Event & Hospitality Forum
This event starts on March 11th at 6:00 PM.
The Event & Hospitality Forum will bring together top executives and like-minded professionals from the event and hospitality industries.
The evening kicks off with dinner, drinks, and networking, where you’ll find fresh faces and reconnect with some familiar ones. Afterward, you will take a seat at a roundtable session where you will join in on a meaningful discussion regarding the event industry, new strategies within the industry, and how the industry is evolving.
The roundtable format is designed to create an open atmosphere for valuable group discussion. This is your opportunity to personally get to know some of the most talented and successful professionals within the industry.
Daniel H. Lesser brings more than 30 years of expertise in a wide range of hospitality operational, investment counseling, valuation, advisory, and transactional services. He provides services to corporate, institutional, and individual clients as well as public agencies on all facets of hospitality real estate including: litigation support and expert testimony, site evaluation, highest and best use analysis, appraisals for mortgage, acquisition, and portfolio management, workout strategies, operational analysis, property tax assessment appeal evaluations, economic impact studies, deal structuring, and fairness opinions.
Mr. Lesser is a leading authority on hotel feasibility and valuation, and is highly sought after to speak at lodging and real estate events, as well as lectures at prestigious institutions of higher education, including Cornell University, Columbia University and New York University. He is widely published and quoted, and serves as a quarterly columnist for HotelNewsNow.com and GlobeSt.com. Most recently, Mr. Lesser created and served as the Senior Managing Director – Industry Leader of the Hospitality & Gaming Valuation Advisory Services Group at CB Richard Ellis Hotels (CBRE). Prior to joining CBRE, Mr. Lesser founded and led the Hospitality & Gaming Group at Cushman & Wakefield and was a founding member of the team at HVS International.
Mr. Lesser has also held operational and administrative positions with Hilton Hotels Corporation and Eurotels – Switzerland. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel Administration from Cornell University, and also attended the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne, Switzerland and Baruch College – City University of New York. Mr. Lesser holds the following professional designations: MAI (Member of the Appraisal Institute), FRICS (Fellow of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors), CRE (Counselor of Real Estate), and CHA (Certified Hotel Administrator). Mr. Lesser is a member of and has served on numerous committees for the Counselors of Real Estate, the Appraisal Institute, the American Hotel & Lodging Association, and the Board of Directors of the New York City Chapter of the Cornell Hotel Society. He is a former Advisory Board member and member of the Fundraising Subcommittee for the New York University Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management. Mr. Lesser is a founding member of the Lodging Industry Investment Council (LIIC), the hotel industry “think tank.” Furthermore, Mr. Lesser served as an Honorary Committee Member of the annual UJA – Federation New York Hotel & Hospitality Division Dinner, and is a member of the AIPAC Real Estate Division.
David Adler, CEO and Founder of BizBash, (www.bizbash.com) is a veteran media and event entrepreneur. He founded BizBash as an idea and resource marketplace for event organizers of all types from corporate and association planners, to those who plan high-end personal and social events. His site has become the largest media property in the business-to-business event industry with nearly 2 million annual user sessions. He has also been an advisor to the State Department in areas of protocol and events. Previously, he was vice president of corporate communications for Primedia and Macmillan Publishers. Upon graduating from American University, he founded, operated, and successfully sold a society and political magazine for the nation’s capital called Washington Dossier.
From the age of 12, Jeff Brosi was always passionate about the Food & Beverage Industry as he had his first job bussing tables and washing dishes in restaurants and catering halls. That curiosity led him to becoming one of the Founders and Managing Partners of In Good Company Hospitality, a thriving food and beverage company primarily located in New York City and its surrounding boroughs. Jeff attended college at Mount St. Vincent and received his Masters Degree in School Counseling from St. John’s University. In 2002, Jeff was part of the opening team at the company’s first venue, Metro 53, a 5,000 square foot Bar and Restaurant located in New York City’s Midtown East neighborhood. The success of Metro 53 led to the future opulence of two other venues; Saloon (located on the Upper East Side) and Libation (located in the Lower East Side). Using the well-established model of existing concepts and the natural progression of professionalism, Jeff and his partners created “In Good Company Hospitality”, a full-service Hospitality company in 2009. IGCH currently owns and operates many accomplished food & beverage concepts since its inception, including: Refinery Rooftop, Parker & Quinn and Winnie’s Jazz Bar – all located in Refinery Hotel, where Jeff worked alongside Hotel Ownership to develop the spaces, concepts, and operations. Most recently, Jeff played a lead role in opening IGC’s newest concept, “Trademark Taste + Grind”, located in the Le Soleil Hotel. Jeff and IGC, worked with Le Soleil Ownership to assist in opening the well-known West Coast brand’s first East Coast operation in Midtown, Manhattan. Still just as passionate (if not more so) about the industry, Jeff’s favorite part of working in Hospitality is the people and the idea of creating a positive experience in addition to leaving a lasting and memorable impression. Jeff oversees 400 employees and believes in the true value of hard work, and determination, but more importantly, the investment in his staff to help them grow and succeed as individuals. Currently Jeff is hands-on in all facets of the company, but focuses primarily on conceptual development, lease negotiations, financials and branding, to name a few. The Brosi family legacy, which includes 40+ years of active service in the FDNY, has served as his inspiration to the personal growth and development of himself and others. Jeff currently resides in Bayside, Queens.
As Executive Vice President of Ticketing, Suites and Corporate Hospitality, John Abbamondi is responsible for driving sales, retention, customer service and growth initiatives for all tickets, clubs and premium hospitality products across all of the company’s sports and entertainment assets, including MSG’s professional teams, famed showplaces and original productions. Mr. Abbamondi defines and institutes strategic and operational performance standards for sales, operations and service across departmental functions, which include: season subscriptions, service and retention, individual and group tickets and premium hospitality. Mr. Abbamondi has more than a decade of experience in the sports industry, including team and league positions at the National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball. Prior to joining MSG in 2016, Mr. Abbamondi served as Senior Vice President of Team Marketing and Business Operations for the NBA. In this role, he was responsible for growing NBA team profitability through strategic consulting on all aspects of business operations, including ticket and suite sales and service, corporate partnerships, marketing and digital, and arena development and operations. Before joining the NBA in 2013, Mr. Abbamondi was Vice President of Strategy and Business Analysis for the San Diego Padres, overseeing a team that was charged with long-term strategic planning and project management. Previously, he served as Assistant General Manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, where he helped lead all aspects of the club’s Major League operations, including professional scouting, analytics and contract negotiations. Mr. Abbamondi began his sports career at Major League Baseball as part of the League’s Labor Relations Department. Before beginning his career in sports, Mr. Abbamondi served nine years as a U.S. Navy flight officer and is a two-time recipient of the Navy Air Medal with 40 combat missions over Iraq. He earned a Bachelor of Science in political science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Liron’s 17+ years of experience in the events industry has taught him to be hands-on with his teams and clients, meticulous with details, and to maintain a calm demeanor under any circumstance. These tenets have helped ensure that every event is produced to the highest possible standards. As an entrepreneur and innovator, Liron is instinctively always on the hunt for the most cutting edge technologies and designs to present to his clients. He’s an advocate for trying new methodologies and ideas in only the most sensible of environments, which he attributes to the trusted relationships he has developed with Fortune 500 companies, global non-profit organizations, and executives and personalities. A native New Yorker who got his start in the event industry as a touring nightclub DJ and corporate emcee, Liron is never the stiff official in the background of an event — he will often be found mingling amongst guests, using his effervescent personality to set the evening’s tone. With his great attention to detail and passion for every part of the production and design process, Liron continually surpasses client expectations and transforms visions into truly unforgettable events.
Growing up in the business at his father’s restaurant in Rockaway Beach, Terence learned the vast knowledge needed to be successful in the business; most importantly, community participation and government activism. In 2002, while attending College of Mount Saint Vincent in the Bronx, Terence and his brother Dan, opened Metro 53. With the success of their first endeavor, In Good Company Hospitality has gone on to launch eight more concepts over the last 12 years; including Park Avenue Tavern, Refinery Rooftop, Trademark Taste + Grind, and Bungalow Bar to name a few. Terence’s most recent accomplishments include: Bringing the world-famous cocktail bar “Employees Only” to Miami Beach at The Washington Park Hotel. Brokering the deal between Highgate Hotels and Witkoff Group, the property is sure to be successful. In the spring of 2016, IGC launched Trademark Taste & Grind with Le Soliel Hotels. In a joint venture with Executive Hotels and Resorts, IGC embarked on bringing the west coast company’s first hotel venture in NYC to fruition from ground up. In 2016, FelCor Lodging Trust asked IGC to launch and open their signature rooftop, “St. Cloud” at their luxurious 5 star hotel, The Knickerbocker. With continued success in hotel operations and partnerships, Terence is most proud of the work IGC did with the Refinery Hotel. Under his leadership, the Refinery Hotel was Named a TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Award Winner in its’ opening year, with a 94 percent approval rating – one of only three hotels to make the list. Staying true to his family’s Broad Channel roots, Terence enjoys donating his time and resources to the greater NYC community, and is committed to sustaining and maintaining the culturally rich history of the New York City hospitality industry.
Jessica is the CEO and Creative Director of Jessica Jordan Events, a Manhattan-based luxury event planning company. Jessica has had the privilege of managing every type of function from corporate meetings and political fundraisers, to extravagant celebrity social gatherings. She has received countless accolades such as the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award and Top Producer of Catering Professionals in North America within Starwood Hotels & Resorts. You may find her lovely couples featured in the New York Times Vows Style edition, New York Magazine, Brides, etc. She proudly served as Vice President of the New York Chapter of Wish Upon a Wedding, the world’s first non-profit wish granting organization for couples facing terminal illness and serious life-altering circumstances from 2015-2019. Additional hobbies include spending time with her dog Wrigley and watching BRAVO.