LEADERSHIP TEAM

Manny Marroquin

Manny Marroquin one of the most in demand mixing engineers in the industry; working with such internationally renowned artists as Bruno Mars, The Rolling Stones, Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Imagine Dragons, Kanye West, and countless others.

Manny’s talent is unique, having graced nearly 250 million albums worldwide. His ear for sound has helped earn him over forty #1 albums and one hundred Top 10 albums on The Billboard 200. Add to that another twelve Hot 100 #1 singles and over forty singles in the Top 10; the range of his talent is extraordinary and his work reaches far beyond one genre. He received his first Grammy award in 2005 and since then has earned another eight, including Best Engineered Album for John Mayer’s “Battle Studies” in 2011. He’s firmly secured his role as one of the most in demand mixing engineers in the industry today.

Manny is the owner of the famed Larrabee Studio that has been a leader in the Los Angeles music industry for over 40 years and has hosted many of the leading artists from yesterday and today.  Opened more than four decades ago, originally on Larrabee Street in West Hollywood, the present location was launched in 1991 in what was previously Giorgio Moroder’s studio.

Chef Paul Shoemaker

Executive Chef Paul Shoemaker brings a breath of culinary artistry, seasonal reverence, and imagination to his cuisine. Complimenting the global, refining techniques for which Shoemaker’s playful menus reflect his personality and a sophistication that honors the diverse Los Angeles community.

Chef Paul’s pedigree stems from the kitchens of Michelin-starred Bastide, Providence, Alain Ducasse, French Laundry, and Water Grill, all which shaped his current culinary philosophy. By honoring the longtime traditions of local farmers, ranchers, purveyors, and fishermen, as well as weekly foraging excursions in Malibu hills, the essence of California’s agriculture and resources are tasted thought his menus. Paul’s touch on his menu showcases a causal yet sophisticated meal, made with playful techniques and flavors that express the brightness of Southern California.

Rob Ciancimino

Rob C brings his vast hospitality experience to Verse with a special focus on advanced, high-end, customer service. He’s taken the fine dining background he learned as a youngster in NY, and melded it into some of Hollywoods hottest venues. The most recent being the very successful live music venue and restaurant called Sayers. He got his start in Los Angeles over 20 years ago as the General Manager of the now famous Circle Bar in Santa Monica. He then went on to work at the W Hotel in Westwood, where he oversaw and ran the high-end 9:30 Restaurant and Backyard Bar. Rob went on to consult and work with former sushi restaurants Tengu, both in Westwood and Santa Monica, before opening and running the highly successful Playhouse in Hollywood. It was after that he got the call from SBE to open and run Sayers, an exclusive lounge and restaurant. It was at Sayers that Rob really tapped in to the live music aspect of hospitality, overseeing the operations for live music shows housing artists such as Prince, Stevie Wonder and the Black Keys, just to name a small few.

Rob C has been one of the most sought after GMs in the city as his penchant for understanding the intangibles of putting a service team together to his stylish execution in all aspects of hospitality and beyond. He believes true hospitality is a lost art and prides himself on redefining people’s dining expectations to an actual “felt experience” touching upon all emotions.

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