Welcome to Cocktails & Conversation – a monthly three-part series in which Baltimore media personality Sloane Brown takes a casual look at the “fun” side of some of the interesting people who help make Baltimore tick. Sloane interviews Baltimore’s movers and shakers – which includes business and nonprofit executives, entrepreneurs, creatives and others who give back to our community. What do they like to do when they’re on their own time? What are their passions? Their pet peeves? What makes them laugh? We find out as we join Sloane and someone different she interviews each month at the bar of one of Baltimore’s popular eateries for a drink and a chat in three parts.

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The Bozzuto Group president/CEO joins Sloane at the bar at Ouzo Bay, where we learn more about his company and the wide range of areas it covers.

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The executive director of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA) joins Sloane Brown at the bar of Maximón, the hot new addition to the Atlas Restaurant Group. We learn a little about what GBCA – and its chief – do to support Baltimore area artists and the artistic community in general.

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We meet Mindgrub’s chief business officer and hear a little about what he – and his company do, and how they’re in the middle of an exciting expansion…while he joins Sloane for a cocktail at the bar of Tagliata, Atlas Restaurant Group’s elegant Italian chophouse.

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For years we’ve known Kelly Ripken from “afar.” But, now we get “up close and personal’ with this notoriously private Baltimorean at Azumi, the favorite place where these two friends often meet up.

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Atlas Restaurant Group president Alex Smith joins Sloane…or should we say Sloane joins Alex? That’s because they’re sitting in the newest addition to Atlas’ collection of fabulous restaurants, Choptank. Alex fills us in a bit about Atlas, and what they go for with each of their eateries.

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Meet Rebecca Hoffberger,         American Visionary Art Museum founder/director/principal curator…and find out how she defines the subject of her museum – and the center of her life – this thing called “visionary art.”

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Meet Jim Seay, president and owner of Premier Rides, an international company based here in Baltimore. Jim tells us about his company’s “scary” mission.  

 

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