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Tuesday, May 24 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Food-Preneurship Panel: The Business of Chowing Down

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What is “food-preneurship” anyway? Come pick the brains of Detroit-based food-preneurs, who are revolutionizing the industry and taking the city by storm! This event intends to create an opportunity for aspiring & new food-preneurs to learn the biz from the experience of various industry experts. Submit your questions ahead of time here: ‪bit.ly/fppanel 


o   Joe Hessling | Verii, CEO

o   Mark Rieth | Atwater Brewery, Owner

o   Ryan McWhirter | 365 Retail Markets, Director of Product

o   AJ Nichols | ASHE Supply Co., Co-Founder

o   Tatiana Grant | Flash Delivery, Co-Owner


o   Ann Elkina | eatdrinklive.co, Founder

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Ann Elkina

Founder, eatdrinklive.co
Detroit Startup Week IoT track captain and Food-Preneur Speaker | | Ann is the winner of Cargill Meat Co. "Share and tell" recipe contest for her "Beef Braised in Rioja" recipe, runner up and winner of $15,000 in the Sutter Home wine Build a Better Burger Contest for her "Whistler Village Poutine Burger", and is currently a finalist inWild Wing Cafe Battle of the Bones contest with her "Jammin' Jerk" recipe. She is a blogger (founder of... Read More →

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Tatiana Grant

Co-Founder, Flash Delivery
Tatiana Grant is a metro-Detroit native, who has had an entrepreneurial spirit since a young age. This spirit started with a Kool-Aid stand and expanded to a home business of doing hair and nails, under the age of 10. Her family instilled hard work and education, which sparked her work ethic and academic performance. Her past experience allowed her to gain positions at some of the nation and region's leading companies. | | A self-proclaimed... Read More →
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Joseph Hessling

CEO, Verii
Joe Hessling is the Founder and CEO of Verii, a technology company providing small businesses in-office snack and drink solutions through an app-based purchasing platform. A serial entrepreneur, Joe began his career in the restaurant business at a young age. Over the past 25 years, he has founded, owned and operated several companies in the food-services industry. In addition to Verii, Joe is also the CEO and founder of 365 Retail Markets, a... Read More →
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Ryan McWhirter

Director of Product, 365 Retail Markets
Ryan McWhirter is the Director of Product at 365 Retail Markets, located in Troy, MI. A graduate from Michigan State University with a degree in Telecommunications, McWhirter has a decade of experience in the interactive self-service technology field. Having implemented kiosks, digital menu boards, mobile apps and much more across the restaurant, airport and casino industries, McWhirter is a solution oriented professional.
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AJ Nichols

Co-Founder, AJ Nichols
I grew up in Royal Oak, graduated from Kimball High school (now Royal Oak High School). Moved downtown Detroit in 2003, attended and graduated from Wayne State with a Business Marketing degree. I've been living in the city on and off since 2003, I moved out of state for a few years working for JPMorgan Chase. Upon experiencing the corporate sector it was evident to me that I was meant to pursue a more organic and passionate route for my... Read More →
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Mark Rieth

Owner, Atwater Brewery
Mark Rieth is the President, CEO, and Owner of Atwater Brewery. Located in Detroit’s historic Rivertown district, and housed in a 1919 factory warehouse, Atwater Brewery was founded in March of 1997 with the purpose of carrying on the rich history of breweries in Detroit. Our brewing process, however, is over 200 years old.Our imported Kasper Schultz brew house allows us to brew our brands in the true heritage-style of traditional German... Read More →