Norman Van Aken – Co-Founder at VRZ Hospitality Group
Norman Van Aken is the Co-Founder at VRZ Hospitality Group, a full service consulting group that aims to help hotels and restaurants realize their hospitality goals. He is known as the founding father of “New World Cuisine,” a celebration of Latin, Caribbean, Asian, African and American flavors, and internationally because of his concept of “Fusion” which he introduced to the culinary world. As an author, his books include No Experience Necessary: The Culinary Odyssey of Chef Norman Van Aken, My Key West Kitchen: Recipes and Stories, and New World Kitchen: Latin American and Caribbean Cuisine. Norman has been recognized with many honors, appeared on varieties of television shows including Jimmy Kimmel Live and CNN, and has a new cooking school venture titled In The Kitchen With Norman Van Aken.
Nick Fosberg – President at Bar Owner Marketing Systems
Nick Fosberg is the President at Bar Owner Marketing Systems where he takes his enthusiasm for entrepreneurship and combines it with his lifelong interest in the restaurant and bar industry. He bought his first bar from his father at age 26 which led him on his path to marketing in the industry. After being able to make his marketing strategies work for his own business, he started getting calls from others who wanted his help. He has now helped hundreds of bar owners from all across the United States and Canada reach success by applying his marketing strategies. Nick is also the author of The Bar Restaurant Owner’S Guide To Doubling Profits & Loyal Regulars In Any Economy: Your Step-By-Step Blueprint For Attracting New Customers & Turning Them Into Loyal Regulars where he shares his expertise.