Climb To The Top


February 18, 2020
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row
400 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37203

Event Details:

Join us for our upcoming panel discussion on February 18th from 11-1pm. We will deep dive on the highs and lows of climbing to the top and accelerating your career. 


The Venue:

Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row is a premier event 3 story event venue in downtown Nashville. Located on the corner of 4th and Broadway it is perfect for events of all sizes! 






Meet the moderator:

Vincent Dreffs, Jr. – Chief Success Officer of Dreffs For Success

Dreffs has had successful career in the hospitality industry, culminating with a responsibility that encompassed $70M in revenue and over 900 employees. Dreffs is now capitalizing on his combined 30 years of experience to assist businesses, institutions and entrepreneurs maneuver the ever changing workforce through consistent messaging in educational training and goal setting practices, meaningful events and effective engagement practices.

With a storied career that includes coordination at events such as the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, 145th Kentucky Derby, NBA All Star Game, Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholder’s Meeting, and responsibilities in opening Ford Field, Quest Center Omaha and Grand Reopening Celebration of Gaylord Opryland Resort, Dreffs has assembled a collection of relevant training experiences that are now being offered in individual and group formats.

With continuous accolades for record setting revenue growth, employee and customer satisfaction metrics and expense containment, Dreffs attributes his success to building strong, engaged teams, with focused attention and the tools to perform at peak performance.

Meet the panelist: 

Shannan Stewart – Founder Heels & Handshakes


If you haven't met Shannen, you will see Shannen at various networking events throughout the city. She has served on the board for the International Live Events Association, completed the Nashville Junior Chamber’s Leadership Institute and is an active member of the Tennessee Chapter of Meeting Professionals International where she previously served as the Director of Special Projects, and apart of Music City Concierge's Association. When Shannen isn’t attending educational luncheons or networking events she is running her own. Shannen started Heels and Handshakes a private networking organization for women in thehospitality industry.  This private networking group gives women access to business leads, job opportunities and most importantly connections with other successful women in the event industry.

Shannen has received accolades and awards across various aspects of the hospitality industry including the recipient of the Hospitality & Tourism NELA Awards (2019), Meeting Professionals International Tennessee Chapter Supplier of the Year (2019) 100 Leading Persons in Personal Services, Food and Hospitality (2018), Nashville Junior Chamber Leadership Institute Graduate (2016); Finalist for Event Solutions Rising Star Female Award (2015).

Alister Tober – Owner of VIP Entertainment

Alistair Tober is the founder/creative director of VIPs Entertainment, a live music creative agency that has developed over 40 musical acts within its organization. He has over 200 contracted artists entertaining clients around the world with offices in Los Angeles, Houston, TX and Nashville, TN. VIPs Entertainment LLC provides customized entertainment experiences for corporate and special event clients, award shows and incentive travel programs. VIPs has become a global resource among destination wedding planners and social events all while maintaining its culture as cuting edge, innovative and in demand within the industry.

As a vocalist, Alistair has been called “the Crooner for a new generation, with a vocal sensibility similar to voices from the Big Band and American Standards era, while displaying a feeling and understanding for the style and emotion found in today’s original music.”

Alistair is a dual citizen, US and UK, born and raised in Los Angeles, Alistair attended Hamilton Music Academy studying voice, this helped earn him a scholarship for Jazz Vocals to The University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. While at U.S.C., Alistair added a B.A. in Acting from the School of Theatre. During his senior year at U.S.C., he spent seven months overseas performing in Europe and Great Britain, while also studying acting at The British American Dramatic Academy in London.

Prior to his solo recording career, Alistair spent time on the road with theatrical productions including, Rock of Ages, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Grease and Singin’ In The Rain. He also headlined the national tour of Wizard a tribute to composer Harold Arlen, he sang in the touring revue, Gershwin Sings Gershwin and since 2007, Alistair has traveled around the United States playing performing arts centers, concert halls and venues alike, starring in his own 32-piece big band orchestral concert titled, Come Fly With Me, with special guest star, Jazz and Blues legend, Barbara Morrison!

Burke Conley – Executive Chef of G Catering

With more than 26 years in Foodservice Industry, Chef Burke brings a unique viewpoint to the title of Our Executive Chef and Director of Design. Chef Burke is a father of two, devoted Husband and man with a fierce competitive streak and drive to always succeed. Burke started his career with the Gaylord Opryland Hotel, starting as a dishwasher working his way up to the position of Banquet Manager, eventually taking over as the Director of Convention Operations with Embassy Suites Hotel. After 11 years in the hotel business, Burke then pursued a career in food distribution, first as a Sales Representative then into Corporate as a Market Brand Specialist, Sales Trainer and Corporate Chef. Missing the creative outlet, Burke made the decision to define his skills as chef first by getting a degree in culinary, then taking over as the Executive Chef for G Catering.

Now Chef Burke uses his experience from both front of the house and back of the house when designing menus and buffet décor. He has brought a unique twist on everyday food items and accelerates every event produced to the next level with his out of the box designs and ideas. No vision or idea is too extreme for Chef Burke to make come to life. With innovative food, creative design, and a firm understanding of logistics from every viewpoint of event production, Chef Burke brings a professional, experienced and whimsical approach to Catering.

Thank you to our meeting sponsors!