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.

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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.

Pay Peanuts – Get Monkeys

The above is one of the oldest sayings in the history of labor. Why is it there a constant battle between employers and employees to find a relatively fair wage? At all levels, including the C suite. Public companies have to satisfy their stockholders, or they will invest their dollars somewhere else (do not be short sighted: issuing dividends is a good way to keep stockholders, even if the price of the stock in itself does not necessarily go up.

What Would Jesus Do?

The tragedy of Notre Dame de Paris is nothing anyone is about to forget. Just like I remember gasping when I saw the Towers of the World Trade Center collapse, I could not help doing the same when the "flèche" of Notre Dame fell.

What’s Left To Grab?

With the recent acquisitions of Belmond by LVMH and of Six Senses by IHG (InterContinental Hotel Group), what is left to "grab" in the ultra-luxury hospitality market?

Hail To The Chief, AKA Bravo Patron

Great news came out of the Annual Conference of the Leading Hotels of the World held in Shanghai earlier this month: a distinguished hotelman was picked by the membership and the board to be given the 2018 Leading Legends Award.
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