The Team

Colicchio Consulting is a pioneer in the structuring of specialty consulting, partnerships, and joint venture agreements between property owners and renowned chefs, restaurant operators, musicians, and music venue operators.  We are widely experienced in curating the intelligent placement of food and beverage professionals and providing ongoing liaison services between talent and ownership to ensure continued project success.  Our experience goes well beyond the food and beverage industry as the principles have legal expertise, hotel and real estate backgrounds, music industry acumen, and successful start-up track records.

Phil Colicchio

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Colicchio Consulting founder Phil Colicchio occupies a unique space in the hospitality industry . As a New York based attorney, Phil has represented over forty different James Beard Foundation Award Winning Chefs, Restaurateurs, Beverage Professionals, Service Professionals, Restaurant Designers and Authors. He was a pioneer in the Las Vegas restaurant boom, representing both the renowned chef and hotel casino communities in negotiating long term restaurant management and licensing contracts.

Phil now brings that experience and those relationships to the hotel and commercial real estate development sector through CC, which focuses its efforts on advising its clients on the identification, selection and engagement of well known high quality food and beverage operators. CC also advises the professional sports, mega yacht and large scale music festival industries on food and beverage partnerships.

A graduate of Seton Hall University and Villanova Law School, Phil was selected to participate as an advisor to the Culinary Institute of America’s inaugural “Intrapreneurship” Program in Hyde Park, NY, is a member of the Auburn University Hotel and Restaurant Management Program Advisory Board in Auburn AL, is a Director of the Heritage Radio Network in Brooklyn NY and is a Governor’s Appointee to the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

Trip Schneck

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Trip Schneck is a Managing Partner at Colicchio Consulting.  Prior to CC, Trip was the co-founder of HotelMe.com, a verified online review platform offering consumers trusted reviews from verified guests.  He sold the company to Gannett in 2014.  Trip was also the president and co-founder of TIG Global.  As president, he was responsible for the overall strategic direction, development, and operations of the company. Trip sold the company to MICROS in December 2009, which resulted in investors earning a 99% compounded IRR on their investment over an eight year period.

Previously, Mr. Schneck served as vice president of asset management and strategy at Thayer Lodging group, a private hotel ownership group with a nationwide portfolio. He oversaw distribution strategies, revenue management, sales, marketing, and business development initiatives across the company. He was also responsible for the asset management of the portfolio, comprising 23 hotels with a market value in excess of $2 billion.

Prior to joining Thayer Lodging Group, Mr. Schneck served as the operations director for several hotels and as a consultant working with large pension funds to improve hotel investment operations. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and he received his MBA from the RH Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. Trip has served on the advisory board for Cornell’s Center for Hospitality Research and is currently a board member at the School of Hotel Management at Auburn University.

Gabe Witcher

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Gabe is seven time Grammy nominated Artist/Producer/Compose/Arranger best known for his work with the genre-bending acoustic quintet, The Punch Brothers. Mr. Witcher has over 32 years in the music business and has become a first call musician/arranger of choice for luminary artists, producers, and composers alike, including Paul Simon, Elton John, T Bone Burnett, and Randy Newman. Gabe also frequently appears on film and television scores including The Hunger Games, Cars, True Detective, Sons of Anarchy, Nashville, Better Call Saul, and Oscar Winners Brokeback Mountain and Babel.

Gabe has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Conan, The Later Show with David Letterman, and The Academy Awards Show. In 2014 he became an Affiliate Scholar at the Oberlin Conservatory. Gabe currently resides in California.