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General Sessions
9:00am – 11:15am

General Session

Location: Grand Saguaro Ballroom
Technomic "State of the Industry"

Technomic will profile the current environment facing the industry with a look toward future expectations, using the most trusted global foodservice market data and insights. Overarching US economic and business issues will be discussed to provide context on restaurant industry impact. Latest restaurant industry sales data and over-arching trends that span the restaurant space and that are fueling industry growth will be revealed. Top performers in the Annual Technomic Top 1500 chain restaurant brands review will be covered along with consumer and menu-based insights factors driving success for these industry growth and leading players. Technomic will also present its 2020 forecasts for the restaurant industry, and provide perspectives for underlying growth.

Speakers:

Executive Vice President, Business Development
Technomic

Managing Principal
Technomic

2020 Restaurant Leader of the Year

The restaurant industry has seen its share of meteoric rises and spectacular collapses, a group many expected Chipotle Mexican Grill to join after sales fell by nearly a third in 2016. Yet the brand is once again proving an industry standout, not only in its approach to food and personnel, but with its head-turning financial performance. The force behind that quick rebound is CEO Brian Niccol, whose rejuvenation strategy can be summed up as “more so.” Instead of forsaking Chipotle’s heritage as a brand that refused to compromise on food and a determination to do the right thing, he brought new fervor to the commitments while finding compatible ways to raise throughput and brand awareness. His remarkable work earned Niccol an enthusiastic selection by the editors of Restaurant Business as the 2020 Restaurant Leader of the Year. Niccol will share a few thoughts before joining Winsight’s Chris Keating for a deeper dive via Q&A.

Speakers:

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Chipotle Mexican Grill

Presented By:
PepsiCo Foodservice
Leadership and Risk Management: Taking Command

Admiral William H. McRaven eloquently draws on his extensive career of 37 years of service as a Navy SEAL. The discussion addresses issues such as U.S. foreign policy, the current geopolitical landscape, leadership during high-stress situations, risk management, teamwork, resilience in the face of adversity, resourcefulness, personal accountability, and the determination to succeed.

Speakers:

Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command (2011-2014) and of U.S. Joint Special Operations Command (2008-2011)

Presented By:
McLane Foodservice
3:00pm – 4:30pm

General Session

Women’s Foodservice Forum Introduces its New CEO

Please join us as we welcome the new President & CEO of Women’s Foodservice Forum to Restaurant Leadership Conference. Spend a few minutes with Therese Gearhart to learn more about how her vision for the organization will accelerate the advancement of women leaders in the Foodservice Industry. 

Speakers:

President & CEO
Women’s Foodservice Forum

President
McLane Foodservice

Patrick Doyle on the Changing Face of Restaurants

The former CEO of Domino’s Pizza, and now Executive Partner with The Carlyle Group, will share his views on the digital transformation of the restaurant business, and how companies can use digital strategies to drive revenue growth and value creation. In this conversation with Restaurant Business Executive Editor Jonathan Maze, he will explain how other companies can follow Domino’s example of using technology to improve the customer experience and drive returns for shareholders.

Speakers:

Executive Partner
The Carlyle Group

America: A Ten Point Plan for a Return to Civility

For nearly four decades, Dennis Miller has been entertaining audiences across television, film, and on stages throughout the country with his acerbic wit and trademark “rants” on politics and pop culture. Equal parts comedian and social commentator, Dennis’s scathing-yet-playful perspective reminds audiences not to take themselves (or anyone else for that matter) too seriously. In such polarizing times, his pragmatic take on the world is refreshing. The Hollywood Reporter called his most recent special,” Fake News, Real Jokes” an hour of topical, scathing brilliance [. . .] the most cerebral, astute and clever stand-up ever to put mouth to microphone.

Miller’s next initiative is an inventive and humorous presentation—in his own words—“America: A Ten Point Plan for a Return to Civility. A how-to on disagreeing in a more agreeable manner. No sturm und drang, no lecturing, no scolding. Quite simply, a perceptive, tangible approach to sharing the sandbox with each other again.

Speakers:
100+Speakers
1350Attendees