Our Team


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Arthur F. Backal

Known around Manhattan as the "go-to" guru for New York events, celebrity event planner and hospitality consultant Arthur F. Backal has in the course of his three decades in the industry managed more than 20 event spaces in New York, and has consulted and participated in the development of new hotels, restaurants and event spaces around the world. In an innovative management strategy unique to the hospitality arena, Backal has several branches - Backal Hospitality Group which now includes Apella, an Alexandria Event Space, TBar Restaurant; Event Management Firm State of the Art Enterprises, the Mandarin Oriental New York Hotel, VERSA Restaurant and Rooftop, and recently opened CNVS, a Midtown West Event Space - through which to imprint his unique vision onto the hospitality landscape, a "ringmaster" with a multi-ring operation.

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Kristina M. Camia

A native New Yorker, Kristina Camia brings a career of Hospitality Excellence to CNVS, having joined prior to opening its doors in the Fall of 2018. Kristina began her career at the prestigious Plaza Hotel and most recently played a strategic role at Conrad New York where she was a two-time achiever of the Hilton Worldwide Circle of Excellence award for Catering Sales. Kristina has freelanced with luxury event planners throughout the metropolitan area and remains involved with her alma mater, New York University.