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2018 Panelists

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Jeff Ballmer

Jeff Ballmer

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Jeff Ballmer, CPA is the owner of Buckeye CPA, a progressive accounting firm located in Clintonville. Jeff graduated from The Ohio State University in 1997 with a BSBA and has been working with business owners and hard working individuals ever since. Combining his love of food and business, Jeff has a focused passion and commitment to helping food entrepreneurs thrive.

Janeen Rogers

Janeen Rogers

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Janeen Rogers was a stay at home mom who had a love and passion for cooking and preparing food for family, friends, social gatherings, and church. Time and time again, many would say “Momma, you sure can cook”. This birthed an even deeper desire in Janeen to take her homestyle cooking to a whole new level. In Match of 2017, with great anticipation “Momma Can Cook” food truck emerged. Janeen is always saying that the sky is the limit, and she knew it was time. Using fresh and quality ingredients, she offers many styles of cuisine that are always homemade and sure to please. With daughters, Brittany and Brooke being dedicated vegans, be rest assured that Janeen has delicious vegan recipes that broaden the menu as well. Janeen, Brittany, Brooke, and son Glen are enthusiastic about showing kindness and appreciation to all of their guests while ultimately making their taste buds dance!

Brandon Fox

Brandon Fox

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Brendon Fox, former manager of Taste of Belgium in the Historic North Market launched his taco cart, FoxFire Tacos in February 2017. He makes authentic Mexican tacos with his own twist on house- made sauces and toppings.

Chas Kaplan

Chas Kaplan

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Chas Kaplan has been involved in the food and entertainment business for over 20 years. In 2012 Chas introduced the concept of a FAIR food truck scheduling system for cities and large institutions. The FAIR system uses a mathematical optimization technique the is designed to assure that food truck vendors can be assured of predictable revenue streams while providing the greatest variety of cuisine to patrons. The Ohio State University has contracted with KAG for the past 3 years to provide and manage the FAIR system. The City of Columbus initiated a contract for the same service in 2015. Chas also created and manages the Columbus Food Truck Festival with a partner, Mike Gallicchio.  Over the past five years this festival has become the largest and most successful culinary festival in Ohio. Together they created the Columbus Mobile Food Conference and Expo.

Sheila Rossiter

Sheila Rossiter

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Sheila Hunt Rossiter is the founder of Rossiter Marketing and Public Relations, a boutique
agency out of Pickerington.
Her clients range from national recording artists to Columbus' own Johnson's Real Ice Cream.
Before devoting her work full-time to Rossiter Marketing and PR, Sheila oversaw the marketing
and public relations strategy for some of the largest arts and tourist attractions in Ohio.
Sheila has taught Communications courses at Ohio University in Athens where she also
received both her Undergraduate and Master's Degrees in Communications. Sheila was also
selected to attend post-graduate courses at the Getty Leadership Institute in LA.
In addition to running the agency, Sheila is the "Momanger" to two very active children…three if
you count her husband.

Wayne T. Lewis

Wayne T. Lewis

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Wayne serves as President and CEO of 614 Media Group – a company that includes Columbus brands such as (614) Magazine, Stock & Barrel, 1870 Magazine, 614now.com and Restaurant Week. The company also operates DIG Magazine and related products in Baton Rouge, Louisiana – where Wayne got his start in the media business while a student at LSU.

For 20 years, Wayne has leveraged his curiosity, life experiences and hard-won sales skills (ask him about it) to start more than a dozen businesses, generate tens of millions in revenue and employ hundreds of people. He also loves being a living example that ‘print is not dead’.

When not at the office, Wayne is passionate about the art of BBQ, learning how to garden, sand between his toes and watching his 13-year old get better than him at sports.

Michael Gallicchio

Michael Gallicchio

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I started in the entertainment industry in 1988 DJing and doing marketing for multiple bars on The Ohio State University campus. In 1992 I progressed to the Downtown area of Columbus and was the main DJ and ran the marketing for many popular downtown nightclubs, including 700 High, Paradigm and Mekka. From 1996 – 1998 I ran and produced the highly successful radio simulcast “The Edge”, a DJ Mix show on WBWR (105.7).
 
In 1998 I opened my first club, the highly successful Redzone. I then helped formed Corso & Gallicchio ventures and proceeded to open Fabric Lounge, Long Street Entertainment District, Standard Lounge, Spice Bar & Lounge and Park Street Patio & Cantina.
Corso & Gallicchio Ventures currently owns and operates the Short North Pint House (www.shortnorthpinthouse.com), and more bar and restaurant concepts in the Columbus, Ohio Short North area (www.shortnorth.org) are on the way. 
 
We just opened our 2nd venue in the Short North, Forno www.fornoshortnorth.com
 
A major force in the Columbus nightlife scene focusing on development and marketing, we helped create the Park Street District and put on major events such as the Park Street Festival (www.parkstreetfestival.com), which has grown to become one of the major Columbus summer festivals.
 
After seeing how food trucks were flourishing and the growth of the mobile food movement in Columbus, I helped create the Columbus Food Truck Fest (www.columbusfoodtruckfest.com) at the Columbus Commons in downtown Columbus, Ohio (www.columbuscommons.org).I also partnered with other cities in Ohio to implement their own food truck events including the Whitehall Food Truck & Fun Fest (www.whitehall.oh.us). I also coordinate the Food Truck Food Court which is a weekly lunchtime event that takes place May – October at the Columbus Commons.
 
2015 I helped create the Ohio Bacon Fest and the Columbus Mobile Food Conference and Expo. 
 
 
 Omar D'Angelo

Omar D'Angelo

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Omar D’Angelo, owner of Barroluco – Argentine Comfort Food, has dedicated his life to serving his community. D’Angelo started helping his family’s bakery when he was 7 years old and now he can properly say that he has a combined 29 years of business experience, including food handling and preparation, sales, management, distribution, marketing, quality control, and customer service. Emigrating from Argentina, D’Angelo knew little about the American business culture and quickly had to learn, on his feet. Graduating with Cum Laude Honors from Franklin University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration, D’Angelo is living proof of the impact that education provides in achieving success, which is illustrated through his dedication to local agencies which support members of our community, their growth, and success.

D’Angelo established his first food truck business in 2016 and in less than a year, this Food Truck had the honor of being awarded the Best Food Truck in Columbus, Westerville, Whitehall and Springfield (3rd place).

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