B. Allan Kurtz, Managing Director
In 2017, Allan became the Managing Director of the Ziegfeld Ballroom. Having been at the helm of Gotham Hall, Ziegfeld Ballroom’s sister property, since 2003, his background includes five years as Director of Catering at Sheraton Meadowlands; three years at Water’s Edge; and a total of thirteen years at the Tavern on the Green in various positions with the last five years as Managing Director. The married father of two boys, Kurtz resides on Long Island and Bucks County, PA. He is an active member of the prestigious NYC & Co. restaurant committee and He also served as a Board Member of the Central Park Precinct Community Council and on the advisory board of Fairleigh Dickinson University for over 15 years, from which he graduated.
Stephanie Black, Director of Catering & Events
Stephanie, recently promoted to Director of Catering, joined Gotham Hall 5 years ago with over 10 years’ experience in the event industry. Her passion for special events, combined with her exceptional level of service and attention to detail, creates unforgettable moments for Gotham Hall clients. She also manages the marketing and social media platforms for Gotham Hall. In her spare time, Stephanie is actively involved with the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) New York Chapter and served as one of the event producers for Dr. Oz’s charity, HealthCorps, which raises funds to fight childhood obesity. Stephanie was married at Gotham Hall and resides in New York City.
Alan Greif, Director of Special Events
Alan has been with Gotham Hall since it opened its doors in 2002. He has been involved in every detail of Gotham Hall’s transformation from landmark bank to New York’s premier event space. Alan’s event management and client care skills have been an instrumental part of Gotham Hall’s growth and success. He is proud to have hosted several high profile clientele from the world of sports including the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLS, NASCAR, ESPN, and especially his beloved New York Rangers and their annual Garden of Dreams Casino Night event. Alan is married and lives with his wife and two daughters on Long Island.
Jennifer Flaherty, Assistant Director of Catering
With over 20 years’ experience in the New York City market, Jennifer has enjoyed event planning for corporate hotels, private clubs, and restaurants. Getting her start with the Doral hotel chain as an executive secretary, Event Planning quickly interested her, as it combined her sales skills with her culinary interests and love for creative design. Having worked for Starwood, Hilton, and most recently with Millennium’s Hudson Theatre, Jennifer brings a lively personality to the team and a drive to increase business while always maintaining a personal touch with her events.
Matthew Tiscornia, Executive Chef
In his new role, Matt oversees the culinary operation for both Gotham Hall and the Ziegfeld Ballroom. Joining us after most recently the Executive Sous Chef of Abigail Kirsch Caterers for the past three years. A graduate of the New England Culinary Institute, He began his professional cooking career at the Regent Wall Street as Banquet Tournant. Recruited to the opening culinary team of the prestigious Mandarin Oriental, New York Hotel. During his 11 year tenure there, he worked in all the food and beverage outlets of the hotel, from the fine dining Asiate to the lobby lounge, MoBar. He was appointed to the position of Head Banquet Chef. Tiscornia, married and a resident of New York City, is a member of Le Amis d’Escoffier Society of New York.
Robert Fortunato, Director of Banquet Service
With over 25 years’ experience in the New York City market, Robert has enjoyed executing events for corporate hotels and restaurants through the years. Getting started with the Marriot International hotel chain as a Banquet Manager. Having worked for Marriot, Hilton , Intercontinental and most recently with the famed Plaza Hotel, Robert brings a warm and winning personality to the team while always maintaining a personal touch with all events. Robert is married and lives with his wife in Long Island and is the proud father of three children.
Maureen Acampora, Beverage Director
Maureen , recently promoted to Beverage Director for both Gotham Hall and the Ziegfeld Ballroom; prior to that, she was Gotham Hall’s Assistant Beverage Manager for two years. She comes to us with 20 years of Bartending and Management experience on Long Island and in Manhattan. Guess one could say she has hospitality in her blood. Her education is in Accounting, Law, and Interior Design, a perfect fit.
Jonathan Tare, Controller
Responsible for overseeing both Gotham Hall and most recently Ziegfeld Ballroom, Jonathan joined Gotham Hall after earning a Masters in Accounting from Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business. Jonathan is the proud father of his daughter, Hannah.
Jose Moreno, Facilities Manager
Jose has been with Gotham Hall since its inception in 2002. He does a wonderful job leading his staff and ensuring our pristine facility shines. If you host your event here you will surely know him as he is very helpful during both the set up and post-production phases of events.