Our team brings to the table 80+ years of collective nightlife, hospitality, and local marketing experience – making us experts in the fields of operations management, marketing, and events. Whether it be owning restaurants, clubs, and bars in the Raleigh area – or managing teams that aid in event creation and management – we’ve got the experience and the know how to keep your business front and center when consumers ask the question: “What’s up in Raleigh this weekend?” Keep reading to learn more about each of our Raleigh Nightlife Media partners:
Kevin’s 27 years of experience in the arts and entertainment world has taken him to many places – Raleigh, Nashville, Knoxville, Charlotte and Wilmington just to name a few. You can find him on the live music scene by way of his ownership in both City Limits Saloon (which has multiple locations across North Carolina) and Tennessee East Artist Management (a platform that manages emerging country music artists) – fixtures in the local and national emerging artists scene. Kevin is no stranger to the other elements of the nightlife business, including restaurant and bar management, as a result of his prior ownership roles in restaurants and bars in the heart of Downtown Raleigh, either. Though arts and entertainment has been his passion for many years, Kevin is now adding the coffee industry into his resume with the Winter 2016/2017 expected opening of a new coffee bar in Downtown Raleigh. This forthcoming new venture, dubbed a “coffee bar”, is sure to test the traditional coffee experience.
Lisa has been a trailblazer in the local hospitality marketing space since 2005 as the founder and principal consultant for Raleighwood Media Group and Raleighwood Event Group located in, you guessed it, Downtown Raleigh. She is an expert in the field of new media and experiential marketing for retail, hospitality, and service-based businesses. A Raleigh native, she graduated from NC State University in 2007 with a B.S. in Textile Management (Brand Management & Marketing) in addition to a B.S. in Business Management (Marketing), but to top it off, she recently finished he MSc in Master of Global Innovation Management (Global Luxury Management) in a program that took back to her roots at NC State as well as to the southern coast of France. Lisa brings an expert, no-nonsense, and fresh outlook to creating marketing products that deliver high ROI for partners.
Notable: Co-founder and producer of Raleigh Food & Wine Festival, founder and producer of Raleigh Cocktail Week.
Mike is no stranger to the world of nightlife operations and marketing himself. Having owned and operated multiple successful businesses in the Downtown Raleigh market, Mike has collectively gathered a cool 20 years of experience in the business. He got his start early on with a job at Churchill’s – a career move that sparked his interest in the nightlife and entertainment business and shortly thereafter, he became owner and partner in several popular clubs, bars, and dining spots, including Rush, Aura, and Sauced Pizza. Each of those business ventures led him to where he is today – a partner and operator of Lucky B’s Bar, one of the longest running everyday pubs in Downtown Raleigh. Mike’s expertise in the nightlife scene will help us ensure all of our bases are covered as we create new partnerships for businesses to generate awareness and drive traffic into their doors.
Paul’s career began at the YMCA, where he gained unmatched experience organizing recreational programs for the organization. Just when he thought he found his niche in sports and rec, nightlife came knocking. From 1996-2001 Paul ran the operators and bar business at Goodnights Comedy Club and after being introduced to the world of nightlife, he couldn’t get enough. He proceeded to run 5-0 Café in the early 90’s and eventually met up with Mike at Lucky B’s, where the two worked alongside each other for three years. More recently however, Paul has decided to take a spin on the turntables, opening and operating HLS Events, which provides DJ services for special events across North Carolina. With more than 18 years of experience overall, Paul is a great asset to the Raleigh Nightlife team, committed to bringing you a current and exciting platform with Raleigh Nightlife.