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Tuesday, March 28 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Nightclub & Bar The Pitch Tank

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We’ve all heard the saying, “It's all about who you know” and in today’s world it really does apply! That’s why the NEW Nightclub & Bar The Pitch Tank was formed to connect bar & nightlife suppliers with top executives of the industry. This is a can’t miss opportunity for attendees to see what actually happens behind closed doors in the corporate world. Watch the drama unfold during live product pitches in front of a board of Sharks!

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Ryan Klaasen

Partner/Vice President of Operations, element HOSPITALITY
With a drive to compete with the largest nightlife players in the nation, industry veteran Ryan Klaasen has joined Element Hospitality Group, a fast-growing business that owns, manages and provides consultation for some nightclubs, lounges and restaurants throughout the U.S. As the company’s vice president of operations, Klaasen works alongside his business partners, Jon Spadafora and Steve Kennedy, to oversee Element’s impressive... Read More →
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Ronn Nicolli

Senior Executive Director of Marketing, Wynn Nightlife
Coming from humble beginnings as a promotions host to becoming one of Las Vegas nightlife’s most respected and influential marketing minds, Ronn Nicolli joined the Wynn Las Vegas nightlife team in 2005. As the marketing executive for Tryst and XS, he created and developed marketing collateral and assets for the venues, DJs, branded parties and concepts while assisting in creative direction. He now spearheads marketing initiatives for... Read More →
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Joshua Pianko

Senior Vice President, Morgan Stanley’s Wealth Management Group
Joshua M. Pianko is a Senior Vice President at Morgan Stanley’s Wealth Management Group in Las Vegas, NV. He joined Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and its predecessors in 2002. Josh co-created the Insider Buy Strategy Unit Trust and Separately Managed Account for Morgan Stanley and Invesco (NYSE: IVZ). He has experience developing financial models and programming complex screening applications. His focus is on Fixed Income Portfolios... Read More →
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Sebastien Silvestri

Vice President of Food and Beverage, The Venetian and The Palazzo
Sebastien Silvestri grew up in the south of France with a French mother and an Italian father where he learned both languages fluently.  He developed an appreciation for food and beverage at an early age from his uncle, Pierro Silvestri, who was a successful restauranteur at Le Peche Mignon in the Italian Riviera.  He attended Esitel in 1993 where he studied culinary arts and hotel management.  He graduated with honors in 1997... Read More →
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Jonathan Snyder

Investor, Entrepreneur
Jonathan is a successful investor, entrepreneur and executive who has founded, invested in and run companies in retail and restaurant services, e-commerce, apparel, technology and telecommunications. He co-founded and is currently managing Contenders Clothing, a men’s active lifestyle licensed apparel company which has been successful in acquiring premier licenses for the company, including those from WWE and Rocky and Creed from... Read More →
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Josef Wagner

Vice President of Food & Beverage, Aria @ City Center
Josef brings an extensive background in the Food & Beverage Industry to his new role. Currently the Vice President of Food & Beverage at Aria Resort & Casino, he is joining from The Venetian& The Palazzo, where he served as Executive Director of Food & Beverage since 2010. In that capacity, he successfully oversaw operations for the property’s numerous dining and beverage venues, and served as the liaison for... Read More →
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Salvatore Wise

Director Of Marketing (Nightlife and Daylife), Hakkasan Group
Hakkasan Group is a worldwide entertainment, dining, nightlife, and hospitality company with establishments currently located across the United States, Europe, Middle East, and Asia. Its namesake is taken from its Michelin-star restaurant that set the high-level standard for the group’s collection of diverse brands. Its ‘brand-first’ philosophy builds dining, nightlife, day life, and soon-to-be hotel concepts into... Read More →

Tuesday March 28, 2017 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Room N112 Las Vegas Convention Center