Event and Hospitality Panel
This event starts on April 9th at 6:00 PM.
The Event and Hospitality Panel 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 dinner table and for a 1 hour panel on our mainstage where top industry professionals will have a discussion on how to create and maintain a successful events business.
As Chief Executive of Golden Age Hospitality, Jon Neidich is the owner and operator of The Happiest Hour, Slowly Shirley, Tijuana Picnic, and ACME- four distinct F&B concepts that have all been embraced by stylish, in-the-know New Yorkers.
In 2012 Neidich opened ACME, a new American restaurant helmed by Mads Refslund, a co-founder of Noma in Copenhagen. Signaling the arrival of the New Nordic food movement in New York, ACME was embraced by the public and critics alike, garnering a two-star review by Pete Wells of The New York Times. To complement the restaurant, Neidich created a subterranean hotspot, ACME Downstairs. The club was a runaway success upon opening and continues to see exponential revenue growth year over year.
In 2014, Neidich opened two new establishments, both of which were instant downtown hits. The first, Tijuana Picnic, a casual bi-level Mexican restaurant and bar, located on the Lower East Side, features non-traditional flavors and techniques for a new twist on the cuisine. For the second project, Neidich partnered with lauded mixologist Jim Kearns and opened The Happiest Hour, a whimsical watering hole located in the heart of Greenwich Village that restores a sense of fun and escapism to the cocktail bar experience with elevated drinks and graceful service. The spot has been praised for its excellent cocktails and the award-winning burger. In May 2015, in the space below The Happiest Hour, he launched Slowly Shirley, a sophisticated cocktail bar that recalls 1940s Old Hollywood glamour. In the fall of 2018, Neidich opened Recreation, a food and beverage operation at the Moxy NYC Downtown Hotel in the Financial District- a 5000 sq. ft. communal co-working space by day and a bar by night, which features one of the most advanced tap cocktail technology in the country.
Prior to founding Golden Age, Neidich spent 4 years in senior management at Hotels AB, in both hotel and F&B operations. Working very closely under the mentorship of Andre Balazs, Jon was part of the opening team at the Standard High Line, Managing The openings for all of the property’s F&B outlets, and SERVING as the Director of The Top of The Standard.
Born and bred in Brooklyn, Norma Hafif Dayan brings a lifelong passion for creativity, events and style to her role of Senior Events Manager at Dylan’s Candy Bar. Norma began developing themed events and built a thriving network at her first venture, Style.licious, a successful boutique and party venue on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Aimed at tweens and teens, the business yielded multiple press hits and a broadcast segment, and celebrity fans, including Dylan Lauren. After two years of mentorship and friendship with Dylan, she was brought in to the Dylan’s Candy Bar event department where her professionalism and energy, cutting-edge party ideas and natural interpersonal skills have resulted in unprecedented revenue peaks. Norma plans everything from corporate events to bar mitzvahs at Dylan’s Candy Bar Third Avenue and Union Square locations.
Norma attended Brooklyn College and NYU focusing on business and entrepreneurship. Outside of the office, she founded a monthly momma club, has served on the board at Sephardic Community Center and currently serves on her co-op board. Norma is also a mother to her three (adult!) children, Shelly, Stevie, and Richie, and four stepchildren. She enjoys traveling, restaurant hopping and Pilates with her new husband, Murray.
Oliver Kremer co-founded Dos Toros Taqueria in 2009. Prior to that, Oliver co-founded a college housing website while attending Washington University in St. Louis where he graduated in 2008. After graduating with a degree in finance he decided to jump into the world of burritos and build a business with his brother Leo. Oliver lives in Union Square in New York City.
Rohan Gopaldas is the Chief Executive Officer of Preston Bailey Entertainment.
Prior to Preston Bailey, Rohan served as Co-Founder & CEO of Gamer Sensei, a venture capital backed esports coaching platform. Previous to Gamer Sensei, Rohan was COO of Ani Villas International and before that, Sr. Director of Non-Traditional Development at Burger King Corporation where he spent two years after earning his MBA from Harvard Business School.
Rohan holds a Bachelors of Science in Hotel Administration from Cornell University. After Cornell, Rohan worked in real estate with Starwood Hotels & Resorts and with Taj Hotels in a multi-faceted corporate role.
He lives in Manhattan and is on the Dean's Young Alumni Council of the Cornell Hotel School as well as on the Board of Trustees of the Brooklyn Prospect Charter School.
Abby combines a decade’s worth of project management expertise with a relentless drive for excellence. Abby began her career at ESPN and quickly worked her way to coordinating, managing and planning live events through the United States, including Dylan Ratigan’s Road Shows and Mika Brzezinski’s Know Your Value tour. Now, Abby plans and stages company parties, galas, dinners, breakfasts, team-building outings, activations and more.
Aleksey Kernes is a tech hospitality entrepreneur professional. Co-Founder of the HOOCH app. HOOCH is a universal rewards platform. Currently has over 200,000 members and valued at $20 million. On weekends Aleksey is a doorman at a popular downtown hot spot Hotel Chantelle.
Carolyn Nosnik joined HelmsBriscoe as Manager, Global Accounts in 2017. Based out of Manhattan, New York, Carolyn thrives on the energy of the city, bringing a unique passion for networking and travel to help her clients find the best resort, venue or hotel suited to their needs.
Since graduating from the University of Maryland with a bachelor’s degree in communication, Carolyn has held a variety of roles in public relations, advertising and marketing. With more than seven years of experience in hotel sales, Carolyn has worked at the Soho Grand and the Tribeca Grand (recently rebranded, The Roxy Hotel) and was on the executive team that opened Hotel Indigo Lower East Side New York as a Senior Sales Manager. These roles have allowed her to work with both top corporations and emerging start-up companies, building on her ability to handle the various needs of her clients. Carolyn is a believer that you only live once, so make sure you do it all, and to the best of your ability! She is excited to assist you with your next meeting.
Jesse Reing is the owner and founder of Events by Jesse, a specialized wedding and event planning company. Jesse’s mission behind her business is to provide fully customized experiences to each client, ensuring that they feel their event is unique to any other they have been to or heard about. Jesse knew from a young age that her purpose in life was to help people realize their vision for their most important occasions. Her creativity, precision, and passion for exquisite service are what set her apart from her industry peers.
After graduating from Binghamton University Jesse actualized her purpose by earning a Masters of Business Administration in Hotel Management from Switzerland's renowned Université Centre Cesar Ritz. After returning from Europe she worked in catering and events at a 5 Star Level for companies including the St. Regis New York, Kempinski Hotels, Veritas, The Fashion Institute of Technology and FIKA, after which she established Events By Jesse.
Jesse lives her life with passion and vigor, and always has an upbeat, can-do attitude. She thanks YJP and is honored to co-chair this event!
Juliana Stone is Vice President at The Elliot Group, the premiere boutique executive search firm specializing in hospitality. Juliana’s interest in the hospitality industry was piqued at a young age by a family full of adventurous diners and travelers. Prior to joining The Elliot Group, Juliana worked in the non-profit sector, organizing an international conference of small scale, sustainable food producers, educators, cooks, and students.
At Elliot, Juliana partners and interacts with emerging brands and major corporations throughout the U.S., bringing a strategic and marketing eye towards identifying great executive talent. Juliana sits on the advisory committee for the Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Program (WEL), part of The James Beard Found. Juliana lives with her husband and son in Westchester.
Juliana is a magna cum laude graduate of The Elliot School of International Affairs at The George Washington University.
Alanna Brahms is a dynamic New York native with a passion for Events & Hospitality. She’s built her career through years of experience working across multiple verticals including live event management, VIP experience production, brand activations and event marketing. Currently Alanna manages all event sales and marketing for Spoon Table & Bar, a woman-owned restaurant, bar, and catering company based in Midtown NYC. In her time away from event management, you can find Alanna cooking, hosting, traveling, seeing live music, or spending time with friends and family.
My name is Chelsea Foster, originally from New Jersey and I am a young Jewish professional looking to break into the marketing industry. I graduated from The University of Arizona in 2014 and have been living in NYC for the last 5 years. I have 4 years of experience working in the media industry and recently became a Brand Ambassador for a young tequila brand to help expand its presence in the NYC area. I love to travel in my free time and discover new restaurants and workout studios around NYC.