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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; while his larger than life personality and natural ability to connect with any group, has positioned him as a mentor to students, brand builders, and business owners.

In 2008, Grutman opened the world-renowned LIV nightclub at Fontainebleau forever making his name synonymous with nightlife and music. Grutman’s ‘buzz’ style tactics and high-profile celebrity clientele made the cornerstone of his empire, LIV, the third highest grossing nightclub in the United States. Grutman was hailed by Rolling Stone magazine as the 11th most important person in Electronic Dance Music.

As a follow up to the groundbreaking success at LIV, Grutman opened mega club Story in 2013, again showcasing his unique energy to the nightlife scene. In 2015, Grutman opened his first restaurant Komodo, a 600-seat restaurant in the heart of Miami’s Brickell Neighborhood. Komodo combines top food, atmosphere and a unique blend of energy that has helped take his worldwide lifestyle brand to the next level. In 2016 Komodo introduced a third level, Komodo Lounge, catering to after dinner guests and nightlife revelers making Komodo a complete evening destination.

On the heels of Komodo’s success, Grutman partnered with NYC’s The Smile to open OTL, an approachable neighborhood café in Miami’s Design District. OTL serves as the Design District’s go-to community hangout with coffee, breakfast, drinks, sandwiches and pastries. OTL also features an upstairs, multifaceted creative event space.

In 2017, Grutman introduced four new projects, which will again reset the bar for the hospitality industry with new expansions in both nightclub and restaurant concepts.

David stays committed to carving out time to speak with a variety of audiences about successfully building brands, strong teams, and great relationships.  Most recently David has delivered keynotes for the University of Miami, Cornell University, IVY Social, the Federal Realty Investment Trust, and the CCRA Travel Commerce Network.

Grutman, an avid art collector currently resides in Miami Beach with his wife Isabela and daughter Kaia.

My Speakers Sessions

Wednesday, March 28