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Meet The Experts 2014

Kevin Brown Keynote Kicks Off the Event

A keynote address (video above) from Kevin Brown, President/CEO of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, kicked off the first "Meet the Experts" event held on May 13, 2014 at Untitled on Kinzie Street in Chicago. By all accounts, the event was a big success thanks to the many participants, experts, and sponsors.

Thank you to our 2014 experts:

Kevin Brown


Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises

Janet Isabelli


Isabelli Media Relations

Expertise: Public Relations, Social Media, Web Media

Dan Raskin


Manny's Deli

Expertise: Going Retail, Foodservice

Rohini Dey


Expertise: Financing, Raising capital, and Business planning


Marc Jacobs

Managing Partner

Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises

Expertise: Customer/Employee Loyalty


Dan Rosenthal


The Rosenthal Group

Expertise: Sustainability, Business Planning, Customer/employee loyalty


Ron DiNella

Azzurra EnoTavola

Former CFO

Morton's Restaurant Group

Expertise: Investor Relations, Budgeting, Initial Public Offering, IPO, Restaurants, Finance, International Joint Ventures, structured finance

Justin Large


One Off Hospitality Group

Expertise: menu design, purchasing, retail


Barry Sorkin



Expertise: Business Plans, Financing


Steve Dolinsky

Food Reporter
ABC 7: Hungry Hound

Expertise: Public Relations Marketing Social Media

Ivan Matsunaga

Executive VP


Expertise: Delivery Service, Catering, Restaurant Licensing

Joe Terrell


Denny's of Mokena & Joliet

Expertise: Energy savings, Sustainability, LEED Certification

Marc Dorian

Vice President of Purchasing

Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises

Expertise: Purchasing

RJ Melman

Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises

Expertise: New concept development Promotions

Patrick Wartan

Managing Partner

Axia Law

Expertise: Licensing, Law

Jodi Fyfe


Paramount Events

Expertise: Catering, Events

Art Mendoza



Expertise: Opening on a shoe string budget


Kimberly Galban

VP Operations

One Off Hospitality Group

Expertise: customer/employee loyalty, human resources, business planning

Matthias Merges


Folk Art Restaurant Group

Expertise: Real Estate/Leasing Public Relations Social Media Menu Design

Alex Pappas


Axia Law

Expertise: Law, Licensing, Zoning

Chuck Taylor


Clifton Larson Allen

Expertise: Accounting, Tax

Patrick Donelly

General Manager

Hyatt Regency Chicago

John Heil


Heil & Kay

Expertise: Insurance; Risk Management

Joe Baez

Senior Associate

Clifton Larson Allen

Expertise: Tax

Nick Sarillo


Nick's Pizza & Pub

Expertise: Customer/Employee Loyalty, Human Resources

Steven Hartenstein



Expertise: Cost Control, Building/Maintaining relationships, Visionary leadership

Wayne Rich

Heartland Payment Systems

Expertise: Payment processing

Michael Telesky

Vice President, Key Accounts

United Healthcare

Expertise: Health Insurance, Affordable Care Act

Glenn Keefer


Keefer's Restaurant

Jim Pfieffer

Account Executive

Social Media Beast

Nic Senerius

Director of Hospitality

ReSource Point of Sale LLC

Laurie Cairns


Blast Marketing

2014 Sponsors:


Platinum Sponsors


Gold Sponsors


Silver Sponsors


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