Speakers

Rachel Calkins

Communications Marketing Specialist at Tripleseat

Rachel Calkins graduated from the University of Delaware in June 2019 with a degree in marketing. Previously she was part of the Tripleseat team as a marketing intern and loved her experience so much that she returned to begin her professional career with Tripleseat, where she is currently the Communications Marketing Specialist.

You can find Rachel co-hosting Tripleseat’s podcast, Two Chicks, Three Seats, sending the Tripleseat customer newsletter to your inbox, and posting all about our amazing Tripleseat customers on Instagram.

In her free time, she enjoys watching and playing sports, traveling to new cities, cooking with her air fryer, and exploring Boston’s restaurant scene with her friends.

Marisa Colangelo

US Director of Private Events at 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 SOPs.

A natural-born leader driven by her passion for hospitality, Colangelo has exceeded expectations since in her early days at Fordham University where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and business administration.

Christine Gritmon

Founder, Christine Gritmon Inc.

Christine Gritmon empowers professionals to step into their personal brands in a bigger, bolder way on social media. You CAN do it — she’ll teach you how! She’s spoken on stages worldwide and is a frequent expert guest on podcasts, live streams, Twitter chats, and blog posts, as well as hosting her own weekly Twitter chat, #ChatAboutBrand, and live interview show, Let’s Talk About Brand.

Kate Kennedy

Director of Growth & Product Marketing at Tripleseat

Kate Kennedy has worked in the hospitality industry since she was 15, from bussing tables in high school, bartending in college and grad school, and eventually working as a Private Events and Marketing Manager for a national restaurant group.

After debating whether she should use her graduate degree in fashion merchandising, Kennedy decided she loved hospitality a little more than fashion and began working at Tripleseat in 2015. Currently holding the position of Director of Growth & Product Marketing, she loves using her vast knowledge of the industry in a non-venue setting.

When she’s not working towards Tripleseat’s world domination, you can find her hanging out on the New Hampshire seacoast with her husband and two children.

Jonathan Morse

CEO and Founder of Tripleseat

Jonathan Morse is the CEO and founder of Tripleseat, a catering and event management platform an event and sales web application platform for restaurants, hotels, and unique venues, used by more than 15,000 customers at restaurants, hotels, and unique venues in 30 different countries.

Morse has been involved in the restaurant and hotel business for more than 30 years, with roles ranging from a busboy at Abadessa’s in Hingham, Mass., to line cook at Atlantic Cafe in Nantucket, to floor manager at Backbay Restaurant Group, to New England regional sales manager for Starwood Hotels. Before starting Tripleseat, Morse was a vice president of sales for a web startup that delivered business intelligence reporting to the restaurant industry.

Jessika Phillips

Founder of NOW Marketing Group

Jessika is a social media strategist known for her outspoken dedication to relationship marketing. Jessika’s personal mission is to inspire people to love more, give more and be more through using authentic relationships every day. She founded NOW Marketing Group in 2010 with only a laptop and a vision.

The company is now a Forbes recognized Agency Partner and a certified inbound partner with Hubspot. NOW Marketing Group works with more than 100 clients across the United States and beyond, choosing to serve – not sell. Jessika teaches comprehensive relationship marketing, presents in a weekly videocast “Magnet Marketers” and hosts one of the largest social media midwest conferences, Social Media Week Lima.

Andrew Rigie

Executive Director of the New York City Hospitality Alliance

Andrew Rigie is the Executive Director of the New York City Hospitality Alliance, an association representing restaurants and nightlife venues throughout the five boroughs.

Andrew was born into the hospitality business, working at his family’s third-generation bakery in Queens, N.Y. He later “got his apron dirty” by working multiple positions within the industry before joining the New York State Restaurant Association in 2004. There he recruited members, was a grassroots organizer, and provided resources and consulting services to restaurant operators, including its Nightlife Association chapter that represented bars and nightclubs. In 2009, Andrew took the helm of the 80+-year-old association’s New York City operations as its Executive Vice President.

Rigie utilized the knowledge he gained working inside the industry and on its behalf, to become the founding executive director who launched the independent New York City Hospitality Alliance in 2012. Since then, The Alliance has grown into a premier organization delivering information, education, services and representing thousands of restaurants and nightlife venues in the halls of government and in the media.

Shira Spiewak

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, Spiewak launched her own consulting business. She has cultivated clients throughout Manhattan, the Hamptons, and several other major U.S. cities, customizing their event sales portfolios, increasing sales, and improving customer satisfaction. With her company, Dandy Life®, Spiewak currently specializes in organizing and launching event sales programs, generating hype, and implementing new event management systems. Spiewak is an advisory member of SERV.