Billy Dec

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Billy Dec is the CEO and Founder of Rockit Ranch Productions, a restaurant and entertainment development company in Chicago that owns and operates Rockit Bar & Grill, Sunda, Rockit Burger Bar, Underground, ¡AY CHIWOWA! and Bottlefork. He also appears as a regular contributor to Windy City Live, a program airing on WLS-TV in Chicago and 103.5 KISS FM.

In May 2014, President Obama appointed Billy Dec to his Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. [1]

Early life[edit]

Dec was born and raised in Chicago and went to St. Clement School for elementary and later, The Latin School of Chicago. Upon graduation, Dec attended the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign where he majored in Economics/Pre-Law.[2][3] During his time in college, he worked as a bouncer where he learned the ropes of the nightlife industry. After graduation, Dec got offered a full-time job as a promoter but turned it down to attend law school at Chicago Kent College of Law. During his first year of law school, he opened up his first club called Solo. While in law school, Dec went on to open Equinox Wine Bar, Dragon Room, Circus & The Bedroom. In 2009 Billy Dec married Katherine Stephans.

Rockit Ranch Productions[edit]

In 2002, Dec and business partner Brad Young formed Rockit Ranch Productions, a restaurant and nightclub development and management company specializing in entertainment marketing, promotions, branding, public relations and operations,.[4] Their first nightclub venture was Le Passage Nightclub and their first restaurant was Rockit Bar and Grill, a restaurant that featured rock music along with all American food. The company then went on to open more award-winning[5][6][7] venues like Underground, Sunda, Rockit Burger Bar and ¡AY CHIWOWA!

Charity Work[edit]

Dec is a supporter of non-profit organizations and charity events throughout Chicago, such as Make-A-Wish Illinois, The American Cancer Society, the Lookingglass Theatre Company,[8] and Maggie Daley’s (wife of Richard M. Daley) After School Matters. He is known for his role on the Chicago 2016 Olympic committee as director of cultural relations[9] where he interviewed 60 celebrities to support the Olympics coming to Chicago.


Year Award Industry
2008 Midwest Emmy Award - | Outstanding Achievement for Informational Programs – Single Magazine Program, Program Series, or Segment (Nominated)[10] Television
2008 Nightclub & Bar Magazine's USA Operator of the Year (Won)[11] Nightlife and Hospitality
2009 Midwest Emmy Award - Outstanding Achievement for Entertainment Programs – Arts/Entertainment Program or Program Series (Broadcast/Advanced Media) (Won)[12] Television
2010 Byrne Piven Community Service Award[13] Community Service
2010 Chicago-Kent College of Law Professional Achievement Award[14] Law
2010 Illinois Secretary of State’s Asian Pacific American Business Leadership Award[15] Business
2010 Illinois Secretary of State Judy Baar Topinka Certificate of Appreciation for Excellence in Business Business
2010 Filipino American TV Asian American Hall of Fame Award[15] Television
2010 Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas' Asian Pacific American Entrepreneur Award[15] Business
2010 Cook County State Attorney's Asian Pacific American Community Leadership Award[15] Business


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