Sterling Smith has been an active member of the food and beverage industry for more than 35 years and has both executive and restaurant level management experience. Sterling started his leadership career as a Beverage Director for Trusthouse Forte in 1982, joining the opening team for the Excelsior Hotel in Little Rock, Arkansas. Sterling spent 23 years with Dave and Buster's, starting as a manager at the company's first location, and ultimately becoming Senior Vice President of Operations for the company. Mr. Smith left Dave and Buster's in 2006 and later became Vice President of Operations for Movie Tavern Partners, a start-up cinema eatery chain based in Dallas, Texas. In 2008, Mr. Smith left Movie Tavern and started his own business, Sterling Leadership Consulting, LLC, specializing in leadership development for operational excellence. Most recently, Sterling became the Tennessee and south Texas Franchise Market Partner with Gecko Hospitality, the nation's premier hospitality management recruitment firm.
Sterling belongs to several professional organizations, serving as honorary member of the Hospitality Millennium Advisory Board, and the Oxford Press Nightclub and Bar Advisory Board. Sterling has served on the Administrative Board of Whites Chapel United Methodist Church in Southlake, Texas for over ten years. In 2009, Sterling began volunteering at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Smith has been married for 24 years. He and his wife, Susan, have three children - Jake, Lucy, and Sam. Mr. Smith loves the outdoors and is an avid hiker, camper, and tri-athlete.
About Gecko Hospitality
Since 2000, Gecko Hospitality and its dedicated Franchise Partners and Recruiters throughout the United States have been pioneers in the hospitality recruiting industry. The value that Gecko Hospitality provides to its Clientele is evident in the advanced networking and technology skills our professional recruiters possess in identifying qualified restaurant professionals.
Our national network consists of 37 regional offices that are driven to meet the needs of the hospitality industry. In addition, Gecko Hospitality offers the largest selection of hospitality jobs, restaurant jobs, hotel jobs, resort jobs and club management jobs online. Our specialized, hospitality-focused team covers all 50 states and Canada with over 80 Franchise Partners and recruiters. Gecko Hospitality was founded on providing the finest restaurant jobs nationwide to the highest performing candidates. More importantly, our Franchise Partners and recruiters began their careers in hospitality and there is no finer training ground for recruiting than real life experience.
At Gecko Hospitality, we are passionate about making sure that every member of our recruiting team is familiar with our philosophies. In the same way that we learn about people when developing relationships and friendships, we want our people to have a sense of Gecko Hospitality's values and insight into our company's "personality." With this insight comes a greater understanding of how values "fit" with Gecko Hospitality's values, why we do things the way we do as well as providing a basis for making decisions that are appropriate to those values. We all play a part in keeping these traditions and philosophies alive.
We want every member of our recruiting team to understand that we are only as good as how well we follow these philosophies on an everyday basis. Gecko Hospitality is all about achieving results by being motivated. This motivation to achieve results comes from within. No one can motivate us, nor can we motivate anyone else. As leaders, all that we can do is provide an environment where people motivate themselves to achieve mutually beneficial goals. Along with this philosophy, each team member possesses the following traits for which we are proud: honesty, integrity, desire, determination, listening skills, rapid learning, responding in a timely manner, effective communication skills, thoroughness, empathy, compassion, and most of all we want every team member to have a strong work ethic that motivates them to produce superior results both for our candidates and for our Clients.
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ContactSterling Smith, CPC
Tennessee, Texas (South)