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Join us as our very own Ken Smusyiak sits down with Tom Ryan and Jeff Sinelli for our inaugural 2020 virtual Innovate State! They discuss the food business, how they got started, & what it’s like to persevere — & thrive!
Tom Ryan is an amalgam of many things. He is a food scientist, earning his bachelor’s, master’s, & doctorate in flavor & fragrance chemistry from Michigan State University. In 2007, Smashburger was born, becoming an industry icon for quality, growth, and business acumen. Smashburger has been named twice by Forbes as “America’s Most Promising Company,” has won countless local awards for best burgers, and earned Tom a spot on Gourmet Magazine’s ”25 Top Food Entrepreneurs of the Last 25 Years” list.
Jeff Sinelli serves as Founder, CEO, & Chief Vibe Officer of Sinelli Concepts and its subsidiaries. He is the creator of growing iconic brands, including Which Wich? Superior Sandwiches; Genghis Grill; Paciugo Gelato & Caffè; Burguesa Brands; and Supernova Coffee—concepts that have grown domestically & internationally to nearly 1,000 locations.