2019 Industry Keynotes

Each year we choose multiple keynote speakers that play an integral part of the bar, beverage and nightlife industry. Hear from leading experts as they share tips, secrets, challenges and successes that will leave you feeling inspired to propel your business to the next level.

How to register?
Keynotes are included in all registration passes. VIP Pass registrations include front row seating.

Keynote with Jim Meehan, James Beard Award Winning Author and Bartender

Monday, March 25

Jim Meehan, co-founder of PDT- one of the countries pioneering cocktail lounges in its twelfth year of business in New York City's East Village - will share how his leadership approach has evolved from leading by example- as one of America’s best bartenders- to motivating his colleagues to realize their potential during their tenure at his James Beard Award-winning bar. Jim’s passion for service, quest for further knowledge, belief in the transformative power of hospitality, and commitment to mentor the industries next generation will leave you inspired.


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Strategies on Raising Capital and Funding Your Operation's Expansion with Chief Disruption Officer of BrewDog

Moderated by David Kaplan, founder and co-owner of Death & Co.

Wednesday, March 27

Hear from two mavericks in the industry about how they're funding their ambitious growth. BrewDog's new Chief Disruption Officer, Tanisha Robinson, will discuss how they've expanded beyond just craft beer to operating and overseeing their new U.S. brewery, brewpub and the first-ever crowdfunded craft beer hotel! BrewDog continues to push the limits in innovation with its expansion into the hotel space, starting a television network, and even pushing into airline hospitality! Tanisha will be joined on stage with David Kaplan, co-founder of Death & Co. and CEO of Gin & Luck, who also has a track record of impressive entrepreneurship with his push from award-winning NYC cocktail bar to a national enterprise. Between BrewDog and Death & Co., they have crowdsourced nearly $100M to date in order to fuel their aggressive development.