Mentro 2011 | Kent State University

Mentro 2011

John Altomare

NAME: John Altomare

CURRENT PROFESSIONAL POSITION: President, 3 Foodies LLC Restaurant Owner

BUSINESS ADDRESS: 80 N. Main St. Hudson, OH  44236

PHONE: 330-475-7937

EMAIL: jaltomare@3foodies.com

__X__ Restaurant & Night Club
_____ Foodservice Management (e.g. School, contract food, corporal dining, sport venue)
_____ Food Distribution and Sales
_____ Hotel, Resort, & other related Accommodations
_____ Private Club
_____ Event and Convention
_____ Foodservice & Hospitality Media
_____ Other  ______________________________________

John J. Altomare is a restaurant consultant and president of 3 Foodies, a company that includes a restaurant in Hudson, OH, which he runs with his two sons.  Altomare is a restaurant industry veteran with a long career history of success.  He was the senior vice president of concept development for Darden Restaurants, Inc.  Within the Red Lobster brand he oversaw innovations in the menu, restaurant operations, design, service, and technology.  Altomare started his restaurant career in 1979 and distinguished himself in leadership roles with Ground Round Restaurants, Chi Chi's Mexican Restaurants, and P&L Foodservices – a Boston Market franchisee.  Altomare later became the executive vice president of concept development for Boston Market. Altomare is an ambassador of the Culinary Institute of America and serves on the Kent State University Hospitality Management Advisory Board.


John Bibbo

NAME: John Bibbo

CURRENT PROFESSIONAL POSITION: President, Event Source

BUSINESS ADDRESS: 6001 Towpath Drive Cleveland, OH  44125

PHONE: 216-525-1700

EMAIL: johnbibbojr@eventsource.net

_____ Restaurant & Night Club
_____ Foodservice Management (e.g. School, contract food, corporal dining, sport venue)
_____ Food Distribution and Sales
_____ Hotel, Resort, & other related Accommodations
_____ Private Club
__X__ Event and Convention
_____ Foodservice & Hospitality Media
_____ Other  ______________________________________

John Bibbo, Jr. is president of Event Source. He has had successful and diversified experience in the rental products business. His efforts expanded and positioned Event Source into Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio's largest source for rental products. He has built the company's success on commitment to customer service for any size event in any location, superlative product quality and selection and state-of-the-art operations that are all backed by the expertise acquired during the firm's 30-year history.

His vision and realization for the 71,000 sq ft Cleveland facility housing an immense showroom and centralized internal operations were evidenced in the construction of the Event Source building in Valley View, just south of Cleveland.

He was one of the founding members of the Cleveland Chapter of International Special Events Society (ISES) in 2007 and currently serves as its president.


Michael Bosch

NAME: Michael Bosch

CURRENT PROFESSIONAL POSITION: Human Resource Director

BUSINESS ADDRESS: Marriott Cleveland East 26300 Harvard Rd, Warrensville Heights, OH 44122

PHONE: 216-755-1904

EMAIL: Michael.bosch@marriott.com

_____ Restaurant & Night Club
_____ Foodservice Management (e.g. School, contract food, corporal dining, sport venue)
_____ Food Distribution and Sales
__X__ Hotel, Resort, & other related Accommodations
_____ Private Club
_____ Event and Convention
_____ Foodservice & Hospitality Media
_____ Other__________________________________________________ 

Michael Bosch graduated in 1994 from Washington & Jefferson College in Washington PA with a BA in Psychology and in 2005 from Robert Morris University with an MBA.  Currently, Director of Human Resources for the Marriott Cleveland East, Michael has worked in Hospitality Human Resources for Wyndham Hotels & Resorts and at the Lancaster Host Resort and Golf Course.  In addition to Hospitality, he has held Human Resource positions in Manufacturing and Retail Distribution.  Along with his full time position, Michael volunteers with Towards Employment, a Cleveland non-profit where he serves on the board of directors.  He has also taught classes as needed for the Kent State Hospitality Program.


Elissa Burnett

NAME: Elissa Burnett

CURRENT PROFESSIONAL POSITION: Catering Event Manager, Renaissance Cleveland Hotel

BUSINESS ADDRESS: 24 Public Square Cleveland, OH, 44113

PHONE: 216.902.4195

EMAIL: Elissa.burnett@renaissancehotels.com

_____ Restaurant & Night Club
_____ Foodservice Management (e.g. School, contract food, corporal dining, sport venue)
_____ Food Distribution and Sales
__X__ Hotel, Resort, & other related Accommodations
_____ Private Club
__X__ Event and Convention
_____ Foodservice & Hospitality Media
_____ Other  ______________________________________

I graduated from Kent State University in December, 2005 and then started working for the Wyndham Cleveland at Playhouse Square Hotel as Catering Sales Manager in January.  I worked there concentrating on the wedding and social market for two and a half years.  I began at the Renaissance in June, 2008 in the same market, expanding to larger events.  In both positions I sell the space for the events and also work with the client one on one until the event is over.  It is my job to be their "event manager" and coordinate their needs with the rest of the hotel staff from food and set up to décor and specialty items.  I have worked with groups as small as 30 all the way up to 1300 guests. 


Jane Clarke

NAME: Jane Clarke

CURRENT PROFESSIONAL POSITION: Membership & Marketing Director,  Canterbury Golf Club

BUSINESS ADDRESS: 22000 S. Woodland Rd., Cleveland, OH 44122

PHONE: 216-561-1000 x 225

EMAIL: jclarke@canterburygc.org

_____ Restaurant & Night Club
_____ Foodservice Management (e.g. School, contract food, corporal dining, sport venue)
_____ Food Distribution and Sales
_____ Hotel, Resort, & other related Accommodations
__X__ Private Club
_____ Event and Convention
_____ Foodservice & Hospitality Media
_____ Other_________________________________________________

Jane Clarke holds a BS Ed. in Sport Management from Cleveland State University and began a career in the private club business as Athletic Director/Pool Manager at Shoreby Club in Bratenahl, OH. Shoreby Club is managed, not owned, by ClubCorp. Duties included oversight of Fitness Center, Pool Operations and personal trainer & lifeguard hiring/training and scheduling. During her 9 years of tenure at Shoreby, Jane also served as dining room supervisor, kitchen expediter, Member Relations Director – creating, marketing, producing the annual calendar of Member Events as well as facilitating amongst kitchen, service and management staff.

Ms. Clarke then moved into the North Coast Society Manager position with ClubCorp's corporate office (working from an office at Shoreby Club) then to the then newly created position of Area Network Manager, creating contract alliances among local businesses and venues for the enhancement of Member retention and use of their Club memberships, driving revenue amongst all involved and advising Membership Directors on best practices and marketing.

Currently, Jane Clarke has been at Canterbury Golf Club for 1 ½ years: first as Membership & Marketing Director, now as Member Services Director. Areas of responsibility include all aspects of Membership from responding to inquiries by phone & email, prospective Member tours, introductions, discussion, and hosting throughout the joining process. Within Canterbury she is also in charge of Reception/Communications for the Club, creating, marketing and participating in Member Events and Private Events, along with oversight & updates to the Club's web site and weekly email blasts to Members. Seasonally, she hires and oversees Pool & Tennis Staff and operations.

Jane also is the "face" of the Club throughout the Beachwood business community, with active participation in the Beachwood Chamber of Commerce as Membership Committee Chairperson and Board of Directors member. She is an active member of Cleveland Sales & Marketing Executives, as well.

In addition, Ms. Clarke is ACSM, NPSO and Red Cross certified to teach CPR/AED/First Aid; YMCA Recreational Diver and Personal Trainer certified.


Julie Costello

NAME: Julie Costello

CURRENT PROFESSIONAL POSITION: Sales Manager

BUSINESS ADDRESS: 3180 W. Market St., Akron OH 44333

PHONE: 330-618-7762

Email: Jcostel3@gmail.com Julie.Costello@Hilton.com

_____ Restaurant & Night Club
_____ Foodservice Management (e.g. School, contract food, corporal dining, sport venue)
_____ Food Distribution and Sales
__X__ Hotel, Resort, & other related Accommodations
_____ Private Club
__X__ Event and Convention
_____ Foodservice & Hospitality Media
_____ Other__________________________________________________

I started working at the Hilton Akron Fairlawn's front desk in June of 2006 while attending Kent State's Hospitality Program. Upon graduation in May 2009, I was promoted to Outside Sales Manager. In April 2010, I become Sales Manager dealing with corporate events from 2 to 600 people.


NAME: Heather Gortz

CURRENT PROFESSIONAL POSITION: Sales Manager

BUSINESS ADDRESS: 9801Carnegie Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106

PHONE: 216-707-4100

Email: Heather.Gortz@ihg.com

_____ Restaurant & Night Club
_____ Foodservice Management (e.g. School, contract food, corporal dining, sport venue)
_____ Food Distribution and Sales
__X__ Hotel, Resort, & other related Accommodations
_____ Private Club
_____ Event and Convention
_____ Foodservice & Hospitality Media
_____ Other__________________________________________________ 


NAME: Roger Greene

CURRENT PROFESSIONAL POSITION: General Manager-Hilton Garden Inn

BUSINESS ADDRESS: 8971 Wilcox Drive  Twinsburg, OH  44087

PHONE: 330-405-4488

EMAIL: Roger.greene@hilton.com

_____ Restaurant & Night Club
_____ Foodservice Management (e.g. School, contract food, corporal dining, sport venue)
_____ Food Distribution and Sales
__X__ Hotel, Resort, & other related Accommodations
_____ Private Club
_____ Event and Convention
_____ Foodservice & Hospitality Media
_____ Other  ____________________________________

I have 30 years of experience in hotel operations and sales.  I am a 1978 graduate of Kent State University.  I am the Regional Director of Operations for the Gateway Hospitality Group as well as the General Manager of the Hilton Garden Inn in Twinsburg, Oh.  I received the General Manager of the year award in 2002 for the entire Hilton Garden Inn brand. 


Darrell Guarinicllo

NAME: Darrell Guariniello

CURRENT PROFESSIONAL POSITION: President, Wing Warehouse

BUSINESS ADDRESS: 2215 East Waterloo Road units 101-103, Akron, Ohio 44312

PHONE: Office- 330-733-4005, Cell- 330-472-2600

EMAIL: dguariniello@msn.com

__X___ Restaurant & Night Club
_____ Foodservice Management (e.g. School, contract food, corporal dining, sport venue)
_____ Food Distribution and Sales
_____ Hotel, Resort, & other related Accommodations
_____ Private Club
_____ Event and Convention
_____ Foodservice & Hospitality Media
__X__ Other : Retail- mass merchandising, and C-store

Darrell Guariniello graduated from Kent in 1992 with a Bachelor's degree. He went on in corporate America after graduating in the food service field. He worked 5 years with Friendly restaurants, from a manager in training to multi-unit management and a training manager for the corporation. He then went on to Aldi foods. He had territory with them from Western New York, NW PA, into NE Ohio. He was in charge of multiple units there as well for over 3 years. Finally, his last position, before quitting and working for himself was with Sunoco Oil. There he managed 11 units and priced gasoline. Oversaw the convenient store operations and trained new managers. He left Sunoco in 2004.

In 2001 he opened Wing Warehouse in the Gala commons comdominium complex. In 2004, he purchased the name and another location in Stow. Two years after that, he build his first free standing store on Wyoga Lake road in Cuyahoga Falls. In 2007, they started franchising due to many inquiries. At the end on 2008, they had three franchisees, making the chain six strong. In 2009, he acquired the Scorchers brand of Sports bars expanding their footprint into Cuyahoga county and surrounding areas. Today, they have 17 total stores in their system with 3 other locations under approval. 


NAME: Mary Henefeld

CURRENT PROFESSIONAL POSITION: Director of Auxiliary Services

BUSINESS ADDRESS: Northeast Ohio Medical University, 4209 State Route 44 Rootstown, OH 44272

PHONE: Office- 330-325-6851

EMAIL: mhenefeld@neomed.com

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__X__ Foodservice Management (e.g. School, contract food, corporal dining, sport venue)
_____ Food Distribution and Sales
_____ Hotel, Resort, & other related Accommodations
_____ Private Club
__X__ Event and Convention
_____ Foodservice & Hospitality Media
_____ Other : Retail- mass merchandising, and C-store

Education

Youngstown State University

Bachelor of Science in Applied Science Degree

Major: Nutrition & Dietetics

 

Ohio State University

Master of Science Degree

Major: Food Service Management

Career

Director of Auxiliary Services

General Manager, Conference & Event Center

Northeast Ohio Medical University

 

Senior General Manager

Sodexo/Marriott Management Services

Health Care Division

§  Food Service Director at Numerous Hospitals including Hillcrest, St. Luke's, Richmond Heights and Lakewood

§  Food Service Director in Long Term Care Accounts in Maryland and Ohio

 

School Food Service Division

§  K-12 Food Service Director in Lakewood, NJ

 

Production & Ramp Manager

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport

Sky Chefs

 

Program Assistant

Ohio Cooperative Extension Service

Organizations

Leadership Portage County, Class of 2012

Board of Directors, Hillcrest Meals on Wheels 


Deb Hermann

NAME: Deborah Smythe Hermann

CURRENT PROFESSIONAL POSITION: Chairwoman and CEO GhostLight Productions, LLC

BUSINESS ADDRESS: 21050 Colby Rd. Cleveland, Oh 44122

PHONE: W 440-442-8300- C 216-544-9562

EMAIL: dhermann@ghostlightllc.com

_____ Restaurant & Night Club
_____ Foodservice Management (e.g. School, contract food, corporal dining, sport venue)
_____ Food Distribution and Sales
_____ Hotel, Resort, & other related Accommodations
_____ Private Club
__X__ Event and Convention
_____ Foodservice & Hospitality Media
__X__ Other  ______________________________________

For over 25 years, Deborah Smythe Hermann has championed fundraising and "friend-raising" for Cleveland organizations. Her breadth of experience and depth of community involvement have taken her from hard-working committee member to Chairwoman and CEO of GhostLight Productions, LLC.

In 2002, after many years as a volunteer committee member for non-profit galas, Deb began her love affair with special events as managing partner of MasterMinds, LLC, a high energy special events company. Building on the knowledge she and her former partner amassed as event planners, Deb and her new partner, David Shimp, formed GhostLight Productions, LLC in 2006. This partnership solidified her desire to add design and production services to her already impressive track record of successful planning services.

Deb specializes in elaborate fundraising galas, grand openings of national retail stores, theaters/performance centers, corporate headquarters, wedding décor and Broadway Show Tour Opening Night Galas. She was voted "Best Corporate Event Planner, 2010" by the subscribers of Cleveland Business Connects Magazine and is currently the President of ISES Cleveland (International Special Events Society) and serves on the international ESPRIT award committee. Some highlights of her 25 year career include the Grand Openings of The Idea Center at Playhouse Square, The Hanna Theater, Gunther Von Hagen's Body Worlds 2, Baseball as America, the Ride the Rainbow Galas for University Hospitals, The Human Fund, Frivolity (Gay Games IX Bid weekend) the 2009 AT&T United States Figure Skating Championships, The Dedication of the Monte Ahuja School of Business for Cleveland State University and The Grand Opening of the Allen Theater home for Cleveland State and the Cleveland Play House (December, 2011). Over the years, her dedicated attention to detail and passion for perfection has raised more than 8 million dollars for our region's economy.  Deb Hermann Co-Chaired the Opening Night Galas for the Broadway Tours of Lion King, Wicked, Jersey Boys, and Billy Elliot and is a member of the original Broadway investment team of Legally Blonde, the Musical which was nominated for 7 Tony Awards and 3 Drama Desk Awards. She makes her home in Shaker Heights, Ohio


Jaclyn Herrera

NAME: Jaclyn Herrera

CURRENT PROFESSIONAL POSITION: Catering Event Manager, Renaissance Cleveland Hotel

BUSINESS ADDRESS: 24 Public Square Cleveland, Ohio 44113

PHONE: 216-902-4013

EMAIL: Jaclyn.Herrera@renaissancehotels.com

_____ Restaurant & Night Club
_____ Foodservice Management (e.g. School, contract food, corporal dining, sport venue)
_____ Food Distribution and Sales
__X__ Hotel, Resort, & other related Accommodations
__X__ Private Club
__X__ Event and Convention
_____ Foodservice & Hospitality Media
_____ Other  ____________________________________

Hello, I am a 2002 KSU Graduate from the Hospitality Management Program.  Prior to attending KSU I graduated from Pennsylvania Culinary with a specialized degree in Culinary Arts. I have experience in several Food Service Industries. While attending KSU I worked at Olive Garden as a server and later in KSU Dining Services as a cook. I completed 2 culinary externships during my studies. One was at the Wyndham Resort and Spa in Lake Buena Vista, Florida and the other was at the Downtown Chicago Renaissance.  After Graduating, I was hired at the Country Club of Hudson as their Event Coordinator and am now currently at the Cleveland Downtown Renaissance Hotel where I started as a Banquet Supervisor and worked my way up to my current position of Catering Event Manager.  So I have alittle bit of experience in several different Foodservice industries, but have my most experience in the hotel industry.


Robert Josey

NAME: Robert Josey, CCM

CURRENT PROFESSIONAL POSITION: General Manager, The Country Club

BUSINESS ADDRESS: The Country Club, 2825 Lander Rd, Pepper Pike, OH 44124

PHONE: 216-831-9200 X120

EMAIL: rjosey@thecountryclub.com

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_____ Foodservice Management (e.g. School, contract food, corporal dining, sport venue)
_____ Food Distribution and Sales
_____ Hotel, Resort, & other related Accommodations
__X__ Private Club
_____ Event and Convention
_____ Foodservice & Hospitality Media
_____ Other__________________________________________________ 

Rob Josey:

Education:

  • Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, Ithaca, NY - Masters Degree, Major in Food and Beverage Administration,  Graduated in 1989
  • Emory University School of Business Administration, Atlanta, GA - BBA, Major in Economics, Graduated in 1982

Employment History:

  • The Country Club, Pepper Pike, OH, General Manager, 2002 to Present
  • The Tuxedo Club, Tuxedo Park, NY, General Manager, 1992 to 2002
  • The Cornell Club, NYC, NY, Assistant Manager, 1989 to 1991
  • Regency Whist Club, NYC, NY, General Manager, 1987 to 1988
  • Piping Rock Club, Locust Valley, NY, Assistant Manager, 1985 to 1987

Club Managers Association of America Involvement:

  • Member of CMAA since 1987
  • Certified in 2000, recertified in 2005
  • Metropolitan Club Managers Association - Education, Charity & Certification Committees
  • Greater Cleveland Club Managers Association - Education Committee Chair, Secretary/Treasurer, Vice President, President

Kurtzman Vanessa

NAME: Vanessa Kurtzman

CURRENT PROFESSIONAL POSITION: Event Coordinator

BUSINESS ADDRESS: 4420 Sherion Road, Willoughby, OH 44094

PHONE: Cell: 714-949-1933; W:440-392-6554

EMAIL: vanessa.kurtzman@marshbery.com

_____ Restaurant & Night Club
_____ Foodservice Management (e.g. School, contract food, corporal dining, sport venue)
_____ Food Distribution and Sales
__X__ Hotel, Resort, & other related Accommodations
_____ Private Club
__X__ Event and Convention
_____ Foodservice & Hospitality Media
_____ Other __________________________________________________________________

Vanessa Kurtzman joined MarshBerry Company in 2011 as the Event Coordinator responsible for assisting in the planning and execution of Exchange Network meetings and company sponsored meetings and events. 

Her main roles include budget preparation, site-selection, contract negotiation, vendor management and all onsite aspects of the meeting or event. In addition, Vanessa processes new client memberships and provides administrative support to the Exchange Network Team.

Vanessa holds a Bachelor's Degree in Hospitality Management, with a minor in Management, from Kent State University.


Timothy-La-Fleur

NAME: Timothy J. LaFleur, CMP

CURRENT PROFESSIONAL POSITION: Meeting & Event Manager

BUSINESS ADDRESS: 2500 E. Enterprise PRT, Twinsburg, OH 44087

PHONE: 330-486-0467

EMAIL: Tim.LaFleur@experient-inc.com

_____ Restaurant & Night Club
_____ Foodservice Management (e.g. School, contract food, corporal dining, sport venue)
_____ Food Distribution and Sales
_____ Hotel, Resort, & other related Accommodations
_____ Private Club
__X__ Event and Convention
_____ Foodservice & Hospitality Media
_____ Other__________________________________________________ 

I have been with Experient since late summer of 2005.  I started out building registration/housing web-sites in our registration and housing department.  From there I moved into the meeting planning world and have been there ever since.  I have worked on shows as large as 20,000 attendees and as small as 500.  My job has taken me all over the country to work in a variety of cities and regions.  My client base is equally as spread out through out the country.  This past summer I sat for and received my Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation. 

In short as a Meeting & Event Manager at Experient we are responsible for the overall success of any conference, tradeshow, sales kick off, user meeting etc. that we plan.  We accomplish this by planning out all the logistical aspects of the meeting.  This includes working with the hotel on sleeping rooms, meeting space, food and beverage.  Working with an AV supplier to coordinate all the AV for the meeting, a decorator on the trade show floor as well as a destination management company for any offsite or special events.  In addition we work with transportation companies, security, printers, photographers temp staff and translating companies just to name a few.  We partner with the sponsoring organizations meeting planner to help them organize their program content and pull their event together.   In short we are the "go to" individual for an organizations meeting planner, hotel, supplier as well as for any attendee need.


NAME: Robert J. LeFever, CCM, CCE

CURRENT PROFESSIONAL POSITION: President/CEO, Portage Country Club

BUSINESS ADDRESS:

PHONE: 330-836-4994

EMAIL: rjl@portagecc.org

__X___ Restaurant & Night Club
_____ Foodservice Management (e.g. School, contract food, corporal dining, sport venue)
_____ Food Distribution and Sales
_____ Hotel, Resort, & other related Accommodations
__X__ Private Club
_____ Event and Convention
_____ Foodservice & Hospitality Media
_____ Other__________________________________________________


NAME: Danielle Melucci

CURRENT PROFESSIONAL POSITION: Training Manager/AVI Foodsystems

BUSINESS ADDRESS: Avi Foodsystems, Inc. - Healthcare Division

PHONE:

EMAIL: dmelucci@avifoodsystems.com

_____ Restaurant & Night Club
_____ Foodservice Management (e.g. School, contract food, corporal dining, sport venue)
_____ Food Distribution and Sales
_____ Hotel, Resort, & other related Accommodations
_____ Private Club
_____ Event and Convention
__X__ Foodservice & Hospitality Media
_____ Other__________________________________________________

 


Anthony_Minelli

NAME: Tony Minelli

CURRENT PROFESSIONAL POSITION: Director of Food Service-IX Center

BUSINESS ADDRESS: One I-X Center Drive Cleveland, OH 44135

PHONE: 216-265-2572

EMAIL: tminelli@ixcenter.com

_____ Restaurant & Night Club
__X__ Foodservice Management (e.g. School, contract food, corporal dining, sport venue)
_____ Food Distribution and Sales
_____ Hotel, Resort, & other related Accommodations
_____ Private Club
__X__ Event and Convention
_____ Foodservice & Hospitality Media
_____ Other  ______________________________________

As Foodservice Director of International Exposition Center, I have the opportunity to lead a team of culinary professionals responsible for providing all food, beverage and catering operations for a multi-faceted Convention, Meeting and Special Event center in Cleveland, Ohio.

My experience in the Hospitality Industry has provided me with a consistent track record of providing vision and leadership to achieve outstanding growth and customer satisfaction through expertise in the following areas:  Concessions, Specialty Catering, Convention Centers, Higher Education, Sports and Entertainment, Zoos, Museums and Racetracks.


Stacey Renszel Owen

NAME: Stacey Owens

CURRENT PROFESSIONAL POSITION: Director of Food and Beverage Greystone Hall, John S. Knight Center

BUSINESS ADDRESS: 77 E. Mill Street Akron, Ohio  44308

PHONE: 330-374-8905

EMAIL: sosotcc@yahoo.com

_____ Restaurant & Night Club
_____ Foodservice Management (e.g. School, contract food, corporal dining, sport venue)
_____ Food Distribution and Sales
_____ Hotel, Resort, & other related Accommodations
__X__ Private Club
__X__ Event and Convention
_____ Foodservice & Hospitality Media
__X__ Other -Banquet Facility and Theater______________________________________

I have had the privilege of being a hospitality leader for 15 years. Within that timeframe I have been a General Manager for 5 private clubs and have earned the Certified Club Manager designation. I currently hold the position of Director of food and beverage service for The Greystone in downtown Akron, a theater and banquet facility, owned by the city of Akron and the John S. Knight Convention Center in Akron.

I have been a member of KSU Hospitality Board for 6 years and was the Manager Liaison for the CMAA student group at KSU for 4 years.  I have served on the Greater Cleveland Chapter of Club Managers for 3 years.  I have been a guest lecturer for KSU Hospitality program and have published articles for Ohio Turf  Magazine.  I was involved in the KSU mentorship program a year and a half ago.


Matt Radicelli

NAME: Matt Radicelli

CURRENT PROFESSIONAL POSITION: Founder/Owner Rock The House Entertainment Group, Inc.

BUSINESS ADDRESS: 7809 First Place Oakwood Village, OH 44146

PHONE: 440.232.7625

EMAIL: Matt.radicelli@rthgroup.com

_____ Restaurant & Night Club
_____ Foodservice Management (e.g. School, contract food, corporal dining, sport venue)
_____ Food Distribution and Sales
_____ Hotel, Resort, & other related Accommodations
_____ Private Club
__X__ Event and Convention
_____ Foodservice & Hospitality Media
_____ Other  ______________________________________

Matt Radicelli is the founder and owner of Rock The House Entertainment Group, Inc, a full-service event production company located in Oakwood Village Ohio.  Rock The House produces events of all types; from private birthday parties and weddings to corporate fundraisers. We stand out in our region due to our ability to work as a turn-key solution to anyone planning an event and also our professionalism and customer service.  We pride ourselves in becoming know as one of the best event production companies in the area.  In utilizing music, atmospheric lighting, interactive activities and other forms of extra entertainment, Rock The House produces fun and custom events for people of all ages. 


NAME: Maggie Raffel

CURRENT PROFESSIONAL POSITION: Development Director/Raffel's Catering

BUSINESS ADDRESS:

PHONE:

EMAIL: maggie@raffelscatering.com

_____ Restaurant & Night Club
_____ Foodservice Management (e.g. School, contract food, corporal dining, sport venue)
_____ Food Distribution and Sales
_____ Hotel, Resort, & other related Accommodations
_____ Private Club
_____ Event and Convention
_____ Foodservice & Hospitality Media
__X__ Other  ____Catering__________________________________


Gerard Ramella

NAME: Gerry Ramella

CURRENT PROFESSIONAL POSITION: Owner, Cleveland Menu Printing

BUSINESS ADDRESS: 1441 E. 17 th Street Cleveland, Ohio 44114

PHONE: 216-241-5256

EMAIL: Gerryr@clevelandmenu.com

__X___ Restaurant & Night Club
_____ Foodservice Management (e.g. School, contract food, corporal dining, sport venue)
_____ Food Distribution and Sales
__X__ Hotel, Resort, & other related Accommodations
__X__ Private Club
_____ Event and Convention
_____ Foodservice & Hospitality Media
_____ Other  ______________________________________

Cleveland Menu Printing is a full service graphic design and printing firm, established in 1930, providing menus for Restaurants, Hotels, Casinos and Clubs throughout the United States. We ship menus throughout the US as well as to the Caribbean and Mexico. This is a family run business that my father started in 1930 that currently my brother Tom and I are running. I have been actively involved with the business since 1978 and work in sales and the financial operation of the firm.


Edwin Reif

NAME: Edwin J. Reif

CURRENT PROFESSIONAL POSITION: Banquet Manager

BUSINESS ADDRESS: 3775 Park East Drive, Beachwood, OH 44122

PHONE: Cell: 614-296-5901; W: 216-255-3153

EMAIL:ereif@kent.edu

__X__ Restaurant & Night Club
_____ Foodservice Management (e.g. School, contract food, corporal dining, sport venue)
_____ Food Distribution and Sales
__X__ Hotel, Resort, & other related Accommodations
_____ Private Club
__X__ Event and Convention
_____ Foodservice & Hospitality Media
_____ Other __________________________________________________________________

A 2008 graduate of the KSU Hospitality Program, Mr. Reif began his hospitality career in may of 2006 at a restaurant in Columbus called The Hoover Grille. While employed there, he learned all aspects of food preparation/service and worked his way from line cook to kitchen manager. In September of 2007, having moved to Cleveland full time, he took a position at the Rusty Bucket Corner Tavern as a P.M. Kitchen Supervisor to supplement his current income and pay for his final years at Kent. Upon graduation, he landed the position of Food and Beverage Supervisor at the Wyndham Cleveland at PlayhouseSquare. He maintained that position for two years and he along with his Food and Beverage Director successfully increased both restaurant and happy hour bar sales by 35% in six months. In the two years he was employed there he received numerous accolades and awards both from Wyndham Worldwide and PlayhouseSquare. In May of 2010 he made the move to the Crowne Plaza Cleveland South Independence as the Dining Room Manager. His focus was to increase outside restaurant business and develop a food and beverage training manual for the property. Within four months of employment, working extensively with the staff, and launching a full blown marketing campaign, restaurant revenues were three times greater per month then when he arrived. Due to budget constraints and a management change, he found himself without a job in May of 2011. After many applications and tireless hours of job searching, he ended up at the Embassy Suites in Beachwood, Ohio as the Banquet Manager, a position that he maintains today.


NAME: Seth Rodin

CURRENT PROFESSIONAL POSITION: Sales Manager

BUSINESS ADDRESS:

PHONE: 216-902-4017

EMAIL: seth.rodin@renaissancehotels.com

_____ Restaurant & Night Club
_____ Foodservice Management (e.g. School, contract food, corporal dining, sport venue)
_____ Food Distribution and Sales
__X__ Hotel, Resort, & other related Accommodations
_____ Private Club
__X__ Event and Convention
_____ Foodservice & Hospitality Media
_____ Other __________________________________________________________________


Elena

NAME: Elena Roszkowski

CURRENT PROFESSIONAL POSITION: Front Office Manager,

BUSINESS ADDRESS: Hilton Garden Inn 

PHONE:330-405-4488

EMAIL: Elena.Roszkowski@hilton.com

_____ Restaurant & Night Club
_____ Foodservice Management (e.g. School, contract food, corporal dining, sport venue)
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I got my foot in the door through housekeeping.  The summer after my first year in college I started cleaning rooms at the Fairfield Inn and TownePlace Suite by Marriott in Streetsboro.  When the fall semester started I moved to the front desk at these hotels.  I worked at these for a couple years.  I met Roger Greene of the Hilton Garden Inn Twinsburg through one of the Hospitality class and shortly after that I started working as a Guest Service Agent at the HGI Twinsburg.  I worked there for about a year and about a month before I graduated the front office manager left the company.  After interviewing for the position I was promoted.  I graduated with my Bachelor's Degree in Hospitality Management from Kent State in December of 2008.   I've held the title of Front Office Manager for almost two years now.


DanSmith

NAME: Daniel P. Smith

CURRENT PROFESSIONAL POSITION: VP of Food & Beverage - Cleveland Indians

BUSINESS ADDRESS: 2401 Ontario Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44115

PHONE: 216-420-4470

EMAIL: dsmith@indians.com

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NAME: Robert Trammell

CURRENT PROFESSIONAL POSITION: General Manager-Sheraton Akron

BUSINESS ADDRESS: 1989FrontStreet Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221

PHONE: 330-920-7545

EMAIL: rtrammell@sheratonakron.com

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Robert is currently the General Manager of the award winning Sheraton Suites Akron/Cuyahoga Falls.  He began his career in the hospitality business as a server in a fine dining room of a hotel in Austin Texas while attending the University of Texas as a Business/Pre-law student.  Robert then attended the University of Las Vegas in order to pursue a career in hospitality.  His career progressed in the food and beverage discipline at several hotels before becoming the General Manager of a resort property in Texas.  He has worked in Texas, Florida, Missouri and Ohio in the capacity of General Manager and Regional Director of Operations for several brands of hotels.


NedWelc

NAME: Ned Welc

CURRENT PROFESSIONAL POSITION: General Manager/COO-The Mayfield Sandridge Club

BUSINESS ADDRESS: 1545 Sheridan Rd. South Euclid, OH 44121

PHONE: 440-796-7922 or 216-381- 0826

EMAIL: nwelc@mayfieldsandridge.com

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I Graduated from the University of Akron with a Business Degree and The University of Cincinnati with a Master's Degree in Education.

I have been a private club manager in Ohio and Florida for 29 years. I am currently the President of the CMAA Cleveland Chapter, the Club Managment Instructor at Kent State University, the President of the Kent State University Hospitality School Business Advisory Board.


Katy White

NAME: Katy White

CURRENT PROFESSIONAL POSITION: Double Tree Akron Front Office Manager & Sales Manager

BUSINESS ADDRESS: 3150 W. Market St., Akron OH 44333

PHONE: 330-869-9000

Email: Katy.White@Hilton.com

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Katy White graduated from the University of Delaware in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in Hospitality. She worked and interned at a Courtyard/Quaker Square/Hilton & Doubletree. Currently, she work as front office manager and sales manager at double tree.


NAME: London Williams 

CURRENT PROFESSIONAL POSITION:Business Travel Manager BUSINESS ADDRESS:

PHONE: 

EMAIL: London.Williams@ritzcarlton.com

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London Williams was born in Mayfield Heights, Ohio in 1981. After attending Shaker Heights schools, in 2002 she applied for what she thought would be just a job at The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland, but ended up making it a career. While working full time in various positions within the hotel, London applied and graduated from Cleveland State University with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Journalism and Promotional Communication, and a minor in Business Administration. Today, London is the Business Travel Sales Manager and enjoys negotiating global accounts and local accounts for the hotel.


Monica Zelis

NAME: Monica Zelis

CURRENT PROFESSIONAL POSITION: Director of Membership, Cleveland Skating Club

BUSINESS ADDRESS: 2500 Kemper Rd, Shaker Hts., OH 44120

PHONE:

EMAIL: zelismd@earthlink.net

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As Director of Membership, Monica is responsible for working with the Club's Membership Committee in developing and implementing programs that will enhance the overall health of the Club with emphasis on membership attraction and retention. She has been Director of Membership at the Cleveland Skating Club for the past12 years, and previously served as executive director of a city club. Having been a member of several private clubs, she is able to see the club experience from both sides.

Monica is the Founding President of the Greater Cleveland PCMA Chapter and in 2008 received the MCMP and is recognized asthe first person to attain the PCMA Master Club Marketing Professional. She received a Bachelors and MBA from Cleveland State University.