A polished aesthetic is critical to the success of an operation.
Bob Deck serves as chief operations officer for Four Entertainment Group’s (4EG) Cincinnati concepts. Deck oversees the operations, management and growth of each location and ensures each of the Queen City’s ten bars – Igby’s, Mt. Adams Pavilion, The Righteous Room, The Sandbar, The Lackman, Lachey’s Bar, The St. Clair, The Dime, The Stretch, and Low Spark – and the full-service, casual bar and grill concept Keystone Bar & Grill provide consistent superior service, captivating décor and high-quality products, resulting in a strong brand definition and a loyal following. He also assists with the marketing division of 4EG by identifying creative and unique marketing plans that engage desired audiences.
After graduating from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in 1995, Deck moved to Atlanta to pursue his doctorate of chiropractic degree. While attending school, he worked at several different bars and clubs until moving to Cincinnati in 2000 to open a private chiropractic practice in his hometown of Anderson Township.
In 2001, Deck reconnected with collegiate friends David Halpern and Ben Klopp who had already partnered to open aliveOne and Estelle’s bars in Chicago. Deck joined Halpern and Klopp to expand their operation of upscale bars, and through a partnership with Klopp’s childhood friend Dan Cronican, the four opened aliveOne and Mt. Adams Pavilion in Cincinnati in 2002. After much success with the first four locations, the team continued to open and operate several additional establishments. In 2007, the team converted their individual businesses into a larger operating company that is now Four Entertainment Group.
Mission: Effecting change in a way that is good for our community, our employees, and our customers
As a founding member of Four Entertainment Group (4EG), Ben Klopp serves as managing partner of business development. He oversees financial management and expansion of the company and assists in creating innovative concepts and developing a framework that facilitates growth in both scalable and unique business models.
Klopp graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in 1995, and moved to Miami, Fla., where he served and bartended at various restaurants and bars. After spending collegiate summers working for the hospitality industry in the Hamptons with his friend David Halpern, Klopp decided to avoid a suit-and-tie career and partnered with Halpern to open aliveOne bar in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago in 1997. A few years later, they opened Estelle’s, in the nearby Wicker Park.
In 2002, with a desire to expand aliveOne’s intricate mix of music and spirits into another city, Klopp and Halpern partnered with Bob Deck, a mutual college acquaintance, and Dan Cronican, a childhood friend of Klopp’s, and chose Cincinnati as their next venture. The foursome not only opened aliveOne Cincinnati, but also Mt. Adams Pavilion. After much success with the first four bars, the team continued to open and operate several additional establishments in Chicago, Cincinnati and Covington, Ky., adding Igby’s, Easy Bar, The Owl, Keystone Bar & Grill, The Righteous Room, Sandbar, The Stand, Tap & Go and The Lackman. In 2007, the team converted their individual businesses into a larger operating company that is now Four Entertainment Group.
Mission: To ensure each 4EG concept provides consistent superior service, captivating decor, and high quality products.
As chief operations officer of Four Entertainment Group’s Chicago concepts, David Halpern ensures each of the Windy City’s five bars – aliveOne, Estelle’s, Easy Bar, Remedy, and The Owl – provides consistent superior service, captivating décor and high-quality products, resulting in a strong brand definition and a loyal following.
When Halpern graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in 1995, he never considered operating neighborhood bars to be in his career path. After spending his collegiate summers working for the hospitality industry in the Hamptons, Halpern decided to further explore the industry and reconnected with his college friend Ben Klopp. Although the pair had no previous experience in business management, they were determined to be successful in the hospitality industry. In 1996, they opened aliveOne in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago. A few years later, they opened Estelle’s, in the nearby Wicker Park.
In 2002, with a desire to expand aliveOne’s intricate mix of music and spirits into another city, Halpern and Klopp partnered with Bob Deck, a mutual college acquaintance, and Dan Cronican, a childhood friend of Klopp’s, and chose Cincinnati as their next venture. The foursome not only opened aliveOne Cincinnati, but also Mt. Adams Pavilion. After much success with the first four bars, the team continued to open and operate several additional establishments in Chicago, Cincinnati and Covington, Ky., adding Igby’s, Easy Bar, The Owl, Keystone Bar & Grill, The Righteous Room, Sandbar, The Stand, Tap & Go and The Lackman. In 2007, the team converted their individual businesses into a larger operating company that is now Four Entertainment Group.
People gravitate towards comfort food.
As a founding member of Four Entertainment Group (4EG), Dan Cronican oversees the management and growth of the company’s full-service, casual bar and grill concept Keystone Bar & Grill which currently has three locations: Hyde Park and Clifton in Cincinnati and Covington, Ky. Cronican enjoys continuing to learn about food, wine and beer and thrives in the hospitality industry’s fast pace. His obsession with great beer and American comfort food fuels his outstanding leadership of Keystone’s concept and expansion. He also assists with the group’s other food-focused concepts including Sandbar and Igby’s in Cincinnati and Estelle’s in Chicago.
Cronican began his career in hospitality at the age of 12 as a rack room assistant at a local golf course where he also helped in the clubhouse restaurant. Growing up, Cronican worked nearly every job within the restaurant industry and continued bartending and serving at several different restaurants while attending The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.
In 2001, Cronican reconnected with his childhood friend Ben Klopp, who had already partnered with his college friend David Halpern to open aliveOne and Estelle’s bars in Chicago. Cronican joined Klopp and Halpern to expand their operation of upscale bars, and through a partnership with another college friend Bob Deck, the four opened a second aliveOne location and Mt. Adams Pavilion in Cincinnati in 2002. After much success with the first four locations, the team continued to open and operate several additional establishments. In 2007, the team converted their individual businesses into a larger operating company that is now Four Entertainment Group.
Cronican lives in Cincinnati with his wife Shana and two children Annabelle and Ambrose. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, riding his motorcycle and enjoying an IPA.
Director of HR and Project Management
Mission: To create an environment that attracts and maintains "A" level employees.
Erin joined 4EG in July 2012 with an immediate goal to create and shape the Human Resources Department, including developing and streamlining processes to assist bar and restaurant managers, ensure compliance, and provide consistency in practices throughout the company. She manages recruiting, benefits, performance, recognition, database/systems and all other HR-related projects.
Erin graduated from Miami University in Oxford, OH with a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication – Public Relations. Previously, Erin spent 10 years in communications and marketing with convention and visitors bureaus (CVBs) in Columbus and Cincinnati where she worked with many sides of the hospitality industry. She was also a project manager with a marketing company for five years with clients in food and beverage, and travel and tourism, as well as major corporate HR departments. Erin makes traveling a priority with family and friends, and includes visits to craft breweries and wineries whenever possible.
Cincinnati Marketing Director
Mission: To heighten 4EG's brand awareness through event sponsorships, philanthropic partnerships, loyalty programs and inbound marketing.
Cameron joined 4EG in April 2011. As the Marketing Director, she is responsible for the development and execution of events, content and editorial marketing, direct mail campaigns, and consumer data collection, among many marketing projects.
Cameron graduated from Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism with a Bachelor’s of Science in Journalism. As the only Bobcat among a slew of Miami Redhawks, Cameron is actively in pursuit of any opportunity to demonstrate her OU pride around the office. Prior to coming onboard with 4EG, Cameron worked as an account executive at Michelle PR, a public relations agency that creates unique brand experiences for wedding vendors. When not in the office or pouring drinks behind the bar, Cameron enjoys digging through record stores, reading entrepreneurial magazines, traveling abroad, and making small improvements to her golf score.
Chicago Marketing Director
Mission: To create and maintain a vibrant party atmosphere amongst Chicago's diverse market of neighborhood establishments.
Ryan Gac began working for 4EG Chicago as a part-time social media coordinator in 2011, after having DJ’d at both aliveOne and Easy Bar for over a year. He was hired full-time with 4EG Chicago in October 2011. Ryan is responsible for all party and event planning as well as managing all social media channels, public relations, and photography. He works closely with the web team to provide for the most useful and interactive web content and tracks and interprets social media trends and statistics specific to 4EG Chicago’s bars. He also acts as liaison between customers, staff, managers, and owners.
Keystone Marketing Director
Mission: To consistently create, develop, and execute noteworthy thematic events and promotions for the Keystone brand.
Ali joined the 4EG team in February of 2018. As the Marketing Director for all Keystone Bar & Grill locations, as well as Mac Shack, Ali is the creative and organized mind behind all Keystone related events, promotional campaigns, and marketing efforts.
Mission: To enhance financial reporting and to pinpoint areas of financial opportunity
Bryan joined 4EG in July 2013 to begin building the structure for the Accounting and Finance Department. His main focus has been to gain efficiency through technological improvements to produce real time data for reporting and operations.
Bryan grew up in Mansfield, OH and graduated from Xavier University, where he double majored in Accounting and Marketing. Soon after graduation, he earned his CPA. Prior to joining 4EG, Bryan was in the public accounting industry with Ernst & Young and then spent time in the banking world with First Financial Bank. Bryan enjoys the opportunity to work for a local organization and be an integral part of 4EG’s growth. Outside of work, Bryan enjoys spending time traveling and dining out with his wife and their daughter. He is a craft beer enthusiast and loves trying out new, local brews. Bryan is an avid golfer and loves following his favorite sports teams, including anything Cleveland and Xavier Basketball.
Mission: To utilize exceptional organizational and communication skills to help maintain the high standards of excellence expected in all 4EG establishments.
Jamie joined 4EG in October 2015 as the Executive Assistant to Managing Partner Dan Cronican.
Jamie graduated from Urbana University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. Jamie is a natural born planner and has a passion for excellent customer service. She has been in the restaurant industry for over 20 years and is now enjoying learning how to maintain a group of establishments in a corporate environment. During her free time, Jamie enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, listening to live music and enjoying a nice Tennessee Whisky.
Human Resources Specialist
Mission: Finding the best talent, and creating excellence in the lives of 4EG team members
Leah joined the 4EG team in January 2016. As the Human Resource Specialist, she is responsible for recruiting, managing team member benefits, and conducting new hire orientation.
Leah graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Merchandising Studies and a minor in business from the Kelley School of Business. Leah gained experience on the hiring process and human resource needs while working for the Yard House. There she was given the opportunity to travel to assist in opening up new Yard House’s throughout the Midwest. Leah hopes to utilize these experiences to help find the best candidates for 4EG.
When Leah is not working, she enjoys going to all the fun events downtown Cincinnati has to offer. She also loves to travel and attend music festivals. You may also find her riding the red bikes around town.
Human Resources Specialist
Mission: To help turn great people into phenomenal and engaged employees
Jordan joined the 4EG team in April 2016. As the Human Resource Specialist for Training and Development, she is in charge of tracking certifications and training for all 4EG employees, planning and coordinating employee functions, and tracking guest surveys for all locations.
Jordan graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2014 with a degree in Journalism. Prior to joining 4EG, she was the office manager for Green Prairie Turf, Inc. in Oxford, Ohio where she mainly worked doing bookkeeping and scheduling, but could occasionally be found outdoors driving around a tractor or working in the fields.
Jordan is a coffee and DIY enthusiast who enjoys being outdoors, hanging with friends, drinking IPAs, or preferably doing all three at the same time.
Social Media Manager & Marketing Assistant
Mission: To provide 4EG's online presence with a fresh perspective and bring creativity and content to 4EG's marketing strategies
Alexa graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Communications. Alexa joined 4EG in 2013 as a member of the Keystone Clifton team. After completing an internship in the 4EG office, she accepted a full-time position as the Social Media Manager and Marketing Assistant.
Alexa is responsible for managing and overseeing 4EG’s social media accounts, creating content for various platforms, coordinating corporate partnerships, and assisting the Marketing Director with day-to-day assignments.
Outside of the office, Alexa enjoys trying out Pinterest recipes, taking spontaneous road trips, spinning, attending concerts of all genres, and representing the Pittsburgh Steelers in Cincinnati.
Private Parties and Events Coordinator
Mission: To seamlessly coordinate parties and events across all 4EG locations, and make each party delightfully unique and memorable.
Kelly joined the 4EG team in March 2016. As the Private Parties and Events Coordinator, she is responsible for generating party sales and coordinating parties and events for all 4EG locations. Kelly collaborates with party hosts to turn each venue into an event that is uniquely their own.
Kelly graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor’s of Science in Communication, Public Relations certificate and minor in Marketing. Prior to joining the 4EG team, Kelly worked as a Marketing Associate for a local engineering firm where she planned company events and coordinated both internal and external marketing efforts. Since 2013, Kelly has worked for Elegant Events by Elisa, a Cincinnati-based wedding coordination company, where she tirelessly works to ensure the bride and groom’s big-day runs smoothly. When not in the office, Kelly enjoys working out, being active outside and spending time with friends and family.
Mission: To attract visual interest and bring brand awareness to all 4EG establishments while highlighting everything the company has to offer
Alexa joined 4EG in March 2017. As the Graphic Designer, she is responsible for creating a wide range of online and print-based marketing communication tools, while maintaining 4EG brand standards. Alexa works toward competitively positioning the brand, products and services in the local hospitality industry.
Alexa graduated from the University of Dayton in 2015 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communication Design. Prior to joining the 4EG team, Alexa worked as a Retail Designer at King Retail Solutions where she designed interior spaces for a wide variety of retail stores. When Alexa is not in the office, she enjoys hanging with friends, listening to live music at concerts and visiting craft breweries.
Mission: Providing support to help identify areas of opportunity and achieve financial goals
Sarah joined 4EG in August of 2011 as member of the Keystone Bar & Grill team. Sarah worked her way up from a server to bartender, and then to shift supervisor at Keystone. Eventually she caught the attention of 4EG ownership when they were looking to fill a new position in the office and in November 2014, she joined the 4EG office staff.
Sarah is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. Prior to joining 4EG, Sarah worked in the business office of a large private medical practice during college where she was the assistant business manager, in charge of a wide array of day-to-day office operations. She also spent some time after college working for a CPA firm in Cincinnati, specializing in assurance services for the firm’s restaurant industry clients.
Mission: To assist in creating smooth financial operations and offering support to 4EG managers
Nicara joined 4EG in January 2017 to assist the Controller in growing and building upon the accounting and finance department. Her focus within 4EG is the Cincinnati bar division.
Nicara grew up in Covington, Kentucky, and graduated from Northern Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Science in Finance. Prior to 4EG, Nicara worked in the hospitality industry as an accountant at Commonwealth Hotels. Nicara was excited to get the opportunity to join 4EG and work in OTR. When not working, you can find Nicara walking her two German Shepherds around the Cincinnati area. She is a running enthusiast who runs marathons for fun. She is on her way to running a marathon in every state. She also loves hiking, trying new restaurants, and travelling.
Food & Beverage Analyst
Mission: improve profitability within each location by focusing on bringing product cost down while identifying opportunities to boost top line revenue
Mission: To exceed expectations, anticipate client’s needs, and create a catering experience that is both fun and effortless
MacKenzie graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2016 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and a minor in International Business.
When not in the office, she enjoys running and being outdoors, concerts with friends, spinning, and taking advantage of all of the fun places around Cincinnati
Mission: Mission: To utilize my diverse experience in operations to provide effectual and dependable support throughout 4EG and its locations.
Pauline graduated from Florida International University in Miami, FL with a B.A. in English. She moved to Cincinnati in 2011 and has laid roots in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood since. She has assisted CEOs and other C-level executives in varying fields to include finance and real estate, but feels her previous background in hospitality and attention to detail lends a unique point of view to her position at 4EG.
Mission: To create and maintain an environment where everyone is playing to their strengths, while striving to uphold strong internal and external communications.
Courtney joined the 4EG team in September 2016. As 4EG’s Office Manager, she is responsible for overall office administrative areas, as well as maintaining communications with all levels of internal management, staff, and outside vendors.
Courtney graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science. She has worked in the hospitality industry for the last seven years, finding new ways to improve customer service in all positions. Courtney also has experience in leading and managing teams to ensure that various organizations operated smoothly for everyone involved.
When she is not in the office, she enjoys exploring Cincinnati and its delicious food options, playing with her dog Lucy, being outdoors and traveling the world. She can also be found reading a good book in her spare time.