Who is Ken Loyd?

Executive Recruiter, Head Hunter, Purveyor of People...call me what you will; I place middle and senior level executives in the restaurant and retail industries coast to coast.


For over 30 years I've developed a client list of some of the most fascinating brands in the country -- and recruited equally fascinating people in every discipline. Operations, Marketing, IT, Accounting & Finance, Human Resources and Training are the positions where you'll find my footprints. Here are just a few of my clients:

Farmer Boys Restaurants
Zoe's Kitchen
Panda Express
Blaze Pizza
Boudin Bakery
The Cheesecake Factory
Omakase Restaurant Group
Patina Restaurant Group
El Pollo Loco

You'll also find my footprints in the retail world too. My clients in that space include 1-800-Flowers, Warehouse Shoe Stores, Sylvan Learning Centers, La Curacao and Boot Barn.

So what makes me unique? Visit my web site and you'll find an approach that sets me apart from my competition -- it's a fresh and entertaining version of recruiting; and it takes the edge of an otherwise stuffy business. I'm easy to work with and driven by relationships. Here's are just a few bullet points to consider:

  • A global database of over 70,000 contacts and 50,000 email addresses
  • Face to face meetings with hiring authorities AND candidates to insure "fit"
  • Compelling marketing campaigns that generate compelling responses
  • Unique "private practice" business model that means more individualized attention

If you're curious and just want to test the waters, I'm easy to reach by phone or email. Confidentiality is king and I consider our conversations and correspondence sacred.

Typical Placements

  • VP Information Technology: NYC based, multi-brand concept,
  • Controller: LA based, SEC/SOX/PCI skills required, CPA
  • COO: 35 unit restaurant franchise in So CA
  • VP Development: 100 unit QSR with new architectural plans and no debt
  • Sr. Brand Manager: 300 unit QSR brand with strong digital & product development role
  • CMO: 2000 unit Fast Casual brand with international locations
  • Sr. Director Learning & Development: 100 unit Fast Casual brand, scratch kitchen

Fees and Guarantees

Clients & candidate alike enjoy knowing I'm in this for the long haul.  Every placement is backed up by an unconditional One Year Guarantee guarantee that I've only had to honor 14 times over 30 years. Knowing I'm working with this in mind creates the often sought but seldom realized "fit" that increases results and decreases turnover. More details here.

There's also comfort knowing my creative fee structure keeps me accountable and honest.  It's a hybrid mix of contingency & retained search with a little up front and the balance due on completion of the search.  All fees are paid by the employer and everything I do for candidates is free.     

I'm looking forward to hearing from you and earning my title.

Ken Loyd | Chief Listener | 310-902-7755

www.kenloyd.com | kl@kenloyd.com