General Session Speakers

Wednesday, August 22nd

Andrew ZimmernPresenter: Andrew Zimmern

A four-time James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef, writer and teacher, Andrew Zimmern is regarded as one of the most versatile and knowledgeable personalities in the food world. As the creator, executive producer and host of the Bizarre Foods franchise on Travel Channel, The Zimmern List and Andrew Zimmern’s Driven by Food, he has explored cultures in more than 170 countries, promoting impactful ways to think about, create and live with food.

Thursday, August 23rd

Governor Michael LeavittPresenter: Governor Michael Leavitt


Friday, August 24th

Mary Lynne CarrawayPresenter: Mary Lynne Carraway

In her position as the President of Team Washington, Inc. and a Franchisee of Domino’s Pizza LLC, Mary Lynne Carraway oversees the operation of seventy-four of the most successful Domino’s Pizza stores in the system. She is an active member of the Domino’s Franchise Forum, the Domino’s Women’s Leadership Forum and the Domino’s Franchisee Association.
She also serves on the Franchise Communication Council.
Carraway’s ascension to President of Team Washington did not follow a typical career path. As the youngest of seven children, she grew up working in a family owned restaurant. She attended Brigham Young University, worked in hotels and entertainment and spent 10 years in the fashion industry, some of it living abroad in Paris. She thought she had found her dream job when she married her Prince Charming, David Carraway, and they started their family. Instead, Frank Meeks, founder of Team Washington, Inc. passed away in 2004 and within two and a half years of taking over the company, her husband, David, lost his battle with brain cancer. In the midst of all that was happening, Mary Lynne went through a rigorous training process to become a Domino’s Pizza Franchisee.

Team Washington has thrived in the last ten years since Carraway took the reins of the company. Team Washington is recognized as one of the top Franchises in the Domino’s Pizza system and has won six Gold Frannies, the highest award given to a franchisee, under her leadership. She won the Circle of Excellence Award for the Top 10 CEOs in Washington, DC, Woman of the Year for the Eastern Region in 2013 and won the same title for the company worldwide in 2014.

In 2010,Carraway is active in her church and has served with the Young Women’s Youth Group for twenty years (three of those years as president and six years in a stake presidency). She volunteers for numerous school projects, including Students after School Programs and was a group leader in an Ethics Seminar for high school students. She encourages her team members to keep themselves healthy, physically and mentally. She competed in two Adventure races with David, two marathons, completed the AVON Walk for Breast Cancer, and has led her leadership team in several bike races and triathlons. She resides in McLean, VA with her four children, Molly, Carson, Brandon and Hannah.

Ken_Toong.jpgPresenter: Ken Toong

Executive Directory of Auxiliary Enterprises, UMass 
Ken Toong is the Executive Director of Auxiliary Enterprises, which is comprised of UMass Dining, Hotel UMass, UMass Conference Services, Licensing, UMass Catering, University Club & Restaurant, as well as the University Bookstore. Auxiliary Enterprises provides the core service that support the academic and extracurricular goals of the university. Ken always puts customer service first and is committed to going beyond simply providing services by creating a unique experience for all customers and visitors. An avid supporter of student health and regional food system, Ken places a strong focus on sustainability, nutrition and community. In his free time, Ken enjoys jogging, reading, traveling, walking the dog, and rooting on the Dallas Cowboys and UMass Minutemen.