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Tuesday, March 27

9:45am PDT

CORE Gives, Special Video Presentation
CORE is the official charity of Nightclub & Bar Show, granting support to children of food and beverage service employees navigating life-altering circumstances. Learn more and give back.

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Barry Gutin

President & CEO, GuestCounts Hospitality
As President and CEO of Guest Counts Hospitality, operators of Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar (in four cities) and Philadelphia’s esteemed Brûlée Catering, Barry provides the vision, strategy and leadership behind its unique and profitable restaurant, nightlife and catering concepts... Read More →

Tuesday March 27, 2018 9:45am - 9:55am PDT
Room S222

10:00am PDT

Super Session Now & Next at the Bar: 2018 and Beyond

Total drink sales in restaurants and bars are lagging overall industry trends – what gives? Join Technomic for a fast-paced look at what types of establishments, alcohol categories and drinks are growing and why, and explore how changing consumer and industry dynamics are creating new opportunities as well as potential disruptors for your business. Learn what lies ahead and key strategies for success. 

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Donna Hood Crecca

Associate Principal, Technomic Inc.
Donna Hood Crecca is an Associate Principal at Technomic Inc., where she spearheads the firm’s Adult Beverage Practice and its Convenience Store Practice. She is a veteran of the foodservice and drinks industries, having covered and consulted for the restaurant, foodservice, convenience... Read More →
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Melissa Wilson

Principal, Technomic Inc.
Melissa Wilson, Principal, has more than 25 years of consulting experience in the foodservice industry. She works closely with senior leadership teams on determining the strategic implications from consumer and operator research engagements, as well as brand evolution opportunities... Read More →

Tuesday March 27, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am PDT
Room S222

11:00am PDT

Keynote - The Game Changer: Lessons from Ron “Jaws” Jaworski
When it comes to teamwork—and football—the best defense is a good offense. If you want to protect your brand like an NFL offensive line protects its quarterback, you’ll want to hear from Ron “Jaws” Jaworski. After a distinguished 17-year career as an NFL quarterback, Jaws took his leadership skills from the gridiron to the boardroom as the owner of a professional sports team, a business relationship company and five golf courses. He’s also the author of “The Games That Changed the Game,” which highlights seven games in NFL history that changed the strategies and tactics used in NFL football. Learn what strategies and tactics you can put in place to tackle your company’s challenges.

Highlights of Jaws Career:
  • NFL Analyst
  • 17 Years in the NFL as a Quarterback
  • 1980 NFL NFC Champion
  • Previous Held Record for most consecutive Starts by a QB
  • Commentator of Monday Night Football for 4 years
  • Rated #1 Analyst to breakdown Quarterbacks
  • Author of The Games that Change the Games
  • Majortiy Co-Owner of the AFL Football Team The Philadelphia Soul
  • Owner of the Networking Company Business Clubs or America
  • Owner of Ron Jaworski Management Company - Owns 6 golf courses

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Ron Jaworski

NFL Analyst and Former Quarterback
After a 17 year distinguished career as an NFL quarterback, today Jaworski is coaching football fans on TV. ESPN’S Mike Tirico said, “If you made a list of 10 guys on TV in any sport as an analyst who you'd want to have a beverage with and watch a game, he's [Ron Jaworski] high... Read More →

Tuesday March 27, 2018 11:00am - 11:45am PDT
Room S222

1:00pm PDT

Super Session Secrets to Success: NCB Award Winners Tell All
The annual Nightclub & Bar Awards recognize the best of the best in our industry. They are awarded to the operators who demonstrate remarkable expertise and insight in the bar, nightclub and restaurant business. This panel of award-winning operators will share the secrets of their success, from how they stand out amongst competitors to how they identify and succeed with ever-changing guest demands. Those who attend this special session will have the opportunity to ask these industry leaders questions. After all, who better to learn from than operators recognized by Nightclub & Bar for being the best in what they do?

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Bob Peters

Chief Mixologist, The Punch Room
Bob Peters is a Charlotte native, which makes him as rare and as special as the libations you will find behind his bar. With strong southern roots, Bob has always enjoyed the art of dining and taking care of friends. He is well known for his creative palate as well as for his ability... Read More →

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David Brinkley

Owner, Love and Propaganda
David Brinkley is an expert in the nightclub business who has owned and operated four of San Francisco’s most popular nightlife establishments. He is currently the co-founder and managing partner of Love + Propaganda Nightclub, Audio Nightclub, and Bergerac Bar. He was previously... Read More →
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Chris Fuselier

Owner, Blake Street Tavern
Chris Fuselier is the Owner of Denver’s Blake Street Tavern, named the 2017 National Sports Bar of the Year by Nightclub & Bar. Blake Street Tavern opened in 2003 and is located one block from Coors Field and in Denver’s vibrant Ballpark Neighborhood. The winner of numerous awards... Read More →
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Grant Gedemer

Food & Beverage Director, The Godfrey Hotel Chicago
Grant Gedemer serves at Food and Beverage Director at The Godfrey Hotel Chicago, overseeing the food and beverage teams at the hotel’s two outlets, I|O Godfrey and Dolce Italian, as well as leading event creation, execution, and marketing for the lounge and restaurant.With more... Read More →
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Danny Hai

Owner & General Manager, Love and Propaganda
Danny Hai is co-founder, managing partner, and the General Manager of Love + Propaganda nightclub, situated in the Union Square district of San Francisco. He played an integral role in the design and build of the venue, which opened in 2015. Drawing from over 15 years of experience... Read More →

Tuesday March 27, 2018 1:00pm - 1:50pm PDT
Room S222

3:00pm PDT

Super Session NFL Alumni, Now Unstoppable F&B Entrepreneurs
Even with NFL in your resume opening a new bar, restaurant or nightclub is challenging. Hear first-hand stories about the challenges and successes from former NFL players who have entered the nightlife playing field.

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Barry Gutin

President & CEO, GuestCounts Hospitality
As President and CEO of Guest Counts Hospitality, operators of Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar (in four cities) and Philadelphia’s esteemed Brûlée Catering, Barry provides the vision, strategy and leadership behind its unique and profitable restaurant, nightlife and catering concepts... Read More →

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Gary Brackett

Founder, Brackett Restaurant Group
Prior to founding Brackett Restaurant Group and Gary Brackett’s Impact Foundation, Gary Lawrence Brackett was a linebacker for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League. He was signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent in 2003 after having been a walk-on to the... Read More →
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Ron Jaworski

NFL Analyst and Former Quarterback
After a 17 year distinguished career as an NFL quarterback, today Jaworski is coaching football fans on TV. ESPN’S Mike Tirico said, “If you made a list of 10 guys on TV in any sport as an analyst who you'd want to have a beverage with and watch a game, he's [Ron Jaworski] high... Read More →
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Reggie Kelly

Founder & Owner, KYVAN® Foods
Early Years In the 1980’s, most Sunday afternoons in Aberdeen ended up the same way. The neighborhood boys would pile into a backyard, split up into teams, and face-off in the Mississippi grass. Though a football was involved in the efforts, this weekend get-together was actually... Read More →

Tuesday March 27, 2018 3:00pm - 3:50pm PDT
Room S222
Wednesday, March 28

11:00am PDT

Keynote - The Bar of Tomorrow: e-Sports, Streaming & Innovation
Our industry is in transition.  This panel will look at the “disruptive innovation” impacting the bar business and what you need to do to capitalize on it.  e-Sports, streaming & evolving social interaction technologies create an entirely new landscape in which you’re engaging your next customer.  Gen Z, Gen X, and Millennials present unique challenges and opportunities but let’s not forget the Baby Boomers.

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Thom Greco

Owner, Greco Holdings, Inc.
Thom Greco is educated as a scientist with a degree in biology and chemistry but, also pursued hospitality while a student. At age 17 he owned his first nightclub, an under 21 dance club, The Vox Box, which within two years resulted in three locations and a TV show on the nationally... Read More →

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Bill Dever

Chief Strategist, Harena Data
Bill served as President of Spark Interactive Corporation, the first company in North America to deliver fully interactive video on dark fiber.His partners in these ventures included AT&T, Sun Microsystems, General Electric, and Pace. He also served as President of Stimulus Net Inc... Read More →
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Nick Fotheringham

Owner, The Nerd in Downtown Las Vegas
Mr. Fotheringham has been building gaming communities and throwing one of a kind events for almost two decades. He has organized and built events for industry leaders such as: Microsoft, Nintendo, Blizzard, 343, Twitch, The Pokemon Company and many others. He has planned and executed... Read More →
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JT Gleason

Director of Integration Success & Developer Success, Twitch.tv
JT Gleason is the Director of Integration Success on the Developer Success team at Twitch. He has been writing software and managing software engineering for 20 years. He started at Twitch in 2011 soon after its official launch as one of the company’s first full time Engineers focused... Read More →
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Armando Lanuti

President, Creative Works, Inc.
For more than 15 years, Armando Lanuti has made his impact on the entertainment industry as an operator, consultant, marketer, product developer and sales manager. Having worked as both a vendor and an operator, Lanuti’s unique industry insight allows him to help entertainment operators... Read More →
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Shawn Smith

President, Harena Data
Shawn Smith is a career entrepreneur and Millennial who has built several successful brands and businesses in the increasingly digital era. Where many established businesses struggle to grasp the preferences of the Millennial demographic, he is able to tap directly into his own experiences... Read More →

Wednesday March 28, 2018 11:00am - 11:45am PDT
Room S222

1:00pm PDT

Keynote - To Dominate, The David Grutman Experience
Superstar brand and hospitality developer, David Grutman shares his inspiring story and life lessons about the journey to becoming one of today’s most influential leaders in hospitality, nightlife, and brand development. David’s message highlights persistence and grit through early years as a young bartender who eventually fights to the top of the toughest industry in the world to build the most famous nightclub in the world, LIV.
Ten years, five more famous brands later; now he’s a brand in his own, as innovators look to David for where he’ll set the bar next. Rising students, entrepreneurs, and business leaders all draw value from his experiences and lessons. To Dominate, The David Grutman Experience, is a raw and unfiltered version of David; which is how you always get him: to-the-point, slightly outrageous, and downright motivational.

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David Grutman

King of Miami Nightlife
A native Floridian, David Grutman is responsible for several of the most successful and world renown brands, LIV at Fontainebleau, LIV at Hard Rock Stadium, Story, Komodo, and OTL. Grutman’s innovations in nightlife, hospitality, and music continue to set global industry trends... Read More →

Wednesday March 28, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm PDT
Room S222

3:00pm PDT

Nightclub & Bar Pitch Tank
For the second year, Nightclub & Bar Pitch Tank will connect bar & nightlife suppliers with top executives of the industry. This is a can’t miss opportunity for attendees to see what happens behind closed doors in the corporate world. Watch the drama unfold during live product pitches in front of industry gurus! Open to all attendees!

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Cory Johnson

Vice President of Food and Beverage, Caesars Palace
As vice president of food and beverage for Caesars Palace, I direct the property's $320 million food and beverage program and 2,300 employees. As a Pittsburgh native I have a healthy respect for fresh ingredients and recognizing the distinction between good and great, having begun... Read More →
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Ryan Klassen

Partner/Vice President of Operations, Element Hospitality Group
With a drive to compete with the largest nightlife players in the nation, industry veteran Ryan Klaasen has joined Element Hospitality Group, a fast-growing business that owns, manages and provides consultation for some nightclubs, lounges and restaurants throughout the U.S. As the... Read More →
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Jim Kleiss

Senior Hospitality Beverage Manager, Topgolf Las Vegas
Jim Kleiss is currently The Senior Hospitality Beverage Manager at Topgolf Las Vegas. A life time resident of Las Vegas, Jim has been in the Night Club and Restaurant business for over 30 years. The Who’s Who of the Las Vegas Bar scene has been through the doors of Tommy Rockers... Read More →
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Marc Marrone

Corporate Chef, TAO Group
Marc Marrone is the Corporate Chef of TAO Group, leading TAO Group restaurants, Las Vegas' TAO Vegas, Beauty & Essex, LAVO and Marquee Day Club; and Los Angeles' TAO, Highlight Room and Luchini Pizzeria and Bar and LAVO Singapore. Originally from New York City, Marrone received his... Read More →
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Ronn Nicolli

Senior Executive Director of Marketing, Wynn Nightlife
Coming from humble beginnings as a promotions host to becoming one of Las Vegas nightlife’s most respected and influential marketing minds, Ronn Nicolli joined the Wynn Las Vegas nightlife team in 2005. As the marketing executive for Tryst and XS, he created and developed marketing... Read More →
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Nikki Olayo

Corporate Partnership Manager
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Sal Wise

Executive Director of Nightlife Marketing, Hakkasan Group
Hakkasan Group is a worldwide entertainment, dining, nightlife, and hospitality company with establishments currently located across the United States, Europe, Middle East, and Asia. Its namesake is taken from its Michelin-star restaurant that set the high-level standard for the group’s... Read More →

Wednesday March 28, 2018 3:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Room S222