Startup Grind Eastside Hosts David Israel (CEO/Founder BFY Foods)

Seattle Eastside
February 22, 2018 / 5:30 PM

About this event

We have an exceptional entrepreneur with us on Feb 22nd. He has been operating businesses since he was 19 years old and continues to look for new ways to be smarter. He has started 2 very successful food related companies in the 12 years with millions of dollars in revenue. He currently is growing BFY Foods into several brands in several countries. 

Under the BFY umbrella David has launched Culinary Co., a premium non-dairy, vegan food company, and David’s Best which produces and licensees products under the iconic Huy Fong Sriracha brand. David is a co-founder of What's Next Washington, a coalition that focuses on facilitating the successful transition of those re-entering society from prison. 

Speaker

David Israel (BFY Food Group)

David Israel

Founder, CEO - BFY Food Group

David is a serial entrepreneur and has been self-employed since he was 19 when he bought interest in the nightclub he managed.

In July 1993, David founded the regional financial services company Pawn X-Change, which grew into a powerful 44 store regional chain that had annual revenues exceeding $48 million.

David has developed multiple successful retail and service concepts that have ranged from upscale Facilities Maintenance Services to a patented truck-side advertising system. 

David was incarcerated for 46 months in Washington State prison after a 7 year legal battle that ended with an Alford Plea (no-contest). This is where he wrote the initial business plan for Pop Gourmet after seeing some fellow inmates make a popcorn concoction. Pop Gourmet is now distributed in 18 countries, has won multiple awards for innovation and has been one of the fastest growing food companies in the market. At its peak 23% of Pop Gourmet employees were ex-cons.

In early 2017 David resigned as CEO of Pop Gourmet and founded BFY Food Group. Under the BFY umbrella David has launched Culinary Co., a premium non-dairy, vegan food company, and David’s Best which produces and licensees products under the iconic Huy Fong Sriracha brand. David is a co-founder of What's Next Washington, a coalition that focuses on facilitating the successful transition of those re-entering society from prison. 

Date and Time
February 22, 2018
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
 
Address
OfferUp
1745 114th Ave SE
Bellevue, 98004
 
Agenda
5:30 pm Networking and Food
6:30 pm Fireside Chat
7:30 pm Networking
 

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