General Session Speaker

Brett Schulman

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CAVA and Zoës Kitchen

Session Description

The Trailblazers 


Brett Schulman is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive of Cava Group, Inc.:  a leading Mediterranean culinary brand focusing on fresh, healthful cuisine.  Recognized in 2018 by Fast Company as one of the top 50 most innovative companies, Cava brings modern, authentic, and vibrant Mediterranean food to a national audience in both restaurant and grocery channels through a unique, culinary-driven experience.  After spending over a decade in the investment-banking world at firms including Alex Brown, Deutsche Bank Alex Brown, and Friedman Billings Ramsey, Brett was the COO at Snikiddy LLC, a nationally distributed snack food company in multiple grocery channels including natural and organic markets, club stores and mass retailers.  At Snikiddy he helped expand the brand from conceptual stage to a multi million-dollar growth business, which subsequently was acquired by Utz Quality Foods. 

Brett has consulted for a number of CPG and restaurant start-ups that fuel his combined passion for food and business.  He champions the movement to educate healthier eating as a member of the Society of Fellows at The Culinary Institute of America and working with organizations like Garden School Foundation and City Blossoms. 

Brett is a Washington, DC native, graduate of the University of Maryland, and resides in Bethesda, MD with his wife Mary and children Sunny, Sadie and Luke.