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Kermit Austin has over 15 years leading and building direct digital solutions for restaurants. Prior to Eat Local, Austin founded, built and successfully exited a startup company focused on small business solutions. Austin is an investor in various startups including two restaurants, a real estate development company, and serves on the Board of Directors for GOGAS, a $225M petroleum corporation.
Original Restaurants formed in 2007 and launched to promote unique, local restaurants. Over the next 18-months, over 200,000 customers joined the rewards program and spent $12M at 300 of country's best restaurants. The restaurant business is our passion. Our restaurants vary from white tablecloth and upscale casual to sandwich shops and pizza parlors. We live our business, breathe it, work in it and play in it. Local, independently operated restaurants provide the soul and distinctive flavors of food that help define a sense of place.
Loyalty is our business. Since 2002, PowerCard has helped restaurants grow their business, increase customer retention and transition the occasional customer in to a frequent diner. We specialize in solutions for multi-unit restaurants servicing more than 1,200 restaurants throughout the United States and Canada. Through the development and implementation of cutting edge technologies, PowerCard's restaurants have increased profit-per-customer while maximizing personal relationships.