Daniel Farnon

Daniel Farnon

Director of Strategic Accounts, IGT

Daniel Farnon joined IGT in 2011, based in London, where he was responsible for building a financial modelling and analysis function, for the EMEA team. During his time at IGT Dan has worked in Finance, Sales Operations, Business Development, and with IGT’s Commercial teams. Dan is currently the Director of Strategic Accounts and is responsible for IGT’s largest and most strategic customers. Most notably, Dan led the initiative to build out IGT’s financial analysis team in EMEA as well as the inside sales organization in North America. Dan has worked with all IGT’s gaming markets including Europe, Africa, Latin America, North America, and Asia. Notably, Dan also worked in Indian Country completing several business development deals.

Daniel graduated from the Birmingham City University in the UK, where he studied Business and Finance. While working at IGT, Dan completed his MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business. Daniel was recently awarded an ambassadorship for the Booth School of Business.

Dan joined ECF because he is passionate about the importance of education on student’s lives. “There are so many high-talent kids that have the potential for so much but unfortunately due to both finances and mentorship, they don’t have access to the right education. This means the kids miss out on their full potential. ECF brings the marriage of mentorship and education, to those that deserve it, in order to change lives.”

Dan and his fiancé, Kori Ow, will be married in 2020. He is an avid golfer and soccer player.

Colleen Birch

Colleen Birch

Senior Vice President of Revenue Optimization, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Christopher Bond

Christopher Bond

VP of Sales for SAHARA Las Vegas

Christopher Bond joined Epicurean Charitable Foundation in August 2016 to support local students to achieve their education and career goals.

Mr. Bond is currently the Vice President of Sales at SAHARA Las Vegas where he is responsible for the strategic development and administration of Convention Sales, Convention Services and Catering teams. His previous experience includes Vice President of Sales and Catering for Mirage, Vice President of Sales and Executive Director of Sales at New York-New York Hotel & Casino.

Married for nearly 20 years to his wife Serena, they have two great boys, Braydon and Denton. Mr. Bond loves spending time watching their baseball and soccer games. Mr. Bond is a proud Texan, UNLV hotel college graduate and has lived in Las Vegas for 27 years.

Craig Gilbert

Craig Gilbert

Managing Partner of Drive This! Entertainment

*Charter Member

Craig Gilbert was a charter member of Epicurean Charitable Foundation when he joined in 2001. Mr. Gilbert has made it his goal to mentor students by passing along the knowledge and expertise he has gained from more than two decades in the hospitality industry.

As a Managing Partner of Drive This! Entertainment, Mr. Gilbert oversees operations of hot spots including RHUMBAR, Casa Fuente Cigars, American Burger Works and Tacos & Tequila in Las Vegas and Natural 9 Noodle Company and Tacos & Tequila in Cabazon, Calif. His previous experience includes serving as the Vice President of Food and Beverage at the Rio All-Suite Las Vegas Hotel and Casino and Vice President of Food, Beverage and Entertainment at Pala Casino Resort and Spa in San Diego.

Mr. Gilbert attended the University of California, Los Angeles, and has been an active member of various industry organizations including the James Beard Association, American Academy of Hospitality Sciences and the American Culinary Federation.

David Suppe

David Suppe

Executive Chef of The Juice Standard

David Suppe joined Epicurean Charitable Foundation to fulfill his passion of teaching others through the hands-on support of mentorship. Mr. Suppe sees his involvement in ECF as a way he can personally give back to the community use his talents to educate the city’s future industry leaders.

Mr. Suppe has 10 years of experience in the food and beverage industry and most recently served as the Executive Chef at The Signature before taking on the role of Director of Food and Beverage. Prior to that, Mr. Suppe held the position of Executive Chef at several other Vegas strip properties including New York- New York and Excalibur Hotel & Casino. From 2005 to 2007, Mr. Suppe played a large role in the opening of Station Casinos as the Executive Room Chef.

Mr. Suppe received an Associate’s Degree in Culinary Arts from the Arts Institute of Las Vegas where he currently serves as a Chef Instructor for the school’s culinary division, The International Culinary School of Las Vegas. While Mr. Suppe has a passion for food he also enjoys spending his time playing sports, in particular, hockey and golf, as well as spending time with friends and family.

Eric Brady

Eric Brady

Chief Strategy Officer of Purestar Group

Eric officially joined Brady Linen Services in 2003 after obtaining his Accounting Degree. Eric later went on to
complete his EMBA from UNLV. Up until January of 2020, Eric served as President of Brady Linen Services, a provider of laundry cleaning services headquartered in Las Vegas with over 2,000 employees
located in the U.S., Bahamas and Mexico.

Eric is now the Chief Strategy Officer/ Partner/Owner and serves on the Board of Directors for the Purestar Group, which owns and operates thirty-two laundry plants across nine states and three countries. PureStar Group continues to rapidly grow by adding to their current brand while employing over 5,000+ employees. He has worked in various capacities within
the organization and is intimately involved in the continued growth of all facets of the business.

In addition, Eric serves on the Board of Directors of Textile Rental Services Association (TRSA), which is the laundry industry leading trade association, remains a key member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO) and recently served four years on the Board of Directors for Somerset Academy, a private non-profit school with several locations through Las Vegas and a student body of over 4,000.

During his free time, Eric enjoys traveling, camping, off-roading and spending time at the lake with his three daughters. He was born in Las Vegas and continues to be a prominent figure by supporting various local charities and educational programs.

Joseph Radetich

Joseph Radetich

President of Sysco Las Vegas

Joseph Radetich is the President of Sysco Las Vegas. He has over ten years of experience working for a Fortune 500 company that serves as one of the world’s largest foodservice distributors. Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, Joe graduated from Canisius College with a degree in Political Science. He began his career with Sysco in 2007 as a Marketing Associate at Sysco Arizona in Phoenix.  In 2009, Joe relocated to Flagstaff as a District Sales Manager, and was then promoted in 2012 to Regional Sales Manager in Phoenix. Later that year he became Contract Sales Manager. Joe was then promoted to Vice President of Sales, Sysco Central Illinois in June 2013. In April 2014, he returned to Sysco Arizona as Vice President of Sales.  In January 2016 Joe was named Executive Vice President of Sysco Arizona. Six months later, in July 2016, he relocated to Las Vegas when he was promoted to President of Sysco Las Vegas.

Joe and his wife, Ashley, are the proud parents of a wonderful son. In his free time, he enjoys networking in the local community. He currently serves on the board of both the Epicurean Charitable Foundation and the Nevada Restaurant Association. He believes that it’s important to think globally and act locally to have a positive impact in the world.

Kelley Jones

Kelley Jones

Founding partner of Trust3 Hospitality and Kelley Jones Hospitality

*Charter Member

A charter member since 2001, Mr. Jones joined Epicurean Charitable Foundation to give back to deserving students in the Las Vegas community and to network with peers. He served as ECF Chairman of the Board from 2013-14.

With offices in Las Vegas and New York City, Mr. Jones is currently leading a number of high-end ventures across the country including: XVI and JBird in New York; the re-launched Malibu Inn in association with Chef Angelo Sosa; partnering with Chef Geoffrey Zakarian at Tudor House and HIGHBAR on Miami’s famous South Beach; the creation of Suite & Tender at the Se Hotel in San Diego and Eden on South Beach, both with Chef Christopher Lee; and the creation of “Hell’s Kitchen: The Restaurant” for ITV Studios. He has been on the opening executive teams of some of the country’s leading hotel brands including: The Monaco Washington DC, Hudson New York, Clift San Francisco, Argonaut San Francisco and Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino Las Vegas, and plans to launch the one-of-a-kind Dinner in the Sky dining attraction in the summer of 2014.

Mr. Jones’ prestigious hospitality experience includes serving as president of Light Group, vice president of restaurant operations for Starr Restaurant Organization (SRO), vice president of restaurant operations for Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group and director of development and operations for China Grill Management, among others. He has managed the operating teams of eight of the top 100 highest grossing restaurants in the country and has led the opening teams of five of the top 100 highest grossing restaurants in the United States. Mr. Jones has also held senior executive level positions with three of the top 75 multi-concept restaurant operators in the country (#’s 3,7 and 15) as ranked by Restaurant & Institutions Magazine.

Because of his expertise in the hospitality industry, Mr. Jones is often tapped to share his views and insight around the country including at Bar & Nightclub Show, Hospitality Design Boutique Expo, RD&E Conference, G2E Summit, the inaugural Independent Lodging Congress, Temple University School of Hospitality and Tourism, and the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration at University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Ken Johnson

Ken Johnson

Executive Director of Food & Beverage for Four Queens/Binion’s

Ken Johnson joined ECF in 2010. With a passion for mentorship and education, Mr. Johnson has made it his goal to encourage students to achieve their dreams through hard work and determination.

Mr. Johnson currently serves as the Executive Director of Food and Beverage for Four Queens and Binion’s Gambling Hall. Mr. Johnson began his hospitality career as a Front Desk Supervisor for Four Queens in 1982. Other previous experience includes Beverage Manager for Four Queens in 1992, Assistant Director of Food and Beverage for Four Queens in 1997 and Director of Food and Beverage for Four Queens in 2000.

A native of Kenitra, Morocco, Mr. Johnson earned his bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of West Florida.

Luiz Oliveira

Luiz Oliveira

Owner of Sambalatte Torrefazione

In 2007, Mr. Oliveira joined Epicurean Charitable Foundation to support a local foundation that assists in the development of a new generation of students to become the leaders of tomorrow. Mr. Oliveira’s goal for ECF is to grow the foundation, raise more funds for scholarship opportunities and brand ECF to become a national entity. He is a dedicated mentor who enjoys mentoring ECF students and seeing their careers progress throughout the program.

Mr. Oliveira traveled all over South America, Europe and the United States to research the concept which led to the founding of Sambalatte Torrefazione, a café lounge and espresso bar. During his travels, he visited coffee farms and attended coffee symposiums to better understand the trends in the industry and successfully integrated all of his knowledge into a business. Mr. Oliveira was a hotel food and beverage executive who worked at four and five diamond resorts for 28 years. He has managed more than 18 locations that include international, Caribbean and stateside properties. During his time with the Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, Mr. Oliveira traveled extensively assisting the corporate office with the new hotel openings team, special task force and properties takeover.

Since he was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he has been heavily influenced by local farmers and Brazilian cuisine, which led him to develop a lifetime of appreciation for coffee, tea and food.

Marisa Martino

Marisa Martino

Managing Partner, ATM Hospitality

In 2012, Marisa Martino began her membership in Epicurean Charitable Foundation. Ms. Martino joined the organization due to her passion for making a difference in children’s lives through education. Her goals for the organization are to help students network within the industry and to mold the next generation of food and beverage leaders by serving as a mentor.

With more than 20 years of hospitality experience, she brings her knowledge and expertise in the restaurant and hotel industry to her role as a board member. Ms. Martino is currently a luxury recruiter for Gecko Hospitality, with the responsibility of placing management candidates and chefs in fine dining positions. Her previous roles include general manager of N9NE Steakhouse inside Palms Casino Resort in 2004, managing partner of David Burke inside the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino in 2006 and Director of Food and Beverage at the Green Valley Ranch Resort, Spa & Casino in 2010.

Ms. Martino holds a bachelor’s degree in hotel administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Ron Cabildo

Ron Cabildo

CEO at Definitive Talents Inc.

Ron recently joined ECF in 2018 to share his knowledge and experience to aspiring future leaders of the hospitality industry.  His many years of experience in the entertainment and event production business is a great contribution in the ECF Mentorship program since Entertainment has been an integral part of the nightlife and daylife experiences in Las Vegas.

 

Owner and Operator of “DEFTAL”  (abbr. of Definitive Talents Inc.), a national talent agency and event promotion company base in Las Vegas since 2005.  Deftal is a premier entertainment provider for showrooms, concerts, festivals, clubs, corporate, sports, and private events. He has created many successful live and interactive events in the Mainstream and niche Latino and Asian market and has represented Grammy award winning artists.

Sherri Pucci Sosa

Sherri Pucci Sosa

General Manager, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino

Sherri Pucci Sosa is General Manager for Planet Hollywood. She has had an extensive career in the Gaming industry. Over the last 20 years, she has held roles at the property and corporate level. Her journey has taken her from her start in Las Vegas with Station Casinos to Corporate role with Harrah’s Entertainment. Once on board with Harrah’s Entertainment, Sherri moved to Memphis to a more extensive gaming role in the Central Division post-merger with Caesars Entertainment. She moved back to property operations and became the Assistant General Manager at Harrah’s New Orleans. In the summer of 2015, Sherri returned to Las Vegas to take on the General Manager role at the historic Flamingo Hotel and Casino and the newly renovated LINQ Hotel and Casino. She recently transitioned to be the General Manager of Planet Hollywood. She is ultimately responsible for the three main determinants of the property’s success-profitability, customer service and employee satisfaction. Sherri currently oversees annual revenues of more than $500 million and more than 2,000 jobs in the community.

Sherri has always made giving back to the community a priority and has been focused on urban issues and addiction, joining the Board of Caridad, a non-profit organization focused on outreach for the homeless in the community and on the Community Advisory Board of the Mission High School in Las Vegas, which is the country’s only state funded high school focused on addition recovery.

Sherri received her MBA from Tulane’s Freeman School of Business in New Orleans. Her undergrad is from the Asper School of Business in Manitoba, Canada. From within the Caesars organization, Sherri was a recipient of the Caesars Award for Excellence in Leadership in 2017, the award for Harrah’s Award Excellence in Leadership Award in 2008 and the Chairman’s Award in Leadership in 2006.

She is married to her partner Ernie for more than 10 years and they have two children, Annalea 9, Cruz 7 and an adopted chihuahua. She is a born and raised Canadian, originally from Winnipeg, and proud to support the Las Vegas Golden Knights.

Stacey Taylor

Stacey Taylor

SVP & Chief Procurement Officer for MGM Resorts International

Stacey is SVP & Chief Procurement Officer for MGM Resorts International.  She is excited to join the board to provide support for ECF students in both time and treasure to students aspiring to go on to college, in particular those who thought it wasn’t an option for them.

She provides leadership and strategic vision to Global Procurement and is implementing a Companywide procurement program inclusive of sourcing, purchasing, program management and supplier management to optimize financial savings impact and improve associated processes to drive efficiency. Having served in her current position since 2015, Stacey has nearly 30 years of experience in procurement, purchasing and sourcing. She served as Vice President of Procurementwith ConAgra Foods from 2006-2015, and in various Director roles at Tyco International from 1997-2006

She is currently serving on the ISM board of directors, and both COUPA and WRMSDC’s advisory boards.  Stacey previously served as the Director of YWCA Omaha, President of The Nebraska High School Lacrosse Association, member of the Great Plains Minority Supplier Diversity Council, and the New England Minority Supplier Diversity Council.

Stacey received her Master of Business Administration Degree from Anna Maria College in Paxton, Mass., and her Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Dowling College in Oakdale, NY. She and her husband Jack have two children, Jaclyn and Justin.

Jack Langley

Jack Langley

Owner, LA Marketing Group, Inc

Jack joined Epicurean Charitable Foundation in November of 2019 because of his strong passion for providing opportunities and mentoring the next generation of the hospitality industry.

After graduating from the University of Utah in 3 years, with a double major in International Politics & Economics, and a minor in Languages, Jack moved to Southern California and turned what was to be a brief break, into a career.

After spending 5 years with RW Smith and Co. in San Diego, Jack stepped down as VP of Sales to accept a position with Steelite International as VP of National Accounts and Global Branding. There he was responsible for the US market directly, as well as Branding Ambassador for global growth. After 5 terrific years, he chose to start his own company, LA Marketing Group (LAMG, LLC) in 1998.

LAMG is a manufactures representative organization, marketing tabletop and front of the house solutions to our industry, working primarily in Las Vegas & Macau as well as other special projects key groups around the world.

Jack has had amazing mentors in his life and career and believes that sharing his expertise and perhaps a different perspective to the behind the scenes of our industry is a value in the mentorship of our youth.

Jack has 3 children: two boys and a beautiful girl. In his free time, he enjoys traveling and spending time learning of other cultures. A few of his other passions are scuba diving, mountain biking, fishing and hiking, which he tries to do as often as possible.

Tom Gorball

Tom Gorball

Vice President Food and Beverage at Virgin Hotel

In Tom’s 40-year career in the Food & Beverage world, he has been fortunate enough to work for some outstanding organizations and even better people!

Working in the industry his entire life, he has experienced every position in Food & Beverage front of house and back of house. Fortunate enough to serve as Executive Room Chef for Mandalay Resort group at Monte Carlo, and the Luxor Las Vegas. After MGM acquired Mandalay Bay Resort group he was then promoted to Executive chef for the property and for five years as property Executive chef of both Luxor and Excalibur.

While with MGMRI, he participated in three different task force groups to assist with opening new MGM properties, MGM National Harbor, MGM Springfield, and assisting to convert Empire City Casino in Yonkers New York. After being a part of the National Harbor opening, I knew I had more to give, so In September of 2017 Tom took the leap from Executive Chef to Vice President of Food & Beverage at Circus Circus.

Two years later, working to get this great opportunity to lead the Food & Beverage team at the Hard Rock hotel, soon to be Virgin Hotel Las Vegas! An amazing project with a great organization!

Tom has also taken pride in always doing his best to give back to the community, he was on the program advisory committee for the Art Institute of Las Vegas for the Culinary program, and mentor for the MGM Reach program. He continues to mentor team members from properties where he has worked and team members he has worked with from multiple properties and across multiple departments. Tom is a graduate of the Direct Program from MGM and am a diversity Champion.

When not working, Tom loves to cook in the kitchen with his fiancé, Michelle, and spend time with their family.

Mark Gilbert

Mark Gilbert

General Manager of Paris, Las Vegas

Nathan Armogan

Nathan Armogan

Senior Vice President and General Manager of Bally’s & Paris Resorts and Casinos

Nathan Armogan has served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Bally’s & Paris Resorts and Casinos since 2018. Previously, he was Vice President and General Manager of Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino for two years. Nathan joined Caesars Entertainment in 2009 as Director of Gaming Revenue Management. He later moved to Gaming Analytics, where he held various roles before his promotion to Vice President of Gaming and Casino Marketing Analytics. Prior to joining Caesars, Nathan managed financial planning and analysis at Bally Technologies, Inc. and Progressive Gaming International. His background is in accounting, finance and financial analysis. Nathan holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from Macalester College in Minnesota and an International Baccalaureate Diploma from the Red Cross Nordic United World College in Norway. Originally from South Africa, he is fluent in Afrikaans and proficient in German and Spanish.

 

The joys of his life are his wife Amber and 3 children, Kasara, Kiran and Amira. In his free time he enjoys cooking and playing soccer.