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Meet The Experts 2016

A Terrific Evening at Meet the Experts

Power networking & speed coaching was on the menu at the third annual Meet the Experts event on May 10, 2016. A special keynote address by Tim McEnery, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants, kicked off the evening at Fremont Chicago in River North. Thank you to everyone for attending, and to the experts and sponsors for supporting this valuable event event.


Thank you to our 2016 experts:

Joe Baez


Clifton Larson Allen

Chuck Taylor


Clifton Larson Allen

Kevin Boehm and Rob Katz


BOKA Restaurant Group

Gerrin Butler

Director of Food Production

Chicago Department of Public Health


Laurie Cairns

Managing Partner

Blast Marketing

Abe Conlon


Fat Rice

Patrick Donelly

General Manager

Hyatt Regency Chicago

Beau D'Arcy


Breakwater Chicago

Michelle Dukler


TGI Concessions

Marc Epstein

Operating Partner

Four Corners Tavern Group

Daniel Gerzina


Eater Chicago

Bobby Gonzalez

Concierge/Member, Les Clefs d'Or USA

Hotel Palomar Chicago

Adam Herbert

Managing Partner

The Radler

Janet Isabelli


Isabelli Media Relations

Rai Karmani


Zero Percent

Glenn Keefer

Risk Management Consultant

Heil & Kay Insurance

Beverly Kim



Tom Koenigsberg

Chief Marketing Officer

Cooper's Hawk Winery and Restaurants

Jeremy Kudan


Kudan Real Estate

Ashvin Lad


Breakwater Chicago

Donnie Madia

Restaurateur and Owner

One Off Hospitality Group

Eddie Mahoney

Operating Partner

The Fifty/50 Group

Matthew McCahill

Corporate Director of Food, Beverage & Nightlife

The Godfrey Hotel / The LondonHouse Hotel

Kelly McCahon

Sales and Marketing

Resource POS

Adam Geenen

Sales & Marketing

Resource POS

Tim McEnery


Cooper's Hawk Winery and Restaurants

Amy Morton

Owner and Operator

Found Kitchen and Social House

Alex Pappas


Axia Law

Wayne Rich

Senior Relationship Manager

Heartland Payment Systems

Carmen Rossi


8 | A Hospitality Company

Sam Sanchez


Samco Enterprises

Kristianna Smith

Director of Business Development

Land and Sea Dept.

Doug Sohn


Hot Doug's

Phil Tadros

Founder and CEO

Doejo/ Bowtruss Coffee/ Aquanaut Beer/ Bunny The Microbakery

Joey Terrell


Rte 66 Corporation

Patrick Wartan


Axia Law

Britt Whitfield


The Revel Group

Clinton Wolf


United Healthcare

Kristen Zagozdon

VP of HR

Cooper's Hawk Winery and Restaurants

2015 Sponsors:

Reinhart Logo      Axia Law Logo     Clifton Larson Allen Logo     Blast Marketing Logo


Event Sponsors:

NRA Show Logo    ServSafe Logo    Beam Logo    Samuel Adams Logo    Storypoint Logo   Homer's Ice Cream


In-Kind Sponsors:

True Brew Logo     Republic Services Logo    Tabbed Out Logo

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Silver Sponsors


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