A virtual fixture in the restaurant, bar and nightclub business, Taffer is an internationally recognized, award-winning restaurant operator, owner and concept developer. He’s a respected industry “voice” with nearly 30 years of hands-on experience. In January of 2010 he was appointed by Questex Media Group LLC the president of its Nightclub & Bar Media Group, which includes the Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show, Nightclub & Bar magazine and related digital media products.
He is a founding member of the Nightclub & Bar Advisory Board, and has been intimately involved with the Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show and Nightclub & Bar magazine since its inception, and has been integral to its growth through the years. Taffer’s position with Questex is designed to further the synergies and natural connections between the Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show and Nightclub & Bar Magazine.
Taffer has an impressive background in the restaurant, bar and nightclub industries, and most recently served as chairman of Taffer Dynamics where he acts as a consultant and development adviser to the restaurants, nightclubs and hotels around the world. His clients read as the who’s who of the hospitality industry. As one of only six inductees into the Nightclub Hall of Fame, Taffer is also the holder of such distinctions as “Pub Master” in the United Kingdom with multiple honors as “Operator of the Year” and winner of “Property of the Year.” Jon Taffer was also once recognized as “a major leaguer” in Inc. Magazine’s feature, “Angels of the Night.” In his earlier years, Taffer held such positions as general manager, regional director and vice president of large nightclubs and high volume restaurant operations.
As a keynote speaker, Taffer taps into his vast experience that spans the entire spectrum of the food and beverage, hotel and hospitality arenas. He delivers expertise in the creation, development and management of casual restaurants, entertainment venues, nightclubs, bars, stadium/arena food service, resort facilities, and large theme restaurants. Additionally, he always keeps immersed in the hottest “trend-setting” food and beverage endeavors.
Taffer Dynamics, Inc. acquired the Tom Feltenstein’s Neighborhood Marketing InstituteT (NMI) in 2004 and has continued to evolve the brand offerings as an active consultant and prolific development advisor to the restaurant, nightclub and hotel industries. Taffer’s expertise adds new dynamics to NMI with powerful strategies and tactics that increase sales typically by double digits.
Prior to joining the Neighborhood Marketing Group, Taffer served as president of Innovative Hospitality Concepts, Inc. – a world renowned, award winning creator and operator of innovative restaurant and nightclub concepts. A member of many boards, he serves on Nightclub & Bar Magazine, Tradeshow and Convention’s board, Restaurant Marketing Magazine and is a past member of NFL Enterprises’ board of directors.
Among Taffer’s recent speaking engagements are: Intercontinental Hotels (and Holiday Inns) Food & Beverage Council, Sheraton’s Annual F & B Conference (member, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide), HOTFAB Conference, Beverage & Food Show, Grand Casino’s Annual Executive Conference, British American Tobacco Hotel/Restaurant Marketing Conference (Trinidad), The IMCEA Annual Conference, Cooper Hotels Annual General Manager’s Conference and others.
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