CareersForward is a collective of professionals with work experience in restaurant and retail environments who have held operational roles in past duties and responsibilities. As CareersForward, we recruit “right fit” talent to support nationally recognized restaurant and hospitality brands who, through people, deliver on their mission, goals and objectives while creating opportunities for personal growth.
If you are a company, we can help you find skilled individuals that are a match to your culture, mission and values.
If you are an Operator, let us help you find your next amazing opportunity!
Kevin Kulikowski is a principal with CareersForward and has over 25 years of experience in human resources and operational roles with specialization in hospitality. He has worked in virtually every segment of the hospitality industry from quick service to fast casual to fine dining, holding front- and back-of-the-house positions alike.
Kevin became interested in HR “organically” by taking on additional responsibilities while working for Taco Bell in the form of employee relations, recruiting and MIT training for the Central Florida market over 20 years ago! His experience in operations provides a unique perspective in understanding how human resource-based objectives can be most effective at the point of impact.
Kevin has a very hands on approach with clients, often spending time onsite at their facilities, assisting front line leaders and business owners with challenging and critical HR hiring-based initiatives. His experience is supported by an MBA earned at the University of Central Florida and undergraduate degrees from Niagara University and SUNY Cobleskill with concentration in hospitality.
A Training & Development veteran for 30+ years, Jim Knight facilitates on a variety of interactive topics, including sessions around organizational culture, world-class service, employee branding & engagement, performance management, philanthropy, leadership and facilitation training.
Jim cut his teeth in the training field through the hospitality industry, starting out as a restaurant staff-level employee for Olive Garden and Hard Rock Cafe. He eventually became the head of the School of Hard Rocks, running point on all learning & development functions for Hard Rock International.
In addition to being a principal of CareersForward, Jim is the Founder of Knight Speaker, which positions him to facilitate at any association or company event as a keynote or breakout speaker. He is also a Managing Partner in our sister company, PeopleForward, a business solutions consortium providing organizational services and expertise to the restaurant, hotel and retail industries. Finally, Jim is the author of Culture That Rocks: How to Revolutionize Your Company’s Culture, a how-to business book designed to amp up a brand in any industry.