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Colleen got her start as a concert promoter back in 1990, booking the venerable (and smoky!) Chicago nightclub, Biddy Mulligan’s. From there, she went on to serve as Concert Director for the Old Town School of Folk Music, Program Director for City Winery Chicago, and founded and directed the Chicago Folk & Roots Festival. Over the decades, she has had the honor of booking the gamut of legendary musicians, from Bill Monroe to Townes Van Zandt to Odetta to Tito Puente. Colleen has launched four new venues over her career, and founded many nifty festivals, large and small.
Mike was born and raised here in Cleveland, and graduated from St. Ignatius High School in 1973. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame, he started his career at Leo Burnett Advertising in Chicago, one of the world’s largest agencies. He is an experienced entrepreneur and senior-level executive with deep family roots in Cleveland. Prior to working at the Music Box, he worked for the Entrepreneurs EDGE, an economic development non-profit based in Cleveland. Mike has tremendous long-term connections in Greater Cleveland: His grandfather was mayor of Cleveland in the early 1930s, and was instrumental in founding the Cleveland Browns, was past minority owner of the Cleveland Indians, and owned one of its most historic radio stations, WERE-AM.
A Lakewood native, Emily graduated from Cleveland State University. She has extensive retail and restaurant experience, and previously worked in the accounting department of a collection agency. The Music Box concept is a perfect fit for Emily, as she is passionate about music and food.
Dennis first realized he had an affinity for restaurants while still in high school, when he moved from delivering pizzas for Papa John’s to helping out in the kitchen. Inspired by his regional manager, he attended the Pennsylvania Institute of Culinary Arts. While finishing up his degree, he fell in love with the kitchen and cooking side of things—and hasn’t looked back. For the last nine years, Dennis was the Executive Sous Chef at Brookside Country Club in Canton. He has ample experience juggling restaurant service with banquet service, often in the same night. Dennis has also spent the winter months for the last six years in the Caribbean working closely with chef/owner David Kendrick, developing amazing dishes that will work great for the Music Box. In addition, Dennis is the two-time winner (and reigning champion) of the Cast Iron Chef Cook-Off and was part of the 2013 March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction. His culinary talent and vast experience will be an asset to Cleveland’s dining scene.
The Fairview Park native is a University of Las Vegas-Nevada graduate who brings over a decade of experience working with all facets of restaurant operations, from staff management and guest relations development to back office support. While general manager of the Intercontinental Hotel’s Classics Restaurant, the establishment received the prestigious AAA Five Diamond rating; during his tenure as general manager at the Blue Point Grille, the Warehouse District staple received Cleveland magazine’s Silver Spoons awards for “Best Seafood” and “Best Service.” Grattan was also part of the team that opened Ken Stewarts East Bank. In addition to his restaurant experience, he is also a wine connoisseur; in fact, he passed the Court of Master Sommeliers course examination in 2008. Mitchell oversees all aspects of the Music Box’s restaurant and kitchen.
Shannon is a Cleveland native, with ten years of experience in planning and executing various types of events. Her experience has allowed her to refine her eye for detail, which she brings to every event. The most valuable thing Shannon does as an event planner is make the planning process fun and relaxed for her guests. She does the planning and coordinating so each guest may focus on fun things like food and cake tastings or finding the perfect wedding dress. There are few things in life that she enjoys more than being a part of a wedding day. It brings warmth to her heart knowing she’s helped create a beautiful day for brides, grooms and their families.
A sommelier since 2009, Krystal can speak just enough of several languages—including German, French, Hawaiian, and Hindi—to keep her out (or in) as much trouble as she likes, as well as get her a nice glass of wine. Krystal majored in English, with a concentration in creative writing (favorite authors include Joyce Carol Oates, Franz Kafka and Anthony Bourdain) and she’s played the piano since the age of 10. Krystal is also a Team Beachbody Coach and Certified Insanity teacher who can bench press more than 125% of her own weight—so she’s able to whip anybody into shape.
Thom is from Northeast Ohio and is a graduate of Berklee College of Music. He always has a good joke and guitar pick in his pocket. Get your band booked at the Music Box Supper Club and he’ll send you an artist advance!
Brittany graduated from Baldwin Wallace University with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations. Having been with Music Box since October 2014, she is one of the original members of the team. Her experience in the hospitality and restaurant industries has allowed her to become a whiz at developing creative menus for those with vegan, vegetarian or gluten free diets, while allowing her to also create events sure to please each of her clients. With an eye for intricacies and a knack for special events, Brittany enjoys her position and the creativity that comes with it. When not at Music Box Brittany loves traveling with her husband Rob, delving into holistic health, and rescuing animals- which is how she ended up with her four dogs!
A Cleveland native, Katie joined the Music Box as marketing manager having honed her skill set in music and radio, as well as the professional service industry. She enjoys writing, reading the classics of F. Scott Fitzgerald, and accomplishes many tasks thanks to the soothing sounds of Hans Zimmer on Pandora. On her off days, she can be found in the gym or cheering on any of her favorite sports teams
including the Detroit Red Wings and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Aaron is a Cleveland native who holds degrees in Speech Communication and Audio Production from Ithaca College. He has worked as a radio program director and morning show host in Central New York, as well as a recording studio engineer, wedding DJ and karaoke host. To say the least, his world revolves around music, making him a natural fit at the Music Box Supper Club. When he’s not jamming out on his Fender Rhodes stage piano or Moog synthesizer, he is an avid traveler, cyclist, and longboarder.
Ryan is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Institute of Culinary Arts. He has been a fixture in the Northeast Ohio Hospitality scene for over 20 years. Ryan shares his passion for excellent food, beverage and uncompromised personal service. He has helped capture several Silver Spoon Awards, 4 Star Awards and 5 Diamond Awards to name a few.