Cathy Cooney

Director of Recruiting


Cathy brings more than 20 years’ experience of hospitality recruiting in Denver from direct restaurant management to training and recruiting. A true ‘lifetime restaurateur,’ she grew up in the business as her parents owned multiple restaurant concepts – from fine dining to a successful sports bar – in Breckenridge, Colorado.

Cathy went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management from the University of Denver, and was recruited right out of college by The Palm. With this legendary brand, she grew her career for 20 years on the management teams of high profile restaurants in multiple cities including Boston, Dallas and London. In 2007, the opportunity to take over The Palm’s location in her home city of Denver arose, and she returned to lead the iconic restaurant for over 12 years.

Most recently serving as General Manager of The One Group’s STK Restaurant in Denver, Cathy increased sales and quickly became the training store for the company, where she trained all new managers from around the country.

A ‘master networker,’ she knows no strangers in the Denver market and surrounding major metropolitan areas. She currently serves on the Boards of the Department of Public Health and Environment for the City of Denver, as well as the Colorado Restaurant Association where she served 4 years as the President for the CRA’s Mile High Chapter.

A self-proclaimed ‘Colorado Girl’ through-and-through, you can find her on the weekends driving to the mountains to take in the fresh air and radiant sun or to ski the slopes as a former amateur racer. If not in the mountains, you can find this die-hard Broncos fan attending a home game with her family or enjoying Denver’s burgeoning restaurant scene.

Based in Denver, Cathy is responsible for sourcing top hospitality talent for TalentServed’s clients throughout the Mountain West and beyond.


Expertise In:

  • General Managers
  • Executive Chefs
  • Multi-Unit Leaders
  • Executive Level Management
  • Independent Restaurateurs
  • Emerging Brands
  • Established National & International Concepts