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Wednesday, March 27 • 1:00pm - 3:00pm
First-Time Attendee to Successful Bar Owner – A One Year Journey

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Follow the journey of first-time Nightclub and Bar attendees, Karen and Stephen Williamson, who visited the show in 2018, and as first-time to-be owners, were able to open their bar before the end of the same year. They knew nothing about bars and restaurants as both were coming from completely unrelated successful careers, but were determined to leave the corporate life behind and build a place of their own place in the food and beverage world. They perused the showroom floor, attended sessions, and used the Nightclub & Bar convention to acquire the tools they needed to get a running start on designing, building, opening, and running their own place. See how far they have come in a year, and hear about the ups, downs, and tips they learned through this process of opening their first place, what resources they were able to take away from the convention, and how they used experts to their benefit.

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Michael Tipps

Co-Founder, Invictus Hospitality
Michael Tipps has over 23 years of experience working, managing, and consulting in all facets of the hospitality world (throughout all positions, and including hotels, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs). His career started in Hospitality in South Florida where he worked in almost... Read More →
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Homan Taghdiri

Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Invictus Hospitality
The entrepreneurial spirit has been flowing in Homan’s blood from his childhood days. Having worked in the hospitality industry since he was 14 years old, Homan has not only incrementally taken the steps to further his passion for the industry, but also, completed his educational... Read More →
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David Foss

Partner, Invictus Hospitality
Dave Foss has worked in hospitality for over 23 years in virtually every facet of the food and beverage industry. He has managed a series of beverage programs on the West Coast, both at the Mondrian Hotel and later at Fairfax Partners Restaurant Group, overseeing four properties in... Read More →
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Mark Diaz

Design Director, Invictus Hospitality
Mark Alan Diaz is a Miami native with Cuban, Italian and German roots, who has used his transnational background and later travels, to develop unique and award-winning designs and concepts throughout the United States. As a result, Mark has become known for fusing modernism and warm... Read More →
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Stephen Williamson

Co-Owner, Whiskey Tango
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Karen Williamson

Co-Owner, Whiskey Tango

Wednesday March 27, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Room S220