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Company Leadership

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Liz Neumark, Founder & CEO

Liz Neumark founded Great Performances in 1980 as a waitress service for women in the arts. Today, as New York City’s largest independent catering and creative events company, Liz’s focus is to continue setting the pace on business development, innovation, equality and thought leadership in the hospitality industry; further GP’s commitment to delicious, local and sustainable food; and deepen the company’s role in social responsibility.

In 2006, she established Katchkie Farm in Kinderhook, NY, making Great Performances the first catering company to own and operate an organic farm. In the same year she also founded The Sylvia Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing issues in children’s health with hands-on experiences growing and cooking healthy food. Other food related issues, from food rescue, anti-hunger efforts, healthy food access, local agriculture and the full utilization of food are areas of activism for Liz and her colleagues.

Liz is on the boards of GrowNYC and The Fund for Public Housing and is board chair for the Hudson Square Connection (BID) and The Sylvia Center. She also sits on the advisory boards for West Side Campaign Against Hunger, the Food and Finance High School and most recently joined the advisory board for Liz has been honored with the Food Arts Silver Spoon Award and Ernst and Young New York Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Most recently, Liz was named by Crain’s New York as one of New York’s Most Powerful Women.

She is also author of Sylvia’s Table, a highly acclaimed seasonal cookbook for families.

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jonathan cetnarski

Chief Operating Officer


Barbara Levy

Director of Finance


Linda Abbey

Vice President


Ronnie Davis

Managing Director


Shaun Roberts

Vice President of Sales


Jennnifer mcmahon Elliot

Vice President of Operations


Carina Hayek

Director of Marketing


Danica Andler

Director of Design

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Human Resources Manager

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Liznelle Castillo

Human Resources Associate


Kyle Schanzer

Director of Catering Staffing


Mark Russell

Chef de Cuisine


Monica ng

Executive Pastry Chef

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Tim Sullivan

Executive Chef, Venues

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Rob Valencia

Executive Chef, Catering Production


Mike Deuel

Executive Chef, Catering Operations


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