The Team


Phillip Alfus, President


Phillip began his hotel career in 1971 at The Saint Regis Hotel in New York City. He has worked throughout the country earning titles of General Manager and eventually Corporate Vice President. In 1983 he became an executive search consultant, and began utilizing his years of work experience and an extensive roster of industry contacts. Phillip established The Alfus Group, Inc. in 1992, which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary.

His professional affiliations include: The American Hotel & Motel Association, Meeting Planners International, La Chaine des Rotisseurs, The Hotel Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) and The American Society of Association Executives. Phillip was also elected a member of the Board of Trustees of New York University's School for Hospitality, Tourism and Travel Administration. He has lectured to graduating classes at various institutions, done numerous speaking engagements for The Educational Institute and conducted seminars and training sessions for Corporate Clients.


Richard Hollocou - Director

With over 25 years of restaurant experience, Richard specializes in Food and Beverage executive placement.  Over the years, he’s hired and trained both Front and Back of the House staff at a number of venues. This experience helps him screen applicants, accurately advise clients, and present only the best possible candidates for each position.
Prior to joining The Alfus Group, Richard served as General Manager of Le Bernardin, Gotham Bar & Grill, and Café Gray in New York City.  He also worked in a variety of Food and Beverage positions with InterContinental Hotels, and has experience opening / repositioning restaurants nationwide.
Richard has a degree in Economics and Accounting from Manhattan College.  He is a member of The American Sommelier Association and The Conferie de Beaujolais.  He was nominated for a James Beard Award in 1996 for Outstanding Wine Service in America.


Christian Neill – Senior Associate

Christian has eight years of experience in the food and beverage industry, as well as experience in real estate sales. He brings to The Alfus Group a complete understanding of restaurant operations, having held numerous front-of-the-house and management positions.

During his tenure at The Alfus Group, Christian has handled various high-profile Executive Searches for Sales, Marketing, Revenue and Hotel Operations positions.

Christian has a degree in Anthropology from the University of Tennessee, and a Chinese Language Studies degree from the Beijing Language and Culture University.


Morgan English – Director of Research & Social Media

Morgan oversees all research and development tasks at The Alfus Group, while playing a key role in spearheading the new social media department. Prior to joining The Alfus Group in May, 2011, Morgan worked as Production Coordinator and Assistant Editor with Perception NYC, a graphic design firm. 
With a passion for the arts and a BFA degree in Film Production, Morgan continues to provide Media and Public Relations services to independent filmmakers, artists and non-profit organizations.


Research & Administration Department

Catherine Coulson – Research Assistant

Karen Dennison – Administrative Assistant

Priscilla McEver – Administrative Assistant


Susan Wilner, Senior Associate

With a background of ten years in Hotel Food & Beverage and Rooms positions, Susan brings an informed approach to hospitality research.  Her connections and professional expertise make her a valuable asset to the team.  When she is not assisting The Alfus Group, Susan serves as an adjunct professor for NYU’s Hospitality Management program.  She has a degree in Hotel Management from Fairleigh Dickinson University.


Howard Segal, CPA & Financial Consultant

With over 21 years of experience, Howard brings expert accounting knowledge to The Alfus Group. In addition to handling internal accounting, he’s a valuable advisor for executive placement of clients’ financial positions.

Howard received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Brooklyn College. He is licensed as a CPA in the State of New York. He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants.