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The Business Breakfast

The Business Breakfast Series brings together business and academic leaders providing a platform for national, state, and local speakers to present on cutting-edge topics relevant to our community, as well as topics to enhance your business operations. These informative presentations give you and your colleagues a chance to network with leaders around the River Region. AUM has hosted the Business Breakfast for more than 30 years. AUM hosts breakfasts in both Montgomery and in Prattville, and each year holds one joint breakfast, featuring a particularly well-known speaker.

The 2017/18 Series meets October 2017 through March2018.  CLICK HERE to sign-up to receive updates on the series or email for information on sponsorship opportunities.

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March 20

William Espey, Branding Visionary, Chipotle Mexican Grill

Consumer Engagement: The Power of Creating a Transcendent Experience

Tuesday, March 20 | 7:30-9:00 a.m.

Wynlakes Golf and Country Club, Montgomery, Alabama

William Espey serves as lead of Branding and Marketing for Chipotle, a breakout success restaurant that went from a small set of restaurants in Denver to a publicly traded international brand with more than 2,000 restaurants worldwide. He started with Chipotle over 15 years ago as the sole branding visionary when it had fewer than 20 locations. William Espey, a leading expert with real life experience will share with the audience on how to create a lasting connection with customers; companies need to create an over-all brand experience that engages the audience in a way that, for at least a moment, is transcendent. Like getting lost in a good film or a book’s plotline, a complete brand experience can have the same effect—captivating customers and leaving them craving more. William explores what he calls Transcendental Motivation and how it can create consumer engagement that goes beyond a single transaction. William Espey also led the branding and marketing efforts of the survival and recovery of the food safety crisis that Chipotle experienced in 2015.  


Public Relations and Marketing Workshop with William Espey

Tuesday, March 20 | 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon

Wynlakes Golf and Country Club, Montgomery, Alabama

Topic:  Maintaining Brand Integrity Through Crises

Is your team ready? Something negative happens to your product, company, or employee - are you ready to handle it? William Espey, Branding and Marketing Visionary for Chipotle will ask you this very question….. Whether you are in the burrito business or something else - can you survive a public image crisis? In 2015, he was confronted with a food safety crisis and the brand suffered. He was in full crisis mode! Espey will go in depth on how "Every action, whether you know it or not, speaks to your company or organization's core values." He will share one of his missteps with one decision and how he quickly had to recover. Is your organization ready to respond to a situation that could become a crisis? Join William Espey for a more in-depth conversation with as he walks you through steps of your plan now, recovery, and survival. If any part of your job is taking care of customers, public relations, marketing, leading and managing staff for your company or organization - you don't want to miss hearing from one of the most admired branding and marketing guru.


Business Breakfast Details 

7:30am Buffet Opens
7:45am Welcome and Introductions
7:50am Speaker Begins
8:45am Conclusion

Who Attends
Business owners, legislators, political officials, corporate presidents and CEOs, military leaders, academic faculty

Past Speakers

Our speakers are well known on local, state, and national levels.  Some of our past speakers include:

  • David Wasserman – Election Analyst
  • Johnny “Cupcakes” Earle, Apparel Designer & Charismatic Entrepreneur
  • Martin L. King III– American human rights advocate and community activist; eldest son of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Liz Huntley – Child Advocate and Litigation Attorney
  • Andy Andrews– Author
  • Mark Eaton– Former NBA All-Star
  • Bill Rancic– Winner of Donald Trump’s The Apprentice
  • Leigh Anne Tuohy– Inspirational Subject of “The Blind Side” and Best-selling Author of Making it Happen
  • Mr. Patrick Kennedy– former member of the U.S. House of Representatives

Become a Sponsor
Sponsor the Business Breakfast Series and raise your exposure within the River Region business community, network with leaders in the community, and provide professional development to your staff and clients

River Region Sponsor:

Table for eight (8) at all breakfasts
Three (2) breakfasts in Montgomery, three (2) in Prattville, and one (1) joint breakfast
Company name listed in each breakfast program
Company recognized during each breakfast\

Community Sponsor:

A table for eight (8) at either the Montgomery or Prattville breakfast
Three (2) breakfasts and one (1) joint breakfast
Company name listed in each breakfast program
Company recognized during each breakfast
Table Sponsor:

A table for eight (8) at the breakfast of your choice
Company name listed in the program of the breakfast you sponsor
Company recognized during the breakfast you sponsor


Montgomery Sponsors

Prattville Sponsors