MILWAUKEE, WI – The Bartolotta Restaurants, the premier restaurant and catering organization in the Greater Milwaukee region, has named veteran human resources leader Gabriella Bauer, PHR, SHRM-CP as the company’s Senior Director of Human Resources. A 20-plus year veteran of the HR sector, Ms. Bauer will drive the company’s HR strategy forward, enhancing its vibrant culture and fostering growth through process improvement and performance management; ensuring a seamless integration of HR practices that align with the company’s goals and values.

“At its core, the hospitality industry is about genuine, enduring relationships and creating lasting memories,” says The Bartolotta Restaurants Chief Executive Officer Keith Trafton. “Our team members are integral to this. Gabriella is an innovative and adaptable leader that will enable us to continue to grow and develop our talent base, while supporting our team and our culture, centered around our hospitality heart.” 

Born and raised in Oxford, England, Ms. Bauer relocated to the United States in 1988 and soon called Southern Wisconsin home. She most recently served as Manager of People Experience for BayWa r.e. Solar Systems, a role in which she managed the recruitment and development experience for 200 employees across 34 states. Ms. Bauer has also led her own HR consulting firm, providing recruitment, engagement, process improvement, and performance management services to multiple organizations.

“Having spent so much of my life in the Milwaukee region, I’ve always looked to The Bartolotta Restaurants as an example of a company that puts its family of employees first,” says Ms. Bauer. “I look forward to aligning my skills and techniques with the company’s as we work together to elevate the employee experience, nurture a positive work culture, and continue to foster an environment in which every team member can thrive and contribute to our success.”

Ms. Bauer is a graduate of Oxford School of Business and Media and Lakeland University. She holds the coveted Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) credentials.