Industry Update
Appointment23 July 2019

Steven Haas

Appointed Executive Director for Centerplate
At Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami Beach - FL, USA

Steven Haas

Restaurateur, entrepreneur, and culinary creator, Steven Haas is the new Executive Director for Centerplate at the Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC). Haas' eye for fine dining will re-imagine traditional convention center cuisine into an unforgettable and delectable experiences. Haas was previously the Immediate Past Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB), the first to helm the board from the restaurant sector.

During his time with the GMCVB, Haas helped curate the Miami Begins with Me and Miami Spice Restaurant Month initiatives that advanced the level of standards for customer service and restaurant promotion in Greater Miami and Beaches.

Haas is a key figure in the development of Miami's vibrant food tourism community. Haas enjoys a storied history at some of South Florida's finest dining establishments. He founded City Hall the Restaurant, located in the heart of Miami's performing arts district. He was co-owner and operating partner for Soyka Restaurant by News Café Corp.

Haas was also the General Manager for China Grill, Tuscan Steak, Red Square, Delano and Social at the Sagamore Hotel. Haas' extensive pedigree in restaurant management also includes positions at The Forge, Joe'sStone Crab and Monty's Stone Crab.

Haas and his expert team elevate their offerings by sourcing local produce from the South Florida farms to deliver offer authentic flavors to event planners, exhibitors and attendees at the newly reimagined Miami Beach Convention Center.

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