Take a look at the 2020 all-star events industry lineup and check back as more speakers are announced.
Eventcamp 2020 SPEAKERS
CEO and Founder, Tripleseat
Jonathan Morse is the CEO and founder of Tripleseat, a web application for restaurants, hotels and unique venues, chosen by more than 35,000 Event Managers and Restaurant Owners. Tripleseat helps these businesses increase their event bookings and streamlines the planning process. Jonathan has been involved in the restaurant and hotel business for 30+ years with roles ranging from a busboy at Abadessa’s in Hingham, MA, to line cook at Atlantic Café in Nantucket, to Floor Manager at Backbay Restaurant Group, to New England Regional Sales Manager for Starwood Hotels. Before starting Tripleseat, Jonathan was a VP of Sales for a web startup that delivered Business Intelligence reporting to the restaurant industry.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Union Square Hospitality Group
Danny Meyer is the CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group and the founder of Shake Shack. Union Square Hospitality Group comprises some of New York’s most beloved restaurants, including Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, The Modern, and more. Danny, his restaurants and chefs have earned an unprecedented 28 James Beard Awards, and Danny’s recent personal achievements include the Julia Child Award (2017) and his inclusion on the TIME 100 list of the Most Influential People in the World (2015). Danny’s first business book, Setting the Table (HarperCollins, 2006), a New York Times bestseller, examines the power of hospitality in restaurants, business, and life. An active national leader in the fight against hunger, Danny serves on the board of Share Our Strength and has long supported hunger relief initiatives including City Harvest and God’s Love We Deliver.
Hospitality & Operations Consultant
Katie Bell has spent over 20 years in the restaurant industry, at numerous James Beard awarded and Michelin-starred restaurants including Per Se, Blue Hill, & Agern. She currently works as an operations and hospitality consultant and has worked with Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group to open Untitled and later Manhatta, and most recently with the Dig Food Group to open 232 Bleecker. Katie writes for Life & Thyme Magazine and, when not in the restaurant or running, can generally be found barefoot with a negroni in her backyard.
Founder/Creative Director - a razor, a shiny knife
Michael J. Cirino is the founder and creative director of a razor, a shiny knife, a New York-based entertainment company that specializes in high-impact experiences and compelling multiplatform storytelling. A razor, a shiny knife was created in 2007, with the goal of creating unique and adventurous productions with industry-leading geniuses and organizations around the world. Since founding a razor, a shiny knife, Michael has appeared on the front page of both the New York Times and Los Angeles Times dining section and has hosted critically acclaimed experiences all around the world.
US Director of Private Events, Zuma
Marisa Colangelo is the US Director of Private Events for Zuma Restaurants. After joining the group in 2016, she has been the driving force in establishing the first-ever private dining department in the company’s history and continues to lead the team nationally in New York, Las Vegas, Miami and Boston day-to-day. She exponentially grows sales year over year, she leads and develops talented sales teams throughout the US, supports new openings, and drives marketing initiatives and event experiences while establishing company-wide SOP’s. A natural-born leader driven by her passion for hospitality, Marisa has exceeded expectations since in her early days at Fordham University where she graduated with a B.S. in Psychology and Business Administration.
Ning (Amelie) Kang
Ning (Amelie) Kang developed her love for original Chinese home cooking beside her grandmother’s wok stove. Being a firm believer in “find something you love, and never work a day,” Amelie went against the mainstream and chose to turn her passion for food into a profession at the Culinary Institute of America. After graduation, Amelie went through every position in restaurant operations, including line cook at Michelin Star chef Daniel Boulud’s restaurant, bartender at B Flat, and General Manager at China Blue. To her surprise, New York City, being a gastronomy heaven, has few Chinese restaurants that demonstrate her home cuisine to the fullest. Eager to find originality 6,000 miles away from home, she decided to build her own restaurant to define what she’d been searching for. At the age of 24, she opened the first location of MáLà Project in East Village, focusing on reviving the childhood memory of the food and surroundings that her generation had grown up with. She believes in making a change to the society by influencing the way people eat and interact. Besides presenting her hometown cuisine, she is also determined to create a workplace where restaurant workers can build their lives upon.
Founder, Make It Happen Management
David has organized worldwide events for some of the largest and most influential companies in the world, including Barclays Capital, Goldman Sachs, Arthur Andersen and Blackstone, applying his unparalleled expertise to every project. His goal is to make every event exceptional, exciting, entertaining, and empowering for both his clients and their guests.
Director, Restaurant Group Sales/Entertainment & Cabana Sales for the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Michelle O’Hala is the Director of Restaurant Group Sales for The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, where she oversees all sales events and private bookings for the luxury casino-resort’s 20 award-winning culinary and bar and lounge concepts. A veteran of the sales industry, O’Hala possesses decades of experience in multiple domestic markets and prides herself on helping guests create lasting memories.
Beginning her career in West Palm Beach, Florida with Morton’s Steakhouse, O’Hala led her team in several capacities from sales to operation, training, events and more. During her 19-year tenure with the company, she transferred to other locations within the portfolio including Atlanta, Georgia & Las Vegas. While at Morton’s in Las Vegas, she also worked as a corporate coach for an organization called Soaring Eagle Enterprises where she taught customer service, leadership and success skills. In 2012, O’Hala assumed a corporate events role at hospitality and nightlife force TAO Group before joining the sales team at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas in 2015.
When she is not creating memories for her clients, you can find her teaching yoga, taking a yoga class or spending time with her family.
Corissa Saint Laurent
Marketing Strategist, Speaker & Trainer
Corissa Saint Laurent is an engagement marketing strategist specializing in educational marketing. She shares her knowledge and inspiration for all things entrepreneurial from stages and classrooms across North America. Corissa is also passionate about helping people free their voice and use speaking and presenting to grow their business and career. She lives in Portland, OR with her husband and son, and yes, is that kind of weird.
President and Founder of Dandy Life
Shira Spiewak began her career working as an in-house sales manager in New York City. After many years on the venue side, Shira has launched her own consulting business. She has cultivated clients throughout Manhattan, the Hamptons, and several other major US cities, customizing their event sales portfolios, increasing sales, and improving customer satisfaction. With her company, Dandy Life®, Shira currently specializes in organizing and launching event sales programs, generating hype, and implementing new event management systems. Shira is an advisory member of SERV.