Board of Directors

2017 Officers

Jeanne Cretella
Landmark Hospitality
Chairwoman

Craig Kunisch
Allendale Bar & Grill and Mahwah Bar & Grill
Treasurer

Ray Kucuk
Black Horse Diner
Vice Chairman

Michael Veneziano
Doherty Enterprises
Vice Chairman

Marilyn Schlossbach
Langosta Lounge
Secretary

Cory Wingerter
Tiger’s Tale
Immediate Past Chairman

2017 Board of Directors

Wade Avondoglio
Perona Farms
Past Chairman, Director

MaryEllen Chappell
American Express
Allied Director

Robert Cooper
Chefs International
Director

Paul Dillon
HCCC Culinary Arts Institute
Director

Kurt Elsaesser
Citrin Cooperman
Allied Director

Thomas Gies
Ecolab
Allied Director

Spiro Hadjiyerou
Colonial Diner
Director

Kurt Knowles, Jr.
The Manor and Pleasantdale Chateau
Director

Nancy Laird
Restaurant Serenade
Past Chairwoman

Nick Manousos
45th Street Pub and Throwbacks Bar & Grill
Director

Shaun Mehtani
Mehtani Restaurant Group
Director

Mark Metzger
Opici Family Distributing
Allied Director

Bhavesh Patel
CHO Hotels
Director

C.J. Reycraft
Butcher Burgers
Director

Steve Sanders
Sea Breeze Syrups
Allied Director

Francis Schott
Stage Left and Catherine Lombardi
Director

Jimmy Thornton
Grand Summit Hotel
Director

Bob Wagner
Braddock’s Tavern
Director

Meet Jeanne Cretella, the NJRHA’s 2016-2017 Chairwoman!

Jeanne Cretella of Landmark Hospitality, Inc. is the president and co-owner of seven premier eating establishments in three states and a well-known figure in the hospitality industry.

Landmark Hospitality currently owns four New Jersey high-end restaurant and catering establishments, including the Liberty House Restaurant in Jersey City, the Stone House in Warren, the Boathouse on Mercer Lake, and the Ryland Inn in White House Station. In addition, Landmark owns Celebrate at Snug Harbor in Staten Island, NY and two venues in New Hope, PA, Hotel du Village and the Logan Inn.

“Jeanne’s been a very active board member for quite some time and a passionate supporter of our causes,” said Marilou Halvorsen, president of the NJRHA. “She’s instrumental in helping our organization deal with legislative issues that affect our industry as well as understanding the importance of growing our member base to mobilize the myriad of people and businesses we represent.”

With over 30 years of experience, Cretella is an established veteran in the hospitality industry and part of a growing trend of women leadership in a formerly male-dominated field.

“Besides my family, this business has been my life,” said Cretella. “Without it, I wouldn’t be where I am today, nor the successful businesswoman I’ve become. I enjoy being involved with the NJRHA and am passionate about the importance of mobilizing our members to address the issues that imperil their businesses. Not many New Jerseyans understand that the hospitality industry is the second largest employer in our state. We’re proud to offer opportunities that no other industry offers. Our doors are open to unskilled labor. For many they have the opportunity to develop their skills, grow into Management positions and prosper.”