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Are you looking to franchise your company overseas? How do you know when you are ready? What are the challenges of international expansion versus domestic expansion and where can you get help? This week, the restaurant brokers along with CEO of Buffalo's Cafe and CEO of YoBlendz and JuiceBlendz tackle international franchising.

Industry Guests Join the Restaurant Brokers

Naomi Green
Naomi Green
Director of Partnerships

As a life-long Atlanta native, Naomi Green was thrilled to join The Giving Kitchen team as Director of Partnerships and Strategic Events. Naomi brings extensive experience and knowledge of the restaurant industry which she’s gained over the past fifteen years. She has engaged in all dimensions of the restaurant business, rising from a server and bartender to senior management and event planning. Most recently, she was the Director of Events & Marketing at Fox Bros Bar-B-Q, where she signficantly contributed to the restaurant’s expansion initiatives. Previously, she was Event & Marketing Manager at the Palm Restaurant in Atlanta. Naomi also worked as a Corporate Trainer around the country and then as Banquet Sales Manager for Maggianos Little Italy in Atlanta, Charlotte, and Nashville.

Naomi has seen first hand the devastating impact of unanticipated hardship on Atlantas restaurant community. These experiences have motivated her to take on a leadership role in many industry related fundraisers, including launching Charlottes Web, The Pinky and the Team Hidi annual benefit events. Additionally, with the International Womens House, Naomi works to serve immigrant and refugee women and their children who have been victim of domestic violence. She was also the chief organizer of the Palm’s sponsorship of the PGAs TOUR Championship fundraiser, supporting the athletic engagement in golfing for children from low income families. Throughout these endeavors, Naomi has combined her pratical career experience with the skills obtained through her her studies at Boston Universitys College of Communication and Journalism.

Naomi has a love for the restaurant community and a commitment to improving the lives of Georgians.She grew up in East Atlanta Village and Little 5 Points, attended the Atlanta Public Schools, and has remained a beloved fan of all things Atlanta. She currently resides near Decatur, and when shes not out exploring some of Atlantas finest culinary hotspots and hidden dives, Naomi enjoys group running, spending time with her friends and family, and playing soccer regularly.

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Jennifer C. Hidinger
Jennifer C. Hidinger
Staplehouse – Business Manager and TGK Spokesperson

In her role as co-founder of Staplehouse Restaurant, Jennifer Hidinger orchestrates the development and execution of all aspects of the restaurant including the design, operational features and all business management. As co-founder and spokesperson for The Giving Kitchen Initiative, Hidinger advises on brand awareness and community involvement while providing a personal account in telling the story of TGK on a local and national platform.
 
Prior to establishing Staplehouse Restaurant and TGK with her late husband Chef Ryan Hidinger, Jennifer Hidinger served as the Manager of Seed Factory, a prominent childrens boutique in Atlanta, GA, assisting in employee training, scheduling, product buying and floor design. Before joining Seed Factory, Hidinger held the position of Account Executive at Austin Kelly Advertising where she managed relationships with clients and vendors including several local and regional clients such as Piedmont Hospital and Papa Johns Pizza.
 
Hidinger received her Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Broadcast Communication from Indiana University.
 
Hidinger lives in Atlanta, GA.
 
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  • jenhidinger@staplehouse.com Email
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