Welcome to the 2020 Nightlife and
Restaurant Safety Summit
This one day informative seminar is open to restaurant, brewery, winery owners, managers & employees, public safety agencies, regulatory enforcement agencies and economic development staff. Our training course provides strategies for all stakeholders to establish a collaborative nightlife accreditation model including liability reduction and increased safety for bars and restaurants.
Fake identification detection
Criminal and civil liability for employees
Public safety expectations
Safe Night Active Bystander sexual assault intervention training
"Ask for Angela" Patron safety program
Writing employee policies
ABC licensing and compliance
Benefits for Bar/Restaurant Owners
Improved accountability for employees
Improved relationships with public safety agencies
Increase in safety for patrons
Increase in economic viability
Benefits for Public Safety and Regulatory Agencies
Fewer resources spent to manage nightlife
Reduced violence and alcohol-related harm
Increase in compliance with local and state laws
Improved relationships with bar/restaurant owners and staff
Improved economic viability and vibrancy
FEATURED INDUSTRY EXPERTS
Nightlife/Restaurant Liaison, Owner
Safe Night LLC
Jim Mastoras has served for over twenty-three years and is a Master Police Officer in Arlington County, VA and co-owner of Safe Night LLC. He created the first restaurant accreditation program which focuses on best practices and law compliance for restaurants to reduce liability and improve economic viability. The strategies he implemented have been recognized as a national model by the US Department of Justice and he authored a DOJ COPS Office toolkit titled, The Arlington Restaurant Initiative - A Nightlife Strategy to Improve Safety and Economic Viability, to be used across the US.
Molly Mastoras, MA, LPC
Owner, Safe Night, LLC
Molly Mastoras is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia. She has worked as an assistant program director for the Fairfax County Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court and as a social worker for the Fairfax County Office for Women. Molly has extensive experience working with survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence in these settings as well as in private practice. Molly developed the Proactive Alliance approach, which teaches police and enforcement agencies to develop a relationship-based strategy with the community using counseling therapy concepts. Her concept has been recognized in a co-authored article titled, Proactive Alliance: The Ethos of Broken Windows, published in IACP Police Chief Magazine. She also created the community based, sexual assault training program called Safe Night Active Bystander.
Kevin N. Anderson
Vice President, Alcohol Industry Associates & T.O.A.S.T. Alcohol Training Academy.
Named '100 People to Meet in 2020' by Virginia Business, Kevin spent 8 years as a Tobacco Tax Investigator and Special Agent with the Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control. In 2015 Kevin became a consultant serving the alcohol, cannabis and gaming industries, providing regulatory guidance and consulting to over 1,000 businesses in over 20 states. Kevin currently serves as a Director on the Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP) Board, Vice President of the Virginia Restaurant, Lodging and Travel Association (VRLTA) Suppliers Board, Board Member on the VRLTA Fairfax-Loudoun Chapter and on the Virginia Cannabis Business Association Board (CannabizVA).
President/CEO at Fairfax County Convention & Visitors Corporation
Barry Biggar became President & CEO of Visit Fairfax in August of 2008. He also holds to title of Chairman of the Board with the Virginia Restaurant Lodging & Travel Association. Barry came to Fairfax County from Bryan-College Station, Texas, where he lived for five years and held the position of President & CEO of the city’s Convention & Visitors Bureau. Four years earlier, he worked in Lexington, Kentucky, as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for their Convention & Visitors Bureau. Prior to that, he was with the Calgary, Alberta, Canada Convention & Visitors Bureau for seven years, where he held a number of positions, which include, Manager responsible for all of Europe, Asia and Asia Pacific, Director of Sales for both leisure and business travel in 23 countries worldwide, and later Vice President of all sales, marketing and research. His favorite part about the job is the chance to contribute in significant ways to a city’s economic growth, and just as importantly, to the quality of life for its residents. He says his new post at Fairfax County makes the work easy because of its ideal blend of storied history, exciting present and promising future. Biggar received a degree in Commerce from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and prior to joining the tourism industry, completed and received a diploma in Hotel & Restaurant Management at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in Calgary, Alberta. He is internationally recognized as a Certified Destination Management Executive (CDME), a program created by Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI), and sanctioned by Purdue University – Lafayette and the University of Calgary. He has served on the DMAI Board of Directors, and is currently the Chair of DMAI’s Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP), the accreditation program for Destination Marketing Organizations worldwide, and was the Chair of Education for DMAI for three years.
President of the Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP) and SoberRide
Kurt Gregory Erickson serves as President of the nonprofit Washington Regional Alcohol Program or WRAP.
Since 1999 and in addition to serving as CEO for the more than $3 million public-private partnership fighting drunk driving and underage drinking in the Washington-metropolitan area, Erickson also spearheads WRAP's public and government relations initiatives by serving as a registered lobbyist before Maryland and Virginia's General Assemblies as well as the District of Columbia's City Council. In Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia — and via leadership roles like serving as Legislative Chairman of the more than 280-member Maryland Impaired Driving Coalition — Erickson has successfully advocated the passage and enactment of landmark and nationally-heralded anti-drunk driving and underage drinking laws.
Under his leadership, WRAP has earned numerous honors including Virginia's prestigious Governor's Transportation Safety Award as well as The Washington Post hailing the organization in its July 18, 2005 editorial, "Fewer Drunk Drivers," as an organization "taking the fight (against drunk driving) seriously, advocating for tougher penalties for repeat offenders and teaching schoolchildren about the dangers of drinking and driving."
Director of the Mayor's Office of Nightlife & Culture, D.C.
In November 2018, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced the appointment of Shawn Townsend as the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Nightlife and Culture. Shawn Townsend is an experienced nightlife industry professional with fifteen years of experience in resolving business challenges and increasing community engagement opportunities. As Director, Mr. Townsend serves as the central point of contact between DC Government, the nightlife industry, and District residents. Additionally, Shawn Townsend strategically manages Washington, DC’s growing and developing after-hours economy by presiding over of a 15-member Commission of Nightlife, comprised of government, private-sector, and community representatives. Director Townsend engages with the commission and advises Mayor Bowser and the DC Council on policies that affect nightlife establishments and the creative economy.Prior to his mayoral appointment, Mr. Townsend most recently served as a Supervisory Investigator at the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) where he led a team of six investigators. It was in this role that Mr. Townsend was able to expand upon his relationships with District residents, club and bar owners, as well as other nightlife stakeholders.
President, Virginia Restaurant Lodging &
Travel Association (VRLTA)
Since 2014 Eric Terry has served as President of the Virginia Restaurant, Lodging and Travel Association (VRLTA). He is a graduate of the Hospitality and Tourism Management School at Virginia Tech, Eric has a long and deep understanding of the hospitality and tourism industries. As President of VRLTA, Eric Terry leads a membership of over 1,500 from across the Commonwealth in efforts before the General Assembly and with industry events.
Eric Terry joined VRLTA from Redstone Companies Hospitality and has over three decades of experience and business success within the entertainment, hotel, casino resort, and events industries. Prior to joining Redstone, Eric was Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Benchmark Hospitality and the President of Xelerate Group, a company he launched in 2002. He grew the Xelerate Group into an organization with a recognized specialty in national events marketing, sponsorship partnering, media buying, and celebrity appearances including partnerships with NASCAR, Chuck Norris, The Food Network, and Indy Racing League. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Malibu Entertainment Worldwide, Inc. and also served as Corporate Marketing Director and Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Hollywood Casino Corporation/Pratt Hotel Corporation. Eric has held leadership positions with Bristol Hotels, Marriott Hotels and Resorts, and for Anheuser Busch's Busch Gardens.
He is Chairman in the International Society of Hotel Associations, is on the Advisory Board of the Virginia Tech Hospitality and Tourism Management Department, is a Board Member of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, and is a former President and Vice President of the Crowne Plaza Marketing Association.
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Registration & Refreshments
Orientation & Welcome
Understanding the Need for a Nightlife Approach
Collect Data & Conduct Operational Analysis
Proactive Alliance - Safe Night Active Bystander
Lunch - Provided By Glory Days Grill
ABC Compliance - Certified Seller/Server, Alcohol Awareness Training
Employee Policies & Training for Restaurant/Bar Accreditation
Nightlife in Your Community,
Safety and Economics
Speakers & Panelists
Shawn Townsend - Director of the Mayor's Office of Nightlife & Culture, District of Columbia
Beth Erickson - President and CEO of Loudoun Convention & Visitors Association (VISIT Loudoun)
Barry Biggar - President/CEO at Fairfax County Convention & Visitors Corporation (VISIT FAIRFAX)
Nick Cordero - MacNac Hospitality
Kurt Erickson - President of the Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP) and SoberRide
Eric Terry - President, Virginia Restaurant Lodging & Travel Association
Networking Reception - Sponsored by Local Brewery
President and CEO of Loudoun Convention & Visitors Association (VISIT Loudoun)
With more than 50 wineries, breweries, and distilleries as well as an extensive network of designated destination dining restaurants that showcase the working agrarian landscape, Loudoun County is poised to become the preferred East Coast wine region and a must-visit destination for visitors seeking a memorable culinary experience. Key branding initiatives include Loudoun County, DC’s Wine Country® and signature events like Epicurience Virginia.
21453 Epicerie Plaza
Sterling, Virginia 20164
Dulles International Airport
1 Saarinen Cir, Dulles, VA 20166
15-minute drive to the Event Venue
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
2401 Smith Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22202.
35-minute drive to the Event Venue
Hyatt Place Sterling/Dulles Airport-North
21481 Ridgetop Cir, Sterling, VA 20166
Hampton Inn Dulles/Cascades
46331 McClellan Way, Sterling, VA 20165