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Management Team

Our Management Team

“The more you prepare beforehand, the more relaxed and creative and effective you’ll be when it counts.”

– Bill Parcells

Aaron Rainone
General Manager

Aaron joined the Flik team in October 2016 as the General Manager, bringing 10 years of Events and Food & Beverage experience. Prior to joining Flik, Aaron was the General Manager for the Norris Conference Center in Austin, Texas and the Director of Banquets for the Westin Austin at the Domain. Aaron graduated from Johnson and Wales University with a Bachelors in Sports, Entertainment and Event Management. A native of New Jersey, Aaron relocated to Austin, Texas in 2008. He married his wife Tara in 2012, and their daughter Averie was born in 2014.

Kurt Sippel
Executive Chef

Chef Kurt Sippel was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Chef Kurt attended New York City Technical College and graduated with an AAS in Hotel and Restaurant Management in 1987. His first job out of school was at the Essex House Central Park as a night time Line Cook. He moved on to work at the Larchmont Yacht Club as Garde Manger/Pastry Chef, a PM Sous Chef at the Shearson Lehman Executive Dining, and worked at Donald Sacks Restaurant as the Executive Chef until September 11, 2001. Chef Kurt opened his own restaurant from 2003-2011 called Downtown Atlantic in Downtown Brooklyn. Before working at HCCC, he was Chef de Cuisine at Columbia University and a Banquet Chef at the Crowne Plaza Time Square.

Karen MacLaughlin
Sales Manager

Karen joined the Flik team at HCCC in May. She has been in the restaurant business since the age of 14 with a background in management and fine dining. She is a graduate of Brookdale Community College in Monmouth County, as well as Rutgers University, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree from the School of Management and Labor Relations. At the age of 23, she became the Head Women’s Tennis Coach at Brookdale where she held that position for 10 years. She was also the Vice President of Women’s Tennis for the NJCAA while at Brookdale. Naturally, with a background in hospitality along with her experience at Brookdale, she combined those two and is now running events at HCCC. She grew up in Wall, NJ and resides there today.

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