(Note: Because of the snow, we had to cancel last week’s event, with Jonathan Blue talking about Kentucky Wins! We’re working feverishly to reschedule Jonathan.)
We call it “work.”
At our next Insiders Meetup this coming Monday, (which we declare shall be snow and ice free), our special guest will be Craig Greenberg, founding partner and president of 21c Museum Hotels.
Craig will fill us in on the latest with all the 21c properties and maybe explain how red penguins came to be roosting on the roof at our own 21c.
For the uninitiated, 21c Museum Hotels is the most innovative hotel brand in the U.S., bringing together contemporary art, boutique hotel and – with the Louisville and Cincinnati properties – urban preservation.
Hotels in Louisville, Cincinnati and Bentonville, Ark. are open. A property in Durham, N.C., is under construction, and hotels in Lexington, Oklahoma City and Kansas City are under development.
21c hotels have proven to be the biggest boost to Louisville’s global profile since Muhammad Ali. Every year, we see this headline:
Condé Nast Traveler Readers Vote 21c Museum Hotels to Top 100 Hotels in the World
How did such a small brand churn out the No. 1 hotels in the United States in 2009, 2010 and 2013, not to mention many other hotel, culinary, architecture and preservation awards? Join us from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday at Z’s Oyster Bar & Steakhouse downtown and find out from Steve Wilson and Laura Lee Brown’s partner in the chain.
The event is free to attend, and the parking garage is adjacent to the restaurant. Bring in your parking ticket for a stamp and get $1 parking during the event.
Don’t forget: Z’s Oyster Bar and Steakhouse at Fourth and Market is the sponsor for the Insiders Meetups in March.
Mehrzad Sharbiani and his team will host us in the private dining room and will offer drink and bar menu specials (get the oysters!).
Business casual attire.
Previous Insiders Meetup guests include:
• Doug Brent, Dana Howard and Doug Barr with Stoll Keenon Ogden’s Privacy and Information Security practice group presented “the Current Information Security Crisis” at the last Insiders Meetup.
•Neville Blakemore, event chairman of the Centennial Festival of Riverboats
•Stacey Yates, Greater Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau vice president of Marketing Communications, and Cleo Battle, executive vice president
•Larry Kass, Heaven Hill director of corporate communications, giving us the story on the new Evan Williams Bourbon Experience urban bourbon distillery
•Keith Starling, commercial leasing and marketing manager at America Place Business Park in Jeffersonville
•Ted Smith, chief of economic growth and innovation at Louisville Metro Government
•Metro Mayor Greg Fischer on his local-option sales tax proposal
•Venture capitalist Bob Saunders, who helped found XLerateHealth accelerator for digital medical startups
•Mark Palmer, co-founder of Oohology digital design and marketing firm
•Bill Weyland, CITY Properties Group, who has developed The Henry Clay, Glassworks building and other major downtown projects
•Nicki Sibley, Poe Companies, which is developing RiverPark Place and other residential projects, as well as an Aloft Hotel on Main Street
•Tyler Allen, co-founder of 8664
•Terry McWilliams and Justin Brown, Real Estate Venture Exchange co-founders
•Shine Contracting partners Matt Gilles, Gregg Rochman and Jonathan Bevan
•Insider Louisville sports guru Mark Coomes