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Years of Leadership

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In 1998, the restaurant industry made $239 billion in sales, McDonald’s invested in Chipotle, and the Restaurant Leadership Conference for the first time gathered leading chain executives and their supplier partners to network and share best practices.


The industry saw the rise of casualization and customization, which changed concept and menu development.


The mainstreaming of organic food caused a shift in sourcing practices, meanwhile, the influx of private equity required new financial metrics for new stakeholders.


RLC was 11 years old, providing unparalleled insights, when the development of smartphones and apps opened new channels of communication with consumers and enabled new tools to serve them better.


In RLC’s 12th year, industry leaders came to together during the Great Recession to discuss efficient execution and innovation, which prompted a social consciousness that grew at the same pace as social media.


We first saw the influences of big data, technology advancements and outside disruptors when RLC was 16 years old, however all topics are still playing out today.


Throughout it all, the Restaurant Leadership Conference has been a source of the relationships, business insight and inspiration for executives to guide their companies and the industry into the future.

RLC is the restaurant industry’s premier top-to-top, invitation-only event.

It is a truly exclusive gathering for 2,000 of the most progressive and influential professionals to meet each year. Executives attend in pursuit of top-level information and networking opportunities that makes RLC unlike any other in the industry. Don’t miss your chance to connect with and learn alongside the leaders who will be shaping the industry for the next 20 years.

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Who Attends RLC?

2,000+ Attendees in 2017
1,100+ Operators Attendees
665+ Supplier Partners
1,500+ Senior Management
150+ Billion in Sales
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Operators Come For

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1:00 pm–6:30 pm

Registration & Information Desk

1:00 pm–6:30 pm

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Grand Canyon Ballroom Foyer

Grand prize drawing tickets are available, benefiting the Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry campaign, whose goal is to end childhood hunger in America by connecting kids in need with nutritious food; teaching their families how to cook healthy, affordable meals, and engaging the public to make ending childhood hunger a national priority. Choose to CARRE & donate today!

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1:00 pm–6:30 pm

Special Events Information Desk

5:00 pm–6:30 pm

More Early Arrival Reception recognizing RLC sponsors


Ballroom Lawn

Welcome to RLC! Join us as we recognize our incredible RLC sponsors and kick-start your RLC 2018 experience!

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6:30 pm

More Dinner on Your Own

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This is your opportunity to connect with peers and build meaningful business relationships while gathering insights in the process. It is our promise that the trends, solutions and best practices featured at the conference will help take your business to the next level.

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