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Ian Milford

Principal | JRoss Hospitality Recruiters

If you're looking for Hospitality experience, Ian has it. He started with years of training and hands on experience as a chef in some of Vancouver's finest restaurants. Ian then moved outside the kitchen to act as a Purchaser for major hotel expansions, and to work in Banquets, Catering and Food & Beverage Management positions for one of Vancouver's leading hotel properties. He has been an Account Manager serving hotel and restaurant clients across Canada, as well as bakery and pastry clients in the US.

Starting as a busboy in a trendy Vancouver restaurant, Ian's interest in the culinary arts led him through a four year apprenticeship program to give him his Red Seal in 1987. He built on that training in a number of fine restaurants and hotels including Umberto's Ristorante, the Wedgewood Hotel and the Pacific Palisades Hotel. From there, his hands on Hospitality operations career took him through roles in Purchasing, Banquets, Catering Sales, In Room Dining and finally Food and Beverage Management.

In 1995 Ian joined W.H. Puddifoot Ltd. to act as an Account Manager supplying china, flatware and stemware to many of Canada's leading restaurants and hotels. From there he moved to JRS Amenities Ltd. and spent the next two years traveling throughout North America and Asia while promoting hotel amenity packages like AVEDA, Garden Botanika and Deserving Thyme.

After a turn as the top Account Manager with a BC-based firm that manufactures equipment for the baking and pastry industry, Ian rejoined the sales team at W. H. Puddifoot to build strong, long term relationships with Canada's leading hotel chains.

In 2005 Ian combined his broad, hands on knowledge of the Hospitality industry with his natural people skills to join Rob Fisher and Jackie Ross in founding JRoss Hospitality Recruiters. Ian currently lives in Vancouver.