Warning: Parameter 1 to wp_default_scripts() expected to be a reference, value given in /home4/jyender/public_html/COLSMOBILEFOODCONF.COM/wp-includes/plugin.php on line 601

Warning: Parameter 1 to wp_default_styles() expected to be a reference, value given in /home4/jyender/public_html/COLSMOBILEFOODCONF.COM/wp-includes/plugin.php on line 601
Panelists | Columbus Mobile Food Conference
Warning: A non-numeric value encountered in /home4/jyender/public_html/COLSMOBILEFOODCONF.COM/wp-content/themes/Divi/functions.php on line 5806

FacebookIcon  Twitter        

2016 Keynote Speaker

Jeni Britton Bauer

Jeni Britton Bauer

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

Jeni Britton Bauer opened Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams in 2002 with the singular goal to make better ice cream.

Today, Jeni’s is a community of growers, makers, artists, writers, doers, mathletes, dairymen and beekeepers. In fellowship, we make every batch of ice cream with milk from grass-grazed cows, Ohio wildflower honey, whole fruits, vegetables, and herbs from nearby farms, as well as rare, carefully sourced ingredients from around the world, including Fair Trade Ndali Estate Vanilla, Direct Trade bean-to-bar Askinosie Chocolate, and Direct Trade Intelligentsia Coffee.

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams—a certified B Corp that works in tandem with the people who produce their ingredients—has been praised by Time (“America’s best”), The New York Times (“Jeni surpasses the creativity of all other ice cream makers”), and Saveur (“revolutionary”), while Food & Wine declared, “No one makes ice cream like Jeni Britton Bauer.” Jeni is the author of the best-seller Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home, which earned her a 2012 James Beard Award. Jeni’s latest book, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Desserts, was published by Artisan in 2014.

2016 Panelists

More to come…
Joe Deloss

Joe Deloss

View Bio

Joe DeLoss is on a mission to disrupt poverty through entrepreneurship and job-creation. He pursues this end as an entrepreneur, consultant, and small-business advisor. Currently, Joe is building Hot Chicken Takeover – a new restaurant concept earning significant acclaim in central Ohio while providing supportive employment to dozens of adults affected by homelessness, incarceration, and poverty. This business models is founded on success Joe had previously while launching Freshbox Catering for Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio. He’s also served as an adjunct instructor at the Fisher College of Business and the John Glenn School of Public Affairs (The Ohio State University) and maintains seats on local boards related to issues of workforce development.

Bethia Woolf

Bethia Woolf

View Bio

Bethia Woolf is the founder and co-owner of Columbus Food Adventures and Columbus Brew Adventures. Founded in 2010 Columbus Food Adventures was Central Ohio’s first food tour company and offers a variety of food tours to public and private groups. Columbus Brew Adventures showcases Columbus’ growing microbrewery scene. Bethia is a co-founder of Taco Trucks Columbus, Alt Eats Columbus and Street Eats Columbus. Bethia is originally from the UK, has traveled extensively and has lived on this side of the Atlantic for over 10 years. Bethia writes for local food publications and is a board member of Slow Food Columbus and Dine Originals Columbus.

Walter Eguez

Walter Eguez

View Bio

Hailing from Santa Cruz Bolivia, Walter Eguez relocated to the U.S. in 2000 and immediately began laying the foundation for a successful career. He worked his way up the ranks in the restaurant industry and earned a bachelor’s degree from Ohio Dominican University. After years of running a Mexican restaurant, Walter decided to branch out with a new concept that would allow people all over the city access to a unique Mexican food experience. Tortilla Street Food took the road in 2013.  The fast friendly service and build your own entrees with endless amount fresh toppings became an immediate success with the people of Columbus. In 2015 the company expanded introducing a second food truck and seasonal brick and mortar location at  Columbus Commons. Walter takes pride in everything he does and stays visible on the front lines because a key to his success is knowing his customers and their needs. Innovation and growth are a part of everyday for Walter so keep your eyes on Tortilla, there is always something new and exciting in the works!

Robert Walker

Robert Walker

View Bio

Bobby is the founder and Chief Banana Peeler at Fronana, a Dayton based start up on a mission to answer the question, What if dessert could be good for you? Fronana is a frozen treat made out of bananas and enjoyed like ice cream, yet contains no dairy, added sugar, or artificial ingredients. Bobby pedaled onto the Dayton food truck scene in the summer of 2014 with a home built bicycle-powered food trailer while an active duty officer in the USAF. He then left active duty to pursue Fronana full time. After a successfully failed Kickstarter campaign in the spring of 2015, Bobby doubled down on Fronana. He bought two more trikes and on National Ice Cream Day, opened the Fronana Scoop Shop and Creamery, a commissary and tasting space for his healthy and delicious dessert alternative. Fronana is now available in five Dayton grocery outlets. Over the last year, Bobby has learned a lot about how not to run a start up food business, and he looks forward to learning a lot more in the years to come.

Adam Lehman

Adam Lehman

View Bio

Adam Lehman’s first job was as a cook in his aunt and uncle’s restaurant in rural Indiana. Growing up in a family of blue-collar business owners, Adam quickly gravitated with serving business owners who cared about their work. Three years ago, Adam and his wife Allie started The Wonder Jam and have been helping tiny businesses look as good on the outside as they are on the inside

Eric Weiner

Eric Weiner

View Bio

Eric loves being At the intersection of small business, logistics, and great food!

He has been accused of being a serial entrepreneur since he started a lemonade stand in front of his childhood home in New Jersey at 10 years old. 
 
During the summer of 1990 he started a small limousine and corporate transportation company while in college in Providence RI.  He built the business over 20 years and was named the RI Small Business Person of the Year in 2008.  In 2010 he sold the business.
 
Over the past few years Eric has been energized and focused by the mobile food industry. As the founder of FoodTrucksIn.com he is committed to helping people locate food trucks from coast to coast and border to border, and has built tools to help food trucks better communicate where they are Serving Now.  
 
He can be reached at @foodtrucksin or eric@foodtrucksin.com
Bob Kramer

Bob Kramer

View Bio

Bob Kramer, former Supervisor of Food Safety for Columbus Public Health Department, is now the Director of Food Services and Food Safety for the Economic and Community Development Institute (ECDI) and the Vice President of Savour Food Safety International. Upon retirement, Kramer had over 32 years of dedicated service to the City of Columbus, serving as Supervisor of the Food Safety program for 12 years.  As Director of Food Services and Food Safety at ECDI for the past 4 years, he leads programming related to the incubation of food-based businesses. This includes the development of food safety training curriculum, HACCP plans as well as a licensed food cart/food truck commissary and commercial kitchen in conjunction with ECDI’s Growing Entrepreneurs Initiative. Bob Kramer actively participates in several committees and councils assisting local Food Entrepreneurs in Columbus, Ohio. Through his participation, he brought together local food restaurateurs and local food truck/cart operators to collectively change city ordinance allowing food truck/cart owners to operate for business on selected areas of city property. Kramer is a Registered Sanitarian in the state of Ohio and holds his Registered Environmental Health Specialist certification through the National Environmental Health Association.

Katie Marks

Katie Marks

View Bio

Katie Marks is the founder and co-owner of The Wicked ‘Wich of Dayton, a mobile food operation specializing in fresh, made-to-order gourmet sandwiches with eclectic flavor combinations.  With over 10 years in high-volume food production and management experience, Katie set out with business partner Stephanie Gordon to bring one-of-a-kind sandwiches to the streets of Dayton, all grilled to perfection in a timely manner.  After only a year, The Wicked ‘Wich of Dayton has gained a following and won Best Food Truck in the dayton.com Best of Dayton contest.  With the addition of a commissary location, The Wicked ‘Wich of Dayton is planning on covering far more ground in the Dayton area in 2016 and several years to come!

Jim Comyns

Jim Comyns

View Bio

Jim has been the general manager of Loops for 5 years which has included having a food truck for the past 2. He’s overseen and worked on the food truck operating on city street parking for the last year and the OSU medical rotation.

Matt Cover

Matt Cover

View Bio

Matt Cover, Relationship Manager at Economic & Community Development Institute, has a history of lending to food-based entrepreneurs. Since July 2015, he has deployed over $450,000 to Central Ohio entrepreneurs that include BBQ sauce aficionados, Coffee creators, and most importantly, mobile food truck owners. With over four years experience in lending, Cover works with business owners to make them loan ready, utilizing ECDI’s comprehensive suite of services that supports both small businesses and start-ups. Get your financing questions answered and discover how ECDI can make your business dreams a reality at the Columbus Mobile Food Conference & Expo!

Kate Djupe

Kate Djupe

View Bio

Kate Djupe is the founder and operator of The Commissary, a 16,000-square-foot maker-space for food and drink in Columbus. Kate works to make it easier for food makers and entrepreneurs to do more and chase their ideas by offering commercial kitchen, production and event space designed to be used by everyone from home cooks to aspiring entrepreneurs to professional chefs. She has nearly 20 years of experience in the restaurant and hospitality industries. She stays active in the Columbus food scene through Franklin County Local Food Council, Columbus Knife Fight, Local Food Action Plan, the Columbus Downtown High School Advisory Board, and an eager diner.

Rick Wolfe

Rick Wolfe

View Bio

Rick Harrison Wolfe,Executive Director North Development Authority, is responsible for leading the historic Market and developing its position within the community. Rick focuses on the long-­‐term strategic vision/planning, fund raising, community liaison activities and business development. Prior to joining North Market in May 2013, Rick created and ran the independent branding consulting agency, The Wolfe Group. Along with that, he created and founded one of Central Ohio’s original food trucks The Cheesy Truck as an LA style gourmet mobile food truck. Prior to returning to his hometown in 2011 he spent more than 20 years in retail, branding and design with Skechers,  Donald J Pliner and Cole Haan living in Los Angeles,  San Francisco and Chicago.

Jim Pasovich

Jim Pasovich

View Bio
Shelly Mann

Shelly Mann

View Bio

Shelley Mann is the executive director of Dine Originals Columbus, a nonprofit group that celebrates, supports and promotes independently owned restaurants in Central Ohio. She’s also the founder of Umami Consulting, a company that provides marketing and public relations support for local, independent restaurants in Columbus.

Nicholas Dekker

Nicholas Dekker

View Bio
Nicholas Dekker is the blogger behind Breakfast With Nick. He’s been named the best blogger in Columbus by (614) Magazine three years in a row. Through his blog he chronicles adventures in breakfast, brunch, coffee, donuts, beer, and beyond. He leads breakfast and brunch tours for Columbus Food Adventures, and he writes for Columbus Alive, the Dispatch, and Columbus Monthly, as well as Experience Columbus and Discover Ohio. Nick also works for the Greater Columbus Arts Council, managing state-wide events calendars.

Website:

Matt Crumpton

Matt Crumpton

View Bio

Matt Crumpton, President & CEO of D.P. Dough Franchising, LLC Matt Crumpton is an attorney, entrepreneur, musician and philanthropist. He began his legal career as an associate at powerhouse Columbus firm, Porter Wright. While at Porter Wright, Matt founded Music Loves Ohio, a 501(c)(3) organization that provides opportunities for underserved Central Ohio youth to pursue their passion for music. From there, he started his own law firm, Crumpton Law LLC, representing small businesses and entertainment clients. In 2010, Matt and his family pursued the opportunity of owning the Athens, Ohio franchise of D.P. Dough – a college based calzone delivery chain. After purchasing the Athens restaurant in 2010, the Crumptons then purchased the entire D.P. Dough brand from the founder in 2011. Since acquiring the brand, the Crumptons and their team have built a national franchise system from scratch and have opened 8 new locations, with another 7 scheduled to open in 2016. Matt has written two books (Making It: How to Go From Wanting a Career in Music to Having One and The Ohio Self-Defense Law Guide for Gun Owners). He has been named a Columbus Alive Person To Watch, Columbus Business First 40 Under Forty, and Powersuit by 614 Magazine. His 90s rap jam band – The Winnie Cooper Project – has been voted the 3rd best cover band for five years in a row, including two sold out LC performances.

Timothy Wolf Starr

Timothy Wolf Starr

View Bio

After years of pursuing a diverse set of entrepreneurial ventures, Wolf’s focus is connecting resources to meet needs within the Columbus community. His goal is to create opportunities and relationships for organizations he feels passionate about. His areas of concentration include small business development, fostering strategic non-profit partnerships, and generating cultural impact through the arts. Wolf is the founder and President of the Small Business Beanstalk and a principal at Atlas Community Partners

Izzy Schachner

Izzy Schachner

View Bio

Izzy Schachner was trained in culinary arts at Tri-C Culinary Program in Cleveland, and holds a bachelor’s degree in business from The Ohio State University. He started his career in food service in 1998, opening restaurants in downtown Cleveland office buildings and providing corporate catering. In 2010 he purchased a food truck with the purpose of supplying catering and craft services to film crews working in Ohio. Luckily, it coincided with the beginning of the food truck movement in NE Ohio.    This allowed him to have a thriving food truck business when there were no movies being filmed. Izzy was among the people who helped shape food truck legislation in the city of Cleveland. He also helped organize a food truck group that has become the foundation for the North East Ohio Food Truck Association. He focuses on well sourced foods, from scratch cooking, and using local sustainable business practices.

Chas Kaplan

Chas Kaplan

View Bio

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.

Emily Frank

Emily Frank

View Bio

Emily Frank is the owner/operator of C’est Cheese Food Truck & Share Cheesebar in Cincinnati, OH.  She is also the Co-Founder of the Cincinnati Food Truck Association.  Emily was born and raised in Cincinnati and after graduating from the University of Cincinnati, spent 16 years in Boston & Chicago working in the print industry.  It was a fateful Skype call with her sister and newborn nephew in Cincinnati where she was lovingly referred to as “auntie in the box’ that she realized it was time to move home.  Emily joined Cincy’s small food truck population in Spring 2012 and her following quickly grew.  With a population of over 70 trucks in Cincinnati, C’est Cheese has proudly won Best Food Truck in Cincinnati the last 2 years and has received national press in Esquire Magazine, Culture Magazine, The Weather Channel and USA Today.  Her new venture, Share Cheesebar combines her love of cheese, bread & wine in a different format than the grilled cheese sandwich while maintaining her loyal customer base.

Jeff Ballmer

Jeff Ballmer

View Bio

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.

Mikey Sorboro

Mikey Sorboro

View Bio

William Michael Sorboro was born on November 18th of 1980 in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. He graduated from Cuyahoga Falls High School in 1999 and moved to Columbus to attend The Ohio State University in 2000, where he’s lived ever since. After traveling extensively throughout his twenties, he settled back in Columbus in 2007. Late that year, he started ECT Pedicab – a human-powered bike taxi service – in the Short North district of Columbus. ECT Pedicab quickly became the most popular form of alternative transportation in the area winning award after award. Restless, but still hyper-focused on making Columbus a better place to live and play, Mikey started Late Night Slice in July of 2009.    Using only the money he made from pedaling folks around on his pedicab, he built LNS one piece at a time. Later that year, with partners Bryce Ungerott and Jason Biundo, the first PizzaAssult Truck was purchased and LNS Mobile Operations was born. Quickly rising to the top of the Food Truck game, now three trucks strong, the LNS pizza trucks continues to delight crowds and win countless awards – most recently “Best Food Truck in Ohio” by Ohio Magazine. After the purchase of the food truck, the crew continued to grow LNS into more locations over the years, now totaling 8 “brick and mortar” locations and 3 food trucks for a total of 11 outlets. Most recently, the crew opened Oddfellows Liquor Bar right next to the original LNS Shack in the Short North. With its eclectic atmosphere and award-winning service, Oddfellows Liquor Bar is quickly becoming the not-to-miss spot for drinking and dining in Columbus.

Ramona Patts

Ramona Patts

View Bio

Ramona Patts is a Public Safety professional that has been involved in the field since 1981. She first joined the City of Columbus Police department in 1981 and rose to the rank of Lieutenant in 1994. During those years, she spent 17 years in patrol at all ranks, and served as the Lieutenant of the budget, Crimes against Persons(Robbery and Sexual Abuse) and finished her Police career in charge of the Technology Section. She retired from the Columbus Police Department in 2008. She was then hired by the Director of the Department of Public Safety for the City of Columbus to be the Assistant Administrator of the Division of Support Services. She was promoted in 2010 to Division Administrator. The Division of Support Services is the support Division for both Police and Fire Departments in regards to Radio communications, telephony, 911, CAD for Police and Fire and install of communication and electronic equipment in police vehicles and fire apparatus. She holds an Associate’s Degree from Columbus State Community College, Bachelors Degree from Franklin University and an  MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University. She has also attended Northwestern University’s Police Staff and Command School and the Public Safety Executive Management Program. She has attended FBI-LEEDA Executive Management Training and along with numerous FEMA courses that directly relate to Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

Cheryl Harrison

Cheryl Harrison

View Bio

Cheryl Harrison is the owner of speechbubble, an agency helping bars and restaurants fill in their speechbubble through social media and media relations. Cheryl is also the editor of Drink Up Columbus, the online source for booze news in Central Ohio. Cheryl has been voted one of the top three bloggers in Columbus for the past five years.

Candace Watkins

Candace Watkins

View Bio

Candace Watkins has been in the festival game for over 30 years. An original creator of ComFest she went on to found CenterLine/ Street Magic which helps produce the highly acclaimed Highball and Park Street Festivals.

Megumi Robinson

Megumi Robinson

View Bio
Megumi Robinson is the associate director of public relations at Experience Columbus. She oversees media relations which ranges from local to national to convention-trade to travel and leisure. You will often find her out and about our city trying new restaurants (and food trucks, of course!), exploring neighborhoods and meeting new people. She resides with her husband and pupp in Merion Village.
Michael Gallicchio

Michael Gallicchio

View Bio
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. 
 
 
Lisa Gutierrez

Lisa Gutierrez

View Bio

Lisa was brought up on the East Coast in Boston, Massachusetts. She was fortunate enough to identify her passions while young which enabled her to live out her Entrepreneurial Dreams as a successful small business owner here in Columbus, OH. Her passion for food is actually what led her here to Columbus, as she was selected as part of the management team for The Cheesecake Factory Restaurant located here Columbus OH, Easton Town Center. Quickly realizing the limitless entrepreneurial possibilities here in Columbus, Lisa and her Husband Vicente decided to join the early momentum of the Mobile Food Truck Industry by purchasing a truck, which was called, Dos Hermanos Taco Truck. Wisely predicting the market trend helped in positioning Dos Hermanos Taco Truck as one of Columbus’ most favorite Food Trucks. With a recent open of a location in the Historic North Market, Lisa has taken Dos Hermanos from Food Truck to a Brick n Mortar.

Neil Hertenstein

Neil Hertenstein

View Bio

Neil Hertenstein is no stranger to the Mobile Food game. The owner of power house Food Trucks Hungry Monkey, Melty Crue, Juniors Tacos and the recently opened Fowl Mood, Neil isn’t stopping and has more on the way. If you want to know anything about how to get into the mobile food business there is no one better than Neil!

Elizabeth Romero

Elizabeth Romero

View Bio

Elizabeth Romero has her MBA from Thomas More College. She is the owner and operator of SugarSnap! Truck, Cincinnati’s sweetest food truck which has been in operation since May of 2012. SugarSnap! specializes in gourmet desserts. In her mobile bakeshop you can find the following award winning gourmet desserts: cupcakes, quarter pound cookies, salted caramel brownies, frozen cheesecakes, and more scrumptious treats. All desserts are baked fresh with the finest ingredients. In 2013, Elizabeth co-founded the Cincinnati Food Truck Association (CFTA.) The CFTA started with 11 members and has grown to over 50 members. The CFTA has worked with City Council to get the Mobile Vending Program from pilot into a permanent program. Planned Food Truck Rallied with surrounding cities and businesses in the Tri-State area. Created many resources and provided networking. Educated the media and customers by validating food trucks are safe and clean by showing the customers their food is fresh and cooked to order. Lastly, provided support to other Associations across the country that were in need of mentoring.

Michael S. Brown

Michael S. Brown

View Bio

As the Vice President of Strategic Development for Experience Columbus, Michael S. Brown is an advocate for building the community’s authentic brand and tourism economy.  Brown is focused on leveraging collaborations with private and public partners that raise Columbus’ national image as a smart/open community to harness the economic power of tourism, sports, conventions, conferences and events. Mike joined Experience Columbus in 2010 after serving 11 years in the administration of Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman as Communications Director and Policy Advisor.  He currently serves as a member of the City of Columbus Downtown Commission, Independents’ Day Festival Board, Columbus Vehicle for Hire Board, United Way of Central Ohio Marketing Advisory Group and Jazz Arts Group Board.  Brown is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and The Ohio State University’s John Glenn College of Public Affairs Masters program.

CONTACT US

For Sponsorship, program & press inquiries please use this form.
MENU