Andrew Rigie is the Executive Director of the New York City Hospitality Alliance, a trade association formed in 2012 to foster the growth and vitality of the industry that has made New York City the Hospitality Capital of the World.
Growing up working at his family’s fourth generation bakery & cafe in Queens, NY, Andrew was destined for a career in the hospitality industry. He later “got his apron dirty” by working multiple positions within the industry, before joining the New York State RestaurantAssociation (NYSRA) in 2004.
At NYSRA he recruited and served members by providing a myriad of resources and consulting services to NYC’s restaurant operators, chefs and industry providers. In 2009, Andrew took the helm as Executive Vice President of the New York City operations for the 75+ year old organization.
In 2012, Rigie accepted a position to launch the independent NYC Hospitality Alliance, which is quickly growing into the premier organization representing all facets of this diverse industry: restaurants,bars, lounges, destination hotels and major industry suppliers. In addition to his executive duties, he serves on multiple committees relating to hospitality, he is a vocal industry advocate and recognized commentator forlocal, national and international media inquiries relating to New York City’s hospitality industry.
Andrew Rigie is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education, New York, NY