Board of Directors

2017 Officers

Jeanne Cretella
Landmark Hospitality

Craig Kunisch
Allendale Bar & Grill
Mahwah Bar & Grill

Ray Kucuk
Black Horse Diner
Vice Chair

Michael Veneziano
Doherty Enterprises
Vice Chair

Marilyn Schlossbach
The Marilyn Schlossbach Group

Cory Wingerter*
Tiger’s Tale
Immediate Past Chair

2017 Board of Directors

Wade Avondoglio*
Perona Farms

Robert Cooper
Chefs International

Paul Dillon
HCCC Culinary Arts Institute

Kurt Elsaesser
Citrin Cooperman

Thomas Gies

Spiro Hadjiyerou
Colonial Diner

Chris Holland
New Century Health Solutions

Kurt Knowles, Jr.
Knowles Hospitality

Nancy Laird*
Restaurant Serenade

Nick Manousos
45th Street Pub
Throwbacks Bar & Grill

Shaun Mehtani
Mehtani Restaurant Group

David Mendez
Law Coffee

Mark Metzger
Opici Family Distributing

Bhavesh Patel

C.J. Reycraft, Jr.
Butcher Burgers

Steve Sanders
Sea Breeze Syrups

Francis Schott
Stage Left Steak
Catherine Lombardi

Brittany Storino
Jenkinson’s Pavilion

Joshua Suggs

Jimmy Thornton*
Grand Summit Hotel

Bob Wagner
Braddock’s Tavern


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.”