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Leadership Lunch

Thursday, July 22 11:45 am – 1:45 pm

Venue: W South Beach, Great Room, Lunch will be served

Co-Chair: Bill Hansen, Bill Hansen Catering & Event Production

Co-Chair: Suzanne Pallot, Source Miami

Join industry leaders to discuss current and future issues to help drive the industry forward, enjoy a spirited awards ceremony that celebrates four industry leaders (Roy Porter, Connie Riley, Robin Selden, and one more surprise recipient) and learn from keynote Christina Matteucci, executive director of David Beahm Experiences and TEDx speaker. Enjoy the music of four time Grammy award winner Tomasito Cruz, too!

Leadership Lunch Co-Chairs

Bill Hansen

A leading catering, wedding, and event expert and Founder and CEO of one of South Florida’s top catering firms, I provide entertaining solutions for my clients that delight their guests with passion, quality, teamwork, and innovation. The secret to my 40+ year longevity in the catering and events industry--pleasing high-level clients including FedEx, HBO and UBS--lies in hard work, unbridled passion, and never cutting corners in the food or the staff it takes to make things party-perfect.

Since founding Bill Hansen Luxury Catering and Event Production (then Bills’ Catering with my best friend, Bill Hendrich) in 1980, I have written two books, conducted over 20 catering boot camps across the country, have spoken at scores of national industry meetings, and served as an expert witness in at least ten legal cases in the hospitality realm. I have also taught Catering Management at Florida International University since 1990 and have consulted for caterers all over the country.

Suzanne Pallot

Suzanne Pallot is an Event Services Professional with over 30 years of experience in all areas of event services: 
Social/Corporate Event Planning including Design and Production 
Project/Day of Coordination 
Experiential Activations 
Destination Management 
Culinary Consultation 
Venue Management 
Source Miami provides event services and offers an outsource option for other event and meeting planners when they require additional experienced staff for their programs and events. We work with only qualified venues and vendors and with our long term relationships can offer cost effective and comprehensive solutions to successfully produce and execute the client’s program.

Keynote Speaker

Christina Matteucci, Executive Director of David Beahm Experiences

Christina Matteucci pioneers an integral role within the special event industry as Number Two to famed event designer David Beahm. Now in her eighteenth year of collaboration with David, she is uniquely positioned to provide valuable, first-hand experience with the importance of building—from the ground up—a functional and sustainable team to support a growing hospitality talent. During her session, she will address the singular relationship between Number Ones and their teams from both sides of the coin.

Christina will explore how modeling successful partnerships in the workplace sets a precedent for rewarding collaboration in society and bridges generational divides. She will tackle the queries she receives from hospitality principals such as, "How do I find a Christina? Why is your turnover so low? How can I prevent my employees and associates from taking what I teach them and venturing out on their own?"


Tomasito Cruz, Cuban Musican, Singer, Songwriter

Tomasito has received 6 Grammy nominations and is a four-time-Grammy-winning recording artist with Milton Salcedo"Swing 80",Arturo Sandoval’s “Rumba Palace,’ Willy Chirino’s “Son del alma,” and Alejandro Sanz’s “No es lo mismo.” “Candela” was his first album as a solo singer, songwriter and producer and was nominated in Spain as the best album of Cuban music in 2010. His latest production is titled “I Am Cuba” and it is scheduled to go on tour for 2020.Tomasito fuses the diverse beats enjoyed throughout Cuba with a refreshing yet glorious energy that only a talent like his can achieve.

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