Michael Pruitt founded Food & Beverage Social Club in 2020 to create a community that gathers together for culinary experiences while supporting local restaurants. In addition to F&B Social, Mr. Pruitt formed Amergent Hospitality Group Inc in 2005 (formerly Chanticleer Holdings Inc.) and currently serves as the CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors. Amergent owns, operates and franchises fast casual and full-service restaurant brands. In 1999 Mr. Pruitt founded Avenel Financial Group, a boutique investment banking firm concentrating on value-oriented investments. In 2011, Mr. Pruitt became a director of the board of Hooters of America, LLC and was an early investor/board member in Appalachian Mountain Brewery which was sold to Craft Brew Alliance in 2018. Mr. Pruitt received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina, where he played on the 1982 and 83 College World Series Baseball Teams. Today he sits on the Board of Visitors of the E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration, the Coastal Education Foundation Board (Endowment Investment Committee), and the Athletic Committee of the Board of Trustees. In his free time, Mr. Pruitt enjoys golfing, running, and spending time with his wife and three kids.
Favorite Dish: Farm to Table Meals
Favorite Drink: Oregon Pino Noir and Fresh Vine Wines