the prospection group the prospection group
a worldwide executive search firm for the hospitality industry
hotel placements
The leading executive search firm for the hospitality industry

Our firm is a highly specialized executive search firm focusing exclusively on hospitality and the leisure industries.

Our firm is located on the West Coast of the
United States, which enables us to truly operate in a global manner, with an emphasis in the Asia-Pacific region.

We undertake confidential searches for hospitality executives ranging from the level of general management to private chefs.

Difficult search specialists

Our background and experience enables us to consistently deliver positive results of difficult searches for any position of the hospitaliy sector. We can place any key position or perhaps that brilliant Maitre D' with that proper "je ne sais quoi " that makes him a dining room star with your guests. We also place world class private chefs for the mansions, estates and yachts of the world famous stars of Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Laguna Niguel and other locations.

If we don't find that right candidate no other firm will. We have the most extensive resources of candidates. We have placed many positions in the culinary departments. Such as Chinese chefs, including a full Chinese brigade, Japanese chefs, Mexican chefs for China, Spanish chef for Jakarta, Italian chefs for many locations, Lebanese chefs and other specialty restaurant personnel.

We can easily place any key hospitality position for your
5 star / 5 diamond property or cruise ship in any part of the world.

Some of our clients

Hilton International
Conrad International
Mandarin Oriental Group
Regent Hotels
Hotel Bel Air
The Ritz Hotel Taipei

including many renowned celebrities
and award winning free standing restaurants in California, New York, Asia, Caribbean, Europe, and South America.

Our guarantee

We guarantee the placement of candidate(s) for a period of 90 days. In the event that the individual(s) is no longer employed prior to 90 days, a search will be conducted for the same position at that particular property with no additional cost to the client, providing that payment has been received in our offices within the timely billing schedule.

An expert of the hospitality industry

The Prospection Group was founded in 1989 by Mr. Louis Ercout. Mr. Ercout's years of experience as a successful hotel executive, with a proven track record has enabled the Prospection Group to build a solid foundation of knowledge to the very specific requirements of the hospitality and leisure industry.

At the Prospection Group you will find people who speak your language, the language of the hospitality industry.


There is no fee for candidates sending us their resume, Prospection Group is a client fee based company. Our clients are hotel and restaurants companies with specific hiring or executive placement needs.

Our moderately conservative pricing fees really does not reflect our level of commitment to each search.

How to contact us

We undertake every search in a highly personal and confidential manner, we use initial telephone contact methods, followed by further communication transmissions of mail and e-mail.

(310) 398 - 3795


Postal address
Mr. Louis Ercout
The Prospection Group
P.O. Box 1999
Santa Monica, CA 90406

Electronic mail
E-mail to: Mr. Louis Ercout

We CAUTION prospective candidates:

We verify all references for our clients. We primarily utilize direct global contacts, telephone, e-mail and informational database systems as well. Please make ensure to contact us by telephone for any URGENT requirements if you do not get an e-mail answer from us within 2 working days.

IMPORTANT NOTE : before you send a resume / CV by e-mail PLEASE READ THOROUGHLY :

To avoid corruption of our extensive database we only download attachments such as resume / CV with the Microsoft Word (.doc) format. Any photography attachment should be included as (.jpg) format. Please be aware that although we can download large files, many of our hotel clients in remote parts of the world cannot download anything over 10Mb. Please reformat your document as follows:

Page setup to 8.5"x11"

Top and Bottom margin to 1.5"

Left and Right margins to 1"

PREFERABLY no logo or artwork in resume

please read above instructions prior to e-mail


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