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Keynote Speakers

You won’t want to miss a minute of these experts sharing their unique and inspirational approaches to the foodservice business.

March 3

Aman Narang, President and
Co-founder, Toast

As President and Co-founder of Toast, Aman Narang leads innovation and business development initiatives. Prior to Toast, Narang has worked on innovation initiatives at Endeca, now Oracle. At Endeca, Narang spearheaded the development of their business intelligence platform as well as their mobile commerce platform, both of which have become major business units. Narang holds a B.S and M.S. in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

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March 4

Anne Burrell, Chef, Food Network Personality

With her trademark, spiky blond hair and pumped-up personality, Anne Burrell has worked at some of the top restaurants in New York, studied the culinary landscape and traditions of Italy, and is a New York Times best-selling cookbook author. She has hosted the series premiere of Food Network’s Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition, as well as Food Network’s Worst Cooks in America, Chef Wanted, and Secrets of a Restaurant Chef and has been a guest on Good Morning America, The Talk, TODAY and The Rachael Ray Show. Burrell feels fortunate to have found a field that satisfies her so completely. “I feel so lucky that I have found my true passion in life.”

March 5

Jim Koch, Founder & Brewer, Samuel Adams

A sixth-generation brewer, Jim Koch had no idea he would ignite an American craft beer revolution when he brewed his first batch of lager from his great-great-grandfather’s recipe in 1984. He just knew that he wanted to create the best craft beer possible, big on both quality and flavor. Today, Samuel Adams is one of America’s largest craft breweries. And, Koch continues to dedicate the same care and passion to his current lineup of 60+ beers as he gave to that first Samuel Adams Boston Lager. He gives back to the industry through the Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream program which helps food and beverage small business owners and craft brewers gain access to capital, mentoring, and networks. Koch is also the author of Quench Your Own Thirst: Business Lessons Learned Over a Beer or Two.