Mr. Bryant Keil is an Angel Investor. Mr. Bryant Keil was the Founder and served as Chairman at Potbelly Sandwich Works. He also serves as a Special Advisor at Merrick Ventures, LLC. Since 1996, Mr. Keil has grown Potbelly from the one store on Lincoln Avenue, to include 152 stores in Chicagoland, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Dallas, and the Washington, D.C. area. While Potbelly's are popping up everywhere, Mr. Keil is dedicated to preserving the individuality of each store in an attempt to keep Potbelly from becoming just another fast food chain. He is the Co-Founder and Director of Intrinsic Holdings and a Board member for The Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center. Among his accomplishments are his involvement in investment and entrepreneurial ventures, primarily focused in the hospitality industry. Mr. Keil is an active member of several communities and volunteer organizations including: the Economic Club of Chicago, The Young Presidents Organization, Kohl's Children's Museum, Best Buddies, and the 2016 Olympic Committee. Although, he takes a low-key approach to building the business, the outside world has taken notice of the success of Potbelly. Mr. Keil was named the 2003 Illinois Restaurateur of the Year by the Illinois Restaurant Association. Crain's Chicago Business tapped him as one of its "40 under 40" young business leaders. Mr. Keil is a finalist for the 2007 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and is a Henry Crown Fellow.