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Among the city of Chicago's most acclaimed restaurateurs, Donald J. Madia has mastered the art of collaboration to execute his singular unerring instincts for style, atmosphere and hospitality. His unique blend of visionary inspiration, attention to detail and sense of unlimited possibility informs all he touches. His gift for connecting talented individuals and business acumen was recognized by the James Beard Foundation in 2015, when he was awarded Outstanding Restaurateur.
The Value of Perspective
Ria Neri is the co-founder of Four Letter Word Coffee in Istanbul, Turkey. In late 2015, she expanded roasting operations to Chicago. Simultaneously, she co-founded Whiner Beer Co., a brewery dedicated to barrel-aging and wild fermentations. She is also a Certified Beer Cicerone. She is currently Head Roaster for Four Letter Word Chicago, and Chief Creative Mouse for Whiner Beer Co.
Carving a Career in Coffee
Marcus has had the sincere pleasure of being a member of the Specialty Coffee Community for the past 14 years and is currently the Vice President of Retail with Intelligentsia Coffee. He has held leadership, marketing, and operational roles with companies like Intelligentsia, Kaldi's Coffee and Espresso Supply. Prior to living the dream in coffee (and during), Marcus was a sales director and operations manager in the wireless industry specializing in spectrum deployment and new market operations.