ABOUT

 
 
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As an independent contracting and consulting company, we specialize in strategic business development for emerging food and beverage brands and concepts in non-traditional channels.

We are a dynamic, well-connected organization focused on helping our clients build brands, create memorable experiences, and deliver outstanding financial results.

Our passions and strengths lie in leveraging our clients' values and cultures to build emotional connections between their audiences and their brands.

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MEET DOUG KOOB
Founder, CHIEF CONNECTIONS OFFICER

Doug's passions are creating business strategies, driving new opportunities, forging alliances between creative thought leaders, and helping strong operators find innovative brands and concepts that drive engagement and loyalty with customers.

Doug spent 23 years with Starbucks Coffee Company in business development, concept development and sales leadership. He helped lay the foundations of channel growth for the company in the U.S. and Western Europe, including its food service, franchise, consumer product, and office coffee divisions.

After Starbucks, Doug worked in executive-level roles with First Watch Restaurants and Asian Box Restaurants.

Doug has a broad network of relationships in the U.S. and abroad, and deep knowledge of trends in the industry. Recent clients include Salt & Straw, Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Smith Teamaker, SSP America, MOD Pizza, Evergreens, Farmers Fridge, La Place, Chipotle Mexican Grill, and Townshend's Brew Dr. Kombucha.

Doug is also a contributor to Food Inspiration Magazine, which hosts Food Inspiration Days in The Netherlands.  He regularly facilitates food and beverage concept tours in leading-edge markets.  

 
 

Doug brings people together to form innovative partnerships that drive business results.

 
 
 
 
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