SOURCE: Illinois Restaurant Association

Illinois Restaurant Association

May 05, 2016 12:54 ET

Illinois Restaurant Association Hosts Third Annual Meet the Experts on May 10, 2016

Sponsored by Reinhart Foodservice, Axia Law, Clifton Larson Allen, Blast Marketing and Fremont Chicago, the Highly Sought Industry Event Offers Networking, One-on-One Speed Coaching and Keynote Address by Tim Mcenery of Cooper's Hawk

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - May 05, 2016) - The Illinois Restaurant Association (IRA) is pleased to announce the third annual Meet the Experts industry event, which will be held Tuesday, May 10 from 5 to 8 p.m. Fremont Chicago (15 W. Illinois) -- the stunning, multi-level lounge recently opened by the Four Corners Tavern Group -- serves as the host venue.

One of the Association's most highly sought events of the year, Meet the Experts unites over 250 individuals in the hospitality industry for a spirited evening of food, libations, power networking and one-on-one speed coaching with leaders across a range of fields -- including legal, real estate, financial, marketing/PR, media, event planning and more.

The evening also includes a keynote address by the accomplished Tim McEnery, founder of the wildly successful Cooper's Hawk Restaurant & Winery. The complete list of experts at this year's event can be found below (alphabetically by company name):

Carmen Rossi, 8 | A Hospitality Company
Patrick Wartan & Alex Pappas, Axia Law
Laurie Cairns, Blast Marketing
Kevin Boehm & Rob Katz, BOKA Restaurant Group
Beau D'Arcy & Ashvin Lad, Breakwater Chicago
Gerrin Butler, Chicago Department of Public Health
Joe Baez & Chuck Taylor, Clifton Larson Allen
Tom Koenigsberg, Tim McEnery & Kristen Zagozdon, Cooper's Hawk Winery and Restaurants
Phil Tadros, Bowtruss Coffee
Daniel Gerzina, Eater Chicago
Abe Conlon, Fat Rice
Amy Morton, Found Kitchen and Social House
Marc Epstein, Four Corners Tavern Group
Wayne Rich, Heartland Payment Systems
Glenn Keefer, Heil and Kay Insurance Agency
Doug Sohn, Hot Doug's
Bobby Gonzalez, Hotel Palomar Chicago -- A Kimpton Hotel
Patrick Donnelly, Hyatt Regency Chicago
Janet Isabelli, Isabelli Media Relations
Jeremy Kudan, Kudan Real Estate
Donnie Madia, One Off Hospitality Group
Beverly Kim, Parachute
Kelly McCahon & Adam Geenen, Resource POS
Joey Terrell,
Sam Sanchez, Samco Enterprises
Michelle Dukler, TGI Concessions
Eddie Mahoney, The Fifty/50 Group
Matthew McCahill, The Godfrey Hotel / The LondonHouse Hotel
Adam Hebert, The Radler
Britt Whitfield, The Revel Group
Clinton Wolf, UnitedHealthcare
Raj Karmani, Zero Percent

Meet the Experts is complimentary to attend for those with IRA Operator Memberships and $10 per person for operators who are non-members. Per person entry is $25 for IRA Associate Members and $50 for associates who are non-members. The price is all-inclusive. Registration is required and is available online here. Follow the event on social media at #IRAMeetExperts.

Follow the event on social at #IRAMeetExperts.

Meet the Experts is generously sponsored by Axia Law, Clifton Larson Allen, Reinhart Foodservice, Fremont Chicago and Blast Marketing.

Contact Information

  • For more information, contact:
    Isabelli Media Relations (IMR)
    Julie Arends
    (312) 878-1222