Catalina Ganis, Executive Vice President, has over 25 years of strategic recruiting experience in the hospitality and consumer based industries. She is currently the Executive Vice President of Elliot Associates, the executive recruiting arm of Elliot Group Enterprises LLC, the nationally recognized retained executive search firm specializing in the Hospitality, Food Service, Manufacturing, Distribution and Retail Service Industries. As a senior member of the Company, Catalina helps to spearhead client development, long range strategic planning and is also responsible for managing senior level executive search assignments.
Catalina possesses a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University, School of Hotel Administration. She has worked in various management positions in food and beverage and rooms division with Hilton’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel and InterContinental Hotels Corporation.
In 1987, Catalina started her career in executive search at a New York City based hospitality firm. In 1988, Catalina joined Elliot Associates as a search consultant. In 1991, she was promoted to Director of Administration and then Vice President of Administration in 1992. During this period, Elliot Associates was experiencing unprecedented growth and expansion of field offices nationwide and Catalina was instrumental in setting the company’s policies and standards. In 1995, Catalina once again took on search and recruitment efforts as a Vice President and then Senior Vice President in 2001. In 2004, she was once again recognized for her contributions and promoted to her current position as Executive Vice President.
Catalina is a Founding Board Member of the Multicultural Foodservice and Hospitality Alliance (MFHA), an affiliate of the National Restaurant Association. She has served on the Nominating, Strategic Long-Term Planning and Membership Committees. She was Co-Chair of the MFHA National Conference in San Diego. She was appointed Chair of the organization and served a three year term. Catalina currently serves on the MFHA committee to implement the college internship program to help students enter the hospitality, foodservice and manufacturing industries.
A noted authority in the area of human resources and recruitment in the food industry, she has been quoted in publications to include Nation’s Restaurant News, Restaurant Hospitality and The Lieberman Learning Letter. Catalina has presented at her alma mater, Cornell University, School of Hotel Administration’s highly respected Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series. She has been a speaker of: Roundtable for Women in Foodservice New York Chapter Symposium; Women’s Foodservice Forum Regional Connects Panel on Building High Performance Teams; the Immigration Panel sponsored by TDn2K; and the Women of Color Panel at the MFHA Conference.