John J. James Joins Best Of The Best

This month we are launching Bentley Price Associates’ Best Of The Best recognition. It’s our way of putting a spotlight on stellar executives in the hospitality and gaming industry.

John J. James has been a leader in our industry for decades. He has survived and thrived in all of the challenging scenarios hospitality has seen. This month he returns to his homebase of California as Chief Executive Officer of Soboba Casino Resort operated by the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians.

Soboba Casino Resort is located 45-minutes southwest of Palm Springs, situated on over 200 acres near the San Jacinto Mountains.

My relationship with John spans many years.  I’ve enjoyed watching him rise in the business and make the many contributions he has made to the industry and the people he’s worked with.

Congratulations to John for being one of the Best Of The Best.

2020-2021 Hiring and Staffing Outlook

In my last On Rizzo’s Radar in May, I expressed hope that we will recover as an industry. It’s just that nobody knows when.

MGM Resorts International recently announced a third layoff, affecting 18,000 employees across the country. As all of us know, for every downside there’s an upside. This is especially true when it comes to finding top talent.

Many employers have struggled to attract the best executives as competition has been fierce for several years prior to the novel COVID-19 pandemic. Going forward, there will be a much larger pool of very qualified candidates.

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If you are an employer planning ahead to fill key positions, now is the time to begin a search. It often takes months or years to find, recruit, negotiate and hire the right person.

For those looking to return to the industry or to make a change the time is now to start thinking about where you want to be and what kind of situation will keep a career on track.

Confidentiality is a cornerstone of what Bentley Price Associates does. For 44 years, Bentley Price Associates has helped employers and candidates develop strong and beneficial relationships.

Call me personally and we’ll talk about how you can survive and thrive in the current environment.

Dennis Rizzo

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