THE AUTHORS

Who We Are

CARL ORSBOURN

AUTHOR & PODCAST HOST

Carl Orsbourn is a global retail executive and board member whose experience spans across blue-chip companies (BP-owned ampm), disruptive start-up ventures (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 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.

Carl is a sought-after speaker at events across the world. He hosts 'The Monday Minute’ podcast and appears as a guest at many others. He is a frequent contributor to Forbes, Nations Restaurant News, and RestaurantOwner.com.

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MEREDITH SANDLAND

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 real estate environments for restaurants. 

As 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.

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