Speakers

  • The Omni, San Francisco, CA
  • May 14, 2019

Speakers


Dana Bloom
Co-founder & Co-CEO, Proper Food

Dana Bloom is co-founder and co-CEO of Proper Food. Awarded ‘Best Grab & Go’ by San Francisco Magazine, Proper Food has ten retail locations across San Francisco and New York and is rapidly expanding. Dana has strong consumer and retail leadership experience, most recently launching KEEP Collective and building it to over $50M annual revenue. Her prior experience includes leading Strategy & Marketing at Stella & Dot, consulting at Bain & Company and investing at Bain Capital. Dana holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and an Economics degree from Stanford University

Jennifer Bushman
Director of Sustainability, Pacific Catch

With Pacific Catch Restaurant group, Jennifer ensures that the company upholds and works towards finding new, innovative and economically reductive ways to stay within established sustainability guidelines as set by Smart Catch and Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch. Developing, implementing and monitoring the restaurant group’s organizational fish and seafood sourcing strategies as well as communicating those commitments to internal and external stakeholders. She works closely with the CEO, COO, marketing team, executive chef, vendors, guests and in some cases the press, to educate and inform them on the standards that Pacific Catch upholds, how it impacts the menu, the guests, food cost and the ocean. Jennifer Bushman is one of the Fish and Seafood industry’s most respected communicators, teachers and sustainability strategists. For more than two decades, Jennifer has worked with brands like, Verlasso Salmon, Love the Wild, Blue Ocean Mariculture, Pacifico Aquaculture, Equator Coffees & Teas, Dole, Kraft, Unilever, and many more. She has worked within the sustainable seafood community for over seven years. Creating relationships between the aquaculture community, NGO’s such as Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch, retailers and consumers. She taught thousands through her culinary school, Nothing to It!, and has been recognized numerous times by the James Beard Foundation and the International Association of Culinary Professionals.

Jon Swanson
President, Moana Restaurant Group

Jon Swanson is a seasoned hospitality professional with expansive experience in managing and creating leading-edge restaurant concepts. As President of Moana Restaurant Group, Jon drives the vision and strategy for the collection of award-winning restaurants that MRG owns and manages. Passionate about hospitality, Jon works to elevate each concept’s offerings to create distinct, fulfilling, and memorable guest experiences.

A graduate of the University of Denver, Jon began his career by managing and opening successful restaurants and multi-unit concepts in the Bay Area, Portland, Seattle, and Sacramento areas. In 1991, he co-founded the first Paragon Bar & Café in San Francisco's Marina district and served as its opening General Manager. Paragon quickly expanded into multiple markets as other brands followed, forming the foundation that would become Moana Restaurant Group, a comprehensive management company specializing in developing and managing concepts from inception to all aspects of day-to-day restaurant operations.