Garrett Oliver

Best-Selling Author Garrett Oliver is the brew-master of The Brooklyn Brewery, the Editor-in-Chief of “The Oxford Companion to Beer“, and the author of the award-winning book “The Brewmaster’s Table.” He is one of the world’s foremost authorities on beer and brewing and has spoken at more than 800 events in 14 countries. After years of amateur brewing inspired by beers he had encountered during a year in England, Garrett began brewing professionally at Manhattan Brewing Company in 1989 as an apprentice. He was appointed brewmaster there in 1993. He soon became widely known both here and abroad for his flavorful interpretations of traditional brewing styles and as an avid and entertaining lecturer and writer on the subject of fine beer. Garrett has hosted hundreds of beer tastings and dinners, writes regularly for beer and food-related periodicals, and is internationally recognized as an expert on traditional beer styles and their affinity with good food.

Garrett explains how beer is like bread – there’s a big difference between the real and the fake – and how it’s possible to create a great product while growing a responsible, sustainable business.

 

PROGRAM TITLES:

•  An evening with Garrett Oliver

•  Beer, The Universe and Everything

•  Portrait of the Artist as a Young Brewer

•  Beer, the Avatar of the Emerging Food Movement

Full Biography

Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of The Brooklyn Brewery, editor-in-chief of The Oxford Companion to Beer, author of The Brewmaster’s Table, and one of the foremost authorities in the world on the subject of beer. Garrett Oliver began brewing professionally at Manhattan Brewing Company in 1989 as an apprentice. He was appointed brewmaster there in 1993. He soon became widely known both here and abroad for his flavorful interpretations of traditional brewing styles and as an avid and entertaining lecturer and writer on the subject of beer. Garrett has hosted more than 800 beer tastings, dinners, and cooking demonstrations in fourteen countries, writes regularly for beer and food-related periodicals, and is internationally recognized as an expert on traditional beer styles and their affinity with good food.

In late 1994, Garrett joined The Brooklyn Brewery as brewmaster. Many of his beers have won national and international awards. He has served as a judge for the competition of the Great American Beer Festival for twenty years, and has been a perennial judge for the prestigious Great British Beer Festival competition and The Brewing Industry International Awards. He has hosted tastings and talks for many cultural institutions, including the Smithsonian, MassMOCA, the American Museum of Natural History, the National Geographic Society and The Jewish Museum. In the United States, Garrett has made numerous radio and television appearances as a spokesman for craft brewing.

Garrett has hosted beer tastings and dinners at many fine restaurants, cooking schools, and food events including several dinners at James Beard House, Eleven Madison Park, Per Se, Craft NYC, Oceana, The Waldorf-Astoria, Gramercy Tavern, Aubergine (London), Noma (Copenhagen), the Slow Food Cheese Festival and Salone del Gusto in Piemonte, Italy, Restaurant Roberta Sudbrack (Rio Di Janiero), Restaurant Julia (São Paulo), Anthony’s (Leeds), Cape Wine 2006 (South Africa), The Association of Westchester Country Club Chefs, The American Institute of Wine and Food, The Culinary Institute of America, the Sommelier Society of America, The French Culinary Institute, The Institute for Culinary Education, Johnson & Wales University and the 2008 GEL Conference. Garrett was a founding Board member of Slow Food USA and then later served for five years on the Board of Counselors of Slow Food International. He was also a 2009 and 2010 finalist for the James Beard Award as “Outstanding Wine or Spirits Professional.”

Garrett’s first book, The Good Beer Book, co-written with Timothy Harper, was published in 1997 by Putnam/Berkley Books. In 2003 he authored The Brewmaster’s Table: Discovering the Pleasures of Real Beer with Real Food. The Brewmaster’s Table was the winner of a 2004 International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Book Award and was a finalist for the 2004 James Beard Foundation Book Awards. The Brewmaster’s Table was released in a paperback edition in May of 2005 and remains in print.

His book The Oxford Companion to Beer (OCB) was published in October, 2011 by Oxford University Press. Compiling the vast knowledge of 166 experts in 24 countries, covering 1,120 subjects, The Oxford Companion to Beer is the most comprehensive book ever published on the subject. Only nine weeks after its publication date, the OCB had risen to #8 on the Amazon list of overall books, had sold out four printings and headed into a fifth. Amazon.com named the OCB one of the “Best Books of 2011”. Calling the OCB “a treasure trove”, the New York Times said “The Oxford Companion to Beer is a definitive resource not just for beer enthusiasts but for amateur brewers, professional brewers and the thousands of restaurants that serve great beers but are staffed by people who may know little about them.”

Garrett is a graduate of Boston University, and holds a degree in Broadcasting and Film. He is the recipient of the 1998 Russell Schehrer Award for Innovation and Excellence in Brewing, granted by the Institute for Brewing Studies. It is the highest award given within the United States brewing profession. He is also the recipient of the 2003 Semper Ardens Award for Beer Culture (Denmark) and Cheers Beverage Media’s “Beverage Innovator of the Year” Award for 2006. In 2007, Forbes named him one of the top ten tastemakers in the country for wine, beer and spirits.

 

 

 

 

 

Steve Rizzo

Steve Rizzo is a motivational mechanic who tunes and tweaks each member of his audience to succeed at their full potential. Through the guise of humor, Steve teaches the methods for improving opportunities and provides the skills your group needs to get to a better place at work and in life. A place that brings greater enthusiasm, increased productivity, and new levels of success! With a delivery that is poignant, entertaining and inspiring, Steve, affectionately known as the “Attitude Adjuster,” takes motivation and confidence building to a whole new level.” Read more

Bethany Hamilton

Bethany Hamilton, at the age of 13 survived a 14-foot tiger shark attack off the shores of her hometown Hawaii was left with one arm and only 26 days later she courageously overcame all odds and began surfing again. In the wake of this life-changing event that took her arm and nearly her life, Bethany’s feisty determination and steadfast faith spurred her toward an adventurous comeback that gave her the grit to turn her loss into a gift for others. Bethany is a true champion who inspiring millions worldwide through the love of her family, her sheer determination, and her unwavering faith.

Bethany wrote about her experience in the 2004 autobiography Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board. Bethany’s story has touched the hearts of everyone and her inspirational message, charitable efforts, and overall spirit. In April 2011, the feature film Soul Surfer was released, based on the book and additional interviews. She has appeared on many television shows since the loss of her arm.

Known most notably for one of the biggest comeback stories of our era, Bethany Hamilton has since become synonymous with inspiration. New York Times Best Selling Author, life who’s been featured in a Hollywood movie, professional surfer, and spiritual icon, Bethany is a sought after public speaker. She is motivating audiences worldwide to live their life with more tenacity, courage and faith.

 

 

POPULAR PROGRAM TOPICS
(Bethany’s programs are frequently conducted in an interview style)

Fighting to Get Back on the Board
Bethany has already lived more than a lifetimes worth of triumph and tragedy, and she shares every poignant moment. Audiences learn how she rose once again to the challenges of competition after a life-changing event, how she dealt with the maelstrom of media attention, and how she relied on her faith and innate positive thinking to embrace changes that would undo most people. Bethany’s passion and insight, and filled with thrilling moments of the sport personify, a portrait of American heroism that will captivate audiences of all ages.

Rise Above
Bethany shares her courage and enthusiasm, inspiring audiences to face life head on and stand strong in their faith. Since losing her arm, Bethany has chosen to use her experience to become an inspiration and help others to overcome adversity, no matter how great. Bethany will inspire your audience to believe that you can do whatever they want if you just set your heart to it, and just never give up, and just go out there and do it.

Full Biography

Bethany Hamilton has become a source of inspiration to millions through her story of faith, determination, and hope. Born into a family of surfers on February 8, 1990, on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, Bethany began surfing at a young age.

At the age of thirteen, on October 31, 2003, Bethany was attacked by a 14-foot tiger shark while surfing off Kauai’s North Shore. The attack left Bethany with a severed left arm. After losing over 60% of her blood, and making it through several surgeries without infection, Bethany was on her way to recovery with an unbelievably positive attitude. Lifeguards and doctors believe her strong water sense and faith in God helped get her through the traumatic ordeal.

Miraculously, just one month after the attack, Bethany returned to the water to continue pursuing her goal to become a professional surfer. In January of 2004, Bethany made her return to surf competition; placing 5th in the Open Women’s division of that contest. With no intention of stopping, Bethany continued to enter and excel in competition. Just over a year after the attack she took 1st place in the Explorer Women’s division of the 2005 NSSA National Championships – winning her first National Title.

In 2007, Bethany realized her dream and turned pro. Bethany has since participated in numerous ASP and World Tour Events with her major highlight being a second place finish in the ASP 2009 World Junior Championships.

Since losing her arm, Bethany’s story has been told in hundreds of media outlets and she has been recognized with numerous awards, public appearances, and various speaking engagements.

In October 2004, Bethany shared her life story in her autobiography entitled Soul Surfer. Seven years later, the book was made into a major motion picture bearing the same title which released theatrically in April, and for home entertainment in August, 2011. Other books Bethany has written include “Devotions for the Soul Surfer,” “Rise Above,” A “Soul Surfer” Bible, “Ask Bethany,” and “Clash,” “Burned,” “Storm,” and “Crunch.”

Out of the water, Bethany has grown from a young teenage girl with aspirations of becoming a professional surfer into a twenty-year old professional surfer with aspirations of becoming a beacon of inspiration and hope. Through the platform of professional sport, Bethany has been able to touch a large number of people with her message, charitable efforts, and overall spirit. Bethany just launched her own foundation, Friends of Bethany, which supports shark attack survivors, traumatic amputees, and serves to inspire others through her life story, and is involved in numerous other charitable efforts.

William Close

A performer for 20 years, William Close is a musician, lecturer and inventor who has created over 50 musical instruments, including the Earth Harp. William first set up the Earth Harp, the world’s largest harp, across a valley that extended 1,000 feet. He has developed many musical instruments, experiences and designs that are completely new to the world. His vision and ideas have been presented and celebrated all around the planet. William offers a truly unique and creative speaking experience!

William magnificent presentations on stage often include one or more of his incredible instruments such as the Earth Harp, Aqua Tar, Drum Jacket along with others. He transports the audience through his unique and inventive world with words along with his musical performance. William’s lectures are very interactive as he gets the audience involved in the music, and the creation of their own design!

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PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS

Musical Performance and Lecture
William has an immense collection of unique musical presentations, each one sculpted to that particular venue and audience. He has created a 90-minute show that fuses all of his instruments into a musical experience that is based in Rock, Classical and world music.
Familiar pieces such as Kashmir by Led Zeppelin, Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven or Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd along with original music created for the instruments. Each musical masterpiece introduces a new instrument such as the most famous Earth Harp, the Aquatar, Drum Cloud, Chime Sword, Drum Jacket, Violin Jacket, Long Bow Harp, Drumbrella, Wing Harp, Drum Orb and even Aerial Instruments!

William has done extensive educating, lecturing, and workshops through the years. His lectures incorporate his musical inventions along with other powerful themes that relate to his experience, such as design, architecture, science, travel, sculpture, sound, invention, acoustics innovation. etc.

William often has some of his instruments on stage with him, allowing for an interactive verbal and musical experience with the audience.


In addition to his musical performance William will share:
  • The science and construction of the perfect acoustics for any venue.
  • Installation art as a sculptural concept, developed over the past decade.
  • The building and fabrication of each of his instruments.
  • How sailboats and architecture along with the study of sculpture and sound design play an integral role for this musical genius.
  • How to push the boundaries and always look for the fusion of music that is powerful, epic and emotional!

Innovative Entertainment
William Close has developed many musical instruments, experiences and designs that are completely new to the world. His incredible vision and unique ideas have been presented and celebrated all around the planet.

William will transport your audience with his one-of-a-kind presentations and take you on a journey through his uniquely innovative process of using the power of his musical performances combined with interactive lectures.

With the help of audience participation, William teaches how to create a personal musical design.

In this presentation your audience will discover the power of:

  • The birth of an innovative idea and the vision it takes to bring it to life.
  • The creative process of developing a never before thought of concept.
  • Using science and imagination to bring your creation to life.
 William has performed at world-renowned festivals including:
  • The Grand Theater at the Shanghai International Arts Festival
  • Grand Auditorium at the Macau International Arts Festival
  • The Coliseum in Rome for La Notte Bianca
  • A 9th Century Mid-Evil Castle in Italy for the Verrucchio Festival
  • The Teatro Municipal in Sao Paulo for Virada Cultural
  • The Space Needle in Seattle for Bumbershoot
  • Lollapalooza
  • Coachella
  • Lightning in a Bottle
  • Miami Sleepless Nights

In addition, William and The Earth Harp have stunned audiences with his full-length performances at performing arts centers including:

  • The Kennedy Center
  • The Alys Stephens Center
  • The Van Wezel Performing Arts Center
  • The Carnegie Science Center
  • The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture
  • The Centre in Kerikeri, New Zealand
  • William has also worked with Top Fortune 500 companies including
    • IBM
    • Samsung
    • Microsoft
    • CNN
    • Toyota
    • The NFL
    • …. and many more.
  • The Earth Harp has a permanent installation at Cirque du Soleil’s show “Ka” at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

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Full Biography

William Close is an artist and musician that has developed over 100 new types of musical instruments. He is the inventor of the majestic stringed instrument “The Earth Harp”. The Earth Harp is the largest stringed instrument on the planet. Some of Closes other instruments include, The Drum Orb, The Percussion Jacket, The Aquatar, the Wing Harp, Drumbrella to name a few.

William is the Founder and Artistic Director of EarthHarp Collective and MASS Ensemble. MASS is an acronym for music architecture sound and sculpture. The groups work with his unique designs to create music based stage shows that push the envelope of the musical experience.

Close has traveled extensively around the planet performing and inventing new musical experiences. William has inspired millions with his unique musical works. He recently finished third as Americas most talented on the television show “Americas got Talent”.

William studied sculpture and sound design at the Art Institute of Chicago. His unique combination of sculpture, music and installation art blossomed into a new genera of music making designs and his installations and performances have been experienced throughout the world. He has performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Lincoln Center in New York, to the Coliseum in Rome, The Grand Theater in Macau and Hong Kong just to name a few.

William’s work has transformed concepts of musical instruments and musical performances. His open-minded cutting edge thinking continues to create new designs in music, musical concepts and shows.

The Earth Harp is the largest stringed instrument on the planet. It was developed by William in 1999. The body of the instrument rests on the stage and the strings travel out over the audience attaching to the back of the theater, turning the theater / concert hall, architecture and landscape into the instrument. The giant long strings are played with violin rosin covered gloves. The player runs their hands along the strings creating beautiful cello like tones. The reason it is titled the Earth Harp is due to the fact that the first time it was installed, the strings ran from one side of a valley 1000 ft. across to the other side, turning the Earth / landscape into a giant harp. The Earth Harp has been installed around the world. The Strings have stretched to the top of the Seattle Space needle, To Temples in Vietnam, in the famous Grand Theater of Macau, The Coliseum in Rome, Amazing Architecture in Hong Kong and India, to the Kennedy Center and Lincoln center in the United States.

William’s work explores the connection between architecture and music. Inspired by the quote “architecture is frozen music”, Close creates musical installations that use the architecture as part of the instrument. He has developed two Symphonic / musical houses working with architects to build the musical instruments into the architecture. The Houses are truly musical instruments.

William Close’s ideas and experiences are very unique. In 2007 William lost everything he had to the wild fires of California. His home studio and all his inventions and instruments were destroyed. Everything was gone! William persevered, rebuilding new and better versions of the instruments, a new studio and he has just finished rebuilding the house into an amazing new piece of musical architecture in place of the old house The experiences that surrounded these events were powerful and transformative for William. Through these hardships William has grown and expanded as both an artist and a person. He and his partner Sarah just welcomed their new son in their newly rebuilt home – they named him Phoenix.

Roberta Bondar

Roberta Bondar OC, O.On, MD, PhD, FRCP, FRSC is Canada’s first female astronaut and the first neurologist in space. For more than a decade she was NASA’s head of space medicine and now consultants and speakers to business, scientific, and medical communities. She has received such honors as the Order of Canada, the Order of Ontario, the NASA Space Medal, over 22 honorary degrees and induction into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. Seeing the world through the lenses of a medical doctor, scientist, photographer, astronaut and author, Bondar follows her family’s tradition of excellence in teaching.

Trained as a member of NASA’s Earth Observation Team she expanded her professional photographic expertise. After her space mission, she continued her photographic explorations honing her artistic and technical skills as an honors student in Professional Nature Photography.

A cross-discipline thought leader with groundbreaking insights on the environment, innovation, discovery and leadership, Dr. Bondar is one of North America’s most sought-after and respected presenters. Meeting and conference planners from organizations as diverse as Yale University, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Gartner, Investors Group, Capgemini, Pfizer, Oracle, the FBI and many more have come to depend on her as a valued partner in planning and delivering customized presentations that consistently move audiences to their next level.

Dr. Bondar draws on her remarkable depth of expertise as an astronaut, physician, scientific researcher, photographer, author, environment interpreter and team leader to stimulate, motivate, educate and inspire. By customizing each speech and keynote, she brings added value with her maturity, wisdom gained from “in the trenches” life experiences, broad educational background and depth of personality. This unique combination will ensure that any event will be extraordinary.

PROGRAM TOPICS

Personal and Professional Goals – An Advanced Ethic
We all want to lead happy productive lives and it is fulfilling when both personal and professional lives can feed off each other. As far as I have seen on Earth and beyond, nothing is clearer than the fact that we have a precious relatively short Earth-life. It makes sense to develop ourselves for each hour that we are awake by learning from the potential life experiences all around us.

Management Lessons from Space
Successful businesses anticipate and respond rapidly to a world in constant flux where human relations are keys to effective change. As professional flexibility reflects personal adaptability, valued team members know when to lead, when to follow and when to stay the course. They embrace culture challenges as positive influences on both their continued professional and personal development.

Never a Distance too Great: Bridges for Life
It is not enough just to advocate a vision: you must realize it. The gap between a dream and reality is bridged with interest and insight, skill and determination, focus and discipline. Because of their timeless value, these bridges also give us the flexibility that we will need in the future to cope with inevitable change. Dynamic bridges of the human mind can be virtual or real, but they must be agile. They form the link between other worlds, ideas and relationships.

Vision and Leadership
In a world of extremes, a leader’s vision must be bold yet within reach of fellow team members. Sharing a vision is more than setting out objectives and goals for other to follow. If there is no overlap of interest or passion by everyone, a vision will be blind to fulfilling its potential. By definition, a leader knows about leadership but a successful leader understands followership. Experience offers each of us an opportunity to learn from another person’s life lesions which combine the richness of education, with the insight of critical thinking. By linking this resource to respect for a shared vision, a strong team will be focused on success.

 

Full Biography

Astronaut Dr. Roberta Bondar World’s First Neurologist in Space

The world’s first neurologist in space, Dr. Roberta Bondar is globally recognized for her pioneering contribution to space medicine research. Aboard the Discovery mission STS-42 in 1992 she conducted experiments in the shuttle’s first international microgravity laboratory.

For more than a decade at NASA Dr. Bondar headed an international research team, continuing to find new connections between astronauts recovering from the microgravity of space and neurological illnesses here on Earth. Her techniques have been used in clinical studies at the B. I. Deaconess Medical Center, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School and at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Bondar served two terms as Chancellor of Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario.

A true renaissance woman, Dr. Bondar is an acclaimed photographer of the environment. She is the author of four best-selling photo essay books featuring her stunning photography of the Earth. Her photographic works may be found in private, corporate and institutional collections in Canada, the U.S. and England.

An author, environmental educator and celebrated landscape photographer, Dr. Bondar has also earned a reputation as a leading speaker and consultant within the medical and scientific communities, and in the field of corporate social responsibility and care for the Earth’s environment. She co-founded The Roberta Bondar Foundation, a charitable organization to improve our understanding of the environment.

Dr. Bondar has been recognized with the NASA Space Medal, inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame and into the International Women’s Forum Hall of Fame for her pioneering research in space medicine. She is a recipient of the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario and has received 24 honorary doctorates from North American universities. In 2003 TIME magazine named her among North America’s best explorers. In 2011, Dr. Bondar received her own star on Canada’s Walk of Fame.

Naomi Judd

Grammy Award winning singer Naomi Judd makes up half of country music’s most famous mother/daughter duo, The Judds. Over the course of her stunning career, Naomi won 5 Grammy Awards and an array other music awards and honors. After receiving Hepatitis C diagnosis, Naomi retired from music, but continues to inspire others through humanitarian activities and awareness campaigns. Naomi’s meteoric rise to country music superstar and American icon – from her humble beginnings as a single mom in a small Kentucky town – is an inspiring story of overcoming the odds through optimism and hard work. Read more

Anthony Melchiorri

In the 20 years Anthony Melchiorri has been in the hospitality business, he has a proven track record of understanding a company’s vision, its individual parts, and how to make those parts work together to complete the whole picture. Knowing that attention to detail and making each part of the operation functional and strong are key to profitability, Anthony has developed and re-positioned some of the finest and most high profile properties in the United States including the first Nickelodeon Hotel and Resort and the landmark Algonquin Hotel.

Anthony takes on clients in need of development or immediate re-positioning, applies his experience and ability to assemble teams specialized in hotel management, and adds value for the owners and developers to ultimately increase their bottom line. He has help create and implement a web-based third-party hotel company that helps owners attract customers at significantly lower margins than traditional third-party companies.

Anthony will help your audience understand how to create a plan, market, promote, and turn their company’s staff into a well-oiled machine. He has an unmatched ability to break down problems and find solutions that generate profits.

PROGRAM TOPICS:

Your brand is your calling card & the reason your customers choose you!
Anthony focuses on the following key issues to ensure that they all blend into your mission statement and the vision you have for your company.
He will help you answer critical questions about:

  • Your Identify: Who are you and why do you exist?
  • Collateral: If a customer touches it, they are touching your business.
  • Design Management: We create from the inside out and build designs that reflect your business, not a trend or a copy of a competitor.
  • Web Sites: They are tools that never tire or sleep and have the potential to expand your brand while you reach and exceed you dreams.

Sales and Marketing
Sales and Marketing are key to keeping your company flexible and moving forward. Develop strategies that will direct a larger market share of your targeted business to you, a critical function of your sales and marketing team. Most companies have reasonably effective sales and marketing departments but few have the creativity to set the standard for how to break down each market segment and work out a strategy to achieve the most desired results.
Your audience will learn the following:

  • How to assess your team and your plan
  • Ensure creation of short term corrective actions while working on long term solutions
  • Evaluate other sales offices, including your competition
  • Break down market segmentation and enact a plan for each segment
  • Review and evaluate your standing within your compset and devise a plan to take full advantage of all your opportunities

Hospitality Operations:
Anthony’s years of experience working with clients has enabled him to identify problems common to both fledgling as well as established companies. This has also given him the insight to help solve them – it’s not as easy as you might think! He will teach you how to develop effective company policies, train your staff, and manage your employees. Learning how to recognize sources of trouble before they have a chance to become crippling issues is vital to building a firm foundation for your company so that it can reach its full potential.
Anthony also teaches:

  • Develop Strategic Short and Long Term Planning. It may be a cliché, but it’s nevertheless true that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
  • Enhance Your Customer Service and Create Esprit de Corps. He will help you and your staff strive for ever greater customer satisfaction and teach you how to instill professional pride and team spirit in your employees. Anthony strongly believes that a hallmark of the service industry is recognizing the needs and desires of customers and doing your best to exceed their expectations. As the head of any company there is a responsibility to pass that knowledge and understanding along to every member of the staff.
  • Keep the Bottom-Line in Mind. He will assist you to develop the skills to create realistic budgets, cash flow analysis, and capital investment plans
  • Learn How Best to Deal with Contractors, Vendors and Purchasing Agents. Get your venture off the ground and keep it operating profitably before, during, and after opening
  • Improve Your Aesthetic and Design Concepts. Following the cardinal rule that form follows function
  • Manage and Instruct. Managing the relationships between the corporate offices and the brands can be difficult and challenging requiring skill and finesse

Public Relations:
KEEPING A CLEAR HEAD
Your company’s image is the public face that you present to the world. How you are perceived is far too important to be left to chance. An effective public relations campaign has to be designed to let others know who you are, what you stand for, and how the unique services you provide can benefit them.
Learn how to:

  • Develop press kits and releases
  • Ensure your PR needs are met
  • Provide advice on how best to integrate your business into the social media
  • Set up crisis communication procedures
  • Train you and your staff about how best to deal with the media
  • Help you develop the “Big Idea” that can launch, reinvent or expand your business success

The Public Perception of your Brand is the Single most important Identifier of your Company.

Full Biography

In the 20 years Anthony Melchiorri has been in the hospitality business, he has a proven track record of understanding a company’s vision, its individual parts, and how to make those parts work together to complete the whole picture. Knowing that attention to detail and making each part of the operation functional and strong are key to profitability, Melchiorri has developed and repositioned some of the finest and most high profile properties in the United States including the first Nickelodeon Hotel and Resort and the landmark Algonquin Hotel. He takes on clients in need of development or immediate re-positioning, applies his experience and ability to assemble teams specialized in hotel management, and adds value for the owners and developers to ultimately increase their bottom line.

This April, Melchiorri brings his expertise as the “hotel fixer” to Travel Channel’s new original series “Hotel Impossible.” In this weekly one-hour program, he helps turn around the business of a struggling hotel fighting to survive.

Melchiorri was put on the fast track to success early on at the landmark Plaza Hotel as director of front office operations. This led to several operation positions at such hotels as the Embassy Suites and Millennium Hotels. By the age of 29, Melchiorri became a seasoned professional and was selected to be general manager of the Lucerne Hotel in 1997. Under Melchiorri’s management, the Lucerne was developed into one of the top ranking hotels in New York City, and selected as the New York Times Travel Guide’s Best Service Hotel.

After seven years at the Lucerne, Melchiorri was appointed general manager of the world famous Algonquin Hotel. At the time, the Algonquin had seen better days. Melchiorri and his team closed the hotel for a month and oversaw a basement-to-roof renovation, including all the restaurants and back-of-house areas. Not only did Melchiorri complete the project on schedule and on budget, but he and his team re-positioned The Algonquin to become a highly-rated Michelin Guide Hotel. Further, the hotel’s public relations campaign won a Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International “Best of Show Award” for marketing.

After the Algonquin was re-positioned by Melchiorri and his team, the hotel owner sold it for a significant return and asked Melchiorri to be senior vice president of the first Nickelodeon Hotel and Resort. There, he oversaw the 25 acre, 800 room resort helping it to become one of the most sought-after travel destinations in Orlando, Florida. Melchiorri successfully made the transition into the asset management side of the business, becoming the first vice president of Tishman Hotels and the asset manager of the Westin Hotel in Times Square.

As senior vice president of New York Hotel Management Company, Melchiorri helped develop a 310 all-suite hotel in Times Square overseeing construction, design, pre-opening, opening and post-opening operations. When Melchiorri’s work was complete, the TripAdvisor guest satisfaction score for the hotel had reached 96%, putting the hotel in the top-two percentile of all hotels in New York City.

Melchiorri has an unmatched ability to break down problems and find solutions that generate profits. In addition to being the host and lead in Travel Channel’s “Hotel Impossible,” he also runs his own company, Argeo Hospitality, consulting on hotel projects for private owners and investors. Argeo Hospitality has the ability to create a plan, market and promote a company, and turn its staff into a well-oiled machine.

Melchiorri served for five years as a protocol officer in the U.S Air Force. He currently resides in New York with his wife and three children.

Mike Mullane

Mike Mullane

As a veteran of the earliest flights of the American Space Shuttle program, Mike Mullane has seen the world from a perspective that few people have ever experienced directly but that inspires a deep sense of wonder in all of us. Mullane shares his experiences with audiences both young and old in his hallmark multi-media presentation, “Stories from Space.” A prolific writer and speaker since his retirement from the space program in 1990, his contributions range from the popular, fact-filled “Do Your Ears Pop in Space?” to the award winning children’s book, “Liftoff! An Astronaut’s Dream.” Read more

Matt Roloff

Matt Roloff

Matt Roloff is best known for starring in the hit TLC reality show ‘Little People, Big World.’ In over 225 episodes, tens of millions of people around the world have followed the lives and challenges of Matt and his family at their home in Oregon, but there is more to Matt Roloff’s story than the TV show and being a devoted husband and father of four children. Matt operates a successful family farm, has authored two books, was a top salesman for Fortune 500 companies, and currently owns a manufacturing company specializing in mobility equipment designed for little people. Read more

Richard Roundtree

Richard Roundtree

Don’t believe the hype: breast cancer doesn’t discriminate. The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2009 about 1,910 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed among men in the United States. After an early diagnosis, actor Richard Roundtree, better known as the world’s beloved Shaft, thought he might become a statistic before he became proactive in his treatment. Fast forward 16 years later and you’ll find the Hollywood vet quite vocal about his breast cancer survival story as he encourages others to pay attention to their health. Read more