Linda Duke to Moderate CEO Panel at Annual Fast Casual Summit

Duke Marketing Executive to Lead Fast Casual Brand Leaders in Round Table Tuesday, October 15th at Restaurant Industry Fast Casual Summit

Duke Marketing, LLC, announced, chief executive Linda Duke, a 20+ year restaurant marketing veteran, will participate in the 8th Annual Fast Casual Summit taking place this year in New Orleans, at Lowe’s hotel October 13th – 15th, 2013. Duke will moderate the CEO Round Table taking place at the Fast Casual Summit’s grand finale luncheon on Tuesday, October 15th from 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The Fast Casual Executive Summit is an annual gathering of a select group of top executives from the fast casual restaurant segment for two and a half days of networking and work group sessions designed to foster the exchange of ideas and innovations covering the industry’s top strategic issues put on by Networld Alliance. Registration and agenda can be found at:

“Linda Duke is a passionate fast casual veteran and speaker and we look forward to her moderating the CEO Round Table,” said Cherryh Butler, Senior Editor, “Our annual Summit wouldn’t be complete without Linda’s energy!  She is a respected marketing professional in this industry, and we are pleased to have her as a featured speaker for our 2013 annual conference in New Orleans.”

Linda Duke to Moderate CEO Panel at Annual Fast Casual SummitAs this year’s Fast Casual Summit grand finale, Ms. Duke will moderate the CEO Round Table with Timothy Taft, CEO of Fiesta Restaurant Group, Kelly Roddy, CEO of Schlotzsky’s restaurants, Mike Rotondo, CEO of Tropical Smoothie Cafe, Andy Wiederhorn, CEO of Fatburger, and Kathleen Wood, CEO of Suzy’s Swirl, who will share what attributed to their success and the growth of their brands as well as the industry as a whole on Tuesday, October 15th at 12:30 p.m.

Ms. Duke has attended each Fast Casual Summit since its inception eight years ago, and is one of the founding members of the Fast Casual Industry Council, FCIC, and now part of the National Restaurant Association.  “It is a privilege to be asked to participate in the restaurant industry’s fastest growing segment—fast casual and their annual summit again this year,” stated Linda Duke, CEO of Duke Marketing. “I was at the first Fast Casual Summit eight years ago and every year since, and it is truly a great event,” says Duke. “The fast casual summit gives fast casual operators a collaborative and educational opportunity to network and learn from others.”

Ms. Duke is a nationally recognized restaurant marketing expert, speaker, author and educator.  She speaks frequently at industry and client conferences, and is a member of the board of directors of the California Restaurant Association’s Educational Foundation and one of the founding members of the National Restaurant Association’s Fast Casual Industry Council.  Ms. Duke is an author of “Recipes for Restaurateurs”, and publishes Restaurant Marketing Magazine, an online quarterly restaurant industry resource.

Linda Duke to Moderate CEO Panel at Annual Fast Casual SummitDuke Marketing, LLC. was established in 1989, and is a California-based full service marketing firm providing strategic communications and creative brand building expertise for multi-location and franchise organizations. Duke Marketing combines a full range of services with on-target strategies, fresh ideas and break-out creative concepts to offer complete marketing and sales driving solutions for multi-unit restaurants, retail and foodservice operations.  For more information contact Duke Marketing at 415-492-4534 or please visit