Fast casual brands have popped up all over America and are now going global. Spurred by the popularity of customization and technology that allows high-quality food to be cooked in a couple minutes, the fast casual trend isn’t slowing. This panel dissects the trend to give attendees an inside look at the segment’s best practices and to help them understand how the fast casual model of offering quick, inexpensive but high-quality food is being applied to not only chains with standard delivery practices but also to those delivering in-store offerings to customers ordering via digital channels.
John started his professional life with Deloitte and Touche, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, and working in their Forensic Accounting division. Soon after qualifying John joined PepsiCo Restaurants in Finance. He progressed through various Finance positions before moving into Operations with KFC. From KFC he moved to look after the Central European and Russian markets for KFC and Pizza Hut, returning to KFC a few years later where he moved back into an Operations role, quickly followed by moves into Franchise and Development. From KFC he moved across to Pizza Hut, where he has held Operations, Franchise and Development roles.
Mario C. Bauer is CEO of Vapiano Franchising International and member of the executive board of Vapiano Holding. He and his team are responsible for almost 200 restaurants in over 30 countries around the globe. Mario is a fresh casual, front cooking Pasta – Pizza – Bar lifestyle concept within a Mediterranean ambience. While growing up in his family’s restaurant business in Vienna, Austria, he developed from a young age an entrepreneurial mindset by founding several start-ups such as Bagel Station (bagel & coffee shop) and Papernomad (sustainable iPad sleeves). His latest adventure is Curtice Brothers, an organic boutique ketchup production in Tuscany.
Daniel Spinath is the Founder and Managing Director of Crepeaffaire, the market-leading international crêpes concept, and the Co-Founder/Director of Frizzenti, the leading wine on tap company. He started his career with Regent International Hotels, followed by senior marketing, strategy and general management positions at Citibank, Procter & Gamble, H.J. Heinz and Viacom around the globe. Prior to founding Crepeaffaire and Frizzenti, Daniel was a Management Board Director at Eurotunnel PLC/SA.
Christina Dorobek is the Chief Sales Officer for LevelUp, the leading provider of mobile loyalty, engagement and payment programs for over 200 restaurant chains in the U.S. and Europe. In her eight years at the company, she has helped LevelUp expand to over 200,000 locations and raise $85 million in capital. Christina is known for her expertise in the restaurant industry and her passion for helping brands increase loyalty and revenue with intuitive and beautifully designed apps.