Gotham Hall

Special Events Team

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B. Allan Kurtz

Managing Director

In 2017, Allan became the Managing Director of the Ziegfeld Ballroom. Having been at the helm of Gotham Hall, Ziegfeld Ballroom’s sister property, since 2003, his background includes five years as Director of Catering at Sheraton Meadowlands; three years at Water’s Edge; and a total of thirteen years at the Tavern on the Green in various positions with the last six years as Managing Director.  The married father of two boys, Kurtz resides on Long Island and Bucks County, PA. He is an active member of the prestigious NYC & Co. restaurant committee and he also served as a Board Member of the Central Park Precinct Community Council and on the advisory board of Fairleigh Dickinson University for over 15 years, from which he graduated.


Stephanie Black

Director of Catering & Events

Stephanie has been a part of the Gotham Hall team since 2013. At the age of 29, her work ethic and skills led to her becoming the Director of Catering and Events, making her one of the youngest females to hold this position at an iconic NYC venue. She oversees sales and operations, as well as, handles the marketing for Gotham Hall. Her experience includes positions in planning, production and off-premise catering. In addition to her current role, Stephanie is a Consultant to the Ziegfeld Ballroom, providing expertise in core areas such as client engagement, operations, sales and marketing since its inception in 2016. Stephanie was married at Gotham Hall. She holds a Bachelors in Hospitality Management and a Masters in Communication Arts from the New York Institute of Technology.

Alan Greif, Director of Special Services

Alan Greif

Director of Special Events

Alan has been with Gotham Hall since it opened its doors in 2002. He has been involved in every detail of Gotham Hall’s transformation from landmark bank to New York’s premier event space. Alan’s event management and client care skills have been an instrumental part of Gotham Hall’s growth and success. He is proud to have hosted several high-profile clientele from the world of sports including the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLS, NASCAR, ESPN, and especially his beloved New York Rangers and their annual Garden of Dreams Casino Night event. Alan is married and lives with his wife and two daughters on Long Island.

Jennifer Flaherty, Assistant Director of Catering

Jennifer Flaherty

Assistant Director of Catering

With over 20 years’ experience in the New York City market, Jennifer has enjoyed event planning for corporate hotels, private clubs, and restaurants.  Getting her start with the Doral hotel chain as an executive secretary, event planning quickly interested her, as it combined her sales skills with her culinary interests and love for creative design.  Having worked for Starwood, Hilton, and most recently with Millennium’s Hudson Theatre, Jennifer brings a lively personality to the team and a drive to increase business while always maintaining a personal touch with her events.

Vincent Degori, Catering Coordinator

Vincent Degori

Catering Coordinator

Vincent graduated from the New York Institute of Technology with a Bachelors in Hospitality Management. While studying there he was a regular volunteer on Stephanie Black’s various non-profit events including HealthCorps’ Annual Gala. In 2016, he followed Stephanie to Gotham Hall where he joined the team as an Administrative Assistant. In 2017, he was promoted to Catering Coordinator where he supports the sales team in the planning of events. He also co-manages the Gotham Hall’s Facebook and Instagram accounts. 

Sarah Gonser, Catering Coordinator

Sarah Gonser

Catering Coordinator

Sarah joined the Gotham Hall team in 2017 as an Administrative Assistant and quickly worked her way up to Catering Coordinator in 2018. She supports the sales team in the planning of events including diagram creation, BEO’s, and invoice generating. In her spare time, she serves as the Director of Events for MISE – EN – SCÉNE STUDIOS, an Opera company in NYC. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Music from Indiana University and always has the door to Opera open.  

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