Carol Coren is principal and co-founder of Cornerstone Ventures, a pioneering social enterprise development firm dedicated to supporting advancement of business ventures that improve communities by providing needed products, services and earning opportunities without doing harm to the environment. Much of the work undertaken has focused on food industry initiatives leading to establishment of supermarkets and food hubs in food deserts, advancement of controlled environment agriculture growing centers for specialty crops and protein resources, and recommendations for programs to support links between nutrition and health care. Services include business development assistance, strategic planning and financing.
Erik Wolf MA, CCTPFounder, World Food Travel Association
Erik Wolf is the visionary founder of the world’s food tourism industry, and of the Association. He is a highly sought speaker, thought leader, strategist and consultant, in the US and abroad, on food and drink tourism issues, and is considered the go-to food tourism industry resource for media outlets that have included CNN, the BBC, the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, NBC, GQ, Forbes, PeterGreenberg.com, Huffington Post, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Arirang Korea, Sky Media (UK) and many more. His works have been published in dozens of languages, including Chinese, Spanish, Greek, Polish, Russian, Portuguese and many more. Erik also advises to UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network gastronomy program and the UNWTO’s Gastronomy Network.
Brian Lorge, CCTP, HAAC is the President/CEO of Lorge Marketing Services (LMS), a boutique marketing agency and he also serves as the VP of Marketing for Baderbräu Brewing Company, Chicago’s Original Craft Beer™. LMS specializes in management services and consulting for foodservice, craft beverage and non-profit associations and benefits from Lorge’s skills in food and beverage industry brand management, extensive experience as a corporate executive chef, and ten years as a senior marketing VP in foodservice distribution as well as over two decades of serving on non-profit boards.
Harold D Partain CTC CCTP has served on the Board of Directors of the World Food Travel Association (formerly International Culinary Tourism Association) since 2004. He has chaired various Association committees since then, including Education and also Membership. Harold has dedicated 40 years of his life to the travel industry. His management and training skills have lead several companies to success and recognition. Harold is a senior partner with McCabe Travel Group and owner of Epicopia Culinary Journeys. He lectures on travel styles and trends, destinations, and the history of food for various travel organizations such as ASTA and industry conferences.
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