Tom Ryan is not your typical restauranteur. He is not a chef, didn’t study restaurant management… in fact, he never expected to find himself in the restaurant arena. Tom is the founder of Smash Burger restaurant chain, founded here in Colorado.
Tom is an amalgam of many things. He is a food scientist, earning Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate degrees in Flavor and Fragrance Chemistry from Michigan State University. During his Doctoral studies, he became intrigued with Marketing and Consumer Research, which set him on the career path of a lifetime.
Taking Development positions at Proctor and Gamble and Pillsbury, Tom recognized the power of combining strong technical knowledge with great consumer insights. He spent hours chasing and evaluating restaurant trends, searching for the next “big idea” to bring to grocery shelves. Along the way, he fell in love with restaurants, menu innovations, and the plethora of creativity he saw in the emerging restaurant landscape. It didn’t take him long to get into the game.
CRAFT: Your Life Speakers
David McMurtry is a national speaker, trainer, coach and motivator. He inspires and encourages individuals to Get Clear, Get Motivated and Make it Last!
Hilary is a Licensed Therapist, Relationship Expert and Creator of Hot, Healthy & Happily Ever After.
Vanessa (Callahan) Malloy
Young Entrepreneur, Business Consultant, & past Budget Blinds Franchisee
CRAFT: Your Career Speakers
Krista Morgan is cofounder and CEO of P2Binvestor, a lending and investment platform that provides flexible working capital to small and medium-sized businesses through a crowd model.
Adam Schlegel, founder of Snooze AM Eatery and Executive Director for EatDenver, a Denver based non profit focused on locally owned, independent restaurants developing and engaging in the community.
Michael Jacoby is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Broad Street Ventures, LLC, and its wholly owned subsidiary, Broad Street Realty, LLC.
CRAFT: Your Colorado Speakers
Councilman Albus Brooks is the City Council District 9 Representative for the City and County of Denver.
Christian Sederberg, Esq., partner and founding member of Vicente Sederberg LLC amd an integral part of Colorado’s Amendment 64 campaign, coordinating the implementation of the Colorado legislative and regulatory structure related to adult-use marijuana.
A fifth-generation Denverite, Andrew is a managing partner in the EXDO Event Center, Tracks nightclub and Jake’s Sports & Spirits sports bar / restaurant.