Bill Cross & Broad Street Licensing Group

William Cross, Senior Vice President Business Development, spearheads business development for the agency. Over his many years in licensing, he has developed and negotiated award-winning licensing partnerships across a wide variety of consumer and B2B product categories and industries. Bill joined the agency from the world of public relations and marketing, consulting for clients in the licensing, sporting goods, travel and computer software fields. He oversees BSLG’s blog “Food Business News,” writes about the food and restaurant industry for a variety of publications and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and seminars (“How to Make Retail & Alternate Distribution Channels Work for You” at the NRA Show in Chicago May 17, 2015). In addition, Bill serves on the advisory board of the Women’s Choice Awards for the Food and Beverage category.

In his former life, Bill was a journalist covering economic and consumer trends in Asia for publications including The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Boston Globe, Money Magazine and Chicago Tribune. He holds an M.Phil in Comparative Literature from Yale University and a B.A. in German from University of California, Santa Barbara.

Find Bill on Linkedin – https://www.linkedin.com/in/broadstreetlicensing/

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Broad Street Licensing Group – http://www.bslg.com

About the author, Shawn

Chef Shawn has worked in almost every segment of the foodservice industry. He holds business degrees and certificates in Culinary Arts, Hospitality & Tourism Management, Accounting and Professional Sales. He is Certified Executive Chef (CEC) and a Certified Culinary Educator (CCE) through The American Culinary Federation. A Certified Culinary Professional (CCP) through the International Association of Culinary Professionals. He is the author of The First Timer’s Cookbook and The First Timer’s Bakebook. His work has been recognized nationwide as well as being a regular contributor to numerous food service publications and outlets and is the recipient of numerous awards-most recently the 2015 Culinary Educator of the Year through the local American Culinary Federation’s chapter-Beehive State Chef’s Association.

He the owner of multiple food service businesses and currently the host of the Business Chef Podcast.

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