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YAD Business & Professional Networking Brunch:

Your Community, Your Network, Your Connection

Presented by Landry’s Inc. and the Houston Rockets

March 25, 2018
Royal Sonesta, Founders Ballroom
9:30 am Reception
10:30 am Brunch and Program 

The 2018 Annual YAD Business & Professional Networking Brunch is your opportunity to connect with other Jewish Young Professionals, meet industry peers and hear from city leaders who represent Houston’s prosperity and resiliency, both in business and philanthropy.

Advanced Registration: $25
Registration: $35

Event Chairs:

Tyler Brochstein, Hannah Kaplan, Matthew Pittsford, Stephen Uzick



Speakers include:

Steven Scheinthal

Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Landry’s, Inc. and Fertitta Entertainment, Inc.


Steven Scheinthal has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Landry’s, Inc. since its IPO in 1993 and as its Executive Vice President or Vice President of Administration, General Counsel and Secretary since September 1992.  He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Fertitta Entertainment, Inc. which is the holding company for Landry’s, Inc., the Golden Nugget Hotels and Casinos, the NBA’s Houston Rockets and all other assets owned and controlled by Tilman J. Fertitta. He works on behalf of all Fertitta companies, including Landry’s and Golden Nugget to acquisitions, financings, human resources, risk, benefit and litigation management, union, lease and contract negotiations, trademark oversight and licensing and is primarily responsible for compliance with all federal, state and local laws. He was also primarily responsible for Landry’s corporate governance and SEC compliance from its IPO and during the 17 plus years Landry’s operated as a public company.



Rafael Stone

General Counsel, Houston Rockets & Toyota Center


Rafael A. Stone is the General Counsel of the Houston Rockets and Toyota Center.  He is responsible for all legal matters concerning business and team operations.  His major areas of focus include television and radio agreements, sponsorship agreements, intellectual property matters, human resources matters, risk management, compliance with league rules and player contracts. 







Event Moderator:
Elyse Freed

Communications Manager at the Jewish Federation

Elyse Freed is the Communications Manager at the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston. Prior to joining the Federation team, Elyse spent 10 years as a television journalist. She worked under the pseudonym Elyse Evans (an homage to her middle brother, Evan). Before she moved to Houston, she lived and worked in New York for News12 Long Island as an anchor and reporter. Prior to her time on the east coast, Elyse was the main anchor for an NBC affiliate in Terre Haute, Indiana, and also worked as a reporter for the NBC station in Indianapolis. Elyse has also dabbled as a radio anchor for New York’s first FM News station.

Elyse won an Emmy Award for news writing in 2009. She investigated how a vicious triple murder of a family had not gone to trial even though the accused murderer had already admitted his guilt. Elyse is particularly proud of a dynamic one-on-one with the former Secretary of State and Democratic Presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, during her failed 2008 Presidential campaign, and for her travels to Poland with a Holocaust survivor to document Auschwitz on the 65th anniversary of the camp’s liberation.


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Event Host Committee:

Kian Azimpoor, Josh Bauer, Nicole & Seth Caplan, Daniel Feigelson, Danny Gutman, Roni Hassid, David Kaplan, Justin Lapoten & Alix Udelson, Taylor & Jeff Magids, Andi & Brett Reisenfeld, Shannon Reiter, Jason Scheinthal, Beth Ann & Myles Siegel, Tatiana Stein, Jennifer & Evan Varadi

Business & Networking Engagement Chair: Alex Brown
YAD Chair: Shawn Golan

YAD Vice-Chair: Kacie Penn


YAD Steering Committee:

Kian Azimpoor, Daniel and Kaori Barvin, Jenny Croft, Scott Friedman, Danny Gutman, Jacob Hertzig, Daniel Kasoff, Aaron Lipman, Zach Oltman, Wendi Reichstein, Erica Rose, Tatiana Stein, Mari Taksa, Rachel Warfield and Stephen Uzick

*Dietary laws observed



2018 YAD Business & Professional Networking Brunch Sponsors






Triple-S Steel



Jewish Federation B&P 3 Networking Group

Schlanger Silver Barg & Paine, LLP