Inside SCI-Arc


01.28.09 | Keck Lecture Hall
Sam Nazarian and Theresa Fatino: A Conversation — Moderated by Eric Owen Moss

CEO of SBE and SCI-Arc Board of Directors’ member Sam Nazarian will discuss with SBE Chief Creative Officer Teresa Fatino their collaborations on SBE hotels, restaurants and nightclubs in a conversation moderated by SCI-Arc director Eric Owen Moss.

Sam Nazarian

Raised in Los Angeles, Sam Nazarian is the founder and CEO of SBE. Nazarian balances and directs SBE’s operating groups – which include its hotel, restaurant, nightlife, and real estate divisions; as well as Bolthouse Productions and Element Films – in all phases of acquisition, development and management.

From SBE’s first nightclub, Shelter, in 2003 which helped spur the rebirth of the Sunset Strip, to today’s collection of over 10 hotels, restaurants, nightclubs and lounges have reshaped the landscape of Los Angeles and beyond. In just five years, SBE has grown from an initial handful of like-minded people to its current roster of over 2,000 employees. To further SBE’s creative endeavors, Nazarian has personally secured exclusive partnerships with such visionaries as Philippe Starck and chefs Katsuya Uechi, José Andrés and Michael Mina.

In 2006, Nazarian was the youngest executive to be named one of the “Top 100 Most Powerful People in Southern California” by West, the Los Angeles Times’ Magazine and was named among “The Influentials” in Los Angeles magazine. He has also been featured and quoted in the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, People, Fortune, W, Variety and The New Yorker. He is also a member of the Southern California Institute of Architecture’s Board of Directors, and generous supporter of the Beverly Hills Education Foundation. Raised in Los Angeles, Nazarian studied at New York University and the University of Southern California. He currently resides in Beverly Hills.

Theresa Fatino
Chief Creative Officer, SBE

Theresa Fatino oversees all aspects of SBE’s branding and design, both for its corporate divisions as well as its growing collection of venues. A chief strategist and architect of the company’s public image and product experiences, Fatino brings a breadth and depth of creativity and expertise to both her overall CCO duties and more specialized brand development responsibilities for SBE’s hotel, restaurant and nightlife divisions.

Fatino oversees all aspects of environmental, interior and graphic design, as well as orchestrates virtually every vital brand touchpoint including staff uniforms, ambient music, collateral, operating supplies, merchandising, brand extensions and retailing for SBE. She is also the organization’s key collaborator with master designer Philppe Starck on the company’s hotel, restaurant and lounge concepts, including the popular Katsuya restaurant brand, recently-opened S Bar and Foxtail, the upcoming SLS Hotels brand and XIV, an upscale supper club opening Fall 2008 on the Sunset Strip.