Dick Good, CEO of NetWorld Alliance, the publisher of FastCasual.com, welcomed about 150 sponsors and attendees to the annual Fast Casual Executive Summit dinner at Roy's. Editor Valerie Killifer is to his right.
Without Paul Barron, there'd be no FastCasual.com or Fast Casual Summit. The former executive vice president of NetWorld Alliance now owns and operates DigitalCoCo, a digital branding firm.
Black and white dynamite! Valerie Killifer, editor of FastCasual.com, and Elaine Ashcraft, Summit speaker and attendee liaison, are the new Bond Girls.
Vaughan Lazar, co-founder of Pizza Fusion, speaks with The Hartman Group SVP Michelle Barry during the gala. Both Lazar and Barry were Summit speakers.
Elizabeth Journell, director of foodservice business development at the NPD Group speaks with Mike Bitters, senior account executive with Neace Lukens. Bitters was a presenter during the Summit.
Bobby Renaud gives us his best Bond. He is the vice president of events for the publisher of FastCasual.com, and with Valerie Killifer and Paul Barron organized this year's Summit.
The Summit dinner was held at Roy's. Seated (left to right) are: Mark Peterson (Integrated Control Corp.), Steve Sarver and Clayton Chan (San Francisco Soup Co.), Jeff Carl (Tavistock Group), Linda Duke (Duke Marketing) and Amy Rockmore (BrandStand).
Jessica Hatcher from Service Management Group and Geoff Hill, vice president for Roark Capital Group. (Photo by Linda Duke.)
Ruth Cooley from Platinum sponsor NEC, with FastCasual.com editor Valerie Killifer. (Photo by Linda Duke.)
A round of shots courtesy of the executives from Genghis Grill concludes the night, or at least the official night. For some folks, however, it was just the beginning.