Food Industry Executive Search Firm

Providing Executive Search and Strategic Consulting to the Hospitality, Restaurant, and Hotel Industries

NRH Search is one of the Nation’s leading Hospitality and Restaurant Executive Search Firms. For over 30 years NRH Search’s Restaurant Management Recruiters have created relationships, earned credibility, and built confidence through exceptional results, in the form of successful placements.

NRH Search prides themselves on being a no nonsense result driven Boutique Search Firm. They are recognized on both a national & international level, focused on providing the best human capital services available to all their clients. They are experienced Industry leaders; Committed to integrity, quality and trust.

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NRH Search Services

  • Food Industry & Hospitality Executive Search – C level hires, Directors, and VP’s across all food industry and hospitality disciplines.
  • Organizational Development – We will work with your team to ensure you have optimized your hiring and employment process. This includes executive coaching, retention planning, employee onboarding and much more
  • Executive On-Boarding – Assimilation of executives into the culture of a company can be a process. Our team of experts will help you navigate this tentative time.
  • Mid-Management Placements – Regional, area, and location specific operation and functional placements throughout all disciplines of the food and hospitality industries.

Why Choose NRH Search?

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parrotWhether you are an entrepreneur looking to grow your company or a mature business in need of human capital, choosing the right Restaurant and Hospitality Executive Search partner is an important decision with long term implications. We are a client driven Executive Search Firm, sourcing only the strongest restaurant and hospitality candidates for our clients. We will not waste your time and money interviewing unqualified candidates. With specialized industry sector knowledge and a proven track record we source restaurant executives who not only look good on paper, but can actually perform.
parrotWe focus our resources on the Restaurant and Hospitality Industry exclusively. We know who the ‘players’ are and how to network within our industry to find the best available executive match for your company. All National Restaurant and Hospitality Search executives have extensive industry experience, giving us the insight needed to find creative solutions to your problems and needs. 
The Restaurant and Hospitality Executive Search Industry can be divided into two camps. On one extreme are the big brand names, on the other are boutiques which specialize by industry and/or function. We believe strongly that most client companies get better results by partnering with the right boutique Executive Restaurant and Hospitality Search Firm. Here’s why: 

  • When you engage a Boutique Search and Recruiting Firm such as ours at NRH Search, you are dealing directly with the person who will work on your project. We will understand your business challenges, your goals, and the talent that will fit your corporate culture.
  • Access to more Restaurant Hospitality and Franchise candidates. Boutiques can access more candidates because they have fewer off-limits companies.
  • Boutiques typically work on fewer projects, devoting far more time and attention to each Executive Restaurant, Hospitality or Franchise Search.
  • Boutiques have a business model that enables them to form a genuine partnership with you, they are better at selling your opportunity and assessing candidates.
  • You will get far more personalized and attentive service from a Boutique Executive Search Firm.
  • It’s important to remember that search firms are service providers. National Restaurant and Hospitality Search will be passionate about serving your company’s needs and providing what you and your company want.
We understand the sense of urgency that is necessary to be successful in the Restaurant and Hospitality Industry. We produce results in a timely manner, completing most Executive Searches within 30 to 90 days. We charge a reasonable fee, with a guarantee on all assignments. We are committed to building long term relationships, built on integrity and trust. We represent your company like you want to be represented— professionally. Let National Restaurant and Hospitality Search go to work for you!

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  • Ron spent time getting to know me over a few years at industry events, conferences, etc. It always surprised me how much he remembered when he would ask questions about what I wanted to do in the future. When Ron was retained by the MOD team to find someone to lead MOD Pizza’s partnering team, he called me. It was easy to take the call since we already knew each other. Long story short, Ron matched me up perfectly to not only a dream job but a profound shift in my career. I tell him every time I see him that that one phone call changed my life! Super grateful to you, Ron, for believing in me and connecting me with this incredible company.

    John Dikos
    SVP of Partnerships , MOD Pizza
  • Our company has worked with Ron on several key positions within our company. On each position, Ron carefully assessed our culture and helped us clearly define our expectations. He has successfully brought us individuals who continue to make us a better and stronger company! Thank you Ron and NRS!!

    Steve Schmidt, CFO
    Stockade Companies
  • I have known and worked with Steve Hickey in different capacities for almost 30 years. I know Steve to be a very knowledgeable restaurant and hospitality executive who brings keen judgment and a wealth of experience to National Restaurant Search. I would happily recommend consideration of his services to my industry colleagues.

    Richard E. Rivera, Chairman
    Craftworks Restaurants and Breweries, Inc. And Past Chairman, National Restaurant Association
  • Ron is knowledgeable, very professional, and truly understanding of our needs. He is persistent but not pushy and provides great access to qualified candidates. We could not have been happier with the process or results!

    Paul Motenko, CEO
    BJs Restaurants, Inc.
  • Ron and I worked together on a strategic analysis for the board of a restaurant chain, examining competitive positioning, strength of management, and brand opportunities. I was impressed with his thorough, thoughtful approach and the care he took to meet and exceed the expectations of the board.

    Rod Guinn, Managing Director, Founder
    Stepping Stone Capital
  • Ron is a GREAT recruiter. I have yet to have an issue with a candidate I have hired that Ron has brought to the table. He takes the time to understand the company and need— and then brings the right person to the table. I will continue to use Ron when the need arises.

    Marc Buehler, President & CEO
    Kona Grill
  • National Restaurant Search is the only place I call when I need help filling a position. I have known John Chitvanni for almost twenty years, and have always found him to be responsive to my needs, professional in his approach, and completely confidential. He is a wealth of information about our industry, so I use him as a sounding board when I need an outside perspective. There is no doubt I will continue to use John and National Restaurant Search for my recruiting needs.

    Keith Sirois, President & CEO
    Big Boy
  • Ron Stockman has a very high level of integrity and professionalism and a thorough knowledge and understanding of the restaurant and franchising industry. I see highly suitable candidates and National Restaurant Search has become my firm of choice to source Managing Partners as we expand our portfolio.

    Dave Shryock, General Partner
    SB Partners, Private Equity Fund


We are committed to building long term professional relationships rooted in integrity and trust. We promise to represent your company like we would represent ourselves—vigorously yet professionally.

Allow National Restaurant and Hospitality Search to go to work for you!