Matt White, Founder of MyRestaurantPosts.com
Matt loves getting the chance to talk with people about restaurant social media and says it’s his passion. Matt loves sharing his knowledge of social media and often helps restaurant owners and managers grasp the full potential that social media offers. Matt lives and breathes online marketing and social media for restaurants. His company, MyRestaurantPosts.com provides daily, engaging Facebook posts for restaurants.
Shon Christy, Founder of Eat Drink Promote
Shon Christy has a passion for driving online buzz combined with almost 20 years of marketing experience, Christy Creative, LLC, a full-service social media marketing agency was born. With the success the company was having in the food and beverage industry he made the decision to launch a separate brand EAT DRINK PROMOTE. Since its inception in 2010 hundreds of companies have turned to Shon for his expertise in crafting strategic social media messaging that builds brands and garners results. His work has been featured in Inside Business Magazine; Smart Business Magazine; MAC World Magazine; Computer World Magazine; the Akron Beacon Journal; and the Young Professional Roadmap. Shon has spoken to groups all over the country on the topic of driving revenue with the incredible power of social media including the North American Pizza and Ice Cream show as well as the Florida Restaurant and Lodging show for the past 2 years.
Recently, his companies were bestowed with the Greater Akron Small Business Councils Excellence in Business - Emerging Business award. In 2012, the Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Network recognized Shon with the prestigious 30 For the Future award for his community service and business leadership.
Jim Hamilton, CEO of Intouchdining.com
Jim is a 35 year veteran in the technology field and developed one of the first Loyalty based initiatives in the country. Jim operates intouchdining.com and Netmasons which provides services and tools for restaurant marketing including: full service email marketing; web development, social media consulting and services and has an SEO team to drive traffic to your web initiatives.
In the last segment, “Restaurant Reality”, restaurant brokers, Robin and Eric Gagnon will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of social media. During this segment, the husband and wife team will tackle the tough topics no one wants to talk about. The restaurant brokers will share firsthand accounts of the hundreds of restaurants they have sold and will provide advice to aspiring or established restaurateurs and entrepreneurs. The team, who is unafraid of the f-word, fail and the s-word, sell will give listeners the unbridled truth about the restaurant industry.