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PJ Mercanti - Carmen's Group
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Carmen's Group, Chief Executive Officer
About This Project

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 fearless uncles and father started in 1978, PJ has transformed Carmen’s from a single-purpose event venue into one of Southern Ontario’s most dynamic and admired hospitality and entertainment companies with interests in boutique event venues, hotels, restaurants, convention facilities and celebrity event productions. His unrelenting focus in positioning Carmen’s Group as a culture-focused, performance-driven enterprise committed to delivering extraordinary experiences has fueled the company’s success, enabling it to become Hamilton’s largest hospitality employer. Carmen’s Group venues are the recipient of numerous local and national industry awards and consistently rank amongst Hamilton’s favourite hospitality destinations.


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 and founded Hamilton’s first young professional organization, GenNext United Way. He is currently chairing a dozen community initiatives and charitable organizations that are improving the quality of life of all Hamiltonians, primarily children, at-risk youth and vulnerable families. National media outlets Maclean’s, Hello Canada Magazine, Toronto Star, ET Canada and CBC National have profiled charitable events PJ has produced with prolific entertainers such as Al Pacino, Sylvester Stallone, Michael Douglas, Chicago the Band, Olivia Newton-John and Tony Bennett.


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 45 Entrepreneurs by The Globe and Mail and as one of the 30 Most Influential People in Hamilton by Urbanicity Magazine. He is an award-winning filmmaker, has written many published articles and short stories, and is a keynote speaker for LeaderImpact Group. His critically acclaimed short documentary “Harley: Welcome to America” premiered at numerous film festivals around the world and won the Best Documentary Award at the Plymouth Film Festival in London, England. He enjoys classic movies, oldies music, Route 66, all things Walt Disney, missionary adventures, running full and half marathons, and in his spare times cheers for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, New England Patriots and Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He lives in Hamilton with his lovely wife Diana, energetic son Matthew and beautiful daughter Gloria, and is often seen walking throughout the city with his three loves.