Overview

The 2023 Marcum Food & Beverage Summit brings together the best and brightest in our field – food and beverage executives gathering with others in the industry for an evening of networking and vital information.

Our panel will discuss the latest trends in the industry, which used to change slowly and allow the opportunity to spend time making well-informed decisions. How can food & beverage companies adapt now that changes in
trends happen so rapidly?

The Marcum Food & Beverage Summit is an essential event for industry executives looking to foster growth, encourage dialogue, and inspire creative thinking.

Agenda

4:30 PM
Registration
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Cocktails, Networking, Heavy Appetizers & the 2023 Emerging Company Showcase
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Panel Discussion & Awarding the Most Innovative Emerging Company

Speakers

Carl Bauman

Senior. Vice President and Chief Financial Officer - Lykes

Mr. Bauman has been the Chief Financial Officer of Lykes since 2012 and has served in numerous financial leadership positions with increasing levels of responsibility since joining Lykes in 1998. Mr. Bauman is responsible for all Treasury, Financial Reporting, Business Analytics, and IT for all Lykes entities. He is a member of the Senior Executive team at Lykes. Prior to joining Lykes Carl spent 17 years with Publix Super Markets, ten of which were working with manufacturing as the accounting and special projects manager where he developed and implemented process improvement and incremental cost accounting systems, and other special project assignments.

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Carl Bauman

Senior. Vice President and Chief Financial Officer - Lykes

Mr. Bauman has been the Chief Financial Officer of Lykes since 2012 and has served in numerous financial leadership positions with increasing levels of responsibility since joining Lykes in 1998. Mr. Bauman is responsible for all Treasury, Financial Reporting, Business Analytics, and IT for all Lykes entities. He is a member of the Senior Executive team at Lykes. Prior to joining Lykes Carl spent 17 years with Publix Super Markets, ten of which were working with manufacturing as the accounting and special projects manager where he developed and implemented process improvement and incremental cost accounting systems, and other special project assignments.

Carl holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Florida Southern College and has been a licensed CPA in Florida since 1996. Carl is an Alumnus of the Wedgworth Leadership Institute for Agricultural and Natural Resources. Currently Carl is Board member of Brick Street Farms, a member of the Florida Institute of CFOs, a Board Member and on the Executive Committee of the Hillsborough County Farm Bureau Board and sits on the Florida Tax Advisory committee for Farm Bureau, as Treasurer and Member of the Board of the Alumni Association Wedgworth Leadership Institute (AAWLI).

Darren Hirsowitz

Vice President – Finance - The Breakers Palm Beach, Inc.

As Vice President – Finance of The Breakers Palm Beach and its privately-held parent company, Flagler System, Inc., Darren Hirsowitz is responsible for consolidated financial reporting of the iconic luxury resort and its affiliated businesses, as well as the financial administration of One North Breakers Row (luxurious residential apartments adjacent to the hotel), Breakers West Country Club and Via Flagler by The Breakers (an off-site alfresco plaza that features a collection of boutiques, eateries and galleries).

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Darren Hirsowitz

Vice President – Finance - The Breakers Palm Beach, Inc.

As Vice President – Finance of The Breakers Palm Beach and its privately-held parent company, Flagler System, Inc., Darren Hirsowitz is responsible for consolidated financial reporting of the iconic luxury resort and its affiliated businesses, as well as the financial administration of One North Breakers Row (luxurious residential apartments adjacent to the hotel), Breakers West Country Club and Via Flagler by The Breakers (an off-site alfresco plaza that features a collection of boutiques, eateries and galleries).

In this wide-ranging role, Hirsowitz oversees the hotel’s labor management program and business analytics discipline, which transforms raw data into comprehensive information and insight, supporting confident, smart decision making and the execution of fully-integrated business processes.

Hirsowitz joined The Breakers in 2005 and is a key member of the organization’s Executive Group, which optimizes performance across all areas of the multi-faceted 140-acre property, its numerous operating divisions and workforce of 2,300+ team members. He has taken a strategic leadership role in building and advancing the company’s exceptional well-being initiatives – a broad scope of benefits that range from health, savings & financial plans, to the development of the Living Wage Program, which ensures that hourly wage employees earn above market compensation for their dedicated service. These employee initiatives are what Hirsowitz regards as his most meaningful contributions to The Breakers.

Born in Boston, MA, to parents who emigrated from Johannesburg, South Africa, Hirsowitz and his brother were raised in West Palm Beach, FL. He graduated from the University of Florida with dual bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting, and passed the CPA exam upon graduation in 2002. He began his career in New York City with Theory LLC – a contemporary fashion brand.

Hirsowitz is a member of AICPA and the FICPA; he serves on the board of the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce and volunteers with Take Stock in Children, as well as the United Way of Palm Beach County. His hobbies reflect his love for the outdoors — boating and the beach — where he can be found with his wife and two children.

Shawn Kaddoura

President & CEO - Mario Camacho Foods

Shawn Kaddoura is the President and CEO of Mario Camacho Foods (MCF). Shawn has been with MCF since January 2014. During this time, MCF has been able to achieve a “turn around” in company performance and re-engineering of the business model. The company has also been able to navigate through a multitude of challenges related to global events, such as regulatory changes, Covid-19, global supply chain interruptions, and inflation.

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Shawn Kaddoura

President & CEO - Mario Camacho Foods

Shawn Kaddoura is the President and CEO of Mario Camacho Foods (MCF). Shawn has been with MCF since January 2014. During this time, MCF has been able to achieve a “turn around” in company performance and re-engineering of the business model. The company has also been able to navigate through a multitude of challenges related to global events, such as regulatory changes, Covid-19, global supply chain interruptions, and inflation.

MCF has been able to expand its global footprint by acquiring ownership in strategic suppliers’ companies in Greece and Morocco and establish long term agreements with key suppliers.

Shawn has been in the food and beverage industry since 1988. His experience includes Fortune 500 companies, such as Campbell Soup, Nestle, Miller Brewing Co. and other mid-sized companies. He’s held positions in engineering, manufacturing operations, supply chain, sales and marketing.

Shawn has led major acquisitions, mergers and restructuring in the industry. His philosophy in leading and managing the business has always been, “We can’t control direction of the wind, but we can adjust our sails to reach harbor.”

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and an MBA.

Matias Pesce

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) - Vida & Estilo Restaurant Group

Matias Pesce is the CEO and leading force behind hospitality group Vida & Estilo Restaurant Group, which translates to Life and Style in Spanish. Since joining the group in 2017 he has been responsible for overseeing the company’s strategy, its operations and performance, the corporate governance and expansion plans nationwide. Matias has more than 20 years of global executive experience, leading and managing multicultural teams throughout Latin America and the United States.

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Matias Pesce

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) - Vida & Estilo Restaurant Group

Matias Pesce is the CEO and leading force behind hospitality group Vida & Estilo Restaurant Group, which translates to Life and Style in Spanish. Since joining the group in 2017 he has been responsible for overseeing the company’s strategy, its operations and performance, the corporate governance and expansion plans nationwide. Matias has more than 20 years of global executive experience, leading and managing multicultural teams throughout Latin America and the United States.

His background includes a proven track record in transforming companies into competitive and profitable businesses, creating value for their shareholders, restructuring organizations, implementing financial strategies and improving financial wealth for companies. Under his leadership, V&E Restaurant Group has made a mark on enhancing the corporate governance, the key business process, as well as improving the financial wealth of the group, transforming V&E in a sustainable, profitable and solid organization.

Matias demonstrates excellence and extraordinary success in innovation, performance and personal commitment to V&E and the communities the restaurants serve.

Patrick Renna

President - BurgerFi

Patrick was named president of BurgerFi in December of 2021, shortly after the acquisition of Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza & Wings, where he served as CFO since September of 2020.  Patrick was most recently president and CFO of Wahlburgers, a Boston based burger restaurant founded by Executive Chef Paul Wahlberg, and celebrity brothers Mark and Donnie.  Prior to that Patrick was CEO at Boloco, a fast casual globally inspired burrito chain, where he also served as CFO for four years. 

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Patrick Renna

President - BurgerFi

Patrick was named president of BurgerFi in December of 2021, shortly after the acquisition of Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza & Wings, where he served as CFO since September of 2020.  Patrick was most recently president and CFO of Wahlburgers, a Boston based burger restaurant founded by Executive Chef Paul Wahlberg, and celebrity brothers Mark and Donnie.  Prior to that Patrick was CEO at Boloco, a fast casual globally inspired burrito chain, where he also served as CFO for four years. 

Previously, he held CFO positions at Sebastian’s Café and Catering, where he spent four years overseeing all financial and administrative policies and procedures for the company; this included leadership during the company’s most profitable growth period, Fresh Concepts, which operates fast casual restaurants under the name Fresh City and Souper Salad, as well as FiRE+iCE, where he also served as President. Patrick began his career with New England Restaurant Company, a Chili’s franchisee and owner of Bertucci’s Brick Oven Pizzeria, a 90-unit casual dining chain.

Patrick received his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Franklin Pierce College, and went on to earn his MBA and Master’s degree in Accounting from the University of Massachusetts in Boston. In 2004 he was named to “Boston’s 40 Under 40”. In 2022 he was named one of the Top 25 executives by Fast Casual Magazine and in 2020 was named one of the “most influential” executives by Nation’s Restaurant News.

Patrick has served on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Restaurant Association since 2010, serves on the Board of Directors of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association and serves on the Board of Advisors for The Works Café based in Keene, NH.  He resides in Parkland, FL with his wife Jen and children Samantha and Jack.

Sponsors

Sponsorships

To secure your sponsorship or inquire about other sponsorship opportunities, please contact:
Lewis Greenberg, Regional Marketing Director, Marcum LLP
lewis.greenberg@marcumllp.com or 954.320.8244

Dowloand Sponsorship Form

Panel Sponsor $7,500
(SOLD)

  • 2-minute company introduction at podium
  • Introducing the panel of speakers
  • Four tickets to the event*
  • Company name and logo prominently displayed on all promotional elements (website, invitations, press releases, conference booklet, event signage)
  • Full page ad in conference booklet
  • Goody bag insert
  • Pre- and post- event publicity
  • List of attendees

Innovative Emerging Company Sponsor $7,500
(SOLD)

  • 2-minute company introduction at podium
  • Introduction of the 2020 Most Innovative Emerging Company winner
  • Four tickets to the event*
  • Company name and logo prominently displayed on all promotional elements (website, invitations, press releases, conference booklet, event signage)
  • Full page ad in conference booklet
  • Goody bag insert
  • Pre- and post-event publicity
  • Program recognition
  • List of attendees

Conference Opening Sponsor $7,500
(Limit 1)

  • 2-minute company introduction at podium
  • Welcoming remarks at onset of conference
  • Four tickets to the event*
  • Company name and logo prominently displayed on all promotional elements (website, invitations, press releases, conference booklet, event signage)
  • Full page ad in conference booklet
  • Goody bag insert
  • Pre- and post-event publicity
  • Program recognition
  • List of attendees

Cocktail Sponsor $5,000

  • Two tickets to the event*
  • Company name and logo displayed during registration/cocktail hour
  • Pre- and post-event publicity
  • Half page ad in conference booklet
  • Goody bag insert
  • Program recognition
  • List of attendees

Food Sponsor $5,000

  • Two tickets to the event*
  • Company name and logo displayed during registration/cocktail hour
  • Pre- and post-event publicity
  • Half page ad in conference booklet
  • Goody bag insert
  • Program recognition
  • List of attendees

Contributing Sponsor $2,500

  • Two tickets to the event*
  • Program recognition
  • List of attendees

* Receive one additional complimentary ticket for every 2 registered food & beverage executives you invite

Vendors/Nominees

Most Innovative Emerging F&B Company

Marcum is looking for the most innovative start-up or emerging food and beverage companies. Nominees will be given the opportunity to display their products and demonstrate their innovation during the conference and connect with potential investors. Conference attendees will meet with nominees and then vote for the winner, who will receive a $2,500 award!