A Strategic Alliance in Hiring Your Next Executive Chef

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"Making Logical & Lasting Matches of Culinary Management Talent in an environment aligning business objectives with professional ambitions."

 

At David Meyers Associates, our relationships with clients and candidates are built on mutual respect, discretion and dedication to best industry practices. We value the trust placed in our services as our commitment is mutual. We shall work tirelessly to forge sustainable matches of talent for all mutual business and personal merits.

 
 

See What Our Clients Have Been Saying...

 

Our relationship began with a successful search for an Executive Chef and has developed into an invaluable strategic partnership with David Meyers. Long after David joined us in a lengthy and intensive search process that resulted in our hiring an Executive Chef, he continues to maintain a meaningful relationship with Farmington Country Club. He shares his time, resources, and expertise with generosity and is genuinely interested in the long-term success of our Club.

 

I am often called upon by my HR colleagues to recommend reputable search executives who understand the club business, and I never hesitate to offer David Meyers' name.

Allyn Gutauskas

Human Resource Manager

Farmington Country Club


It was such a pleasure working with David Meyers to place an Executive Chef at Belle Haven Country Club.  His professional experience as an Executive Chef and General Manager of Country Clubs has given him a unique perspective of what it takes to be successful as an Executive Chef in the private club environment.  With the placement of our Executive Chef we have significantly improved food and presentation quality, increased revenues from $2.2M to $4.3M and improved food costs by 4 points.  David is without a doubt a leader in the hospitality industry as one of the most professional and effective recruiter in our industry.  David has been a great friend and mentor to me and I would recommend anyone seeking a new culinary/food and beverage professional for their organization use David Meyers for their search.

David R. Tyson, CCM, CAM

General Manager

The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club & Spa Jupiter


We need to hire the best culinary professional and David was our only choice to get the required result. We are so pleased with the continuing positive membership response and overall business enhancements.

 

The result speaks for itself as our chef was named ACF National "Chef of the Year" 2009.

Dennis Michel

General Manager

Somerset Club
Boston, Massachusetts


Hawthorn Woods CC is private gated community club owned by KemperSports. I was very pleased when I received approval to have David Meyers assist me with our search for an Executive Chef.  David worked extremely well with our National F&B Director and my Executive VP.  The tasting process David suggested was outstanding and enabled us to quickly choose the best candidate.  He found both local and national talent that could meet my hiring deadline.  Our new Executive Chef has brought our costs down while listening to the member’s needs and executing new ideas for these difficult economic times.

Dwight R. Jenson, CCM, CMCA

Hawthorn Woods Country Club, IL


Replacing key staff is never an easy task, however your service was a valuable tool in our search for an Executive Chef on not only one, but two different occasions; each time yielding quality culinary leaders. The initial candidates presented were extremely qualified and were not presented in the mix simply to “fill a spot”. Their culinary expertise was not the only consideration in the equation, but their ability to adapt to the “culture” of the Club as well. I was very pleased with your efforts and final results and will not hesitate to contact you again if a future need arises. Many thanks, David.

George Savarda

General Manager / COO

Belle Meade Country Club


It has been just over three years since David placed our Executive Chef Peter Smithing here at Plainfield Country Club. He has been nothing short of spectacular with his food quality, presentation and cost controls. Member satisfaction with our dining operation has never been higher. In addition to his fine culinary skills and leadership, he is accommodating to the members and their special requests and is a positive influence on the staff.

Your search process was very thorough and helped to put the best candidates for our Club in front of the committee. You made what is typically a very tedious and chance process fair and objective that allowed us to find the right fit for members and staff. I am certain that Chef Peter’s resume would not have found my desk without your assistance. He has become my key staff member that I can lean on and trust for any project or challenges that arise.

Gregory Colombo, CCM

General Manager

Plainfield Country Club


Many thanks to you for understanding the Club’s needs and for the thorough search.

Mostly, thank you for the daily calls during the selection process. Your ongoing advice was always perfect, from handling the interim situation to signing the final agreement. You kept the momentum going and the process flowing most effectively. This was a very productive experience for me and the Club.

If you are ever in the area, consider yourself invited for a great meal prepared by Chef Guaman at the Club!

Haissam Baityeh, CCM, CCE

Chief Operating Officer

Governors Club


Thank you so much for your guidance in the hiring of our new Executive Chef.  Filling such a unique and critical position at a club of this caliber can be a very challenging project.  The ability to access your network of the top culinary professionals in the country was a tremendous benefit that we could not have accomplished on our own.  The thorough process including presentations and tastings instilled tremendous credibility with our Board of Directors and gave us great comfort in the hiring of Chef Todd Stoner.  Your experience with private clubs definitely sets you apart from others in the industry that may not understand the culture in which we operate.  Thanks again for all your help.

Jim Williamsen

Clubhouse Manager

Onwentsia Club


I want to let you know that David and Dale have made great strides in the last couple of months. Your guidance and candidate selection resulted in two strong leaders. My Board was initially apprehensive and now are raving about the dining experience and service levels. I may never be able to thank you enough for the impact that you have made on our Club and especially on the Food & Beverage operation. The bottom line has been impacted in a positive direction. The staff are learning under their new leadership and appear to enjoy the new relationships. The end result is the members are getting value for their dollar.

 

I hope you understand how grateful I am for your work and friendship. Please let me know how I can be of assistance to you.

Joseph J. Turner

General Manager / C.O.O.

Evanston Golf Club


I wanted to send a quick note to thank you for your recent visit to Memphis Country Club.  It may not have seemed like much, but your contributions while you were here were truly immeasurable. Hopefully you saw some significant improvements since your last visit, and as you visit in the future, you'll see more.

 

On top of all of that, it was good to see you again. Our discussions always help me to clarify my thoughts and put everything into prospective.  Your guidance is always helpful and I'm always thankful that I met you when I did.  You've been a tremendous help in shaping my career and to keep me moving forward.

 

Thank you, and as always, if there is anything I can do to help, please let me know. 

Kenneth Thompson, CEC, PCIII

Executive Chef

Memphis Country Club


We used David Meyers to search for a new Executive Chef and couldn't have been more satisfied with the results. He was incredibly organized and performed the due diligence necessary to understand our unique needs. David came to appreciate the Club's distinctive culture in a professionally intimate way that enabled him to identify the best candidates. He exposed us to candidates with not only exceptional professional skills but who also blended just the right amounts of experience, personality, work ethic and personal character. He also ensured that we were not exposed to a cookie-cutter line-up where one candidate was difficult to remember from another. His approach provided a selection of choices that stretched and positively challenged some of our organizational assumptions and bias. David combined just the right measure of guiding the process while being open to adjustments to meet the specialized methods we used to determine the ultimate professional fit for the Cherry Hills organization. David's timely, responsive and talent focused process produced great results for us and I'd strongly recommend him to any Club looking to re-energize their stable of high quality culinary talent.

Kevin Hood

General Manager

Cherry Hills Country Club


David, you are without question the best at what you do, and we knew that we were in great hands.

Lloyd Gillespie, CCM

Assistant General Manager

Charlotte Country Club


David Meyers is a class act. I first met David when I was seeking to relocate about 5 years ago. In my search for recruiters, I did my due diligence and David’s name was at the top of the list. David brings years of industry experience to the table which makes him easy to work with. What I like about David is that he has passion and he tries to find the right fit for both the club and the individual. You can’t just fill a position even if the individual has great experience, you need the right fit and David knows it. We have used David’s services at our other clubs placing Executive Chefs and Sous Chefs with great results. We will definitely use his services in the future when needed.

Mark Rigano

Executive Chef / Director of Food and Beverage

Toscana Country Club
Sunrise Company Communities
Indian Wells, CA


In late 2003, I found myself “chefless” heading into another hectic season. I called upon my good friend George Savarda for direction who suggested my contacting David Meyers Associates to assist me in my search. “Assist” was a mild understatement, as David did everything! After my initial call, David was in my office within a week, interviewing me to assure the right fit for my team, our 100 year old club and its membership. David presented me with a manageable and all qualified number of candidates, all of which were most doable choices. The difficult task was trimming that list, which was made much easier by David as he said focused to the greater business objectives throughout. The final exercise came down to two well-respected Executive Chefs. Both candidates hit home runs! Ultimately, I selected Ken Thompson, CEC, PCIII and to this day, he has never disappointed. We are a better Club because of Chef Thompson by way of David's reach and bringing him to the club.  It is my sincere hope that I never have to use David’s services again, but should Chef Thompson leaves me to return home to Cherokee T&CC, I would quickly call my friend David without thought.

Michael E. Babb

General Manager

The Memphis Country Club


In the club business, the best form of a recommendation is by word of mouth of a club colleague. This business is tough enough. This business is also one of the most sharing when it comes to colleagues helping each other out. This has been said by so many outside of the club business that get a glimpse to see inside it.

 

If and when I need to hire my next executive chef I will use David Meyers and Associates again. It's that simple. His techniques and unique experiences ensure he provides candidates that are qualified and yet ideally suited to the environment to which they are being hired for. David takes the time to make sure the temperament and the personality of his candidates match the club. The hiring of an executive chef is a critical decision for every General Manager. It makes sense to first decide on getting the right help to make that decision. Choosing David Meyers provides you with the best chance to make that decision right the first time.

Paul Craven, CCM

General Manager

Lakeside Country Club


David Meyers Associates has helped our Food and Beverage program at the Cedar Rapids Country Club tremendously.  David has been an instrumental part in two Executive Chef searches for me.  I knew I did not have the time or the resources to go through the exhaustive work of placing an ad, accumulating resumes, and reviewing references.  He did all of that for me.  David took the time at the beginning to learn about the Club, the expectations of the membership and my management style.  He found me the right candidates and I am very pleased with the results.  I will continue to use David Meyers Associates if the need arises in the future.

Randall W. Harper, CCM / GM

Cedar Rapids Country Club


When The Country Club was looking to hire an Executive Chef, we knew that we wanted to interview top quality candidates from across the country. With his contacts from throughout the club and hospitality industry, David Meyers was able to present us with many outstanding candidates to choose from. Using his Chef Strength Analysis, along with interviewing and an on-site tasting, we ended up with what we believe to be a perfect fit for Country. David made the process easy for us, and his attention to detail and follow-up have been outstanding.

Robert C. Josey, CCM

The Country Club
Pepper Pike, OH


David, Itís been weeks since our new Executive Chef, Levent Yurdatap arrived on the job and I wanted to take a moment to personally thank and congratulate you on another successful club chef search. As you know we have successfully worked together on four searches over the last 13 years, all of which have yielded great accolades from the memberships of the clubs they served. I have the utmost confidence in your service and judgment. Itís quite possible that the latest search will be your most successful with me. After having done 4 searches, I believe that I am qualified to recommend you to other clubs in need of an Executive Chef. Your approach is comfortable, thoughtful, and thorough.† Your stable of candidates is very qualified and capable of handling the kitchens of the finest clubs in the country with aplomb. And, you always get results on time! David, I believe that you are the best in the business and I thank you for making me look good!

Sandy McGaughy, MCM

General Manager

Boca Woods Country Club, FL


Just wanted to thank you for the wonderful search you conducted for The Sanctuary Golf Club. The response from our membership has been overwhelmingly favorable, the club is off to a great season and, best of all, and we have a wonderful Executive Chef.

 

The entire selection process was comprehensive and thorough. The original candidate list was aligned with our needs, followed by preliminary and face-to-face interviews with finalists, then the cooking exercises which left my committee feeling very secure in our ultimate decision to hire Mark Brown, CEC. Not only was his food beautiful to see and delicious to taste, his obvious work ethic, ability to interact with members and staff, and his desire to exceed our expectations, put him at the top of our list. We could not have reached a wrong decision thanks to you! We are already becoming known as the best restaurant on the island!

 

Thank you again, David, for a most successful result.

Sheridan Snell

House Chairman/Chef Selection Committee Chairman

The Sanctuary Golf Club


I was impressed with the level of care and professionalism you provided us as a part of our recent search for a new Executive Chef. All of the candidates you handpicked for us were qualified, interested and most importantly a ‘good fit’ for our organization. One especially so, and he is the new leader of a reinvigorated culinary team.

In my opinion the time you invest in truly understanding the specific needs of a property is what sets you apart from the completition. Keep up the great work.

Stephen J. Klee

Chief Operating Officer

Rolling Rock Club


When we were in the process of opening our new clubhouse, I knew we couldn’t miss on hiring the best chef we could find to establish a positive first impression and ultimately an excellent reputation.  I had never really used a placement firm in my previous experience, but let’s face it, as managers we are only really right 2/3 of the time at best when hiring people.  This had to be a no-doubter, and I am confident David’s list of candidates put us in that 95% category of success.  I am grateful for his services and what it has meant to the success of our operation.

Steve Termeer, PGA / CMAA

General Manager / Director of Golf
The University of Texas Golf Club

Austin, TX
"The Drives of Texas Are Upon You"


David Meyers was instrumental in bringing to us an Executive Chef that not only was right for The Country Club of Lincoln, but he also made sure The Country Club of Lincoln was right for the candidates he presented.  He knows the industry, he knows his clients, and he knows his candidates.  He makes sure the situation is right for all.  David then follows up and makes sure everything is going well.  I would not hire an Executive Chef without David.

Thomas R. McKitterick, CCM

General Manager / Chief Operating Officer

The Country Club of Lincoln
Lincoln, NE


David Meyers & Associates is in a class by himself in the Chef Executive Search business. David’s diverse culinary background and General Manager experience with over 25 years of in-the-trenches experience will provide your Club the best in the business culinary candidates. David’s detailed approach to understand the culture of your club and culinary environment is tailored to improving your food and beverage operations. David will lead you through a very organized and professional process with high integrity and ethics and you will be extremely satisfied with your final selection!

Todd Marsh, CCM

General Manager

Conway Farms Golf Club


I had the pleasure of working with David when he was the General Manager of North Shore Country Club.  In addition to experiencing his wonderful culinary skills when he was a Executive Chef at North Shore, I also worked very closely with David while I was on the Board of Governors and in my years as a member of the Executive Committee and ultimately President.  David was extremely supportive to me and the other Board members. He is articulate and always very well prepared.  While David has strong convictions and is prepared to stand firm on issues where he feels the need to do so, he also is open minded and willing to consider alternative ways of getting things done.  He is an excellent individual and understands the benefits of bringing balance to everything he does. His knowledge of the hospitality industry is without equal and I wholeheartedly recommend David to join your recruiting team.

William T. Zanoni

Former Board Member and President

North Shore Country Club
Glenview, Illinois


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Just a few of our clients...

• Admiral's Cove

• Alpine Country Club

• Army Navy Country CLub

• Augusta National Golf Club

• Austin Country Club

• BallenIsles Country Club

• Baltimore Country Club

• Belle Haven Country Club

• Belle Meade Country Club

• Bentwater Yacht & Country Club

• Big Canyon Country Club

• Boca Woods Country Club

• Bohemian CLub

• Boulder Ridge Country Club

• Briarwood Country Club

• Carolina Country Club

• Cedar Rapids Country Club

• Chartwell Golf & Country Club

• Chatham Club

• Chattanooga Golf & Country Club

• Chenal Country Club

• Cherokee Town & Country Club

• Cherry Hills Country Club

• Chevy Chase Club

• Chilton Club

• Columbia Club (Indianapolis)

• Congressional Country Club

• Conway Farms Golf Club

• Country Club of Buffalo

• Country Club of Lincoln

• Country Club of North Carolina

• Country Club of Peoria

• Country Club of Virginia

• Cress Creek Country Club

• Culinary Institute of America (The )

• Eagle Oaks Golf & Country Club

• Eldorado Country Club

• Evanston Golf Club

• Everglades Club

• Exmoor Country Club

• Farmington Country Club

• Food For Thought Catering

• Fort Wayne Country Club

• Frankfort Country Club

• Genesee Valley Club

• Glen Oak Country Club

• Governors Club

• Grandfather Golf & Country Club

• Greenwich Country Club

• Grey Oaks Country Club

• Hammock Dunes

• Happy Hollow Club

• Hermitage Country Club

• Hinsdale Golf Club

• Houston Country Club

• Houston Racquet Club

• Indian Hill Club

• Interlachen Country Club

• Kemper Sport Management

• La Grange Country Club

• Lake Shore Country Club

• Lakeside Country Club (Houston)

• Lakewood Country Club (Dallas)

• Los Angeles Country Club

• Lost Tree Club

• Medinah Country Club

• Memphis Country Club

• Merion Cricket Club

• Metedeconk National Golf Club

• Minneapolis Club

• Mountain Brook Club

• Mountain Lake Club

• Nashawtuc Country Club

• NCR Country Club

• North Shore Country Club

• Ocean Club of Florida

• Oglethorpe Club

• Old Town Club

• Onwentsia Club

• Pacific-Union Club

• Park Meadows Country Club

• Peninsula Hotels

• Philadelphia Country Club

• Pipers Landing Yacht & Country Club

• Plainfield Country Club

• Portage Country Club

• Quail Hollow Country Club

• Renaissance Hotels

• Roaring Gap Club

• Rock Barn Golf & Spa

• Rockland Country Club

• Rolling Rock Club

• Round Hill Club

• Royal Oaks Country Club (Dallas & Houston)

• Saddle & Cycle Club

• San Antonio Country Club

• Sanctuary Golf Club

• Shoreacres Club

• Short Hills Country Club

• Sodexo USA

• Southern Hills Country Club

• St Francis Yacht Club

• Standard Club of Chicago

• Stanford University

• The Briar Club

• The Chatham Club

• The Club at Las Campanas

• The Country Club (Boston & Cleveland)

• The Greenbrier Resort

• The Los Angeles Country Club

• The Oaks Club (Osprey, FL)

• The Somerset Club

• The Vintage Club

• Toscana Country Club

• Turtle Point Yacht & Country Club

• University Club of Chicago

• University of Texas Golf Club

• Valley Lo Club

• Westchester Country Club

• Westmoreland Country Club

• Westwood Country Club

• Woodway Country Club

• Wykagyl Country Club

David Meyers Associates, Ltd.

CULINARY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA SOCIETY OF FELLOWS — 2012

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