Dan Jones joined the First Watch team as Chief Operations Officer in October 2021. Prior to First Watch, Jones served as Chief Operating Officer of CAVA since 2016, where he was responsible for CAVA and Zoës Kitchen brand operations, including overseeing facilities and catering. Jones also previously served in roles of increasing responsibility over his 14 years at Starbucks, which ultimately culminated in his appointment to Director of Operations for New York City, where he was responsible for the operations of approximately 90 stores. Jones was named Chief Operating Officer of the Year by the Washington Business Journal in 2018.
Sessions for Dan Jones
Sunday, April 16 4:00pm – 5:30pm
RLC Kick-off Reception and The Pacesetter Award CeremonyLocation: Ballroom Lawn
A great excused to get to the conference early- this year’s early arrival reception will honor the 2023 Pacesetter Award winner, Chris Tomasso and the First Watch Team! Join us for a celebratory evening of food, drinks, industry camaraderie and fun! The award will be accepted by Dan Jones, Chief Operations Officer for First Watch.
The Pacesetter Award recognizes small to mid-sized restaurants brands that have achieved next level growth and demonstrated industry excellence within their category. The winning criteria includes financial performance, system growth, caliber of culture, personnel management, innovation, leadership and industry support/giveback.
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