Nicholas Rytting

CEO

Location 15h@2xNew York, New York

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Summary

From humble beginnings in Salt Lake City to my felicitous experience living in the big apple over the past 10 years, I have been really motivated and inspired by all of the creativity that I've seen. I love to travel and bring bits of different cultures into my everyday life and I am constantly ignited by the enthusiasm, kindness, passion and succe... Read more

From humble beginnings in Salt Lake City to my felicitous experience living in the big apple over the past 10 years, I have been really motivated and inspired by all of the creativity that I've seen. I love to travel and bring bits of different cultures into my everyday life and I am constantly ignited by the enthusiasm, kindness, passion and success of others. I thrive by connecting the dots. I bring new perspectives while maintaining the brand’s objectives and image by welding the worlds of food & beverage, event production, VIP communications, nightlife and public relations.

My Dream Job is ending world hunger.

Work Experience
  • CEO

    Nicholas Rytting Productions
    Sep. 2011 to Present (5 years and 3 months)

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    Role & Tasks:

    • Coordinated event production details including but not limited to; venues, catering, entertainment, signage, floral design, lighting, sound, staging, floor-plans, guest-lists, correspondence with media outlets, tip sheets, schedules etc.
    • Manage relationships with editors, journalists and photographers to drive maximum press coverage
    • Researched and analyzed past press of potential clients and their relative markets; prepared concise and consolidated reports and developed strategies for future marketing and press angles
    • Wrote press releases and created post-event materials for distribution to top media outlets and journalists
    • Directed design and construction of step-and-repeats for movie premieres of Oscar nominated films and coordinated décor and F&B for after-parties with cast and crew
    • Utilized relationships with vast array of business contacts in order to secure sponsorships & partnerships
    • Researched trends to consistently offer the most creative and innovative event designs to maximize press coverage

  • General Manager

    Willow RoadNew York, NY, US
    Mar. 2013 to Jan. 2014 (10 months)

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    Role & Tasks:

    • Managed all staffing for Willow Road
    • Developed R&D/marketing strategies for the brand and effectively executed them.
    • Managed all facilities and maintenance for the property
    • Assisted in design and sourcing vendors for the original build-out of sister-restaurant, Toro.
    • Developed a wine and liquor training program. Created a more accurate inventory system to successfully secure a steady beverage cost at 18%
    • Implemented and upheld rules and regulations in compliance with NYPD, NYFD, DOB, and Department of Health; ensured all permits and licenses were valid and up to date and proper paperwork was filed
    • Analyzed P&L statements to ensure accuracy and profitability
    • Managed the VIP clientele database and worked directly with our PR agency to ensure the brand’s public image was in line with long-term company objectives
    • Worked hand-in-hand with Director of Special Events for programming, staffing and marketing needs. Ensured all event budgets were maintained.

  • General Manager

    The Box
    Sep. 2010 to Jun. 2011 (9 months)

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    Role & Tasks:

    • Delegated and analyzed nightly reports from doorman, floor manager, service manager and events coordinator while carrying out strategies to increase overall profitability
    • Conducted market research surveys and implemented competitive sales strategies
    • Supervised staff and maintained elite service standards for VIP clientele
    • Directed timing of the nightly theatrical production
    • Implemented and upheld rules and regulations in compliance with NYPD, NYFD, DOB, and Department of Health; ensured all permits and licenses were in compliance
    • Analyzed P&L statements to ensure accuracy and profitability

  • Front of House Manager

    La EsquinaNew York, NY, US
    Jun. 2008 to Sep. 2010 (2 years and 3 months)

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    Role & Tasks:

    • Developed and trained staff to deliver precise table service throughout 3 revenue centers: brasserie, café, and taqueria (catering)
    • Coordinated special accommodations and security for VIP clientele
    • Organized on-site private events and large format catering for high-profile clients
    • Implemented various incentive programs for staff to increase revenue
    • Created a more accurate inventory system to successfully secure a steady 17% beverage cost
    • Tailored cocktail menu to have clear brand identity while maintaining costs

Education
  • General
    Skyline High School
    Aug. 2001 to May. 2004

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    Diploma Degree

Skills

Off-site Event Management

On-site Special Events

Ordering / Purchasing

Ordering / Receiving

Over 300 covers a night

Enforcement Of Safety / Sanitation Standards

Scheduling

Food Handlers Certificate

Staff education / motivation

Up to 300 covers a night

Vegan / Vegetarian Cooking

Ability To Lift 40+ Lbs

Pricing

Basic Floor Service

Profit & Loss Management

Beer Knowledge

Budget/cost Analysis

Classic Wine Service Knowledge

Coffee Knowledge

Spirits/Cocktails Knowledge

Craft Cocktail knowledge

Staff Education

Tips Certified

Food & Wine Pairings

Wine Buying

List Creation

Wine Knowledge

Wine Ordering

POS Maintenance

Wine Sales Proficiency

Classic Food / Wine Service

Conflict Resolution

OpenTable or other

Customer service

POS Systems

Event Management / Organization

Staff Management of 20

Experience in a High Volume Environment

Floral Arrangement

Staff education / motivation

Food / Beverage Pairing

Staffing / scheduling

TIPS Certified

Food Safety Knowledge

Payroll

Budgeting

Profit And Loss

Business Management

Purchasing / ordering

Conflict Resolution

Recruiting / hiring

Customer Service

Reservation System Management

Social Media

Food Safety Knowledge

Staff Education / Motivation

Hospitality / Management Degree

Vendor Management

Marketing / PR

Web Maintenance

Merchandising

Writing

Microsoft Office

Menu development

Food Preparation Knowledge

Certifications & Courses
  • Food Protection
    New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
    Jun. 2006 to Dec. 2026
  • CPR Certification
    Frontline Health
    Jun. 2006 to Aug. 2008
  • Tequila Regulatory Council
    Consejo Regulador del Tequila
    Jun. 2006 to Sep. 2006
Organizations & Volunteer Activity
  • Co-Chair

    ArtWALK x Coalition for the Homeless
    Volunteer • Nov. 2014 to Dec. 2015

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    Summary
    Co-Chair the annual gala for The Coalition for the Homeless which has honored activists and art enthusiasts including, Hilaria and Alec Baldwin, Richard Gere, Jennifer Connelly, Paul Bettany.
  • Shikshya Foundation, Nepal
    Donor • Jun. 2014 to Jul. 2014

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    Summary
    Hosted a fundraising cocktail party and dinner with TOPSHOP to awareness and $10,000 after the Earthquake in Nepal.
  • FINCA international
    Volunteer • Nov. 2014 to Present

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    Summary
    Traveled to Guatemala to meet recipients of micro-finance loans to assist in the international marketing and sales of handmade, artisanal textiles and products.
Interests
Waterskiing, Snow skiing , Travel, Art, Fashion, Philanthropy, Yoga, Wellness, Meditation, Politics, Architecture, Design, Veganism
Languages
French Basic
Spanish Basic
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