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Brian Albert, Co-Owner & Chief Managing Officer, Amped Kitchens

Brian Albert is a co-founder of Amped Kitchens and principal of Civic Enterprise. He has a broad-based background in real estate development, finance, law and corporate strategy. Prior to Civic Enterprise, Brian oversaw the development of affordable residential projects at New Economics for Women. Earlier, Brian was general counsel for NetScaler, a networking infrastructure company.

Lauren Chipman, CEO, Chipman Design Architecture

A true multi-disciplinary designer and performing artist, Lauren Chipman brings a distinct sense of creative leadership to her position as Chief Executive Officer at Chipman Design Architecture. Prior to her work at Chipman, Lauren performed professionally as a string instrumentalist with a resume that includes recording for television, film and top Billboard artists. Today, Lauren is proud to be part of the third generation to carry on her family’s legacy.

Ed Doyle, President, RealFood Hospitality, Strategy and Design

With more than 35 years of hospitality experience, Ed has worked in some of the finest kitchens and foodservice operations across the industry, including a long list of award-winning and nationally recognized hotels and restaurants. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, his accomplishments have received equal attention in Food and Wine, Restaurant Business, restaurant development + design, and Food Arts magazines. Ed was most recently recognized as 2021 Adviser of the Year by Golf Inc. magazine for his contributions to club and resort food and beverage.

Mike Kostyo, Trendologist and Associate Director, Datassential

At Datassential, Kostyo oversees the company's seven TrendSpotting magazines, custom client publications, and he leads trend immersion tours and ideation sessions across the country. Kostyo was a recurring guest on Fusion TV's "The AV Club Show"; has been featured on WGN Radio, CBS Radio, and Gimlet Media's "Why We Eat What We Eat" podcast; is regularly featured in newspapers and magazines; speaks at numerous conferences across the country annually; and he was a judge on Food Network's "Eating America."

Juan Martinez, PhD, PE, FCSI, Principal, Profitality

A 37 year industry veteran, Juan Martinez is Principal and Founder of Profitality Labor Guru, an Industrial Engineering Consulting Company that helps brands optimize their investment to drive better “unit economics”. This experience spans to over 100 different concepts across all menu and service system offerings.

Mott Smith, Co-Owner & CEO, Amped Kitchens

Mott Smith is a co-founder of Amped Kitchens and principal of Civic Enterprise. He is a founding board member of the Council of Infill Builders and teaches in the Master of Real Estate Development Program and Ross Minority Program in Real Estate at the USC Price School of Public Policy.

Jill Ventura, Director of Restaurants, Core States Group

A leader in restaurant and hospitality design, construction, and development, Jill Ventura serves as an expert resource to Core States' growth team. Responsible for augmenting the restaurant market across Core States' in-house services, she works with new and existing clients to provide turn-key solutions for their quick-serve, fast casual, casual, and fine dining rollout programs, and specialty projects.