Board Members

The Street Food Coalition is a specialized network for chefs, bakers, caterers, food trucks, and culinary professionals of all types.

Established in 2009, and with over 150 members, the Street Food Coalition provides businesses across the metro Atlanta area, a platform to connect consumers directly with our members.

From inception to production, we provide our community a platform and plethora of tools and coaching to assist with businesses launch, development and the roadmap to success.

Our Executive Board is made up of dedicated professionals who have a passion to improve the business environment for vendors of all types.

Jim Shumake

Mr. Shumake has a vast background cultivating new business growth and helping spur community events in the Georgia market. Jim has overseen largescale festivals such as the Atlanta Taco and Margarita Festival, the Piedmont Beer and Chicken Festival, Food-O-Rama in Grant Park, and many more. He also uses his experience to help cities like Athens and Norcross produce some of the largest celebrations in the state of Georgia

Lentz Pean

Mr. Pean has served in both the public and private sector. He spent seven years policing as a narcotics agent and swat team member.

Entering the private sector, Lentz pursued his passion as an entrepreneur, starting a number of start-up businesses that continue to thrive today. With his success, he is now focused on assisting entrepreneurs achieve their goals

Nipul Patel

Mr. Nipul Patel is a 20+ year industry veteran in the Food & Beverage Industry. During his tenure, he has managed over 3,000 staff members across the Eastern Region. He has been with brands such as Panera Bread, Chipotle, Willy’s Mexican Grill, Dominos, Studio Movie Grill.

Mr. Patel is currently the President of Savory Selections,  a portfolio of emerging brands in the Southeast Region.

Anil Chagani

Mr. Chagani joins the Executive Board with over 15 years in the realm of Strategy & Planning, Finance and Business Development. Mr. Chagani is founding partner of LVL8, a venture capital and business consulting agency that services entrepreneurs and small businesses across the Eastern Region

Together, our team has assisted hundreds of street food vendors in launching and building their businesses; we are also proud to have organized thousands of events for food trucks and welcomed over one million customers on behalf of our members.