Edward P. Kane has been an invaluable asset as the Director of Catering for the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel for over 45 years. He oversees the operations, development, sales and marketing of all catering assignments throughout the 60,000 square feet of catering and convention space, serving up to 2,500 individuals.
Preston Robert Tisch hired Mr. Kane on March 1, 1971, when it was the Americana Hotel of New York. He rose through the ranks, holding the positions of Assistant Banquet Manager, Banquet Manager and Director of Catering. When Sheraton purchased the Americana in 1979, Kane continued on as the Director of Catering, earning a reputation for excellence through 4 separate owners.
During his successful tenure, Mr. Kane has overseen events presided over by Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), which hosts heads of state while in New York for the UN General Assembly, has convened their prestigious event at the Sheraton for the last dozen years under Mr. Kane’s aegis. New York City Mayors Edward Koch, David Dinkins, Rudy Giuliani, Michael Bloomberg and Bill de Blasio have all chosen to have their events coordinated through Mr. Kane during their terms in office. He also earned the respect of New York Governors Mario Cuomo, George Pataki, Elliott Spitzer and Andrew Cuomo through events they sponsored under his direction.
With the Sheraton acting as the headquarter hotel for the Democratic National Conventions of 1976, 1980 and 1992, Mr. Kane oversaw the monumental task of ensuring that each detail was in place for these successful nationally televised events.
Steps away from the bustling energy of Times Square and Broadway, the 50-story Sheraton New York, located at 7th Avenue and 52nd/53rd Streets, boasts 1,780 guestrooms and Mr. Kane schedules, staffs and oversees over a hundred events a year at the popular luxury venue.
Mr. Kane sits on the Board of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, served as Commissioner for Long Island State Parks and is a member of the New York City Sports Development Corporation. He is also an esteemed past Chairman for the Governor’s Tourism Advisory Council.
A former recipient of the Cardinal’s Award presented by the Cardinal’s Committee of the Laity, Mr. Kane has also received the Gates of Jerusalem Medal from the State of Israel Bonds and is the recipient of the Labor Recognition Award for Outstanding Achievements by the New York State AFL-CIO. Mr. Kane is honored to follow in the footsteps of his father Thomas who was also named the recipient of this award in 1972 when he was the General Manager of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.
Mr. Kane has three children, Matthew, Ryan and Colin. He and his wife Jodi reside in Manhattan.