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Kyle is the co-founder and CEO of Chicago Scoops. Scoops owns and operates 50+ Cold Stone Creamery locations across 14 states.

Prior, Kyle served as operating partner for Chicago Caesars, a multi-unit Little Caesars franchise group and as CEO of Epic Burger, leading the brand to be named in the 40/40 List for 2020: America’s hottest startup fast casuals. Mr. Welch began his professional restaurant career at Sizzling Platter, a multi-concept restaurant management company, as the lean champion leading process improvement projects, market acquisitions and new store openings. Kyle is a certified lean six sigma green belt.

Welch holds a degree in hospitality business from Michigan State University and is a member of the Northern Illinois Franchise Association, the Illinois Restaurant Association and Young President’s Organization (YPO) Chicago. Kyle currently serves on the auxiliary board for College Possible Chicago, as a mentor at the Food Foundry Chicago and as a founding board member of Prosper Chicago, a non-profit dedicated to erasing food insecurity in Chicago.

In 2020, Kyle was recognized as a member of Crain’s Chicago 40 under 40 and in 2021, Kyle was awarded the Young Alumni Grand Award from Michigan State University.

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