Engaging Conference Host and Keynote Speaker
Who is Vinny Verelli
FUNNY KEYNOTE SPEAKER AND CONFERENCE EMCEE
You might think you recognize funny keynote speaker Vinny Verelli from an episode of “Cops” but the truth is, he’s really character actor Jon Schwartz. Jon is an award winning speaker with over 40 years of professional performing experience.
He worked with Tennessee Williams in the world premiere production of Tiger Tail at the Hippodrome Sate Theatre and toured the country with the Claude Kipnis Mime Theatre. In 1982 Jon performed the title role in in the company’s production of Renard at Carnegie Hall. Jon’s production of Waiting For Godot received national acclaim for its tour of 12 Florida State prisons.
In addition Jon has entertained thousands with his comedy as a cruise director and entertainer on the high seas.
As a cruise director, Jon honed his humor, improvisational and motivational skills. You try motivating 1,200 seasick passengers while dodging a hurricane in the middle of the Bermuda Triangle. It was also on a cruise ship that Jon met Broadway performer, Ginny King. They have been married for 34 years and ran a production company in Atlanta for 22 years.
Vinny is an amazing emcee. For 3 days he guided our speakers' convention with imagination, grace and firmness. He captured our hearts and attention from his opening monologue to his closing remarks. Vinny does his homework, understands conventions and most importantly, he's really funny.
Halina St. James
CAPS (Canadian Association of Professional Speakers) Convention Co-Chair
Vinny has a truly unique approach to keeping attendees engaged through humor and the ‘Bada Bing’ philosophy, … his real world culinary and foodservice experience added another layer and gave Vinny credibility with our membership.
Director of Events, American Culinary Federation
Jon’s performance at our annual conference as Vinny Verelli was second to none. He was an event planners dream to work with as he was very accommodating when the schedule shifted or he had to do some quick thinking on his feet. I would recommend Jon as a speaker to anyone looking for a professional and entertaining MC.