Ziegfeld Ballroom

Special Events Team


B. Allan Kurtz

Managing Director

Managing Director of both Ziegfeld Ballroom and Gotham Hall, Allan has been at the helm of Iconic Spaces’ venues since 2003. His background includes five years as Director of Catering at Sheraton Meadowlands, three years at Water’s Edge, and 13 years at the Tavern on the Green in various positions, the the last five years as Managing Director.  A married father of two boys, Allan resides on Long Island and in Bucks County, PA. He is an active member of the prestigious NYC & Co.  Restaurant Committee and served on the board of the Central Park Precinct Community Council and on the advisory board of his alma mater, Fairleigh Dickinson University, for over 15 years. 


James Munz

Vice President, Sales

James began his hospitality career at the legendary Plaza Hotel where he soon became one of the youngest people to assume the pivotal position of maître d’hotel.  Shortly after, he took on the role of Catering Sales Manager.  It was James’ success at The Plaza that led to a managerial position with Cipriani, USA in 2004, where he assumed responsibility for many of its exclusive event spaces, including the Rainbow Room. After six years at Cipriani, James joined the Mandarin Oriental as the Associate Director of Catering and was promoted to their Director of Catering two years later.  A married father with three young daughters, James is a resident of River Edge, NJ.  BA: St. Francis College, Brooklyn.


Jamie VanValkenburg


Jamie graduated from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island, with her bachelor’s degree in Hospitality. Always wanting to work in New York City, she found her way to the luxurious Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Working her way up in various rolls in the Catering Department, she worked at the five-star property for over six years. Following her boss, James Munz, Jamie was one of the few members on the opening team of the Ziegfeld Ballroom, starting in early 2017.  


Katherine Warfield


Katherine joins the Ziegfeld Ballroom with five years of event sales and operation experience. She started her New York City hospitality career as a member of the re-opening team of the landmark restaurant, Tavern on the Green. Working her way from event coordinator to senior sales manager, she joined the Ziegfeld Ballroom in Fall 2017. Katherine graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies, Political Science.


Sandhya Rao


Sandhya moved from Africa to the Big Apple with a dream of pursuing a career in events, attending the Special Events Management program at NYU whilst working as an Event Concierge at the prestigious Plaza Hotel for three years. In 2015, Sandhya took on the role of Catering Coordinator with Abigail Kirsch at Pier Sixty, The Lighthouse, and Current, before joining her former colleagues Craig and Matthew at Ziegfeld Ballroom in 2017.


Nico Ramirez

Catering sales coordinator

Nico graduated from Cal State University Fullerton with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts. He moved to New York and pursued his dream of performing for many years, until he began is hospitality career as an events manager at Tavern on the Green. From there, he went on to open multiple venues and events concepts for Pier 17 in the Seaport District as the Operations Project Manager for the Howard Hughes Corporation. He joins the Ziegfeld Ballroom team as the Catering Sales Coordinator, and couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of this iconic landmark.


Jessica Barbarite

Sales administrator

Jessica joined the Ziegfeld Ballroom shortly after graduating from East Carolina University in 2018 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and Public Relations. She always dreamed of starting her career in the hospitality industry in New York City. Jessica is excited to support her team to keep the legacy of this iconic landmark live on. 


Stephanie Black


A part of the Ziegfeld Ballroom since its inception in 2016, Stephanie provides expertise in core areas such as client engagement, operations, sales, and marketing. She was instrumental in creating the Ziegfeld Ballroom logo and an important member of the opening team.  At the age of 29, her work ethic and skills led to her becoming the Director of Catering and Events at Gotham Hall, making her one of the youngest females to hold this position at an iconic NYC venue. Stephanie engages clients for both Iconic Spaces, helping clients find the best venue for their event. Stephanie holds a Bachelors in Hospitality Management, as well as a Masters in Communication Arts from the New York Institute of Technology.