No Longer Just a Matter of Taste: Strategic Innovation in the Food Industry

Date and Time
Thursday, May 18, 2017
4:30pm— 7:00pm
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The Russell Investments Center
1301 2nd Ave
18th Floor
Seattle, WA 98101
United States
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Please accept the invitation of the Chicago Booth Alumni Club of Seattle and the Seattle Business School Alliance to attend this event.

Panel discussion with some of the PNW's most innovative food brands. Our C-level panelists will delve into what keeps their brands competitive in an ever changing landscape.

Location: Russell Investments, 18th Floor, 1301 2nd Ave., Seattle, WA

Cost: $20



4:30 PM-5:30 PM: Cocktails

5:30 PM-6:30 PM: Panel Session

Speaker Profiles

Manny Chao (Speaker)
Co-founder and CEO, Georgetown Brewing

The namesake of the iconic Manny's Pale Ale, Manny has been brewing outstanding craft beers since 2002 and is currently the largest independent brewery in Washington State.

Kurt Dammeier (Panelist)
Founder & CEO, Sugar Mountain (Beecher’s Cheese, Pasta & Co. and The Butcher’s Table)

Kurt Dammeier, CEO of Sugar Mountain (Beecher's Cheese) – Starting from a Pike Place Market storefront selling some of the best cheese (and Mac 'n Cheese) in America, Kurt has expanded Sugar Mountain into restaurants, packaged goods, books and social ventures.

Kevin Klock (Speaker)
Former CEO, TalkingRain/Sparkling ICE

Kevin Klock has more than 21 years of experience in the food and beverage industry. He has helped lead Talking Rain to its most successful year in the history of the 27-year-old company, which is now one of the world's fastest growing beverage companies. An engineer by training, Klock helped Talking Rain's branded business grow 500 percent in revenue in the first two years from taking over as President.

Linda Pearce (Panelist)
Chief Financial Officer, Tillamook Country Creamery

Linda Pearce, CFO Tillamook – A Pacific Northwest powerhouse, Tillamook, founded in 1909 as a farmer-owned cooperative, prides itself on a commitment to bringing to market the most consistent, best tasting, highest quality dairy products made in the most natural way possible.


Patrick Ringland, Booth'09 
Managing Director

Map & Directions

The Russell Investments Center

1301 2nd Ave, 18th Floor, Seattle, WA 98101, United States,
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