Meet Richie Cardona
head of venue operations
Richie currently serves as the Venue Operations Manager for The Mezzanine by Bond Collective. Richie’s start in the hospitality industry can be traced back to his childhood, influenced by his celebrity chef father, Ricardo Cardona. Having most recently headed operations at SPiN, McCarren Hotel & Pool, and Cantina Rooftop, Richie's responsibilities included oversight of all food and beverage outlets, events management and lounge services, staffing, cost control, menu creation, and implementation of standard operating procedures. He also provided off-site planning and execution services for corporate and social events and oversaw the SPiN food & beverage department, which encompassed operating and maximizing revenue for banquets, culinary, restaurant outlets, lounge, and bar.
Having worked previously in partner & event planner roles at Cardona Catering & Restaurant Consulting Group, Richie has worked with celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Preston Bailey, the New York Yankees, and many others. He created standard operating procedures for all events, managed event budgets, and generated new business through networking and post-event follow-up.