Who We Are
Carl and Meredith are sought-after speakers at events across the world. They host 'The Digital Restaurant' podcast (formally The Monday Minute’) and appear as guests at many others. They are frequent contributors to Nations Restaurant News, and RestaurantOwner.com.
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, AUTHOR & PODCAST HOST
Carl Orsbourn is a global retail executive and board member whose experience spans blue-chip companies (BP-owned ampm), disruptive start-up ventures (Juicer, Kitchen United), and restaurants (Alfa Co). Carl has been recognized as a Power Player by Nations Restaurant News and Business Insider for his thought leadership in supporting restaurants to adapt to the challenges and opportunities offered through digitization, technology, and automation.
As COO of Juicer, Carl leads business development, partnerships, and operations for this innovative start-up supporting the development of dynamic pricing capability for restaurants.
As Head of Retail at ampm, Carl was responsible for achieving record growth through $1.3 billion in retail sales and growing the network to over 1000+ locations.
At Kitchen United, Carl established the operating model and led operations & customer success for one of the country's foremost ghost kitchen providers.
As a non-executive board member for Alfa Co., Carl advises on digital off-premise strategy and expansion in Saudi Arabia. He is also an advisory board member for Just Cook Kitchens and the Digital Restaurant Association.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, AUTHOR & PODCAST HOST
Meredith Sandland has created and driven disruptive growth at both Fortune 100 and start-up companies. She has spent a decade navigating changing consumer demands and restaurant real estate environments.
Meredith Sandland is the CEO of Empower Delivery, a SaaS company that enables delivery-centric restaurants to manage end-to-end deliver transactions from brand development to logistics through one platform.
As the former Chief Development Officer at Taco Bell, Meredith reignited unit growth after the 2008-2009 recession to build 1000+ Taco Bells and add over $1 billion in sales to the brand.
As Chief Operating Officer at Kitchen United, Meredith created the business model, raised two rounds of capital, and was the public face of this Google Ventures-backed Ghost Kitchen start-up.
Over the last three years, Meredith has met with every major restaurant company, food-tech company, real estate company, and VC investor who is exploring the online food revolution. She is a sought-after speaker and consultant.