Workshops for Your Event

National Conferences | Hospitality Associations | Company Meetings | Corporate Retreats

Let the professionals at Horizon Hospitality bring engaging, valuable, and up-to-date content to your event programming. With hands on experience in management and recruiting for hotels, country clubs, and restaurants, our speakers will provide attendees with a powerful toolbox of educational resources.

Through our various customized workshops, attendees will learn how to:

  • Source qualified candidates
  • Strengthen basic interview skills
  • Utilize advanced behavioral interview tactics
  • Create long term talent acquisition strategies
  • Properly analyze DISC assessment results to build and foster teams
  • Increase employee loyalty and reduce turnover
  • Understand trends from various hospitality industries and use them to strengthen their own operations

Speaker Bios

Scott Samuels, CEO & Founder

(913) 333-3190 | [email protected]

Scott is the founder and CEO of Horizon Hospitality Associates. Prior to beginning Horizon in 1998, Scott held senior management and executive-level positions with hospitality industry leaders including Hilton Hotel Corporation, ClubCorp, The Levy Restaurants, and Dean & Deluca. Scott’s drive and passion for excellence in executive search has enabled Horizon Hospitality to grow and prosper into the country’s premier recruiting firm for the hospitality Industry. In 2016, Horizon joined forces with the 9th largest search firm in the world – Sanford Rose Associates International and represents the only hospitality search firm within their organization. In 2018, Horizon Hospitality celebrated its 20th year in business. Horizon is headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas and operates regional offices in West Palm Beach and Scottsdale. Scott has personally conducted dozens of recruiting and human resource workshops across the country, as well as a recent series of educational webinars for job seekers affected by the recent pandemic. He is a frequent speaker at hospitality conferences and is continually published in prominent industry trade publications.


James Nolan, Senior Hospitality Recruiter

(913) 944-4419 | [email protected]

James began his recruiting career with Horizon Hospitality as a Regional Recruiter and has gone on to work as a Corporate Recruiter, interviewing thousands of applicants and hiring countless candidates in numerous industries. Since then, he has served as a Seminar Trainer with Pryor Learning Solutions, delivering over 300 presentations on many different topics in all 50 states to thousands of attendees. His professional resume also includes being seen and heard in e-Learning training videos, commercials, and voice-overs for many companies, nationally and locally. James returned to Horizon Hospitality to start up its newest professional services division, Interim Management Solutions, which provides experienced leaders to hospitality companies with immediate and short-term management needs.

Prior Speaking Engagements

CMAA Pittsburgh Chapter

Febraury 2020 – “2020 Motivational Leadership, Team Building & Coaching Techniques”

Kinseth Hospitality Company Annual Conference

March 2019 – “Avoiding Hiring Pitfalls”

CMAA St. Louis Chapter

January 2014 – “Kids These Days – How to manage generational diversity”

Hostmark Hospitality Group Annual Conference

February 2012 – “The Power Interview”

CMAA Michigan Chapter

October 2011 – “Eight Human Resource Nightmares for Clubs …and how to carefully maneuver through them!”

CMAA New York State Chapter

October 2010 – “The Power Interview”

CMAA Florida Seminole Chapter

February 2010 – “Hiring Top Performers While Avoiding Costly Hiring Mistakes”

CMAA Ohio Valley Chapter

January 2010 – “6.5 Tips for Building Your Club’s Talent Acquisition Strategy”

CMAA Connecticut Chapter

October 2009 – “Why Most Managers Don’t Communicate Properly With Their Team”

CMAA Detroit Chapter

September 2009 – “Here Today, Gone Tomorrow: Essential Employee Retention Tools”

Wisconsin Restaurant Association Conference

March 2009 – “Finding Great Employees”

CMAA Carolinas Chapter

February 2009 – “Managing Generational Diversity in Your Club”

CMAA Golden Gate Chapter

January 2009 – “Stealing Top Talent from Hotels and Restaurants”

CMAA Mid-America Chapter

November 2008 – “Conducting the Power Interview”

CMAA Central Pennsylvania Chapter

November 2008 – Preparing for an Interview

CMAA Roadrunner Chapter

September 2008 – “Hiring Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them”

Club Managers Association of America World Conference

February 2008 – “Seven Costly Mistakes Made by Club Managers”

CMAA New York Metro Chapter

January 2008 – “Get Out of the Rough: Staying Ahead of the Hospitality Trends”

International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) National Conference

April 2005

Publications Featuring Horizon Hospitality

Big Mouth Survey

February 2020 – Hotel Employee Job Satisfaction: 3 Steps to Make Hotel Staff Happy

Hotel News Now

December 2019 – Sales Training, Tech Top Indie Hotel Spending Plans.
Independent hotels free to forge own standards.

Hospitality Technology

October 2019 – Expedia Group Signs Industry-First Agreement to Become Optimized Distributor of Marriott International Wholesale Rates


June 2019 – 11 Most Common Lies People Put On Their Resume

The Ladders

May 2019 – 7 clues you’re about to be fired – and what you can do about it

Food Fanatics Magazine

April 2019 – The ABCs to Generation Z Workers

Career Planners

February 2019 – Join the Culture Club? First Time Job Seeker’s Guide

Hotel News Now

February 2019 – Independent hotels free to forge own standards

Nation’s Restaurant New

December 2018 – 5 Restaurant Staffing Best Practices

Wall Street Journal

October 2018 – How to Know When You’re on Thin Ice at Work.

Hostfully Vacations

November 2018 – What vacation rentals can learn from hotels

Chain Restaurants Magazine

October 2018 – The Next Big “Eatertainment” Chain


November 2017 – How to network the right way

Human Resources Executive Magazine

June 2017 – As effective as the employee-referral process can be, some key improvements are still needed.

Horizon Hospitality is Continually Lauded as a Top Hospitality Industry Blog. As recommended by:

15 Hospitality Blogs Every Hotelier Should be Reading. Rotacloud
At Your Service: The Best Hospitality Blogs. Top Management Degrees
Top 20 Hospitality Blogs And Websites for the Hoteliers To Follow in 2020. Feedspot

Check out our blog here.

Horizon Hospitality has also been featured in an episode of “Secrets of Staffing Success” hosted by Todd Lewandowski.  Listen to the full episode here >>

To receive more information, contact:

Scott Samuels | CEO
(913) 333-3190
[email protected]