Dallas Event Aims to Mobilize Young Professionals For Careers In Hospitality, Food Service and Retail Businesses


DALLAS – With leaders of the food service, retail and hospitality businesses facing a deficit of young people embarking on careers in their sectors, a recent event was staged to highlight opportunities and foster relationships among the next generation of leadership in those sectors.

The second annual BizMix event, presented by The Elliot Group in conjunction with TFS – Total Food Service, was held April 4 at the Westin Galleria Hotel.

Alice Elliot, CEO of The Elliot Group retained search and consultancy company, developed the concept to nurture leadership and networking skills by hosting 120 top-talent individuals between the ages of 23 and 35 each year. The invitation-by-nomination event featured a panel of inspiring, successful young professionals, a keynote speaker and a special presentation and demonstration.

BizMix 2011 was ideally suited for Dallas as host city, according to Joyce Mazero, leader of the Franchise and Distribution Practice Group for Haynes and Boone, LLP, one of the event sponsors.

"The Dallas area is very fortunate that Alice chose it for her second-ever BizMix event," Ms. Mazero said. "The young professionals it attracts are vital to the future of the hospitality, food service and retail industries. Events like this help educate young leaders on current trends and developments in these exciting industries, as well as provide them with an opportunity to build a network of their peers."

Said Ms. Elliot: "We came up with this concept in an effort to inspire, motivate and educate the next generation of leadership in these growing industry sectors. This annual event has become a magnet for young professionals seeking a forum to exchange ideas, success stories, challenges and opportunities. And Dallas, with its lively nightlife, hospitality and restaurant scene, seemed like the ideal location for this year's event."

Haynes and Boone, LLP is an international corporate law firm with offices in Texas, New York, California, Washington, D.C., Mexico City and Moscow, providing a full spectrum of legal services. With almost 550 attorneys, Haynes and Boone is ranked among the largest law firms in the nation by The National Law Journal. The firm has been named one of the "Best Corporate Law Firms in America" (Corporate Board Member Magazine, 2001-2009) and recognized as a “Top 20 Law Firm” for culture and for diversity with respect to both women and minorities (Vault, 2011).

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