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CONNECT has been created for retail and restaurant executives with responsibility for, or contribution to, the mobile experience for their company, including:
  • Mobile Strategy & Solutions
  • M-commerce / E-commerce
  • Marketing / Branding
  • Customer Experience
  • Customer Service
  • CRM
  • Social Media
  • Loyalty Programs
  • Technology / Systems
  • App Development
  • Digital Merchandising
  • Payments
  • Point-of-Sale
  • Point-of-Purchase
  • Store Operations

This exclusive event is reserved for retail and restaurant executives. If you do not work directly for a company that operates retail or restaurant establishments, your registration will probably NOT be approved. We hope you will consider one of our many sponsorship opportunities that will allow you to send at least one representative to the Summit.

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Douglas (DJ) Asad


D.J. currently leads the mobile commerce strategy and development team within mobile financial solutions at FIS. He is responsible for the development and delivery of industry leading mobile commerce capabilities for FIS clients. D.J. focuses on developing a FIS mobile payments/commerce strategy, utilizing multiple technologies, and managing the process of creating a mobile payments/commerce business within FIS. He maintains subject matter expertize on all forms of mobile commerce, mobile wallet, and mobile banking offerings and technologies. D.J. initially joined FIS as part of the image and output solutions group as a product consultant. There, he was responsible for creating over $100 million in revenue through new products and solutions.

Dave Gagné


Dave Gagné is vice president of the North American Hospitality Vertical go to market organization at Motorola Solutions. A graduate of the University of Rochester with a degree in Optical Engineering, Dave began his career as an LCD and semiconductor engineer, eventually joining Motorola in September 2008 when Motorola acquired privately held AirDefense with headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to his tenure with AirDefense, he was the VP of Sales for several high tech start-up companies.

Steven Davis


Steven leads a group of sales professionals working to forge new and creative collaborations with national retailers, restaurants, and service providers in the US and Canada. His team specializes in building customized promotions that drive goals typically centered around new customer acquisition, brand awareness, revenue, and/or traffic to stores or online. The team develops strategic promotions centered around an active dialogue, focusing on the specific needs of clients, with the goal of mutual success. Outside the office, you can find Steven at the park with his kids, coaching tee-ball, fly-fishing, cooking, eating and enjoying Chicago.

David Drain


David has more than 20 years of experience in association management, event planning, writing and speaking. He has served as executive director of the Digital Signage Association (a group he co-founded), the Self-Service & Kiosk Association and the merged organization, Digital Screenmedia Association. Previously he was EVP for the Foodservice Consultants Society International.

Rajen Ruparell


Rajen previously served as managing director at Groupon UK, Ireland and Denmark, and was charged with starting and building the Groupon Goods channel as GM/VP. Rajen’s current role overlooks North American and Global Partnerships for Groupon, including large retailers.

Previous to Groupon, Rajen co-founded the company CityDeal in Europe, which was acquired in 2010 by Groupon and became Groupon’s international business arm. He expanded the European business to 500 employees in less than a year and moved to Chicago as a senior leader of Groupon ahead of their IPO in 2011.


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Clayton Chan


Clayton Chan is COO of San Francisco Soup Company. Clayton’s background includes strategy, consumer package goods marketing and sales management positions with consulting firm MMR Strategy Group, Procter and Gamble, Clorox and Zoom Eyeworks. He has had international assignments in Asia and United States. He is a former U.S. Army Reserve Officer. Clayton graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley and holds an MBA from Harvard University.

Matthew Cava


Matt is a seasoned digital marketing professional who counsels major brands on the usage of emerging technologies. He has worked within numerous verticals, including insurance, pharmaceuticals, CPG, telecommunications, retail, finance, and entertainment. As the client partner at Razorfish, Matt focuses on helping clients navigate the mobile channel and create contextually appropriate mobile experiences that surprise and delight their customers.

Siobhan MacDermott


Siobhan is one of the foremost experts on the future of the Internet, cybersecurity, privacy and business-government relations globally. As both advisor and executive to some of the best global technology brands, she helped direct strategy, communications, investor relations, government relations, issue management and policy for companies such as Intel-McAfee, AVG Technologies, Oracle, HP, RSA Security, Betrusted and Sprint PCS. Siobhan has created and executed successful communications strategies to shape policy outcomes in China, the U.S. and the E.U. As CEO & founder of Takatech, a strategic consultancy, she represents a number of Fortune 100 corporate clients.

Doug Free


Doug is vice president, indirect sales for MagTek’s Retail Solutions Group. In this role, Doug leads a team focused on marketing and selling transaction security solutions through a network of distributors, resellers and solution providers. He also works directly with solution providers as they adopt MagTek’s MagneSafe Security Architecture, which includes encryption, authentication and tokenization features to secure electronic transactions. Doug’s experience includes working with a variety of customers across multiple industries – retail, financial, hospitality, government and healthcare. He has extensive knowledge of the payments industry and has held positions in sales, marketing, product development and systems technology for several companies including Hypercom and Discover Financial.

Mike Desai


Mike oversees business development efforts for App Annie, the leading global provider of app analytics products and the industry standard for app market data. Mike's in-depth knowledge of the app ecosystem helps marketers, app developers, publishers, and brand managers better utilize App Annie data to make smarter decisions about their apps and app-related business strategies. Prior to App Annie, Mike was an integral part of the enterprise sales & business development teams at Yahoo!, LinkedIn and Box where he helped customers leverage the latest technologies in online advertising, SaaS and enterprise cloud content collaboration to achieve their strategic objectives.

Nick Jester


Nick is a Principal Product Manager at Snagajob, responsible for their ecommerce channel. He works with small businesses to solve hiring problems by building simple solutions that allow them to focus on running the rest of their business.

Zach Lamb


Zach is a partner in 3 Lamb’s Inc. and an owner of Ray’s. He attended Virginia Commonwealth University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in business. In 2005, Zach’s family incorporated 3 Lambs who own and operate Ray’s Italian Water Ice & Frozen Custard in Richmond Virginia. Zach has played an intricate role in turning a business with no name or brand recognition into a local institution; his passion for his work, personality, and ambition have been key components in molding the culture that has been the driving force behind Ray’s success.

Anke Corbin


Anke is SVP sales & marketing at, where she’s focused on mobile engagement and helping restaurants deepen relationships with their customers through technology, including their custom gamification and rewards platform. Anke is an award-winning technology marketer passionate about user experience, optimizing engagement and using technology to build strong relationships. Her experience includes executive-level marketing, sales and partnership-development roles at Time Inc., AOL/MapQuest, Times Mirror Magazines. Anke is a foodie who grew up in the restaurant and hotel industry with her family owning and operating restaurants and a boutique hotel at a mountain resort. She blogs regularly about innovative marketing practices.

Rick Sullivan


Rick has worked in the grocery industry for 26 years and with Harris Teeter since 1993. He has worked in operations, front end, receiving and price accuracy. His corporate office experience includes systems support, business analyst and project management as well as administrator for a variety of systems including UPC maintenance, advertising signage, call center tracking, space management, employee portal, data reporting and applicant tracking system. Rick currently serves in the HR department at as human resources process development manager.

Hari Nidamanuri


Hari is currently a senior product manager in the Sears mobile department leading personalization and top-of-funnel strategy for Sears and Kmart mobile applications. He leads a team of product managers to assist in search, browse, PDP, homepage, deals, and promotions experience for mobile apps. Before joining Sears, Hari served as senior product development project manager for Acxiom Corp. Before that, he was a technical project manager for Walgreens where he was responsible for planning, estimating, staffing, organizing, and managing multiple e-commerce projects.

Tim Hackbardt


Tim has 20 years of restaurant chain marketing experience and currently serves as vice president of marketing for BJ's Restaurants, a casual dining chain with over 150 stores. Previously, he was senior vice president of marketing of The Johnny Rockets Group. He co-founded a marketing and digital agency called White Barn Group in 2005 and served as its CEO for nearly five years. Other previous positions include vice president of marketing for Rubio's Restaurants, vice president of Del Taco and vice president of marketing and product development for Taco Time International. He has also been an advisor to various start-up consumer facing technology companies as well as serving on the selection committee for the EvoNexus technology incubator in San Diego.

Dan Swartz


Dan oversees digital, media and analytics teams at Upshot, an integrated marketing agency serving clients including Corona Extra, Kraft Foods, P&G, New Balance and LiftMaster. He has nearly 20 years of marketing experience and currently works with clients to develop integrated mobile experiences that build brand advocates. Prior to joining Upshot, Dan was CMO at SubscriberMail, responsible for e-marketing products and services and was the president of The Carrotseed Group—a boutique Chicago agency.

Kelly Manthey


Working with Fortune 500 clients, Kelly helps define their mobile strategies and manages the delivery of their mobile initiatives. She is a thought leader publishing a monthly mobility blog as well as speaker on various mobility topics. Kelly has been with Solstice Mobile since it's inception and has worked to grow the business through sales leadership, client delivery leadership, and internal business process optimization. Kelly is a Cleveland, OH native and now lives in Mokena with her husband and 2 boys.


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Tim Miller


Tim Miller is the President and CEO of SUMOTEXT Corporation, a mobile relationship management company he founded in 2007 to provide campaign management tools to control SMS and MMS messaging programs. Tim guided SUMOTEXT to profitability in 2011 and today supports a diverse roster of over 100 brands and enterprises that include Starbucks, Firehouse Subs, Southwest Airlines, EA Sports, and Humana. Tim completed the EDS Systems Engineer Development program and later lead IBM's Electronic Bill Presentment and Payment (EBPP) National Practice. Tim graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and was a 2011 Arkansas Business selection to the "40 Under 40" list of businesspeople in Arkansas.

Erin Levzow


Erin currently oversees all mobile, social, and digital initiatives for the restaurant chain Wingstop, Previously, she worked at Palms Casino Resorts as the executive director of marketing and eCommerce. She has worked at MGM Resorts International, where she was responsible for the digital ad planning and buying for Monte Carlo, Mandalay Bay, New York New York, Beau Rivage, and Gold Strike. Erin has specialized in developing and implementing strategies to grow email acquisition, mobile subscribers, and social media fans/followers, as well as identifying new and emerging channels to optimize ROI and fuel revenue growth. Prior to MGM Resorts, Erin was at Caesars Entertainment, working in digital, HR, and even theater.

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James Lux


Jim is a business executive with a professional focus on information technology and personal passion for leadership and coaching. He has spent the past 15+ years as a senior executive driving business change through technology, while assembling and developing exceptional, high-performance teams. Jim’s professional career began in non-IT positions, including cook, server, bartender and manager, in the restaurant industry in the Western New York area. Prior to joining Cosi, he served as VP of information technology for Boloco, CIO of Unidine and VP of IT for Bertucci’s.

Michael Wokosin


Mike’s responsibilities at Redbox span the omni-channel landscape of website, email, text, mobile apps, paid media and social driven by a robust marketing analytics and CRM team. Prior to joining Redbox, he held digital leadership positions at Warner Bros and NBCUniversal where he built global digital marketing teams, initiated social business programs that grew to over 150 million fans and developed strategies for the transition from physical to digital content delivery. Mike has had the opportunity to develop strategy and products at the enterprise, B2B and B2C level that range from global product catalogs and B2B portals, omni-channel ecommerce, CMS and media asset management systems.

Will Hernandez


Will Hernandez has 14 years of experience ranging from newspapers to wire services and trade publications. Before becoming Editor of Mobile Payments Today, he spent two years as the content manager for, a leading payments industry news aggregator and information hub published by Mercator Advisory Group. He spent four years covering the payments industry as an associate editor for multiple publications in SourceMedia’s Payments Group based in Chicago including ATM&Debit News, CardLine,, ISO&Agent Weekly and American Banker. Will helped launched SourceMedia’s bi-weekly newsletter, Mobile Banker, and built and cultivated the PaymentsGroup’s first Twitter presence.

Jordan McKee


Jordan has spent the past three years conducting market research in the communication, financial services and technology sectors with FM Global, OnProcess Technology and currently, Yankee Group. At Yankee Group he leads the firm’s mobile payments research and consulting practice with a particular focus on the development of mobile devices being used across each phase of the shopping journey. He covers a variety of topics at the intersection of mobile, marketing and commerce, including mobile wallets, mPOS, mobile banking, mobile loyalty, mobile couponing and emerging payment technologies. Jordan is frequently engaged by the media to share his insights on the mobile payments ecosystem.

James Bickers


James Bickers is the senior editor of Retail Customer Experience. He has written about technology and related issues for 20 years, for a wide range of national and international publications.

Eric Buckner


As senior product manager for mobile, Eric is responsible for cart and checkout for mobile sites as well as iPhone and Android apps for Sears and Kmart. He has an extensive background in web and mobile development, working for organizations such as Groupon, Redbox, FTD, and Sprint. Eric is experienced in fast-paced development environments with the goal in mind of shipping the product, iterating, and creating great customer experiences.

Jules Polonetsky


Jules serves as executive director and co-chair of the Future of Privacy Forum, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank that seeks to advance responsible data practices. Founded five years ago, FPF is supported by more than 80 leading companies, as well as an advisory board of comprised of the country’s leading academics and advocates. FPF’s current projects focus on online data use, smart grid, mobile data, big data, apps and social media. Jules’ previous roles include chief privacy officer at AOL and before that at DoubleClick, as consumer affairs commissioner for New York City, as an elected New York State Legislator and as a congressional staffer, and as an attorney.

Sophie-Charlotte Moatti


Sophie-Charlotte (SC) is a general manager who builds and leads teams that transform technology companies into mobile-first organizations. The mobile services she created are used by billions of people and have won industry awards such as Emmy nominations. Prior to joining Facebook, SC successfully sold the mobile company she founded and was general manager of a top 1% mobile commerce/search app at Nokia. She has a Stanford MBA and an MS in electrical engineering and frequently speaks and writes on mobile, social networks, innovation and leadership (CTIA, Fast Company, Huffington Post, Commerce World, Stanford, etc.).

Michael McGuire


As Vice President, Research, for Mobile Marketing, Mike McGuire guides digital marketers on best practices for developing strategies. He specializes in how context, community, location and time - combined with a consumer's purchase history and purchase intent - are changing the relationship between consumers and brands.

Rob Reed

Founder & Chief Innovation Officer

Rob founded MomentFeed in 2010 and serves as chief innovation officer, working closely with the company’s brand and platform partners to deliver the most innovative marketing solutions. As a pioneer in the location-based marketing space, he speaks and writes frequently on the convergence of social, local, and mobile and its implications for brands. Rob spent 10 years writing about snowboarding, luxury travel, and automotive culture for such magazines as National Geographic Adventure, Elite Traveler, and Men’s Journal. He authored The Way of the Snowboarder and later started, a leading independent blog (now syndicated) on social media, sustainability, and geolocation.

Ryan Craver


As SVP and chief of staff for the Department Store Group (DSG) at Hudson's Bay Company, Ryan leads the overall DSG strategy by building strategic alliances and relationships for the business. His natural fascination with the intersection of retail and technology motivates him to ensure Hudson's Bay and Lord & Taylor remain on the forefront of the evolving "connected retail" environment. Ryan joined Hudson's Bay Company in 2011 to lead the profit improvement and procurement department. Prior to joining Hudson's Bay Company, Ryan was a senior leader at Accenture for six years, driving growth and profit improvement across multiple clients, including Virgin Media, FedEx, and Best Buy.

Jared Miller


As CTO for the Atlanta Falcons, Jared is responsible for sourcing and integrating innovative, leading-edge technology solutions to ensure the development of a world-class stadium facility. He also leads the deployment of technology solutions designed to meet the changing needs of Atlanta Falcons fans and guests of the many other events that will be hosted at the new stadium which will open in 2017. Prior to joining the Falcons, Jared served most recently as vice president of solution management for travel at NCR Corporation. Before Jared’s time with NCR, he spent nearly 10 years working for Continental Airlines and United Airlines leading the development and adoption of multi-channel self-service technologies in the airline industry including the first mobile boarding passes in the U.S.

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Jack Philbin


Recently named 2013 “Mobile Evangelist of the Year” award, Jack is one of the premier thought-leaders in mobile marketing and wireless, and responsible for spearheading Vibes’ strategic direction and driving the company’s position as a leading provider of mobile relationship management technology solutions. An entrepreneur and builder, Jack has specific expertise in business development, strategic client management and consumer marketing. Jack currently serves as Chairman of the Mobile Marketing Association’s Global Board and on the CTIA Wireless Internet Caucus. Under Jack’s leadership, Vibes was ranked #92 in the 2007 Inc. 500 list of fastest growing US companies.

Nikki Baird


Nikki is one of the most recognized analysts covering the retail industry. She focuses on trends impacting the consumer-retailer relationship, along with their supply chain and marketing implications. She has written research and articles on topics ranging from in-store marketing and technology, store performance management, supply chain and multi-channel fulfillment, retailer-manufacturer collaboration, merchandising, and loyalty and promotions management. She has been quoted as a subject matter expert in The Economist, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and National Public Radio. She has been a retailer, a software provider, and a consultant before becoming an analyst.

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Rich Hope


Rich is the CMO for Jersey Mike’s Subs, a fast casual franchise restaurant chain with over 750 stores open and under development in 33 states. Before joining Jersey Mike’s, Rich was president and co-founder of Sirius Advertising, Inc., a full-service advertising agency. As CMO of Jersey Mike’s, Rich oversees all brand management, as well as national and local marketing activities. He has sat on the board of directors of The Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, Academy Charter High School Board of Trustees and the Lake Como Board of Planning and Zoning.

Lena Siara Huang


Lena is a digital marketing professional with 10+ years of progressive experience, providing vision and leadership for major brands and strategic projects. Her previous experience includes senior manager of customer experience for JC Penney, senior manager of global ecommerce for Marriott International and online marketing for Rosetta Stone. Proficient in five languages, Lena has studied in Chile and Italy, receiving her master’s from Heilbronn University in Germany.

Brittany Burzawa


Brittany Burzawa serves as the director of online marketing at Rosati’s Franchising, Inc., which includes Rosati's Pizza, Papa Saverio's Pizzeria and My Rosati's Catering. Rosati’s Pizza is a Chicago staple, dating back to 1964 and is considered one of the first pizza chains to deliver. It began franchising in 2006 and now includes close to 200 domestic locations in 14 states including both carryout/delivery and sports pizza pubs. In her role, Brittany plans all national and local store marketing, advertising and public relations campaigns. She specializes in market research, web design, content creation, email marketing, social media marketing, SEO/SEM and marketing data analysis.


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Len Dudis


As corporate director of information technology for SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Len Dudis leads a guest facing technology team supporting the deployment and integration of new technologies within the company's theme parks including restaurants, merchandise shops, ticket sales, information, and interactive elements within the park attractions as well as company websites and mobile applications. He also works closely with company line of business leaders to devise company technology strategies based on business goals. Len is a former business leader himself having spent seven years leading local and corporate efforts in the resort industry prior to transitioning to IT in 2002.

Israel L'Heureux


Israel is the founder & CEO of Touchpoint, a POS, mobile, loyalty and data platform. He has a proven history of business, process and technical innovation that was developed as a product design engineering student at Stanford University in the early ’90s. Before Touchpoint, Israel co-founded Redline Networks, the company that first turned network load balancing into smart and flexible devices. He has also held positions at Dell Computer – where his team developed a unified online system to run the entire ARB business unit – and BMW in Munich, Germany – where he started the BMW X5 project. Israel has 10 patents granted and 20 more pending.

Baron Concors


Baron is the CIO for Yum! Restaurants International, an operating company of Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM). He oversees information technology for corporate as well as restaurants in over 120 countries. Prior to this, he was chief information and digital officer for Pizza Hut. In that role, Baron held general manager responsibilities for the digital business and leadership over enterprise information technology. He brings extensive experience in innovation, operations and marketing with an emphasis in retail, hospitality and manufacturing. In 2009, Baron was named by Computerworld Magazine as one of the Premier 100 IT Leaders in the world and Forbes Magazine named the Pizza Hut iPhone application the #1 branded mobile application of the year.

Don Fox


Don is CEO of Firehouse of America, LLC, where he leads the strategic growth of Firehouse Subs, one of America’s leading fast casual restaurant brands. Under his leadership, the brand has grown to more than 670 restaurants in 36 states and Puerto Rico, and is recognized as one of the best franchises in the country. Don sits on various boards of influence in the restaurant community, and is a respected speaker, commentator and published author. He was recognized by Nation’s Restaurant News as 2011’s Operator of the Year. In 2013, he received the prestigious Silver Plate Award from the International Food Manufacturers Association (IFMA), and was recognized by as the No.1 Executive in the fast casual restaurant community.

Jonathan Roosevelt


A 20 year 'hands on' investor and entrepreneur in the tech industry, Jonathan is president of AppSmyth, a cloud-based SaaS platform that enables restaurants and speciality retailers to quickly launch a mobile presence to extend its brand and deepen customer loyalty. Jonathan's areas of expertise include business strategy, business development and sales. His involvement in new and emerging technologies has included Fitbit, Healthy Fit, SoFi, Reboot with Joe, Rental Beast, AppSmyth, Boatbound, and Rabbl. Jonathan also currently serves as the chairman of Roosevelt Capital.

Richard Lowden


Richard is founder and CEO of RTB iQ, a team of data science, computer science and media professionals dedicated to helping clients execute superior micro-targeted local mobile advertising media programs. He has over 15 years’ experience driving exceptional performance and record-breaking revenue in world-leading media and advertising organizations, including The Weather Company, Weather Underground and Winstar Interactive. Richard is also a leader in the mobile programmatic industry having founded the Mobile Marketing Association's Programmatic Committee, which is dedicated to establishing best practices in mobile programmatic.

Frank Paci


Frank has been CEO of McAlister’s Deli since September 2010. He has 25+ years of experience leading foodservice and retail brands, including The Pantry, Inc., Burger King and Pizza Hut. Frank received his B.A. degree from Yale University and his MBA from the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz School of Business.

Ploy Mekdusadeerom


Ploy Mekdusadeerom has 7+ years of experience, leading digital marketing campaigns and strategic projects for global leading brands and award-winning agencies. Ploy is now the Mobile Marketing Program Manager for Cabela’s, managing the customers’ mobile experience. Since joining Cabela’s in 2013, Ploy has managed app strategy, mobile web and mobile marketing programs such as push notification and SMS. Her previous experience includes a digital producer for Estee Lauder Companies Online where she launched several innovative mobile products.


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Solstice Mobile

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    • AppSmyth was created four years ago to apply its team’s unique expertise in mobile apps and data analytics to transform marketing and customer engagement for the restaurant and retail industry. AppSmyth’s cloud-based SaaS platform allows retailers to quickly launch a mobile presence to extend the client’s brand and deepen its relationship with its customers. Clients can choose from a menu of configurable features including rewards and loyalty programs, personalized offers, social sharing and payments. AppSmyth also provides a client dashboard to manage mobile programs and campaigns. AppSmyth's dashboard generates deep insights from customer usage and transactions to drive deeper engagement and sales.


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    • SUMOTEXT helps brands, enterprises, and nonprofits kick-start and sustain conversations and commerce with mobile audiences. Our Mobile Relationship Management platform controls the full life cycle of mobile messaging and engagement through SMS, MMS, Apple Passbook, and Google Wallet. Beyond the basics of opt-in and opt-out, our platform is loaded with dashboards, real-time reports, and intuitive utilities for segmentation and targeting. Our product-oriented approach to technology keeps our service affordable, easy to use, and distributable to national, regional, and local program managers.

Chris Poelma

CEO | QwikCart

A 27-year technology entrepreneur, Chris has built an innovative mobile software company to bring businesses and consumers access to powerful retailing, food service, and entertainment solutions. Prior to establishing QwikCart, Chris co- founded, was CTO and assisted in an IPO with USInternetworking (now AT&T Enterprise Application Services). He developed a web-based menu management and eCom platform for 2,600 restaurants in the US and Canada. He also served as VP of services for Micros, supporting TGI Fridays, Burger King, the UK’s Whitbread, and other national restaurant chains. He has lead five startup software companies to successful liquidity events as CEO, and has closed over $70 million in private equity over his career.

David Bloom

CEO | Ordr.In

David is founder & CEO of, a Google Ventures-backed open platform for restaurant ecommerce. Offering a series of transactional APIs connected to the country’s fastest growing restaurant ecommerce network, is changing the way customers and restaurants engage and transact online. David and were featured in Entrepreneur Magazine’s Brilliant 100, the Silicon Alley 100 and numerous restaurant and technology publications. David is a frequent speaker on ecommerce, APIs and restaurant technology.

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