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CEC Search LLC was founded by Carl Chapman in July of 2005 after he left the employ of a top 25 ranked office in the Management Recruiters International franchise system.  During his time with The Dunwoody Group, Carl created the largest and most successful restaurant management focused recruiting practice in the entire Management Recruiters International system (MRI is the largest recruiting firm and the world with over 1300 offices world wide.)  During his five year tenure, he was awarded recruiter of the month and recruiter of the year numerous times.  Carl was also earned pacesetter status, a distinction bestowed upon the top 3% of MRI executive recruiters.

Since founding CEC Search LLC, Carl has assembled a team of dedicated executive recruiters, independent management recruiters and partnering firms that provide unparalleled service in executive recruitment.  The recruiting disciplines covered with true expertise include:

  • Field Multi-unit Management
  • Executive Level Operations Management
  • Field Human Resources
  • Home Office Human Resources
  • Supply Chain
  • Corporate Benefits & Compensation
  • Financial Analysis & Planning
  • Restaurant management
  • Inventory Control & Planning
  • Construction & Real Estate
  • Employee Relations
  • Store Level Management
  • Corporate and Field Training
  • Large Project Recruitment
  • Salary and Wage surveying
CEC Search LLC is a trusted provided executive recruiting services to some of the largest restaurant companies in the world.  Our clients include corporate and franchise partners in McDonald's, Wendy's, Burger King, Taco Bell, KFC, Cracker Barrel, Arby's, Ryan's, Johnny Carino's, and many others.

Philosophy - Our philosophy is to create lasting business relationships with clients and help them to achieve their strategic goals through the acquisition of human capital. Taking the extra care to ask really tough questions about what the perfect candidate will possess may take time, but the results are well worth the investment. Our office strives to become a consulting business resource where other account executives and we constantly think outside the box to bring extra value to the recruiting process.

Biography - Carl Chapman founded CEC Search LLC in July 2005.  Carl has 20+ years of food service/restaurant industry and related experience. Most of his career has been spent in restaurant operations and the pursuit of operational improvement. Having served in front line management positions, multi-unit supervision, as well as franchise development and operations, Carl has a deep understanding of the need for committed, talented, and motivated team members. Carl founded two companies that provided restaurants with vertical market software solutions, IT consulting services, and financial interface programming from store-based POS systems to corporate accounting systems.  His most recent position was as Vice President of the Food Service Division with a top 25 ranked office in the Management Recruiters International franchise network.  Carl was recruited by the owner of The Dunwoody Group, LLC. to aggressively launch the office into Food Service/Restaurant management recruiting.  Prior to that he served as Vice President of Product Development and Operations at UTA Business Systems where he led the company to be a predominant provider to the delivery industry. Routinely talking with senior level executives (including chairpersons of Fortune 500 companies) about how to utilize technology to achieve higher profit margins has helped keep him abreast of the latest trends. Carl is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy with BS in general engineering.

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