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Michael McDevitt, Founder and CEO of Terra's Kitchen, Former CEO of Medifast
THIS IS A PAID EVENT - PURCHASE YOUR TICKET IN THE LINK BELOW We're thrilled to be hosting Michael McDevitt, Founder and CEO of Terra's Kitchen, his third Maryland based venture. Terra’s Kitchen is a highly successful startup that provides the quickest, easiest, healthiest fresh food in the marketplace and delivers nationwide. Michael is going to walk us through his entrepreneurship journey from a financial analyst at the Blackstone Group to CEO of NYSE traded, Owings Mills based Medifast, Inc., to co-founder and CEO of Tandem Legal Group and Tandem Advisory Group and now founding Terra's Kitchen. Our chat will explore his successes, failures, and lessons learned of which there are many and Michael has a way of sharing that is riveting. Michael states "I started my career in private equity because I wanted to learn how businesses “worked”. I then moved onto the world of running a consumer goods business because I wanted to learn how to apply that knowledge to the “real world.” I started a legal and consulting firm because I wanted to help others experience growth, while I learned how to operate a services business. I started Terra’s Kitchen because I wanted to grow a business that would allow me to recreate the family dinner experiences I had as a kid with my own family." He goes on to say, "The meal kit market is growing quickly, as entrepreneurs see business opportunity in families' busy schedules and desire for healthy, home-cooked meals, and I want to be part of this opportunity." We'll be raffling a selection of Terra's custom made, home delivered gourmet meals to lucky attendees. Agenda 6:00 pm: Welcome Reception 6:45 pm: Startup Pitch Practice 7:00 pm: Fireside Chat 7:45 pm: Terra's Kitchen Auction 8:00 pm: Wrap Up --- Speaker Michael McDevitt - Terra's Kitchen (Founder, CEO) Michael is the CEO of Baltimore based Terra’s Kitchen. A nationwide food delivery service startup.. Previously, Michael served as CEO of Medifast Inc. During his 6 years tenure, Medifast was named the #1 growth company in America by Forbes magazine, averaging over 40% growth every year and was named Stock of the Decade and McDevitt was the youngest CEO in the history of the NYSE and the ASE. Hosted By Jeffrey Freedman, Baltimore Chapter Director Jeff is a marketing guru and growth hacking expert, having spent the past two decades guiding new products from concept to implementation as well as facilitating the growth of existing products and platforms. A native Baltimorean, he is currently the Chief Digital Officer at Pop Results and Startup Growth Advisors, a growth marketing agency. Andrew Bart, Baltimore Co-Director With a diverse career that initiated over a decade ago at iCrossing, a global digital agency that sold for over $325 million in June of 2010 to Hearst Corporation, Andrew Bart has a deep-rooted understanding of innovative Internet marketing solutions. As a self-funded entrepreneur, Andrew developed a proprietary supply chain management and lead generation software platform and negotiated a sale of the assets to a global product manufacturer. Currently, Andrew is an active Venture Capitalist, Advisor, and C-Level Growth Executive to a rapidly growing portfolio of 50+ early and growth stage tech companies spanning 6 continents. Marianne McGinley, Founder Marianne is the founder of Lokalphoto, a new platform that's modernizing how people find, book, and pay photographers while supporting photographers' businesses. Prior to stepping out of corporate, Marianne worked for 13 years in marketing and consumer insights. 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We host monthly events in more than 350 cities and 120 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences provide ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead. For more information visit ( or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind ( --- THIS IS A PAID EVENT - PURCHASE YOUR TICKET IN THE LINK BELOW

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