Meet Our Advisors
Smart Lunches wouldn't be nearly as smart without the wisdom and enthusiasm of our team of special advisors. We’re fortunate enough to have the counsel of these great leaders.
Scott Savitz is the Founder and Managing Partner of Data Point Capital, an investment firm focused on the internet. Scott is a strong advocate of entrepreneurship and innovation, especially where it aims to raise the bar on the consumer experience. Scott is also the founder and former CEO of Shoebuy.com. Scott founded Shoebuy in 1999, and served as its CEO through its sale to IAC. Under his guidance, Shoebuy grew on average over 55% a year becoming one of the largest online retailers in the country, with over 1 million products and $3.5 billion in inventory available for sale, serving over 8 million visitors a month. Between the sale of Shoebuy in 2006 and Scott retiring from the company in 2011, Shoebuy tripled revenues and grew bottom line faster than top-line.
Scott is Chairman of Smart Lunches and also serves on the boards of Paintzen, Print Syndicate, Vee24, YourMechanic and Jebbit. Scott has also previously served as an Advisor or Director for Olejo Stores (acquired by Mattress Firm), On The Spot Systems, Inc. (acquired by Press Ganey), and Bluestem Brands (acquired by Capmark Financial Group). He also serves on several committees focused on fostering growth and a more robust economy including the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, Nantucket Conference, Citi Performing Arts Center, and Co-Chair of 12 X 12 and Mass Scale. Scott received a B.A. in English from the University of Colorado and currently resides in Boston, MA. He is a frequent industry speaker and has received numerous awards and accolades including Ernst & Young's New England Entrepreneur of the Year.
Chairman, Cheddar's Casual Cafe
Sr. Advisor, Snap Kitchen
Neal Yanofsky’s career has spanned several industries, with the common thread of developing strategies and building teams that drive the expansion of high growth enterprises. Neal is currently Chairman of Cheddar's Casual Cafe and a director and senior advisor to Snap Kitchen; both are portfolio companies of Catterton Partners. He also serves on the boards of two other venture-backed companies and on the advisory board of activist hedge fund Voce Capital.
Previously in the restaurant industry Neal served as President, International of Dunkin’ Brands (NASDAQ: DNKN), and as President of Panera Bread (NASDAQ: PNRA), the definitive leader in the “quick casual” segment of the restaurant industry, where during his tenure system-wide sales tripled to over $2.5 billion and the company’s stock generated the highest compounded annual growth in the restaurant industry.
In addition to his operating experience, Neal spent ten years at Fidelity Investments. As Vice President of Fidelity Ventures he was responsible for re-starting Fidelity’s venture capital program and producing returns almost double the industry average.In the retail industry, Neal was CEO of Generation Mobile, a venture-backed firm that was the largest independent multi-brand retailer of wireless products and services. Earlier in his career he was vice president, market development for Charrette Corporation, and chief marketing officer for Au Bon Pain. Neal received his A.B. from Harvard College and M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, and completed a post-graduate fellowship at London School of Economics. He serves on the board of the West End House Boys and Girls Club and is a member of the Harvard Art Museum Collections Committee.
Founder and CEO of Barbara Lynch Gruppo
James Beard Award-winner and Relais & Châteaux Grand Chef Barbara Lynch is regarded as one of Boston’s—and the country’s—leading chefs and restaurateurs. Barbara opened her first restaurant, No.9 Park, in 1998 in Boston’s Beacon Hill neighborhood. By 2010, she had opened seven other concepts around the city of Boston: B&G Oysters, The Butcher Shop, Stir, Sportello, Drink, Menton, and 9 at Home.
As the founder & CEO of Barbara Lynch Gruppo, Barbara oversees the operations of eight concepts and employs over 200 people. In 2012, she established the Barbara Lynch Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to helping Boston’s communities create healthy and inspired futures for its youth. The BLF provides leadership and support to build life skills, to improve access to nutritious foods, and to empower families.
President of Mass Innovation & Tech Exchange
Debi Kleiman is the president of MITX, the Massachusetts Innovation & Technology Exchange. She is the organization’s chief strategist, community builder, evangelist, inspiration instigator, giver of projects and den mom. Previously, Debi was a marketing leader for major CPG companies such as Coca Cola, Welch’s and Procter & Gamble. Prior to MITX, she focused her talents at Communispace as VP of Product Marketing. She’s also played a key role in a few local start-ups as a mentor, advisor or marketing head. Debi has a BS from Cornell University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She spends most of her free time with her husband and two sons - cooking, playing, cheering and trying not to get hit by a lacrosse ball or hockey puck.
General Manager, High Mowing Organic Seeds
Tom Furber has a proven track record of starting new businesses and in building successful strategies that improve alignment and growth for existing firms. Most recently, he served as a Vice President at Care.com; previous adventures included Founder and CEO, Of Course Meals; Managing Director, Cambridge Innovation Center; and founder and president, Home Runs, a pioneering Boston-based online grocery venture. In his career, he has worked for large established enterprises such as Cigna, Coopers & Lybrand and Hannaford Brothers. Through his consulting practice, Tom guided clients in distribution, financial services, professional services and the information technologies industry. Tom has a B.A. in Mathematics from Middlebury College and an M.B.A. from Dartmouth College.
Chief Operating Officer, OR FoodEx
Joshua Hubbard is a veteran of over 20 years in the hospitality industry, developing the combined hospitality, operations and marketing experience that frames his entrepreneurial approach. Whether functioning as a turnaround specialist, change agent or business leader, his career has been highlighted by a results focused approach, providing the strategic vision, uncompromising standards and structured systems to ensure growth and innovation in the marketplace. Most recently, Josh brought his extensive, broad based background to his role of Chief Operating Officer at Unidine Corporation, a regional food service company serving hospitals, senior centers, and businesses. In this role, he helped guide the company through explosive growth and geographic expansion. Josh joined Unidine after a 12 year career with ARAMARK Higher Education encompassing key corporate and operations roles including Associate Vice President, Catering Excellence and Conference Centers Hotels and Resident District Manager for Boston University–one of the largest accounts within ARAMARK. Josh graduated from Cornell University in School of Hotel Administration.
Susan Frigoletto is the mother of three daughters and the founder of Smart Lunches. Susan’s career has spanned nearly 20 years in both politics and the public sector, during which she has served as a consultant to several non-profits and to The Illinois State Lottery. Susan was involved in a start-up during the dot.com era and then served in the Romney administration as Director of Consumer Affairs. In December 2010, she graduated from law school and went on to work in a downtown Boston firm. Currently, Susan has her own law practice, enjoys giving back to her community and serves on various neighborhood boards. In her spare time, she enjoys attending the sporting events of her girls. She is a native of the Boston area, having grown up in Wellesley, attended Boston University and Emerson College as well as The Massachusetts School of Law.
John Davie, a graduate of NYU’s Stern School of Business, has been the founder and President of Dining Alliance since 1998. Dining Alliance is the largest restaurant focused Group Purchasing Organization (GPO) in the country. He has completed 4 acquisitions and is responsible for growing the companies to over $4 Billion in combined purchases and over 30,000 member locations. A skilled negotiator, he has negotiated contracts with such companies as Pepsi, Bank of America, Ecolab and Frito Lay.
Barry Coffman is a member of Launchpad Venture Group, a Boston-based angel investment group. He mentors, advises and serves as a board member for a number of local startup companies. He has been an active angel investor for almost 20 years and is still a shareholder in his first two investments, Boston Duck Tours and Constant Contact. Currently Barry is a board member of Pixability, ProCamps and Smart Structures, Inc.
Prior to joining Launchpad Barry was the Co-Founder and Portfolio Manager of Boldwater Capital Management, a hedge fund investment firm, and prior to Boldwater Barry was a portfolio manager at Fidelity Investments for over 15 years.
Barry is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and received his MBA from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. He resides in Needham with his wife Linda, and is a member of the advisory Board of Beth Israel Deaconess Needham