Contact Us

For more information regarding the 2016 Leadership Classic, please contact Mallory Domingue at
(202) 315-4110.

Leadership Committee

Event Chairman

Ted J. Balestreri, FMP
Cannery Row Company

Committee Members

William C. Anton, FMP
Anton Enterprises, Inc.

Bill Barry
Trinchero Family Estates

Ralph Brennan
Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group

Jack Butorac
Marco's Pizza

Jack Crawford
Ground Round

Joe Essa
Wolfgang Puck Worldwide

Michael Gibbons
Mainstreet Ventures, Inc.

Michael Hickey
Ecolab, Inc.

Roy Jackson
The Coca-Cola Company

Bill Kohl
Greenwood Hospitality Group

Pete Popovich
Argo Tea

Ted J. Balestreri Leadership Classic

March 2-5, 2016


Marking its 24th year, the Ted J. Balestreri Leadership Classic provides a unique opportunity for senior-level industry operators and suppliers to connect and strengthen relationships with industry peers. Attendees value the opportunity to create and renew partnerships alike while enjoying three-days of golf and leisure activities in picturesque Monterey, California.

This unparalleled networking event not only promotes industry relationship-building at the highest levels, it also supports the next generation of industry leaders by helping NRAEF deliver its crucial educational programming. Since its inception, the Leadership Classic has raised over $2 million to support NRAEF ProStart and scholarship programs nationwide.


Thank you to all of our 2016 sponsors! Your involvement in the 24th Annual Ted J. Balestreri Leadership Classic supports the future leaders of the restaurant industry.


The time spent on and off the course provides opportunities to grow your business while benefitting NRAEF programming and initiatives. Our 2016 schedule is coming soon.

Click here to view the 2016 schedule

Sponsorship Opportunities

Looking to support the Ted J. Balestreri Leadership Classic? Interested in adding to your existing sponsorship package?

The unique sponsorship opportunities and connections offered at the Leadership Classic will foster relationships with the industry’s top decision makers. Become a sponsor today!

Learn more about the different sponsorship opportunities and email Mallory Domingue to secure your sponsorship today!

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to commonly-asked questions about the Leadership Classic.

Read FAQs