Take a look at the 2020 all-star events industry lineup and check back as more speakers are announced.
Eventcamp 2020 SPEAKERS
Director of Catering & Events, Rosa Mexicano
Amira Gertz is the Director of Catering for Rosa Mexicano Restaurants. Her department is responsible for the sale of all onsite group and private dining, as well as off-site catering and the development of B&I catering accounts. Amira joined the Rosa Mexicano team in 2013, helming sales for the New York region and was promoted in 2014 to oversee the division nationally. Prior to joining the team at Rosa Mexicano, Gertz was the director of private dining at City Hall Restaurant, where under the direction of Chef Henry Meer she grew the private dining department to a premier wedding and corporate venue in lower Manhattan. She began her career working in off-premise catering, planning and catering events all over NYC including the New York Public Library, Radio City and the Museum of the City of New York. Ms. Gertz is an adjunct professor at New York University’s Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality and actively donates her time to City Harvest, Temple Shaaray Tefila and the Fresh Air Fund. She holds a BS from New York University and has continued her food and wine education at the New School.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.