Allan Kurtz talks about the wide range of events held at Gotham Hall from 150 person weddings to 1,000 person corporate cocktail parties. He discusses his start in the industry through working at restaurants and hotels before being hired at Tavern on the Green out of college. Kurtz discusses the necessity of passion in new hires and common mistakes novice planners will make, including making assumptions and inefficient communication.
- Hard work covers a lot of your faults. Stay later, work harder.
- New hires need to have a lust for the business, passion.
- Work in the hospitality industry (waiter, hostess, etc.) or volunteering for a non-profit event looks great on a resume.
- If you are in school looking to get into the industry, be sure to be in the industry during school whether that be at a restaurant or volunteering for a special event.
B. Allan Kurtz
Managing Director of both Ziegfeld Ballroom and Gotham Hall, Allan Kurtz has been at the helm of Iconic Spaces’ venues since 2003. His background includes five years as Director of Catering at Sheraton Meadowlands, three years at Water’s Edge, and 13 years at the Tavern on the Green in various positions, with the last five years as Managing Director. Allan is an active member of the prestigious NYC & Co. Restaurant Committee and served on the board of the Central Park Precinct Community Council and on the advisory board of his alma mater, Fairleigh Dickinson University, for over 15 years.
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