chief executive officer

Scott is currently serving as the Chief Executive Officer of Smashburger. Since joining Consumer Capital Partners in 2007, he was a principal at Quiznos and held the role of President of Smashburger overseeing the opening of the first 100 restaurants and developing a franchise pipeline of over 450 restaurants. Scott’s early career included working for Olive Garden, Houlihan’s and a Wichita concept called Amarillo Grill. Following that, at Lone Star Steakhouse Mr. Crane was charged with and successful at, turning around the most difficult locations in the system. In addition he owned and operated the Black Canyon Grille – the prototype for Lone Star’s own Sullivan’s Steakhouse. Scott continued his restaurant experience as Executive Vice President of Operations for Fugate Enterprises. There, Scott oversaw 300 franchised restaurants including Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Sonic, Wingstreet and Blockbuster stores spanning over 20 states and managed 215 commercial properties. Following Fugate, Scott was an operational consultant for Ted’s Montana Grill. Mr. Crane is continuing his education in leadership and organizational studies at the University of Denver. He is an active member of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and sits on several industry advisory boards.


FOUNDER And Chief Concept Officer

Recently recognized by Gourmet Magazine as one of the “Top 25 Food Entrepreneurs of the Last Quarter Century”, Tom Ryan has 20 years of experience in marketing, branding, consumer research and product development for package goods and restaurant companies. Tom is currently Managing Partner and Chief Concept Officer of Consumer Capital Partners, and Founder of the fastest growing better burger restaurant chain, Smashburger.Previously, Tom was the President of the Ventures group, Chief Marketing Officer, and Branding Officer at Quiznos. Prior to that he was EVP, Worldwide Chief Concept Officer for McDonald’s Corporation, and held the titles of US Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President of Menu Management at McDonald’s. Prior to McDonald’s, Tom was Senior Vice President of Business Development at Long John Silver’s. He started his restaurant career at Pizza Hut and was an officer in the Marketing, Research & Development and Business Development areas.Tom is known for creating some of the world’s most popular restaurant items including Stuffed Crust Pizza and Lovers™ line at Pizza Hut, McGriddles, Big ‘n Tasty, Dollar Menu, and Fruit and Yogurt Parfaits at McDonald’s and Steakhouse Beef Dip, Prime Rib and Sammies at Quiznos. Tom received his Ph.D. in Flavor and Fragrance Chemistry, his Masters in Lipid Toxicology and his undergraduate degree in Food Science, all from Michigan State University.



Greg Creighton spent the past several years in roles as President, Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of one of Minnesota’’s favorite fast casual Asian chains, Leeann Chin. During his ten-year tenure, the Company grew from 12 stores in Minneapolis to 50 stores throughout the Midwest. In his role as president, Greg directed all retail operations, production and distribution operations, purchasing, training, recruiting, real estate, new business development, finance, accounting and marketing during Leeann Chin’s greatest period of growth.





Jeremy Morgan has 10 years of marketing and strategy experience in retail and business to consumer brands.  Prior to joining Smashburger, Jeremy was a Case Team Leader with Bain & Company in Chicago.  While at Bain, he worked with retail and other consumer-oriented companies on strategy consulting engagements including pricing/promotions optimization, customer/market research and M&A due diligence.  Before joining Bain, Jeremy was an associate in the corporate strategy group at JPMorganChase.  He earned his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and holds a B.S. in Economics and a B.A. in Computer Science from Duke University.