Restaurant Franchising & Innovation Summit | Louisville 2018


Nick Sarillo

Founder, CEO & Author | Nick’s Pizza & Pub and Nick’s University

Nick Sarillo is Founder and CEO of Nick’s Pizza & Pub and Nick’s University and author of the book, A Slice of the Pie: How to Build a Big Little Business. Nick’s Pizza & Pub is one of the top ten busiest independent pizza companies in per-store sales in the United States. He credits his company’s success to his purpose-driven culture, which is the focus of his book. Nick’s profile and insights have been featured in The New York Times, The Economist, Inc Magazine, Fast Company, Newsweek, Investor’s Business Daily, American Express Open Forum and more. He also appeared on NBC Nightly News when they featured Nick’s very own “It’s a Wonderful Life” story. Nick’s restaurants have won the National Restaurant Association/American Express “Good Neighbor Award” four times and have been featured in Chicago Best as “Great Pizza and Company.”


Cherryh Cansler

Director of Editorial | Networld Media Group

Before joining Networld Media Group as Director of Editorial, where she oversees NetWorld Media Group’s nine B2B publications, Cherryh Cansler served as Content Specialist at Barkley ad agency in Kansas City. Throughout her 17-year career as a journalist, she’s written about a variety of topics, ranging from the restaurant industry and technology to health and fitness news. Her byline has appeared in a plethora of newspapers, magazines and websites, including Forbes, The Kansas City Star and American Fitness magazine. She also serves as the managing editor for FastCasual.com.

Chris Cheek

Chief Development Officer | Newk’s Eatery

Chris Cheek joined Newk’s Franchise Company in 2014 as the Chief Development Officer. Cheek started his franchise career as Vice President of Franchising for Bear Rock Café, where he helped grow the brand from 4 units to over 60 in 4 years. He had similar success at fast casual brands including Bruegger’s Bagels and its parent company brands Timothy’s World Coffee, la Madeleine Country French Café Brioche Doree; Freebirds World Burrito, and Toppers Pizza, Inc., where he was the brand’s first Chief Development Officer. Cheek is a graduate of North Carolina State University and currently lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Doug Hogrefe

Senior Operator | Amerigo

Speaker bio coming soon!

John Hughes

Brand Ambassador | Jersey Mike’s

John Hughes is brand ambassador for Jersey Mike’s Subs, charged with generating excitement, brand awareness and cultural consistency throughout the company through operational and brand training. Affectionately known as “Coach” Hughes, John teaches leadership and personal development classes for Jersey Mike’s team members throughout the country and at the company’s Training Center in Point Pleasant, N.J. John has more than 30 years of experience with Jersey Mike’s, making subs and training franchise owners, managers and team members.

Scott Iversen

VP of Marketing | Toppers Pizza

Speaker bio coming soon!

Donna Josephson

CMO | Fazoli’s

As CMO for Fazoli’s, Donna Josephson is responsible for all brand marketing, advertising, new product development, menu strategy, pricing, public relations, communications, field marketing and franchise support. In 2015, she was recruited and charged with spearheading strategic marketing initiatives for the brand and its aggressive growth strategy. Prior to joining Fazoli’s, Josephson served as the VP of marketing for McAlister’s Deli where she led the executive team in redefining the brand positioning. Josephson received her bachelor’s degree in Business from Ball State University where she graduated with honors. She holds an MBA in Marketing and Management from her alma mater.

Rich Mainzer

Chef/Owner | The Boneyard Truck

Speaker bio coming soon!

Shannon Salupo

Corporate Beverage Manager | Quaker Steak & Lube

Speaker bio coming soon!


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