Details on the 2019 Keynote Addresses will be announced in early 2019! The Keynote Addresses are FREE for all registered attendees.
Keynote 1 — Scott Svenson
Co-Founder and CEO
Tuesday, March 20: 8:30 – 9:30 am
After founding and selling two successful businesses in the U.K. — Seattle Coffee Company and Carluccio’s Ltd. — Scott and Ally Svenson returned to their hometown of Seattle to raise their four boys. They saw the need for a more inspired fast casual dining option and soon their entrepreneurial spirit kicked in, resulting in the launch of MOD Pizza in 2008.
Recently ranked as the fastest-growing restaurant chain in America, MOD currently has more than 305 locations across the U.S. and U.K., and recently raised an additional $73 million for further expansion. The Svensons attribute MOD’s success to a people-first culture, and a shared motivation to use the business as a platform to make positive social impacts. Scott will speak about the powerful culture and philosophy driving this purpose-led business, and the concept of “Spreading MODness.”
Keynote 2 — Ann Kim
Owner and Executive Chef
Pizzeria Lola, Hello Pizza and Young Joni
Wednesday, March 21: 8:30 – 9:30 am
Ann Kim is the Co-owner and Executive chef of the restaurants Young Joni, Pizzeria Lola, and Hello Pizza. A Korean immigrant, she credits her culinary palate to helping her mother and grandmother at an early age make traditional staples such as fermented bean paste and kimchi. Her college years at New York’s Columbia University laid the foundation for her dream of bringing great pizza to Minnesota, and her years as a freelance actor fostered her value of creativity. She opened her first restaurant, Pizzeria Lola, in 2010: an artisan wood fired pizzeria that has been lauded both locally and nationally. Her second restaurant, Hello Pizza, is an East Coast inspired slice shop and frequently tops Best of Lists. Young Joni, which opened in late 2016, features an eclectic wood fire inspired menu and has been named one of the best New Restaurants in America 2017 by GQ magazine and Eater National. Most recently, the Star Tribune named Young Joni 2017 Restaurant of the Year. Ann received her first James Beard Award semifinalist nomination in 2017 and is a 2018 finalist in the category of “Best Chef Midwest.”