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Meet the 2012 VIBE Advisory Council

October 17, 2011 By: Alissa Ponchione


The secret to the success and value of the VIBE Conference is meeting attendee needs and listening to every participant. This helps us conduct research and surveys and reach out in other ways to give you actionable information, insights and interactions that will grow your beverage business. One of the many ways that the VIBE team develops programming that serves its audience of chain beverage executives is through the VIBE Advisory Council (VAC).

The VIBE Advisory Council is . Members of the council include on-premise operator executives, an executive representative from each of VIBE’s Pinnacle Sponsor companies and a limited number of industry consultants and agency executives. The VAC is co-chaired by Sharyn Iler and Laddie Weiss, Principals of BSI/WFV Partners, who produce VIBE in conjunction with Questex Hospitality Group.

The VAC meets in person 8-12 weeks after the annual conference to assess all aspects of the recently concluded event and begin to lay the groundwork for the following year’s VIBE Conference components. Throughout the year, in committees and individually, VAC members actively work with VIBE’s full management team as advisers and resources for information relating to all aspects of conference production.

The newest member of the VAC is Edithann Ramey, Senior Director of Marketing for Brinker International/Chili’s Grill and Bar.

VIBE is proud to present its Advisory Council to the industry:

George Barton, Vice President and Bar Innovation, Carlson Restaurants Worldwide Inc./T.G.I Friday’s
Mike Blumberg, Vice President of National Accounts – On Premise, Crown Imports, LLC
Terry Boyer, Director, U.S. National Accounts, Pernod Ricard USA
David Brown, Vice President of Operations Support, Houlihan’s Restaurants, Inc.
Cindy Busi, Worldwide Director of Beverage, Hard Rock International
David Commer, Consultant, Commer Beverage Consulting
Ed Eiswirth, Director of Beverage, California Pizza Kitchen
Tylor Field III, Vice President of Wine and Spirits, Morton’s The Steakhouse
Jill Helmerick, Director of Beverage, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers
Patrick Henry, President, Patrick Henry Creative Promotions
Cian Hickey, Senior Sales Director-Draught, Anheuser-Busch
Todd Howell, Manager, Beverage Purchasing, Darden Restaurants, Inc.
Shelly Hurley, Director of Beverage, OSI/Carrabba’s Italian Grill
Sharyn Iler, President, BSI Conferences, Inc.
Doug Jackson, Senior Director of Beverage Development, Darden Restaurants, Inc.
James Kramer, Vice President of Beverage Operations, Landry’s Restaurants Inc.
Todd Kronebusch, Divisional Vice President of Operations, Buffalo Wild Wings
Ken Lennox, Director of Quality Beverage, Ruby Tuesday
Tammy LaNasa, Corporate Beverage Director, Sullivan’s and Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group
Seth Lorenz, Vice President On-Premise TBA National Accounts, Diageo
Stuart McGuire, Director, Beverage Sales and Standards, Walt Disney World Company
Stuart Melia, Vice President of Beverage, Craftworks Restaurants & Breweries
Mary Melton, Director of Beverage, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro
Bob Midyette, Director, Fleet Beverage Operations, Royal Caribbean International
Stanley R. Novack, Principal, Novack Consulting LLC
John O’Connell, Corporate Director of Beverage, Hyatt Hotels
Lowell Petrie, Chief Marketing Officer, Real Mex Restaurants, Inc.
Edithann Ramey, Senior Director of Marketing, Brinker/Chili’s
Ben Salisbury, Vice President of National Accounts – On Premise, Constellation Wines
Glenn Schmitt, President, MarkeTeam, Inc.
Kip Snider, Corporate Beverage Director, Yard House Restaurants
Jon Taffer, President, Nightclub & Bar Magazine, Digital Media & Trade Show, Questex
Ryan Valentine, Director of Beverage, Cameron Mitchell Restaurants
Rich Verrecchia, Owner, NEAT Beverage Concepts
Suzan Waldschmidt, Director of Beverage, OSI/Outback Steakhouse
Laddie Weiss, President, Weiss Foodservice Visions
Liza Wylie, Vice President, Group Show Director, Nightclub & Bar, Questex
Doug Zeif, Senior Vice President, Food & Beverage, LXR Luxury Resorts & Hotel


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