Hutchinson Consulting Announces New Leadership and Expanded Services

Bill Hutchinson retires from Hutchinson Consulting, appoints three team members in place. // Photo credit: vladwel/iStock/Getty Images Plus

2018 is bringing major changes to the veteran recruiting firm Hutchinson Consulting. Company president Bill Hutchinson, whose late wife Lori founded the firm 25 years ago, announced his retirement today and that Hutchinson Consulting will begin operating under new leadership. The reins of the hotel, spa, and restaurant recruiting firm are being turned over to partners Kristine Huffman, Carol Stratford, and Michael G. Tompkins, who you might recognize as a contributor to American Spa.

“After 25 years of serving an industry I love, this is a bittersweet moment,” says Hutchinson. “Michael Tompkins joined us in 2016 and has brought new levels of expertise to the business.  While I move on to new ventures, I know Lori’s vision is being realized and I am thrilled about the new partners and the teams ongoing growth of Hutchinson Consulting.”

Michael G. Tompkins // Courtesy of Hutchinson Consulting
In a statement, the company said combining the recruitment strength of Hutchinson with the three respected consulting specialists will create a powerhouse of expertise and integrity in the hospitality industry and will allow Hutchinson Consulting to provide expanded services to clients across the globe.

The firm will continue its primary focus on hospitality, wellness, and spa recruiting, managed by Tompkins. New services the firm is set to begin providing include pre-employment testing, resume writing, and executive coaching. The firm will also begin offering marketing, public relations, advertising, and social media services managed by Stratford as well as hospitality design consulting; resort, medical and wellness spa consulting; brand development; financial forecasting; and business plan development to be managed by Huffman.


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“Lori and Bill Hutchinson have created a revered company, and I feel honored to be merging the brands Michael, Carol and I have created with the Hutchinson legacy,” says Huffman. “We are looking forward to offering leading hotels, spas and restaurants an umbrella of services to help grow brands both in the US and internationally.”

Hutchinson Consulting’s current clientele includes five-star resorts, award-winning spas, and a wide variety of companies from within the wellness industry. The new Hutchinson Consulting, with a database of more than 20,000 job candidates and more than 175 years of combined experience in staffing, launching and operating successful businesses, plans to offer guidance to these clients that will save them time and money while continuing towards a path of success.


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