The Marketing Dinner Club has over 570 members and is growing daily. Members get together monthly in small intimate groups at fabulous restaurants. It’s the perfect opportunity to make new business friends and catch up with folks you haven’t seen in a while.

If you work in marketing and love to try new restaurants, be sure to join us at our next dinner to have some laughs and discuss industry news, projects, sales, ideas, outsourcing, partnerships, freelancers and career opportunities. The Marketing Dinner Club is free to join and is completely run by volunteers. The club never handles any money and receives no compensation. Members just pay for what ever food and drink they order.

We currently have two chapters, one in Northern New Jersey and one in the San Francisco Bay Area. Please join the sub-group in your area to hear about the latest events closest to you. If you are in New Jersey, join our subgroup here. If you are in the SF Bay Area, join our subgroup here. Also, like us on Facebook, and remember to RSVP to the next Dinner invitation.

We hope to see you soon!



In 2009, Paul Kiesche, a member of New Jersey Young Professionals, organized a dinner for fellow marketing professionals within the group. The dinner was such a success, Paul and several others decided to continue to get together several times a year. Eventually, the group grew to include professionals outside of NJYP and people of all ages.

At the start of 2011, Paul broke the group from NJYP and founded The Marketing Dinner Club. Since then, the club has increased quickly in membership and has grown to include several additional volunteers to become the group you know today. In 2014 we added a new chapter in the San Francisco Bay Area.




In addition to founding the MDC and being a past Coordinator, Paul is the owner of Aviate Creative, an award winning graphic design studio practicing the art of print design, web design, branding, and illustration. Paul is also an Adjunct Professor at the County College of Morris and is a fine artist.
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LAUREN SWERN, NJ Coordinator & Host


When she is not hosting delicious dinners for the MDC, Lauren is an Adjunct Instructor at the County College of Morris, Assistant Librarian at the Wharton Public Library, as well as a Development Director at New Jersey Highlands Coalition, and serves on several professional and nonprofit boards. Connect with Lauren on Linkedin >




Stephanie helps host our dinners in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she is a Marketing Manager at AgilOne. She has experience in many different facets of marketing including events, social media, email marketing and web. When she is not hosting MDC dinners or creating amazing new marketing campaigns, she loves cooking, traveling and being outdoors.
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Kristen is not only a great host at the Marketing Dinner Club, but she is a Marketing Specialist at Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC. Kristen is heavily involved in event coordination and has managed or assisted with events such as seminars, industry roundtables, golf outings, and charity functions.
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Mary has over 30 years experience in the marketing industry. Besides hosting wonderful dinners, Mary is the Customer Service and Marketing at Metropolitan Gourmet .Before Metropolitan Gourmet, she worked for companies such as TGI, Starnet, Concept Graphics, and L.P. Thebault. Connect with Mary on Linkedin >




In addition to hosting dinners, Joe is the Owner of Thunder Consultinga. He is a Corporate Storyteller who creates communications programs that educate, influence and motivate companies’ employees and their clients.
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Dan serves as Corporate Communications Manager at Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company. He is responsible for managing communications for the imaging segment in addition to corporate initiatives. He is a 33-year veteran of the consumer electronics and digital imaging industries and president of Photo Imaging Manufacturers and Distributors Association (PMDA).
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This is a very fun and casual group, but we have a few simple rules to keep it heading in the right direction.

  1. You must be a marketing professional to join the group or attend dinners.
  2. No heavy solicitation. This is not a place to push your sales. We are here to build professional relationships and have fun.
  3. No spam, offensive or vulgar posts, comments, or behavior.
  4. All posts on the Linkedin group must be related to Marketing or the MDC.
  5. Only RSVP Yes to an event if you plan to attend. No shows are rude to the group and to the restaurant. If something comes up, please let us know you won’t be able to make the event. If you are a no show more than once, you may be removed from the group.