2019 DMVbrw Business of Food + Beverage Education Conference

2019 DMVbrw Business of Food + Beverage Education Conference

The Business of Food and Beverage Education Conference


8:30 AM – 9:00 AM: Continental Breakfast and Registration Check-In

9:00 AM: Welcome 

9:30 AM: Keynote Warren Thompson, Founder, Thompson Hospitality Group

10:00 AM: Concurrent Panel Topics (45 mins)

Intergenerational Wealth – Financing and Corporate Structure

​Moderator: Thomas G. Bowlen, III, Leasing and Brokerage, Rappaport

  • Vicki Davis, CEO, Davis & Davis Advisors
  • Constance Craig-Mason, CEO, Concierge Financial Group
  • Vida Ali, Boardmember, Ben’s Chili Bowl Foundation

Importance of Government in Doing Business

Moderator: Marcus Goodwin, Director, Neighborhood Development Co.

  • Shawn Townsend, Director, DC Nightlife and Culture
  • Donna Girgsby, VP & Community Development Manager, TD Bank Foundation Resources

Legacy and Future of Blacks in the Food industry

Moderator: Andra Johnson, Co-Founder, DMV Black Restaurant Week

  • Teo Hunnter and Beny Robinson, Co-Owners, Crowns and Hops
  • Kevin Blodger, Union Craft Brewing Company
  • Kofi Meroe, Sankofa Beer

Power of Ownership and Collaboration

Moderator: Dr. Erinn Tucker, Co-Founder, DMV Black Restaurant Week

  • Tony Simpson, Owner, Sobe Restaurant & Lounge 
  • Melvin Hines, Owner, DCity Smokehouse, Wicked Bloom, Revive Catering 
  • Nikki Thompson Howard and Jaqi Thompson Wright, The Furlough Cheesecake 

​THE TALK – The Power of the Brand

Moderator: Furard Tate, Co-Founder, DMV Black Restaurant Week

  • Michelle Billingy, SVP Marketing, Yelp DC                             
  • Chinyere Hubbard, Vice President, Communications and Marketing, Events DC
  • Frank Lewis, Sr. Sales Manager, Pepsico

1:30 PM: Catered Lunch and Networking