This unique gathering brings together a select group of top executives from the fast casual industry for two days of networking, workgroup sessions and an exchange of ideas and innovations on the industry‚Äôs top strategic issues.
Ken Clark, president and COO of Farmer Boys, and Valerie Killifer, editor of FastCasual.com and Fast Casual magazine, find time to talk during the Fast Casual summit cocktail and networking reception.
Summit attendees dined at the Hotel Palomar’s restaurant, Central 214. Dinner included poached Maine lobster, roasted filet of beef with wild mushrooms and black truffle sauce and port-wine poached pears.
Lisa Oldham, Full Sleeve Communications, and Mike Ligon, with Ready Talk, mix and mingle during the Fast Casual Summit cocktail and networking reception.
Kevin Johnson, Kokopelli Sonoran Grill, and Bob Dames, Visual Graphic Systems Inc., enjoy the Summit cocktail and networking reception.
The Summit reception gave people plenty of time to talk. From left: Michael Fagan and Linda Duke, Duke Marketing; Drew Peloubet, Restaurant Magic; and Steven Kishi, Super Mex.
Pattye Moore, former president of Sonic Corp., addresses the issue of fast-casual growth during the collaborative, "New Frontiers in Expanding & Franchising Your Brand."
Vicki Stiling on left, Command Packaging, and Carl Griffenkranz and Seth Salzman, Raving Brands, gather after the first Fast Casual Executive Summit collaborative session.
Summit attendees were encourged to share in an open dialogue of information. From left: Craig Dunway, John Sullivan, Dick Good, Cheri Degerness and Alan Hixon.
Demetris Havadjias (left), Farmer Boys, and Alan Hixon, Freebirds World Burrito, get reaquainted during the Summit networking reception.