Sales and Marketing experience within hotels, resorts and casinos. She genuinely enjoys meeting new people and building meaningful relationships. Sara has an ability to make honest connections with candidates, while thoroughly understanding the client’s needs. Her goal is to achieve a harmonious partnership between all parties.

Sara is a graduate of James Madison University with a degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors, reading and spending quality time with her husband, two young sons and her dog, Brady.

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Our Hospitality Recruitment Code of Ethics

Our Code of Ethics allows every member of our recruiting team to maintain our high standards. These guiding principles bind us:

  • Candidate information will be accurate and complete.
  • Candidates will be screened and interviewed by a professional recruiter before being presented to a client.
  • Gecko Hospitality will never present a candidate’s information to a client without consent.
  • All client information will be kept confidential.
  • Gecko Hospitality recruiters or franchise partners will not solicit active professionals placed by Gecko Hospitality.
  • Gecko Hospitality will provide complete candidate profiles to clients, never withholding information clients need to make the best hiring decisions.