How Ed Eynon Builds Talent-Based Organizations ®

by Talent Plus

March 03, 2022BlogSelectionLeadership

When Ed Eynon was the Senior Vice President of Human Resources for The Cheesecake Factory, he setout to place the right person in every role. Eynon began his journey to creating Talent-Based Organizations and has been a long-standing partner with Talent Plus.

At his first conference for The Cheesecake Factory, he noticed the room was not as diverse as they hoped. Eynon sat next to the restaurant chain’s founder David Overton.

“Tom Donovan from the Ritz-Carlton was up on stage extolling the virtues of Talent Plus,” he remembers, “and David elbows me (Ed) and says, ‘Have you ever heard anything about these Talent Plus guys?’ In fact, Eynon has been connected with the co-founders of Talent Plus since 1980 and partnering with the company since its inception. And I said, ‘As a matter of fact I have.’” The transformation he witnessed gave Ed the confidence that the Talent Plus Way® works.

Eynon, now Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at KSL Resorts has seen how using The Science of Talent transforms organizations.

“Focusing on talent,” says Eynon, “it knows no gender, it knows no ethnicity.” The positive impact on creating a more diverse and talented leadership team at The Cheesecake Factory was almost instant. Soon, they began to jokingly refer to their corporate offices as the ‘United Nations’ because of the representation the organization boasted.

“Focusing on talent,” says Eynon, “it knows no gender, it knows no ethnicity.” The positive impact on creating a more diverse and talented leadership team at The Cheesecake Factory was almost instant. Soon, they began to jokingly refer to their corporate offices as the ‘United Nations’ because of the representation the organization boasted.

Eynon chose the REAL (Recognize, Engage, Accelerate, Lead) approach to select new hires by talent, rather than a resume alone, to build talent-based organizations.

Eynon, convinced of the impact of focusing on talent, asserts, “I can testify to the power of a science-backed selection process with Talent Plus because of the dramatic, positive impact it makes on an organization’s culture and bottom-line.”

Discovering people through their natural talent gives an organization a more authentic view of who they are than the traditional selection criteria, such as years of experience or education. While those criteria can tell someone what experiences an individual has been exposed to, it cannot predict how they will adapt tonew environments or how well they perform over time in a given role.

Through the science of talent, an organization can build a complete and predictive picture of the strengths a person has and predict their potential across their employee lifecycle.

When focusing on talent, which are innate traits in all of us, an organization can eliminate any costly and harmful bias built into your selection processes.


About Ed Eynon: 

For the last four decades, Ed Eynon has led Human Resources best practice efforts for some of the fastest growing companies and organizations throughout the U.S. and internationally.

Ed’s current role is Executive Vice President/Chief Human Resources Officer for KSL Resorts, LLC., which owns, operates and oversees a number of the premier upscale hotel, resort and spa properties in the United States, Europe and Asia/Pacific.  In this capacity Ed serves as both an investor and a strategic and tactical partner in the company, with duties including M&A work, acquisition integration and driving Human Resources best practices across the growing KSL portfolio of resort properties.

Prior to KSL, Ed served as SVP of Human Resources at The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated, where both the employee population and annual revenues more than doubled on his watch. Ed also served as SVP of Human Resources and International Relations for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, considered by the International Olympic Committee, NBC and others to be the best Olympic Games ever held.

Ed graduated magna cum laude from Brigham Young University and has a CCP (Certified Compensation Professional) certification. He has served as a board member for the Oscar and Evelyn Overton Foundation, for Enable Industries and as a business advisory committee member for Lord Fairfax College in Virginia.

Ed currently serves on the executive advisory committee for the UCLA Anderson School of Business’ Human Resources Executive Round Table (HARRT). This committee is comprised of senior executive members from a representative group of business and academic organizations that advise HARRT executives on its strategy, content, programs and membership.

Ed’s awards include the Executive of the Year for Ventura County, the rarely given Cheesecake Factory Founder’s award and the Olympic Order from the International Olympic Committee.