Vermont Venture Network Main Speakers: Jed Davis, President of Catamount Hospitality and Rob Downey, President of Third Place
Jed Davis is the President of Catamount Hospitality which owns and operates Burlington’s The Farmhouse Tap & Grill in conjunction with Third Place, Inc. Rob Downey and Paul Sayler of Third Place also own and operate American Flatbread. Established in 2009, Catamount Hospitality is dedicated to opening and operating socially responsible restaurant businesses with a focus on showcasing and supporting the work of small, quality driven farms helping to preserve the rural nature and rich agricultural history of our state. Jed is a 1998 graduate of the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration where he studied Independent Restaurant Operations. Jed had the privilege of working for world renowned restaurateurs Daniel Boulud and Danny Meyer during a 5 year stint in New York. Upon college graduation, Jed took a Kitchen Manager position at Daniel where he assisted with the opening of Daniel Boulud’s Cafe Boulud and reopening of Daniel. He then served as a Dining Room Manager at Danny Meyer’s Union Square Cafe, and then returned to Daniel as a Maitre ‘d. Jed returned to his home state of Vermont in 2002 and currently lives in Essex with his wife and two daughters.
Rob Downey is a co-founder of Third Place, Inc, which owns rights to develop American Flatbread restaurants and manages the Zero Gravity Craft Brewery brand. Rob is a lawyer, green business enthusiast, strategist and entrepreneur based in Burlington, Vermont. His diverse background includes industrial sales, politics, land use planning, economic development and energy-efficiency financing, environmental and tax policy research, and wind energy market development. More recently, Rob has co-developed several restaurants in Vermont including the Bobcat Cafe in Bristol, American Flatbread at the Marble Works in Middlebury, and American Flatbread in Burlington. Rob has also served on several local non-profit boards, including the Intervale Center, the Burlington Currency Project, the Food Enterprise Center, and the Farm Aid Vermont Committee.
Growth Company Showcase: Jeff Weinstein, President and Managing Partner of Two Guys in Vermont
Jeff Weinstein, Forty-Nine Days, Inc. President and Managing Partner of Two Guys in VermontTM business, has been leading the start-up stage for the company since early in 2010. The Two Guys in VermontTM brand debuted this past July at a farmers market in Stowe, Vt. and is now on shelf at 36 co-ops, markets and stores, primarily in Vermont, with store availabilities expanding into Western Massachusetts and New York Metro.
Jeff has contributed to the growth of several consumer businesses, in various stages, across multiple product categories. Weinstein has held Business Development and Sales Management roles for organizations such as Seventh Generation, Church & Dwight, Unilever and Quaker Oats.
The Two Guys in VermontTM mission is to prepare delicious foods using natural ingredients and to continuously seek partnering opportunities with regional family-scale size farms.
Jeff lives in Montpelier with his wife, two sons and mischievous Yellow Lab.
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When: Thursday, December 16, 2010
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
(formerly Wyndham Hotel)
60 Battery Street