Few people know lunch meetings better than Kevin Liles. After he moved on from his position as executive VP of Warner Music Group in 2009, Liles made the 35th-floor lobby restaurant and lounge at the Mandarin Oriental hotel, off New York's Columbus Circle, his office. From a corner table overlooking Central Park, he held court with clients and execs daily as he launched his own venture, KWL Management. Liles has since moved on to permanent digs in the Flatiron District, but his lunch calendar has only gotten busier: At press time, he was booked through late August.

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