Walter Easterbrook

Founder, Business Development

Walter Easterbrook, Founder and CEO of the Bowery Collective, started his career in hospitality in NYC over 15 years ago, and he knows the business from top to bottom. Having started out bartending in a multitude of restaurants and high volume corporate establishments, Walt’s quick ascent soon led him to opening and managing bars and to planning and launching a wide array of selective events both in the US and abroad.

Walt first discovered his passion for the hospitality industry in college.  Shortly after graduation, he put his experience to the test in New York City, where he quickly built an impressive resume and went on to help open the Lobby Bar at The Bowery Hotel.

Through his various experiences, Walt has honed his skills, embraced the world of "mixology” and perfected his craft of using new liquors and fresh ingredients to create signature cocktails.

These days, you’ll find Walt reveling in the details and expertise it takes to craft meaningful moments for his guests – from creating signature cocktails, to shaping the space and guiding the service to ultimately deliver just the right experience.

Emily Easterbrook

Partner, Creative Director

Emily Easterbrook first expressed her creative aspirations attending the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. While attending, she began her 10 plus year career in the hospitality industry. Quickly ascending from hostessing in a high volume corporate establishment to head bartender at a live music venue. 

Her creative vision and determination has lead her to the Bowery Collective as their Creative Director. Working hands on with clients such as Bushmills and Jack Daniels designing concepts unique to each event. Her creative talents can also be viewed behind the scenes as the Bowery Collective's visual designer. Emily's passion is to hand craft each meaningful experience. 

Jose Cabrera

Partner, On-Site Coordinator

Jose Cabrera has been compiling his skills in the bar industry for the past 16 years. Learning the hospitality business inside and out starting on the Upper West Side bussing tables. His hard work has lead him to a quick ascent in the industry currently doing work as one of the lead mixologists at the prestigious Bowery Hotel. There you can find him creating hand-crafted cocktails in a fast paced environment.

Jose's customer service skills and dedication to the details has lead him to become the on-site coordinator of the Bowery Collective. Working all on-site aspects including coordination of sponsor deliveries, staffing and set up of each venue, creation of cocktails unique to each event, execution and management of each meaningful experience. 

Jeff Blackman


Jeff Blackman has a deep background in helping brands build experiences that drive demand through storytelling and technology. From boutique consultancies to large global agencies, Fortune 100 brands to start-ups, I’ve helped businesses build strategies for growth by helping their brands connect with customers in more meaningful ways.  


Miguel Bañuelos

Arte Agave Coordinator

Originally from San Antonio, Texas, Miguel Bañuelos spent 15 years in New York City working in the music, tech and marketing/advertising industries. Three years ago, he launched a Mexican salsa brand, Salsa Pistolero, with the goal of disproving the idea that there is no good Mexican food in New York City. Under this brand, he has also expanded the offerings to catering, event curation, and all manner of Mexican food and Latin culture consulting. This has led him to work with brands such as Don Julio, WeWork, Jose Cuervo, Johnnie Walker, Buchanan’s, Cohen’s Fashion Optical, Colgate/Palmolive and many more.


Alaina Albertson

Sales/Promotions/Social Media Director

Alaina is a seasoned cocktail slinger and service professional. For the past ten years she has worked in nearly every area of hospitality and the last 5 with the Bowery Collective. Alaina is not only on the floor at events, but on the streets working for the company before happy hour even starts. She loves to help execute everything from extravagant experiences to simple intimate events. ~just happy to be a part of the magic.

Kathy Easterbrook

Financial Director

Kathy’s career in finance started in NYC in the banking industry. Her extensive experience in finance comes from working in all areas of banking, primarily bookkeeping, accounting and customer service.

After re-locating to upstate NY, Kathy joined a manufacturing Co. where she managed operations, overseeing accounting and customer finance. She was instrumental in creating an export department. Where she worked with International bankers to process financial documents and letters of credit. Also, traveling overseas to expand international markets.

She joined Bowery Collective in 2013. As Financial Director she handles all aspects of accounting. Including contracts, invoices and bookkeeping for the company. 


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