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Michael "Schatzy" Schatzberg

Branded Strategic Hospitality
Co-Founder and Managing Partner
Michael “Schatzy” Schatzberg is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Branded Strategic Hospitality and the Managing Director for Branded Restaurants. He has over 35 years of marketing, brand development, management, business development and hospitality experience. Schatzberg started working at Duke’s in 1995. He went on to turn a single concept restaurant into a multi-unit Hospitality Group -opening a second Duke’s location in Manhattan, and re-branding Big Daddy’s from a 1969 soda shop into a twist on the classic American diner. Schatzberg has developed, grown, and managed 6 hospitality concepts and advises over 22 restaurants in NYC. He is a founding member of the NYC Hospitality Alliance and Member of the New York State Restaurant Association.

After being an early adopter to Hospitality Technology within his concepts and serving as an advisor for many start-up HI-Tech companies, Schatzberg founded Branded Strategic Hospitality, an investment & advisory company, that leverages its ecosystem of hospitality venues, expertise, and deep relationships to influence, redefine and evolve hospitality technology (“HI-Tech”) and Food & Beverage innovation. To date, the company has made 33 direct investments.

As a Hospitality subject matter expert, Schatzberg has been featured in Hospitality Technology Magazine, Food Business News, The Wall Street Journal, NBC and CBS and others. He has moderated and served in Panel Discussions for the International Food Service show of New York and the New York State Hospitality Alliance. He is also the co-host of the Hospitality Hangout, a Hit Podcast on the Foodable Network.