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The food industry is going through a revolution. No longer are consumers
satisfied with fast food, processed foods or irre...
MEET THE PANEL
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Yareli Esteban
President/CEO
Strategar
Yareli is the founder/CEO of Strategar, a marketing consultancy focused on
helpin...
5
Lawrence Williams
Chairman/CEO
United States Healthful
Food Council
Lawrence is an entrepreneur who has dedicated his ca...
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Chris Dahlander
Founder/CEO
Snappy Salads
Chris Dahlander is the founder and CEO of Snappy Salads, a fast-casual
restaur...
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Imran Charania
Founder/CEO
Nectar Urban Farm
Imran Charania is the Founder and CEO of Nectar, an urban farming startup
t...
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Occupy Your Meal Presentation

  1. 1. The food industry is going through a revolution. No longer are consumers satisfied with fast food, processed foods or irresponsible growers that are mass producing cheaply and irresponsibly. We are calling this movement: Our panel will explore how socially-conscious growers and restaurateurs are changing the outlook of fast casual restaurants, one bite at a time. We will discuss choices they made along the way and what dining guests can do to drive awareness and change in their community. OCCUPY YOUR MEAL 2
  2. 2. MEET THE PANEL 3
  3. 3. 4 Yareli Esteban President/CEO Strategar Yareli is the founder/CEO of Strategar, a marketing consultancy focused on helping clients develop better advertising strategies and tactics. She believes that the power of the collective is a strong force and her company is focused in providing clients like the Texas Dept. of Agriculture and Snappy Salads content strategies that help promote consumption of fresh food. Prior to Strategar, she spent 16 years working on some of the world’s largest brands including: Chevrolet, Bank of America, Sprint, McDonald’s, Domino’s, Sonic, Pizza Hut, Dell, Whataburger and Avocados From Mexico. Much of her work on Avocados inspired her current focus and interest on the topic of marketing healthful foods. Yareli is a proud longhorn and holds a BBA from UT Austin. She’s passionate about education and volunteers her time with Girl Scouts and Dallas Area Rape and Crisis Center. As a native of Mexico, she also spends time inner city schools motivating young Latino children to pursue higher education. @YARESTEBAN
  4. 4. 5 Lawrence Williams Chairman/CEO United States Healthful Food Council Lawrence is an entrepreneur who has dedicated his career to developing public-private partnership solutions to some of the world’s most vexing problems. Recognizing the link between dietary practices and numerous chronic diseases, he established the non-profit, non-governmental United States Healthful Food Council (USHFC) to improve the health of Americans. The USHFC provides incentives, programs and tools to increase the production and consumption of healthful and sustainable foods, such as Responsible Epicurean and Agricultural Leadership (REAL) Certification for the food and foodservice industry. Most recently, Lawrence worked with Elon Musk at SpaceX in collaboration with NASA to develop a domestic commercial crew and cargo program to replace the Space Shuttle. Lawrence’s government experience includes the White House Office of Public Liaison, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. House of Representatives. @USHFC
  5. 5. 6 Chris Dahlander Founder/CEO Snappy Salads Chris Dahlander is the founder and CEO of Snappy Salads, a fast-casual restaurant in the Dallas-area focused on providing the best quality food while embracing eco-friendly initiatives. Prior to launching Snappy Salads, Chris was the Marketing Director for Romano’s Macaroni Grill, part of Brinker International. He left the corporate rat race to open a place that would fit his life and his needs and with that inspiration, Snappy Salads was born. Ten years and ten stores later, Chris continues to carry out his mission of providing great food made from high quality ingredients in an environment that is good for both his guests and Mother Earth. The Texas Restaurant Association recognized Snappy Salads with the “Restaurant Neighbor Award” for their commitment to community. They support Movember, Days of Taste (nutritional education for underprivileged youth) and each location recycles compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) and batteries at no cost. They also hold an electronic waste recycling roundup twice a year. @SNAPPYSALADS
  6. 6. 7 Imran Charania Founder/CEO Nectar Urban Farm Imran Charania is the Founder and CEO of Nectar, an urban farming startup that grows and distributes fresh produce through a weekly subscription delivery service. Imran is an experienced entrepreneur and an engineer who has been involved with three startups. He began working with startups in 2013 when he started Cirkyt Technologies, Inc., a wearable technology company that designed an in-watch sensor module for the fashion industry. Later, he joined Kubos Corporation where he designed and implemented communication and telemetry hardware for satellites and high-altitude balloons. When he is not working, he volunteers in the Dallas startup and technology ecosystem. Imran has served as the Internet of Things Track Captain for Dallas Startup Week in 2016, a mentor at two Startup Weekends, as well as a mentor at the Hackster Hardware Weekend in 2015. @IMRAN_CHARANIA
  7. 7. Thank you for your vote! #OccupyYourMeal 9

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