John began his finance career in capital markets and private equity while completing his studies at Davidson College and the London School of Economics. His 20-year tenure in finance culminated with the launch and growth of a boutique Mergers & Acquisitions investment bank. In 2010, John sold his interest in the bank and relocated to London where he teamed with Sir Charles Dunstone and Roger Taylor to build a new growth platform in the food and beverage industry. Together they identified Five Guys as the leading US premium burger offer and agreed a joint venture with the Murrell family to bring Five Guys to the UK. Five Guys launched in Covent Garden on the 4th of July, 2013. John took over the role of JV CEO in January 2014. The joint venture has opened 140+ stores in 6 years with European flagships open and trading in Paris, Madrid, and Frankfurt.
Five Guys opened in the UK in 2013 and already has over 100 sites. CEO John Eckbert will discuss its journey in the UK so far, what it has planned for the future, and some of the differences between food to go in the UK and the US.