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Hoosier Success Story: Cunningham Restaurant Group

  • Cunningham Event Center 2499 Perry Crossing Way Suite 205 Plainfield, IN, 46168 United States (map)

Hoosier Success Story: Cunningham Restaurant Group

Carissa Newton, Director of Marketing at the Cunningham Restaurant Group (CRG), will be presenting their Hoosier Success story. This discussion will focus on how CRG has developed a vast portfolio of successful restaurants with a focus on hospitality, connection, community and the impact it can make in the guest experience.

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Registration and Networking 11:15 am - 11:30 am
Lunch and Networking 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Presentation 12:00 - 1:00 pm

About Our Speaker:

Carissa Newton is a marketing leader who has built and grown the strategic marketing efforts for companies of varying sizes. She has 20+ years' experience in a variety of industries including insurance, financial services, technology, security, and now hospitality. Success has been centered on marketing tied to clear strategic communication, new technologies, in-depth market analysis, and innovative marketing strategies. In her role at Cunningham Restaurant Group, Ms. Newton leads the marketing, communications, and community involvement for all restaurant and corporate locations.

She has actively served on various charitable boards including American Marketing Association (AMA), Business Marketing Association (BMA), Masters of Business Online, United Way, YWCA, Girl Scouts of America, American Heart Association, Avon High School, Pass the Torch, and now leads the community efforts for all of Cunningham Restaurant Group. She earned a BBA degree from Northwood University, an MBA from Anderson University, and an AMA Professional Certified Marketer designation. She has also served as an adjunct professor of marketing and management. 

About Cunningham Restaurant Group:

Since 1997, Cunningham Restaurant Group (CRG) has been committed to creating unforgettable dining experiences. CRG owns and operates locations in Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio.

Local is best. And for us, local starts with you and me: neighborhoods and communities where we live, work, and play. Since 1997, Mike Cunningham, owner of Cunningham Restaurant Group (CRG), has created an array of unforgettable dining experiences for guests. From its humble beginnings in Brownsburg, Indiana to a growing tri-state restaurant group, CRG represents a steady beat of expansion and innovation fueled by a commitment to community impact. Our vision is reflected in thirty restaurants…fourteen concepts…an event center, a grow facility, and sustainable, consistent growth.

Visit to see all of our locations, make reservations, or to explore private dining opportunities.

Second Helpings Food Drive

As part of AMA Indy community efforts, we're running a food drive alongside our final event of the 2018-2019 programming year. If you would like and are able to donate any of the below requested items, please bring them with you:

  • nonperishable food items: canned, boxed and bagged

  • seasonings: chili powder, coriander, cumin, curry powder, garlic powder, granulated onion, Italian seasoning, oregano, salt, taco seasoning, thyme, turmeric, pepper

  • sauces: fish sauce, hoisin sauce, plum sauce, soy sauce

  • cooking oils

  • pasta

Learn more about Second Helpings and how they're "transforming lives through the power of food."

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