Michelle Barry, Ph.D.
Michelle is the Senior Vice President of The Hartman Group, a full-service consulting and research firm offering a wide range of services and products focusing on food, the health and wellness, natural products, and sustainability markets. Since joining The Hartman Group in 1999, she has managed the ethnographic, retail, trends, innovation and consulting divisions of the company and pioneered new ways to leverage professional anthropological analysis and creative fieldwork techniques to help clients’ efforts in truly understanding consumer behavior and long-term implications of cultural change. She currently oversees the Business Development, Marketing & Communications divisions incorporating innovation and analytics into business strategy. www.hartman-group.com
Chris Moyer is project manager for the National Restaurant Association’s environmental initiative, Conserve: Solutions for Sustainability. He is responsible for helping the Association become a more sustainable organization and helping NRA members find economical, environmentally friendly solutions for their restaurants. Moyer is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Culinary Institute in Pittsburgh, Pa., who worked in the restaurant industry while attending high school and college. His first job was at his local McDonald’s. www.nationalrestaurantassociation.biz
Stuart A. Seale, M.D.
Stuart A. Seale, M.D., Diplomate American Board of Family Medicine, graduated from Loma Linda University School of Medicine in 1979, then completed a Family and Community Medicine residency at the University of Missouri in 1983. He established and maintained a solo office family practice in Springfield, Missouri for 21 years before joining Ardmore Institute of Health as Clinic Director, educator, and staff physician for Lifestyle Center of America. He is currently Vice President of Ardmore Institute of Health and Chief Medical Officer for Lifestyle Center of America. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. He joined the American College of Lifestyle Medicine in 2006, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the ACLM Foundation. Dr. Seale has a passion for treating chronic disease through lifestyle behavior modification, and wishes to influence the practice of medicine in America, as well as American culture itself. To this end, he has co-authored two books related to healthy lifestyle – The 30-Day Diabetes Miracle, and The Full Plate Diet. The Full Plate Diet has been on the best-seller lists of the New York Times, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal. www.fullplatediet.org
The Chief Insights Officer for CultureWaves, Andy Ford, provides thought leadership to a growing discipline that is setting the standard for insights and ideas. Ford is a trained observer of the effect that lifestyle choices, demographics, media bombardment, education, and experiences have upon the world’s diverse population. His job is to fit in with – and infiltrate – a variety of groups, giving him a unique perspective on social and brand interaction. As Chief Insights Officer, Ford works in close association with the CultureWaves creative laboratory where consumer insights are tracked 24/7 via a proprietary virtual landscape. He stays plugged into the heart of consumer trends by monitoring their exploration and experimentation. He then translates this in-the-trenches experience for clients, helping them understand the purchase and consumption behavior of their target audiences A few brands for which he has translated waves include Doritos, Taco Bell and Auntie Anne’s. Immersing himself in popular media to better understand his audience, Ford is a publisher of the blog afordrunning.com and the Wave Master’s blog on the CultureWaves website. His first-hand knowledge of underground trends impacting the products and messages in the mainstream will take you inside the heads and hearts of the next generation consumer. culturewav.es
Deborah Kane is Ecotrust’s Vice President of Food & Farms. Working in this role since 2005, Kane strives to make an abundant, affordable and healthy Northwest food system a reality. Under Kane’s guidance, ongoing Food & Farms projects include expanding market opportunities for regionally produced food, participating in policy advocacy regarding school food, providing technical assistance and coordination to regional farm to school initiatives and creation of consumer campaigns designed to encourage healthy eating. Prior to joining Ecotrust, Kane ran an independent consulting business specializing in sustainable food and farming contracts. From 1997 to 2004, Kane served as executive director of Food Alliance, a national certification organization for environmentally friendly and socially responsible agriculture practices. From 2004-2006 Kane served on the board of the Portland Public Market, a public-private partnership devoted to building a year-round public market to showcase the state’s agricultural bounty. Kane served on the Oregon Sustainability Board from 2003 to 2005. In 2004, she was named one of fifty leaders in the state by Oregon Business Magazine. Kane received an MS in Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development with an emphasis on sustainable agriculture from the University of Georgia. She also has a BA in International Relations from the University of Virginia. Kane completed Portland State University’s Food Industry Leadership Seminar in 1998 and has participated in multiple post-graduate courses focused on management, marketing, communications and organizational development. http://www.ecotrust.org/ Vaughan Lazar
Vaughan Lazar is President and Co-Founder of Pizza Fusion. He plays an intricate role with the marketing, communications, and environmental stewardship of Pizza Fusion. Vaughan oversees the creative direction, branding, and strategic positioning of the chain. He is a social media expert and enjoys engaging regularly with Pizza Fusion customers over the chain’s social media channels. Furthermore, Vaughan is the chief environmental consultant at Pizza Fusion, serving as the driving force behind the chain’s industry leading environmental initiatives. This year, Vaughan was appointed to the City of Boca Raton’s Green Living Task Force. Voted in by his home town, Boca Raton, City Council, Vaughan was one of nine selected to head up the city’s new environmental awareness initiative. Vaughan was born and raised in Newport, Rhode Island before relocating to Florida to study marketing at Florida Atlantic University. Here, he started the Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity. When he’s not working, you’ll find Vaughan snowboarding at Whistler or surfing the Atlantic. http://www.pizzafusion.com/ Nancy Levandowski
Nancy Levandowski was born in Ottawa, Canada and raised in Northern California. She graduated from Santa Clara University in 1981 with a BS in Psychology. While at Santa Clara University, she worked her way through the “food service ranks” with Saga Corporation. She then pursued a career in Dining Services with several colleges and universities across the western United States. In 1995 - 2003 she was the food service director of Cal Poly Pomona for the Cal Poly Pomona Foundation, Inc., where she led her team to winning one state, one regional and six national awards. Nancy oversaw $9 million in sales and partnered an emergency preparedness program with housing and campus police as well as an etiquette program with the Career Center. She was a District Manager for ARAMARK in the Pacific Region and oversaw $13 million in sales in Alaska, Idaho, Wyoming, Oregon and California. She now is happily living her dream of directing the team at Iowa State University. To maintain balance in her life she enjoys golfing, yoga, hiking, biking, reading adventure novels, entertaining and traveling. Her next travel will be to Portugal and the Azores.
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