The CEO Dinner series is one of the Club's longest standing institutions. Each month our Professional Members have the opportunity to join the CEO of a local company for a private dinner. These events are intentionally limited to 12 people so everyone has an opportunity to share in a robust and inclusive discussion. Attendees can make connections not only with the CEO, but also with the other driven young professionals in attendance. The CEOs represent a wide range of companies and industries and whether big or small, public or private, well-known or niche, good conversation is had by all. Our 2016 CEO Dinner Series is presented by Skylight Financial Group. Learn more about Skylight Financial Group and available career opportunities at skylightfinancialgroup.com.
ABOUT SAM MCNULTY
Sam McNulty is one of 7 children of a refugee mother and first generation father. Sam McNulty has opened 5 restaurants on West 25th Street in the Ohio City neighborhood of Cleveland's Near West Side. Two of these concepts are brewpubs of vastly different scale: one a nano brewery where experimental beers are concocted, while the other is a full brewpub with close to five hundred seats. The next step in Sam’s yeasty adventures just opened in early 2016. He rebuilt a 43,000 square foot warehouse that dates back to the 1800's and has launched a full-scale production brewery sending Market Garden Brewery beers out across Northeast Ohio.
Sam began his career in food, beer and community at CSU in his junior year after studying abroad in Krakow, Poland and after attending a class in proposal writing. He put his new skills to work responding to a Request for Proposal to fill restaurant space on campus. The proposal was accepted and at 21 years of age, Sam opened Cafe 101 in the old University Center. Sam operated the restaurant-bar on campus for 8 years while employing many dozens of students. And he graduated in 1997 with a degree in Urban Planning, Design and Development.
When the university planned to tear down the University Center building, Sam purchased a building in the Ohio City neighborhood long before it was foodie central. Sam learned about the neighborhood as an undergraduate intern at the Ohio City Near West Development Corp. The internship was a requirement of his Urban Studies major at the Levin College of Urban Affairs. He fell in love with the historic neighborhood and opened McNulty’s Bier Markt in 2005 in the former Fries and Schuele Department Store building across from the West Side Market. This began a two-year flurry of openings: in 2007 Bar Cento opened, followed by Speakeasy in 2009 and the Market Garden Brewery in 2011. The pace quickened with the 2012 opening of Nano Brew Cleveland.
Many people worried that opening all these restaurant, bars, and breweries on the same street would result in his newer creations cannibalizing his earlier places. Instead, they flourished. Each opening was different. And each brought more visitors Cleveland’s burgeoning beer district; demonstrating the truth in the urban planning ideal of having the highest amount of choice in the smallest amount of area. Yes, Sam and the Great Lakes Brewery’s Conway Brothers invented a beer and food district.
Sam's immigrant parents raised their seven children with a strong work ethic and encouraged curiosity and experimentation. Starting with organic farming in their back yard and classes ranging from pottery to origami and belly dancing. That curiosity inspired a wide-ranging and very rewarding assortment of studies at Cleveland State University over the course of 8 years.
Sam has been living car free in Ohio City for the past decade. And one of his guiding investment principles is to nest his businesses with a 15-minute bike ride from the Market Garden Brewery.
Sam is in the final planning stages of a 7-unit town home development a short 3-minute walk from the West Side Market in the up-and-coming Duck Island neighborhood.
Sam is CSU’s beerentrepreneur fermenting the rise of a post-industrial frontier with opportunity galore. Sam is building on the Pride of Cleveland.
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