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Shawn Kolodny
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Primary Location:
New York, NY, USA

Career Info

Primary Industry:
Events Services, Hotels / Hospitality
Personal Career Headline:
Managing Partner of Tri Hospitality Group
Business Description (One-Liner):

Hospitality company with a focus on marketing and event planning

21-30 years of work experience

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Career Snapshot:

Shawn Kolodny is a serial entrepreneur, who has spent over 20 years in the hospitality industry. Shawn was the founder and operating partner of the Pink Elephant nightlife brand, which had locations in New York City, The Hamptons, Brazil (Sao Paulo and Porto Alegre) and Mexico (Playa del Carmen), as well as pop-up locations in St Barths, Cannes, Park City, and Miami. The Pink Elephant had over 120 employees and annual sales in excess of $20 million in the New York City and Hamptons locations alone.

Shawn was then poached by the Tao Group, where he became a Director.  He was tasked with running the front of the house operations for LAVO, the highest grossing restaurant and nightlife brand in NYC.  He left the Tao group to become managing partner of the Tri Hospitality group, which built and manages three brands: VIP ROOM, FC Gotham a sports themed pop up, and their newest restaurant property, Holden & Astor

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How important is architecture/design to the success of your Business?:

The nightlife industry is becoming more and more competitive, especially in the bigger markets like Miami, Vegas, La and of course NYC.  It is important to be in the lead when it comes to design .  At VIP room NYC we have tried to push the envelope and do what no other club has accomplished in nyc.  We are a strong believer in technology and have the first club in NYC to have LED display around 280 of the entire venue.  This allows us to put custom content around the whole room, changing the way the club feels with the push of a button.

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Importance of location:

Very Important.  In NYC we are located in the meatpacking district, which is one of the main hospitality centers of the city, with a plethora of top restaurants hotels and nightlife. VIP ROOM is in the center of it all, giving us access to a great clientele.

What love most about nightlife:

I have met the most interesting people in the world.  From celebs to royalty, from financiers to entrepreneurs.  I constantly get exposed to interesting and fascinating people from all walks of life.

Favorite brands of alcohol/favorite drinks:

Dom Perignon

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