Robert Krzak
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Can Your Local Company Continue to Ignore Google Plus? Not Any More!

When Google+ first appeared on the scene, it didn’t make much of a splash.  Its clean interface and relative lack of tools – especially tools to connect people to specific locations – made it less popular than Facebook and other social media sites for local businesses seeking to reach out to surrounding communities and clients. For some time, local companies could afford to ignore Google+ in the social media landscape. The days of ignoring Google+ are over. Recently, Google announced an…See More
Aug 6, 2013
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Habits Your Managers Have That Kill Employee Productivity

Like any human, managers make the occasional mistake.  Some mistakes are easily fixed, while others have lasting consequences.  Mistakes that kill employee productivity are especially costly, both to the team and to the organization as a whole. Many productivity-killing mistakes are made in good faith; managers believe that their team really does have things “figured out” or that they’ve judged a situation correctly.  That’s why it’s so important for hospitality managers to understand what…See More
Jul 30, 2013
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Habits Your Managers Have That Kill Employee Productivity

Like any human, managers make the occasional mistake.  Some mistakes are easily fixed, while others have lasting consequences.  Mistakes that kill employee productivity are especially costly, both to the team and to the organization as a whole. Many productivity-killing mistakes are made in good faith; managers believe that their team really does have things “figured out” or that they’ve judged a situation correctly.  That’s why it’s so important for hospitality managers to understand what…See More
Jul 30, 2013
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Effective Team-Building Tips to Help Your Company Reach New Heights

Every organization in the hospitality industry relies on teamwork to spur productivity, solve problems, and improve customer experiences. It’s no surprise, then, that team building has become a popular topic in the business world – but only effective team building will help your company prosper.When is team building most effective? Studies show employees learn the most about teamwork when they’re cooperating in pursuit of a common goal. If you’re looking for ways to encourage team building and…See More
Jul 23, 2013
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Candidate Reject Your Salary Offer? Here’s What You Should Do

Hiring managers and owners throughout the hospitality industry have seen it: after a long search and several interviews, they find a top manager candidate who seems like a great fit - only to have the candidate turn down the offered salary. While money isn’t the primary consideration on every manager’s list, it’s certainly one of the items the best candidates consider when pondering a job offer.  How your company responds when an initial salary offer is turned down does two things: it…See More
Jul 16, 2013
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Cultivating Your Top Managers to Increase Retention Rates

When it comes to staffing key positions in any company, finding great people is only half the battle –keeping them is the other half.  To increase retention rates, cultivate managers with solid skills, experience, and the personal traits necessary to thrive within your company’s culture. Five ways to improve talent management and increase retention include: Use effective mentoring programs.  Effective mentoring programs offer more than just structure or good intentions: they focus on pairing…See More
Jul 10, 2013
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Cultivating Your Top Managers to Increase Retention Rates

When it comes to staffing key positions in any company, finding great people is only half the battle –keeping them is the other half.  To increase retention rates, cultivate managers with solid skills, experience, and the personal traits necessary to thrive within your company’s culture. Five ways to improve talent management and increase retention include: Use effective mentoring programs.  Effective mentoring programs offer more than just structure or good intentions: they focus on pairing…See More
Jul 9, 2013
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5 Key Things to Help You Decide Whether to Hire or Wait for a Better Candidate

When your organization has an opening, it’s tempting to hold out for the “perfect” manager candidate. Many employers are doing just that, leaving job postings open for up to four times as long as they would have before the 2009 recession hit as they wait for the best possible candidate to drop them a line. Why wait?  Companies offer several reasons, such as the belief that better candidates are available and the desire to make every hire “count” in a slow economy, when available funds for…See More
Jul 2, 2013

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Gecko Hospitality
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http://www.geckohospitality.com
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Biography
Robert Krzak is Founder and President of Gecko Hospitality, a Illinois-based corporation that franchises over 37 Gecko Hospitality Restaurant Recruiting offices nationwide.

The restaurant business has been Krzak’s life work, beginning with his early days in a family owned restaurant, and later as a teenager working in fast food eateries, and after college, MANY, full service restaurant chains. After realizing that he wasn't cut out to be a “career” restaurant manager, Krzak met Bill Timmons of Resources In Food, a man who immediately and unconditionally believed in Krzak’s ability to educate and assist restaurant managers with their employment decisions. In 1997, Krzak opened his first recruiting office in Indianapolis, Indiana under the Resources In Food name. Six months later, Columbus and Cleveland, Ohio had opened and became one the mid-west’s highest producing offices for the entire organization.

In 2000, Krzak sold his franchised offices back to Resources In Food and four months later developed Gecko Hospitality. Gecko’s first corporate office was located in Charlotte, North Carolina and managed by John Bisceglie who today is a very successful Franchise Partner for Gecko Hospitality in Illinois and Indiana.

Krzak continued to develop the Gecko Hospitality concept and in 2004 realized that the only way to successfully build this company was to be surrounded by professionals who believed in the same philosophies and principles that has helped grow the company so quickly. In late 2004, Krzak began franchising by word of mouth. Through his experience in restaurant operations and especially in the recruiting business, Krzak formulated a philosophy based on the importance of franchise partners, of sharing responsibilities and profiting with them, and of developing and growing together. Today, Krzak has 26 working franchise partners, some of whom have come up through the organization.

Krzak’s guiding philosophy is that he is not interested in being the richest restaurant recruiting firm; just in being the best he and his franchise partners and employees can be. He places enormous value on the franchise partners and employees who work for Gecko Hospitality and feels tremendous responsibility for their continued success.

Krzak’s personal life revolves around his family. He and his wife Sheri have been married for 14 years, and have three children Alex, Jordan and Julia. Both Krzak and his wife Sheri graduated with their degrees from Western Illinois University.
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Can Your Local Company Continue to Ignore Google Plus? Not Any More!

Posted on August 6, 2013 at 11:00am 0 Comments

When Google+ first appeared on the scene, it didn’t make much of a splash.  Its clean interface and relative lack of tools – especially tools to connect people to specific locations – made it less popular than Facebook and other social media sites for local businesses seeking to reach out to surrounding communities and clients. For some time, local companies could afford to ignore Google+ in the social media landscape.

 

The days of ignoring Google+ are…

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Habits Your Managers Have That Kill Employee Productivity

Posted on July 30, 2013 at 11:00am 0 Comments

Like any human, managers make the occasional mistake.  Some mistakes are easily fixed, while others have lasting consequences.  Mistakes that kill employee productivity are especially costly, both to the team and to the organization as a whole.

 

Many productivity-killing mistakes are made in good faith; managers believe that their team really does have things “figured out” or that they’ve judged a situation correctly.  That’s why it’s so important for hospitality managers to…

Continue

Effective Team-Building Tips to Help Your Company Reach New Heights

Posted on July 23, 2013 at 11:00am 0 Comments

Every organization in the hospitality industry relies on teamwork to spur productivity, solve problems, and improve customer experiences. It’s no surprise, then, that team building has become a popular topic in the business world – but only effective team building will help your company prosper.

When is team building most effective? Studies show employees learn the most about teamwork when they’re cooperating in pursuit of a common goal. If you’re looking for ways to encourage…

Continue

Candidate Reject Your Salary Offer? Here’s What You Should Do

Posted on July 16, 2013 at 11:00am 0 Comments

Hiring managers and owners throughout the hospitality industry have seen it: after a long search and several interviews, they find a top manager candidate who seems like a great fit - only to have the candidate turn down the offered salary.

 

While money isn’t the primary consideration on every manager’s list, it’s certainly one of the items the best candidates consider when pondering a job offer.  How your company responds when an initial salary offer is turned down does two…

Continue

Cultivating Your Top Managers to Increase Retention Rates

Posted on July 9, 2013 at 8:00am 0 Comments

When it comes to staffing key positions in any company, finding great people is only half the battle –keeping them is the other half.  To increase retention rates, cultivate managers with solid skills, experience, and the personal traits necessary to thrive within your company’s culture.

 

Five ways to improve talent management and increase retention include:

 

  • Use effective mentoring programs.  Effective mentoring programs offer more than just…
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PRESS RELEASE
 
Date: May 28, 2008
Contact: Robert Krzak
robert@geckohospitality.com
 
Gecko Hospitality
718 Ogden Avenue, Suite 202
Downers Grove, IL 60515

630.390.1000
www.geckohospitality.com

In a groundbreaking announcement to the hospitality recruiting industry, Gecko Hospitality President and founder, Robert Krzak welcomed Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines to the company's portfolio. "From restaurants and hotels to resorts and casinos, Gecko continues to grow and we couldn't be more pleased to now add Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines to our rapidly expanding list of corporate accounts", stated Krzak from the company headquarters in Downers Grove, IL.

Gecko Hospitality is North America’s premiere hospitality recruiter. Specializing in placing candidates in the finest hospitality jobs as well as securing the highest qualified hospitality professionals for our clients, Gecko blends a unique wealth of talent to fill an endless stream of restaurant, hotel, resort, casino, and now cruise line management positions. "Cruise line recruitment is a completely new category for us and it complements our core business," offered Krzak. "Our national network consists of 37 regional offices driven to meet the needs of the hospitality industry and this proves it as we continue to find new opportunities." In addition, Marcial E. Robiou, Global Shipboard Management Recruiter for Royal Caribbean said, "Finding high quality candidates for our ships gets more competitive everyday. But Robert Krzak and the Gecko Hospitality team have proven to be valuable and reliable source of the caliber of candidates that we desire."


Gecko's hospitality-exclusive team covers all 50 states and Canada with over 120 hospitality recruiters. In addition, Gecko offers generations of hospitality recruiter experience to meet the needs of clients as well as career-minded hospitality, restaurant, hotel, resort, casino, and now cruise line managers. For more information, visit www.geckohospitality.com.


Robert Krzak
robert@geckohospitality.com
At 9:55am on March 17, 2008, Roger Herforth said…
In these hard times for the industry I have a solution to help businesses receive cash back every month.
At 4:56am on February 19, 2008, Amanda Hite said…
Thank you!! Does your Company do Executive Level placements?
 
 
 

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