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Growth Hacking for
SALT LAKE CITY September 28th - Rice Eccles Stadium Reserve Your Spot

Get real advice, tools & playbooks for growth and scale.


The journey for operators with 2-20 units is a tough one. Where do you turn? Who do you talk to for advice when you are not like the “big guys” in the industry. Savory has decided to invest into YOU—to educate the market how to take this journey from 2 units to 20, and beyond, with or without us. A rising tide lifts all boats, and we want everyone to win. Join our team, industry veterans just like you, and people you can relate with at this original event for restaurant owners and operators only.

• No exhibitors • No booths • No sales pitches
• Only advice, details, tools & playbooks

The Lineup


Come learn from some of the best in the industry.


Get real advice, tools & playbooks for growth and scale from people who have been where you are now.
Event capacity is limited to 350 people.

Breakout Topics (9 am – 12 pm)

Fostering Talent & Retention

Building a culture that fosters talent retention and ensures high performance.

  • Shauna Smith – Chief Executive Officer, Savory
  • Jessica Moyer – VP Learning & Development, Savory

Running a Profitable F&B Business

What IS true profitably in your business and understanding margins and what margins matter most.

  • Tyler Nelson – Chief Financial Officer, Savory
  • Richie Stevens – Director of Finance, Savory

How To Optimize Your Beverage Program Online & Digitally

What you should know about the consumer trends around your beverage program.

  • Erin Merritt – Customer Insights, Coca-Cola Company
  • Mary Beth Carpenter – VP of Customer Leadership, Coca-Cola North America

Food, Menus & Navigating Food Distribution

All things food, menu and engineering towards a profitable mix. Also, menu creep and fatigue and how to combat them.

  • Maryam Chaney – VP Food & Beverage, Savory
  • Karla Perez-Larragoite – National VP, Business Development, Sysco

What’s Your Tech Stack & What Do You Really Need?

What are the most important tech stack needs?

  • Josh Boshard – Chief Operating Officer, Savory
  • Alonso Castenada – VP Brand Strategy, Savory

Lunch (12-1 pm)

Two Founders That Landed Their Growth Funding & How They Did It

The journey to land your ultimate growth funding and working with investor expectations post investment.

  • Brandon Hunt – Co-Founder, Via 313 Pizzaria (Austin, TX)
  • Otto Othman – Founder, Pincho (Miami, FL)

Current Restaurant Industry Outlook & How To Prepare For The Future

  • RJ Melman – President, Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants

Investor Expectations vs. Your Expectations

How to manage expectations through the investment process to ultimately close your funding.

  • Ashish Seth – Managing Director, Arlington Capital Partners

The Art of Raising Money

How to prepare, pitch, follow up and close investors to scale your brand.

  • Andrew K. Smith – Managing Partner, Savory Fund


Upcoming news and events, plus tools for you in your journey from 2-20.

  • James Park – Operating Partner, Savory Fund
  • Shauna Smith – Chief Executive Officer, Savory
  • Greg Warnock – Managing Partner, Savory Fund
  • Andrew K. Smith – Managing Partner, Savory Fund

Event Pricing


*Up to 3 guests will be covered by Savory Fund. Additional seats may be requested but not guaranteed.

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