About Neil

Neil Culbertson is the founder of Growth Partners—a marketing and business development consulting firm focused exclusively on the restaurant industry. He has spent his entire career successfully growing brands and businesses.

Neil earned his MBA in marketing and general management from Northwestern University, followed by ten years of directing consumer packaged goods marketing teams at General Mills and Kraft General Foods. He moved into restaurants and gained experience at Taco Bell and Boston Market, before serving for 4 years as chief marketing officer for Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, which resulted in a favorable IPO in 2002.

In 2003, Growth Partners was formed to work with restaurant companies who either lacked a CMO/senior level marketing perspective or who were in need of new strategies to grow their brand. We love solving problems, and we do it through becoming a true partner in your business….this is what has made Growth Partners successful.

Neil has been active in the Denver community through serving on the board of Junior Achievement–Rocky Mountain for 10 years, and as both board member and President of Temple Sinai. He loves sports, movies, golf, and can often be found checking out the latest restaurants around town.

MBA—Kellogg Graduate School
of Management, at Northwestern University
Director/VP of consumer packaged goods marketing teams at General Mills and Kraft General Foods

Sr. Director at Taco Bell, Director/VP at Boston Market, then CMO at Red Robin resulting in a favorable IPO in 2002