The Millennium Advisory Board (MAB), an organization comprised of leaders in the food and beverage industry who have the common purpose of creating and promoting a vision for the future of the hospitality industry honored industry veteran Lawrence “Laddie” Weiss with the MAB Icon Award during the recent VIBE Conference in Las Vegas. The award ceremony took place, March 19 at SHe by Morton’s. Past recipients of the award include former Vice President of Allied Domecq Spirits & Wine, Mr. Jim Flaherty; former Vice President of Food and Beverage for Interstate Hotels & Resorts, the late Mr. Don Stanczak; Director of Sammy’s Beach Bar & Grill, Mr. Stanley Novack, and President & CEO of Patrick Henry Creative Promotions and MAB Co-founder, Mr. Patrick Henry.
“Laddie is the best of the best who has gone from business associate to friend. We are extremely excited to have honored Laddie with this award. I have had the pleasure of knowing him for many years as a respected colleague and friend. He is truly deserving of this award for all that he has done to elevate our industry,” said Patrick Henry, Co-Chairman and founder of the Millennium Advisory Board.
In addition to awarding Laddie with the MAB Icon Award, 10 consecutive-year members of the MAB were recognized for their passion and dedication to the hospitality industry. These members included Cindy Busi, Worldwide Director of Beverage for Hard Rock International; David Commer, owner of Commer Beverage; David Brown, Regional Operations Director of Houlihan’s; Kieran McGill, President & CEO, Fado Irish Pubs, Inc.; Michelle Pae, Vice President of National Account, Terlato Wines International; Richard Verrecchia, Vice Presidnet of Fintech Analytics and Stan Novack of Sammy’s Beach Bar & Grill.
Additional MAB members include Angela Callan, Director of Beverage Operations for Hooter’s; Edgar Carlson, Co-Owner & President of Hospitality USA; Peter Czizek, Vice President of Food & Beverage for Dave & Buster’s; Matt Durbin, Vice President of Beverage and Bar for Carlson Restaurants Worldwide, Tylor Field III, Divisional Vice President of Wine & Spirits for Landry’s, Inc. (Morton’s/Oceanaire); Doug Jackson, Senior Director of Beverage Development for Darden Restaurants; Patrick Kirk, Marketing & Brand Manager for Buffalo Wild Wings; Helen Mackey, Corporate Director of Beverage Strategy for Ruth’s Hospitality Group; Stuart Melia, Vice President of Beverage for Craftworks Restaurants & Breweries; Mary Melton, Director of Beverage for P.F. Chang’s China Bistro; Jeff Phillips, Senior Vice President of Operations for the Palm Restaurant Group; Scott Schmidt, Director of Operations for Tavern Restaurant Group, Andy Scoggins, Vice President of Culinary and Beverage for Ruby Tuesday; Randy Steinbrenner, Director of Marketing & Beverage for Fox & Hound Restaurant Group; and Suzan Waldschmidt, Director of Beverage forOutback Steakhouse.