Our mission is to work closely with clients that have a passion for excellence and a values-driven leadership culture, increasing their human capital retention and growing their profits by recruiting high-performance candidates aligned by character, competency, and cultural chemistry.


Our vision is to be the preeminent recruiting services provider for the hospitality industry by living out our core values of caring, faith, initiative, responsibility, and ethical practice into everything we do.

Value Propositions

Our passion is to put all of our focus and energy into our clients’ human capital needs, fully carrying that burden so they can focus on operational excellence. Through trustful client relationships, we create and deliver solutions that attract, retain, and sustain exceptional executive and management leaders.

We build long-term respectful relationships with the highest quality candidates who consistently demonstrate character, competency, and strong work ethic to strengthen the organizations for which they work.


Quality Service. Exceptional Insight.

With years of experience in high quality service operations and exceptional insight into your company’s staffing needs and cultural challenges, our team will help lead your company into a new stage of success.


Joseph D’Alessandro

Experience Overview
Joseph spent 15 years in leadership positions in hospitality operations before becoming a full-time executive recruiter in 2000.  Joseph founded SHS in 2002 and has grown the business from a one-person outfit to a full team of dedicated experts.   Along the way, he co-founded a private-label manufacturing company, became the Career Services Director at an elite culinary school, and made significant contributions to his community through non-profit ministry and trade organizations. Joseph studied Economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

As Founder and CEO of SHS, Joseph is responsible for ensuring that all aspects of the agency run smoothly and efficiently.  He guides his team of experts in empowering their clients achieve higher levels of success.

First Job
Runner at the Chicago Board of Trade, age 14

Trade Associations
American Culinary Federation (ACF), Center for the Advancement of Foodservice Education (CAFE), Christian Business Fellowship (CBF), Research Chefs Association (RCA), Illinois Hotel and Lodging Association (IHLA), Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity.


John Swanson



Laurie Daughton



Julie Caruso



Our expert staff remains consistently connected through trade associations and SHS supports several charitable organizations. Through these connections we give back to our communities and grow relationships with like-minded leaders throughout the United States.