Benoit Gateau-Cumin

Founder/Chief Recruiting Officer

Born and raised in France, Benoit managed to scoop up a French law degree prior to studying Hotel Administration at Cornell University.

Upon graduation in 1975, he engaged in an eleven-year hotel management career that took him to Chicago, New York, Washington DC, San Diego, Istanbul, Jamaica and Hawaii. He held positions with Omni, Hyatt, Hilton International, ITT Sheraton and Méridien, as well as Honolulu’s unique Halekulani, consistently rated as one of the world’s best.

Benoit was bit by the “headhunting” bug in 1986, and has not relented yet. He founded The Boutique Search Firm in February 1992. His motto: small is beautiful. Benoit loves to mountain bike, take long walks with his wife Susana and their two dogs, and work on becoming an expert fly-fisherman.

Susana Parks

Co-Owner/VP of Operations

Susana Parks was born and raised in the Los Angeles area and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from UCLA. After working in politics in Washington, D.C for a prominent congressman, she chose to join the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company with the re-opening of the grand Huntington Hotel in Pasadena.

With the personality and constitution befitting a successful salesperson, she quickly moved into senior sales positions with Ritz-Carlton, the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, the St. Regis New York and the Beverly Wilshire.

For over a dozen years, she has been directing operations for The Boutique Search Firm and serving as Editor in Chief for their monthly newsletter, HEADS above the Rest. In her spare time, Susana enjoys traveling with her husband, playing with their two adorable dogs, and winning regional Mah Jongg championships.

Our Mascots! Millie and Finn.

Who Are Those Calendar Girls?

Our Calendar Girls are Isaure, Philippine and Alienor Sander! Their father is acclaimed international photographer and journalist Eric Sander who took their charming portraits for our website. For more info, visit

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