For the past 35 years Danny has helped shape consumer demand and expectations of restaurants, an industry that is among the business sectors hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. From a loss in on-premise revenue to new takeout- and delivery-only models, restaurants are experiencing a rapidly changing business environment. Please join us to hear Danny’s views on the paradigm shift being experienced by the restaurant industry, and the opportunities he believes have been created by the pandemic, including the use of technology, new service formats, delivering on changing consumer expectations, and emerging food trends.
Participants must register by January 26th to receive details on joining the discussion.
Please note that no refunds will be issued.
CEO, Union Square Hospitality Group; Founder, Shake Shack
Danny Meyer is Founder and CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group, Founder and Chairman of Shake Shack (NYSE: SHAK), and Co-Founder and Managing Partner of $220 million growth equity fund Enlightened Hospitality Investments. Danny, his restaurants, and chefs have earned an unprecedented 28 James Beard Awards, including Outstanding Restaurateur (2005) and Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America (1996). Danny has also been included in the TIME 100 list of the Most Influential People in the World (2015) and Inc.’s list of the 10 Most Well-Connected People in New York City’s Startup Scene (2017). Danny’s first business book, Setting the Table (HarperCollins, 2006), a New York Times bestseller, examines the power of hospitality in restaurants, business, and life. An active national leader in the fight against hunger, Danny serves on the board of Share Our Strength. He also serves on the boards of Salt & Straw, Tender Greens and Olo, and formerly served on the boards of Open Table (NASDAQ: OPEN) through its sale to Priceline, Sotheby’s (NYSE: BID) and The Container Store (NYSE: TCS). Danny graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science from Trinity College where he currently serves as a Trustee.
Mitchell Dong runs his family’s investment office and is a hedge fund manager. He has managed hedge funds which use quantitative methods to trade uranium, electric power, gold and mutual funds. Currently he runs a cryptocurrency trading fund which does arbitrage and trend following. In the past, Mitchell was a developer of solar, hydroelectric and cogeneration power plants. Mitchell is a graduate of Harvard College majoring in economics and the OPM program at Harvard Business School. Mitchell’s family philanthropy supports the Harvard Chan School of Public Health.
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