Bio: Richard is an architect by degree (Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, Michigan) who began his career in real estate development and architectural planning. In September of 2010 he created Mobile Cuisine Magazine to fill an information void he found when he began researching how to start a mobile hotdog cart in Chicago. Richard found that there was no central repository of mobile street food information anywhere on the internet, and with that, the idea for MCM was born.
Bio: Hannah Ashor is a marketing professional with over 14 years’ experience. She has specialized in trade show and event management for both marketing agencies and client marketing groups. Her entire adult life has been in events and shows, and as she puts it, “It’s a bug, or a “fever,” or better yet, a passion”. As a member of Mobile Cuisine, she helped orchestrate Chicago’s first food truck event series (Food Truck Tuesdays) which was successful in helping introduce the people of Chicago to the growing mobile food industry.
Hannah’s creative visions in event planning and trade show booth design coupled with her watchful eye on budgeting has given her the ability to “see all the moving parts” to guarantee successful events and trade shows.
Bio: Matt Carlson is an Insurance Broker at Risk Strategies Company (RSC) and specializes in insurance and risk management solutions for food trucks/catering trucks and restaurants across the United States. He is a foodie and second generation commercial insurance broker. He provides his clients with General Liability, Auto, Workers’ Compensation and other coverages. Matt currently insures over 30+ food trucks across the country. Some of his more notable clients are Kogi BBQ and the Grilled Cheese Truck. Visit www.cateringtruckinsurance.com to download a quote application. You can also go to www.risk-strategies.com to learn more about the Top 100 national insurance broker he represents.
Bio: Marcie Newman is a Safety Manager for a company-owned fleet of 65+ food trucks stationed at United Caterers, Inc. – a commissary with over 200 customers operating in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Over the last 6 years, she has developed and administered the industry’s first comprehensive Risk Management Program for hot trucks, featuring Vehicle Maintenance, Equipment & Workplace Safety, Driving Safety, Food Handling Safety, and First Aid. She also conducts accident investigations, handles insurance claims, serves as legal liaison, and works with over 85 North Texas municipalities to facilitate the permitting process for their customers.
Bio: Rebecca Withers Chastenet traded her pen for an apron in late 2010 with the opening of Slurp: Santa Fe’s Original Airstream Eatery. A restaurant critic and food writer for over 15 years, Rebecca wrote regular food features for the Austin Chronicle and other regional publications for nearly a decade, and co-authored four cookbooks, collaborating with chefs and caterers who preferred cooking to writing. More recently, Rebecca’s writing has filled space in the corporate and cyber worlds, and her food has been lovingly prepared out of her 1967 Airstream kitchen, the inspiration for her blog Food Truck Click.com. She lives in Santa Fe, NM, with her three children.