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SUNDAY / OCTOBER 22, 2017 / 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Fast Casual Food Tours

Join fast casual restaurant executives and other Summit attendees as we tour and eat out at some of Nashville’s top local fast casual restaurants. There will be six simultaneous restaurant tours. Each tour will consist of three restaurants each.


Valerie Hanson | National Accounts Manager & Regional Sales Manager | Beverage-Air

Valerie Hanson joined Ali Group North America in November 2016 as National Accounts Manager where she bridged many relationships both inside and outside of the company. Currently, Valerie holds the role as National Accounts Manager & Regional Sales Manager for Beverage-Air, an Ali Group Company. In this dual role, Valerie works with manufacturers’ representatives, dealers, distributors, and foodservice consultants, while also developing and cultivating relationships within the national accounts community and reports directly to Erica Motes, Vice President of Sales. Valerie Hanson holds a B.S. Degree from The Art Institute of California and recently earned her Certified Foodservice Professional (CFSP) certification.

Eric Lavinder | Executive Director of Operations | ML Foods (The Simple Greek)

Eric Lavinder is the Executive Director of Operations for ML Foods, LLC. In this role Eric oversees all field operations for corporate and franchised locations, our construction department, distribution and logistics, vendors, new store opening process, compliance and brand standards. Prior to ML Foods Eric was the Director of U.S. Non-traditional Operations and Business Development for Quiznos. Responsible for growing sales, and developing new and existing master clients throughout the US. Prior to that, he was Regional Director of Operations for the Northeast at Quiznos. Eric has also served in various other operational and business development roles in banking, restaurants and real estate before joining Quiznos.

Meg Rose | VP, Field Operations | Firehouse Subs of America

Meg Rose is Vice President of Field Operations for Firehouse Subs of America where she oversees operations and compliance for the 970+ unit, fast casual restaurant chain. A leader with more than 27 years of restaurant industry experience with some of the largest chain concepts in the nation, Meg joined Firehouse Subs in 2007 as Franchise Business Manager. Meg’s monumental accomplishments and passion for serving others earned her the 2011 Culture Award for her work on behalf of the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. In 2015 Meg was named as one of the Women of Influence by the Jacksonville Business Journal.

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