GENERAL SESSION / WEDNESDAY / MARCH 29, 2017 / 8:15 AM
In this session, you will hear three 15-minute, thought-provoking talks that will leave you challenged and inspired.
Ellen Hartman | President and CEO | Hartman Public Relations
Ellen Hartman, President and CEO of Hartman Public Relations has more than 30 years of experience in building strategic communications campaigns for some of the world’s most well-known brands including Coca-Cola, National Restaurant Association, Olive Garden, Popeyes, Church’s Chicken and Arby’s, to name a few. Prior to forming her own company, Ellen was President of the Atlanta office of Weber Shandwick and Fitzgerald PR, both units of the Inter Public Group (IPG), one the largest communication companies in the world. In addition to consumer and business to business communications, she has expertise in corporate communications, social responsibility, media relations and crisis management.
James Park | CEO | Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh
James Park is CEO of Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh, the leader in fast casual authentic Mediterranean cuisine. James is a savvy marketing and operations executive who champions and activates all things brand. He excels at transformational leadership by humanizing the intangibles and developing programs that are purposeful and lasting. For the past 10 years, James has served in executive leadership roles for some of the most well-established and fastest-growing concepts in the fast casual, QSR and retail environments: Which Wich, 7-Eleven and Charley’s. In addition, James’ international experience includes substantive contributions in Dubai, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, China, Venezuela and Brazil.
Bobby Shaw | CEO | Salad and Go
Recently recognized by FastCasual.com in their annual Top 100 report as a Top 25 Executive, Bobby Shaw joined Salad and Go in September 2016 as CEO. Prior to joining Salad and Go, Bobby, along with the leadership team he assembled, charted a road map for Freebirds World Burrito that continued the evolution of the legacy brand. Bobby got his start at McDonald’s where he spent 17 years, working his way up to a successful multi-unit leader. In 2002, Bobby joined Chipotle Mexican Grill as an Area Manager and held various roles in the organization ascending to Executive Regional Director in 2008 for the South Region.