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PJ Mercanti - Carmen's Group
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Carmen's Group, Chief Executive Officer
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PJ Mercanti


Chief Executive Officer


As CEO PJ is responsible for shaping the vision and strategic growth of Carmen’s Group. As the driving force in revolutionizing the business his father and Uncle’s started in 1978, PJ has transformed Carmen’s from a single-purpose event venue into one of Southern Ontario’s largest hospitality and entertainment companies with interests in boutique event venues, hotels, restaurants, convention facilities and celebrity event productions. His unrelenting focus on positioning Carmen’s Group as a culture-focused, performance-driven enterprise committed to delivering extraordinary experiences has fueled the company’s success.


Early in his career PJ achieved success as an associate producer for “The Season: Notre Dame Football”, an ESPN show produced by Intersport Productions in Chicago. Upon returning home PJ became involved in community activities, sitting on boards for several non-profit organizations. He is the founding member of young professional group GenNext United Way and is the current co-chair of The Charity of Hope. National media outlets Maclean’s, Hello Canada Magazine, Toronto Star, ET Canada and CBC National have profile events PJ has produced with prolific entertainers such as Al Pacino, Sylvester Stallone, Tony Bennett, Olivia Newton-John and Michael Douglas.


A cum laude graduate from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in Finance and Business Economics, PJ was recognized as one of Canada’s Top Entrepreneurs by The Globe and Mail (as a member of Richard Ivey’s Quantum Shift Class of 2016) and also as one of the 30 Most Influential People in Hamilton by Urbanicity Magazine. He has written many published articles and short stories, performed as a keynote speaker for LeaderImpact Group, and produced a short documentary titled Harley that premiered at the San Jose International Short Film Festival in October 2016. He is an avid fan of oldies music, Route 66 and all things Walt Disney and in his spare times cheers for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He lives in Hamilton with his wife Diana and son Matthew.