Gaining the Competitive Edge in Nightlife

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With over 20 years of hospitality success under his belt as an owner and operator, Shawn Kolodny, managing partner at Tri Hospitality Group, decided to go out and get himself an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business.

The business side of most nightlife establishments has long ago purged the artistic types of the last century. But just like every other business, obtaining a competitive edge separates the haves from the have nots; which is just what Kolodny did.

Throughout his career, he has created and developed multiple nightlife concepts as well as being involved in various aspects from design and construction to marketing, operations, and promotions. Now with Tri Hospitality Group, their portfolio of businesses includes three brands; VIP Room, Beaumarchais, and FC Gotham all in the Meatpacking District - arguably the most competitive area east of Las Vegas.

Nightclub & Bar caught up with Shawn Kolodny to find out just how he gained the competitive edge and drive to succeed. 

You had become a top tier owner/manager/director at places that were known for high end bottle service, celebrity clientele and international presence - then you went and got yourself an MBA from NYU. Why in the middle of great success did you feel the need for an MBA?

I had been an entrepreneur from an early age and was self-taught in most of my business endeavors, which is really code for learning the hard way.  a

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