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Jake Schmutzler of GP PRO sat down with Nation’s Restaurant News during the 2023 NAFEM show to discuss how the brand strives to make restaurant operators’ jobs easier, most recently with its Automated Sealing Machine, a device that adds a hygienic, spill resistant seal to to-go cups in seconds. Hear how the seals increase consistency and productivity while minimizing waste and storage space.

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Jake Schmutzler
Category Manager, Foodservice Equipment - GP PRO, a division of Georgia-Pacific

Jake is responsible for managing and prioritizing the development and deployment of GP PRO’s Foodservice equipment portfolio, including its innovative Automated Sealing Machine. His primary focus is on analyzing market trends and guiding a cross-functional team in deploying commercialization strategies that support product adoption.

Prior to joining GP PRO in 2022, Jake held positions with a management consulting and market research firm as well as a sustainable foodservice disposables manufacturer. This background has given him a unique ability to recognize market opportunities and navigate changing market demands.
Jake graduated summa cum laude from the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University with a B.A. in Marketing. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, hiking, and traveling. Jake resides in Decatur, Georgia, with his dog, Whiskey, a German Shorthaired Pointer.

Marlon Gordon
Founder & CEO of NxtGen Network

Marlon is Founder & CEO of NxtGen Network, a creative marketing agency that’s passionate about relationships, telling stories, and empowering others through innovation. He partners with those in Child Nutrition, Hospitality, Food & Beverage, and also has an international philanthropical project called NxtGen Cares. Marlon is the co-creator and co-host of First Taste TV™, a show dedicated to connecting companies with their audience through video. Creator and host of Next Up, a talk show that focuses on thought leadership, lead generation, and live engagement. Creator of Ignite, a live hybrid networking and educational event. Host of the Next Up Podcast and Urban School Food Alliance Podcast, And co-creator of digital publications such as Served Digizine and Indulge. Marlon is a visionary, a team builder, and is fueled by a faith that helps him do things others think are impossible.