Jot Condie, President and Chief Executive Officer of the California Restaurant Association

Jot Condie

Jot Condie joined the California Restaurant Association in May of 1999. He was promoted to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer on May 17, 2004. Prior to this post, Condie served as Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and Public Policy, where he was the restaurant industry's chief lobbyist and political strategist in California. In that capacity he built the CRA PAC into one of the largest small-business trade association PACs in California and raised $18 million from the restaurant industry to fight Prop 72 in 2004.

He serves as a Board Director for the National Restaurant Association, is an Officer/Board member for the National Council of State Restaurant Associations, appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger to the California Tourism Commission, and is a Board Member of the California International Relations Foundation and Collins' College Board of Advisors.

A resident of Sacramento, California, Jot lives with his wife Kristen Simoes, their 5-year old daughter, Halle, and twin 14-year-old boys, Garrison and Jot.

Scott Shaw, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Fishbowl

Scott Shaw

Fishbowl, Inc. is a leading provider of on-demand marketing software and services to the restaurant industry. Fishbowl's easy-to-use solutions help restaurants of all sizes manage critical guest marketing services, including Email Marketing, Social Media, Guest Database Management, Analytics and Local Store Marketing. Fishbowl supports over 35,000 restaurant locations and manages the industry's largest guest database, with over 44 million opt-in members.

Prior to founding Fishbowl, Scott Shaw spent 17 years with three start-up foodservice companies. He was co-founder and President of Amy's Ice Creams, based in Austin, Texas; Partner & Chief Operating Officer of CAFE TU TU TANGO, a Nation’s Restaurant News "Hot Concepts" award-winner; and Chief Operating Officer of the Austin Grill, an award-winning seven-unit chain, based in Washington, DC.

Scott received a B.A. from Yale University with a major in Latin American Studies.

Phil Lempert, Founder and CEO of Supermarket Guru

Phil Lempert For more than 25 years, Lempert, an expert analyst on consumer behavior, market trends, new products and the changing retail landscape, has identified and explained impending trends to consumers and some of the most prestigious companies worldwide. Known as the Supermarket Guru, Lempert is recognized on television, radio and in print. He is the food trends editor and correspondent for NBC News Today Show and has appeared on The Opera Winfrey Show, 20/20, CNN, CNBC, Discovery Health and MSNBC.

Meri Raffetto, RD Founder and CEO of Real Living Nutrition Services

Meri Raffetto With more than 10 years experience in nutrition counseling, Meri Raffetto has helped people make positive lifestyle changes to improve their health. In 2003, Meri developed Real Living Nutrition Services to help empower people to learn how to manage their weight by making practical, real life changes. Meri specializes in weight management and heart disease. She is a member of the American Dietetic Association and past president of the California Tri-County Dietetic Association.

Geoff Needham, President and Co-founder of PlantHaven

Geoff Needham Geoff has a life-long career of converting innovation into business success. Currently, Geoff is President and co-founder of PlantHaven, Inc., a market-leading patent agency and global introducer of ornamental plants. PlantHaven’s clients are highly skilled plant breeders, for whom Geoff and colleagues have obtained over 300 patents and generated over $20 million in royalties. Geoff is active in national and international organizations which foster understanding and support of intellectual property rights.