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KeynoteS

Wednesday, October 7
Keynote: Paulie Gee, Paulie Gee’s

10:00 – 11:00 am

Paul Giannone (who goes by the name Paulie Gee) spent nearly 30 years as an IT manager for large corporations such as AT & T and Lucent until a fateful visit to Totonno’s sparked a passion. Soon he was devouring his way through the city’s pizzerias and testing his own recipes in a wood-fired oven in his back yard. In March 2010 he opened Paulie Gee’s in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, which quickly became one of New York’s iconic places. There are now Paulie Gee’s outposts in Columbus, Ohio, Baltimore, and Chicago, with a new Brooklyn slice shop that opened in 2018.

Headshot photo credit: Ben Hider

Thursday, October 8
Keynote: Rocky Shanower, Park Street Pizza

10:00 – 11:00 am

Rocky Shanower is the co-owner & founder of Park Street Pizza and mobile wood-fired pizza concept named Bahler Street. Yes, Rocky is his full name given at birth…” Thanks Mom!” He and his partner/wife Courtney Shanower opened Park Street Pizza in 2003 at the age of 22 years old in their hometown of Sugarcreek, Ohio. They have two sons named Rigsby (12) and Wilde (8). Park Street Pizza has become a regional destination known for a locally sourced seasonal menu. Bahler Street is a mobile wood-fired pizza concept that was developed in early 2014 by the couple, pairing Courtney’s sourdough recipe with Rocky’s concept of a mobile pizza truck. His passions in business include collaborating with local farmers and producers, team building with an emphasis on service and culture, and obsessing over new opportunities for growth through pizza. Rocky is a college dropout who happens to be named this year’s Young Entrepreneur of Year.

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