Arthur F. Backal

CEO of Backal Hospitality Group

An expert in all aspects of dining, hospitality and gatherings to celebrate, Arthur F. Backal is the CEO of Backal Hospitality Group (BHG) and during three decades in the business has overseen world-renowned venues and executed thousands of milestone events – from intimate affairs to glittering galas.

As a deeply respected voice and veteran in the hospitality industry, Backal has supplied his magic touch in the development of numerous iconic hotels and restaurants around the world. He has also managed 20+ event spaces in New York City.

Businesses that Backal currently operates and/or owns throughout New York City include Apella, an Alexandria Event Space located on the edge of the East River; RiverPark, Little River, VERSA Restaurant and Rooftop in the Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel; Event Management Firm State of the Art Enterprises; AOG Design which provides modern event décor; All Seated, and Cellar Dog.

Before founding BHG and from the start of his career, Backal worked with iconic New York hospitality institutions and spearheaded the re-opening of The St. Regis New York, overseeing the entire food and beverage operations, and was also credited with restoring The Pierre to its legendary grandeur during his tenure as Director of Catering. He was also with Mandarin Oriental, Cipriani Group, The Plaza, The Waldorf Astoria and The Rainbow Room.

As a native New Yorker, Backal received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from The School of Hospitality Business from Michigan State University, one of the world’s leading hospitality programs.

An Active And Caring Member of the Community.

In addition to his contribution to the hospitality industry, Backal is involved with a variety of not-for-profit organizations including the Food Allergy Research Education (FARE), City Harvest, Robin Hood, Navy Seal Foundation, Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation and several others.

Dividing his time between Manhattan and Brookville in Nassau County, Backal lives in New York with his wife Liana and family.

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