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For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact our event concierge at (202) 315-4110.

Leadership Classic Committee

Event Chairman

Ted J. Balestreri, FMP
Cannery Row Company

Committee Members

William C. Anton, FMP
Anton Enterprises, Inc.

Bill Barry
Trinchero Family Estates

Jack Butorac
Marco's Pizza

Jack Crawford
Ground Round

Carlton Curtis
The Coca-Cola Company

Joe Essa
Wolfgang Puck Worldwide

Michael Gibbons
Mainstreet Ventures, Inc.

Michael Hickey
Ecolab, Inc.

Bill Kohl
Greenwood Hospitality Group

Steve LaVoie
ArrowStream, Inc.

Pete Popovich
Argo Tea

Xavier Teixido
Harry’s Hospitality Group

Ted J. Balestreri Leadership Classic

March 5-8, 2014

Marking its 22nd 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.

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For more information, please contact Mallory Domingue by phone at (202) 315-4110, or by e-mail at



The time spent on and off the course provides opportunities to grow your business while benefitting NRAEF programming and initiatives. Take a look at our schedule of events for the 2014 Leadership Classic.

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2014 Sponsors

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2014 Industry Attendees

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Restaurant owners and senior-level executives are invited to attend the 22nd annual Ted J. Balestreri Leadership Classic.

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

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Hole Sponsorships

Looking to support the Ted J. Balestreri Leadership Classic? Interested in adding to your existing sponsorship package? Become a hole sponsor and your company logo will be displayed throughout the event.

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2013 Photo Gallery

See the action on and off the course at the 2013 Leadership Classic.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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