Benoit Gateau-Cumin

Chief Recruiting Officer at The Boutique Search Firm

Benoit Gateau-Cumin

Born and raised in France, Benoit managed to scoop up a French law degree prior to studying Hotel Administration at Cornell University. Upon graduation in 1975, he engaged in an eleven-year hotel management career that took him to Chicago, New York, Washington DC, San Diego, Istanbul, Jamaica and Hawaii. He held positions with Omni, Hyatt, Hilton International, ITT Sheraton and Méridien, as well as Honolulu’s unique Halekulani, consistently rated as one of the world’s best. Benoit was bit by the “headhunting” bug in 1986, and has not relented yet. He founded The Boutique Search Firm in February 1992. His motto: small is beautiful. Benoit loves to mountain bike, take long walks with his wife Susana and their two dogs, and tinker with his budding collection of classic English sports cars.

Insights by Benoit Gateau-Cumin (41)

The End Of The Expat

In my day to day activity as a hospitality recruiter, I receive requests from two opposite groups of people: the "expats" who can't wait to come home, and the "domestics" who cannot wait to go back to the expat life.

Our Own Iron Curtain

Welcome back: we finally did it. The rest of the world (or, at least, the part worth visiting and conducting business with) is closing its borders to anyone proudly carrying a US Passport. What used to be a door opener and a cause for respect worldwide has become a scarlet letter.

Who Should Stay And Who Should Go?

So here we are, and you have no choice but to cut your overhead to the bone. How are you going to do it? Sacrifice the young' uns you have invested so much in and who are just about to give you a sup.

What Should We Be Doing?

Napoleon used to say an army is guided by its stomach: and here we are running out of food. In the worst possible way. When every bit of available food is used, it is merely a famine. When thousands upon thousands of gallons of milk are being dumped, it is fodder for civil riots.

Van Life Is Clutch: Look At That S Car Go

First there was the Greatest Generation, then came the Baby Boomers, the Yuppies, the Gen X, the Millenia. Well. Not everyone loves living in their parents’ basement. The days of children reaching their thirties and watching the tube until 4am for free are getting old.
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