Our Team

Michael Kimel

Michael Kimel

Chairman

Michael Kimel is the co-founder, and Chairman of Harlo Entertainment. As an award-winning entrepreneur, Michael has spearheaded the growth and success of multiple iconic businesses across North America. Notable ventures include co-founding Chase Hospitality Group (CHG), a globally recognized brand, responsible for creating leading culinary destinations, including their flagship award-winning restaurant, The Chase. He played a key role in the development and success of Miami landmarks Komodo, Swan and Papi Steak. Most recently, Michael co-founded OverActive Media, the only entity worldwide to own three franchised e-sports teams. He also serves as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguin's management committee. Michael's dedication to the growth and success of his portfolio of businesses has awarded him a ranking on Toronto's Top 50 Most Influential People.

Brandon Marek

Brandon Marek

Managing Partner

Brandon Marek is the Managing Partner at Harlo Entertainment, North America’s leading entertainment and hospitality private equity firm. With over 15 years of experience, Brandon has ideated, designed and launched a variety of successful companies. Select experience includes: co-creating the world-renowned New City Gas entertainment complex in Montreal, co-founding Moneybag Vodka alongside KISS’ Gene Simmons, and leading the expansion of SPINCO – Canada’s largest spin studio – to twenty locations across the country. Brandon specializes in creating brands that value luxury and invaluable experience, and has supported many organizations in building best-in-class experience programs, including Hakkasan Group in Las Vegas. He is a skilled and experienced creator, designer, and operator.

Albert Najem, MBA

Albert Najem, MBA

Vice-President, Food & Beverage

Ben Kalifer

Ben Kalifer

Analyst

Dana Cantarutti, CPA, CA

Dana Cantarutti, CPA, CA

Director of Strategic Operations

Emily Risley

Emily Risley

Director of Marketing

Juri Coleman, CPA

Juri Coleman, CPA

Senior Accounting Manager

Melanie Cruz

Melanie Cruz

Senior Accounts Payable Specialist

Moezur Reza, MBA, CPA, CA

Moezur Reza, MBA, CPA, CA

Vice-President, Finance

Robert Disenhouse, MBA

Robert Disenhouse, MBA

Operations Analyst

Sean Finnell

Sean Finnell

Digital & Creative Manager

Victoria Clarke

Victoria Clarke

Director of Talent