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4 days. Endless opportunities.
6:45am – 7:00pm

Registration & Information Desk

Location: Grand Canyon Ballroom Foyer
Presented By:
McLane Foodservice
NCR Corporation
PepsiCo Foodservice
6:45am – 7:00pm

RLC Social Enterprise Partnership Desk

Location: Grand Canyon Ballroom Foyer
Presented By:
NCR Corporation
PepsiCo Foodservice
6:45am – 11:00am

Special Events (choose 1 of 8)

Every activity within the RLC agenda is an opportunity to expand your professional network. Whichever you choose, you'll be surrounded by the restaurant industry's best and brightest. Don't miss this opportunity to meet new friends, chat with old ones and, most importantly, have fun. Approximately 8-10 weeks prior to the conference, guests will receive an invitation to register for the outing of their choice. Please be aware that capacity is limited and excursions will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Preregistration for special events is required. You are also required to check in for each special event at the special event desk the morning of your selected activity to secure your spot. If you do not check-in at least 10 minutes prior to bus departure time, you forfeit your place to an attendee on the wait list. 

Option 1: Golf Tournament
Location: Wildfire Golf Club

Enjoy a morning of golf on the picturesque fairways of the Wildfire Golf Club. This is the perfect opportunity to continue building business relationships while practicing your swing. After the tournament, enjoy lunch with your fellow golfers.

6:45am - 7:45am - Check-in, breakfast and warmup 

8:00am - Tournament begins (Shotgun Start) 

Following Tournament - Lunch

6:30pm - Results and awards will be available at the RLC Product Gallery 

Option 2: Hiking Excursion
Location: Departure from the Sunset Terrace (outside the Saguaro Ballroom)

Two different hikes will be offered by our professional guides: one for the more fitness-oriented hiker seeking a unique outdoor workout and one for the more leisurely hiker looking for an up close and personal tour of the desert's beauty.

6:45am - 7:45am - Check-in and breakfast at Saguaro Ballroom Foyer 

8:00am - Bus departure from the Sunset Terrace (outside the Saguaro Ballroom) 

8:00am - 10:30am - Hiking

 11:00am - Arrive at JW Marriott Desert Ridge

Option 3: Arizona Desert Jeep Tour

Climb on board in an open-air Jeep and experience the beauty and serenity of Arizona's Sonoran Desert on this guided tour. Learn about the spectaular trails from a genuine cowboy guide.

7:30am - 8:00am - Check-in and breakfast at Saguaro Ballroom Foyer

8:00am - Departure from the Sunset Terrace (outside the Saguaro Ballroom)

8:00am - 11:00am - Desert Tour

11:30am - Arrive at JW Marriott Desert Ridge 

Presented By:
Wintrust Franchise Finance
Option 4: Shooting Experience
Location: Departure from the Sunset Terrace (outside the Saguaro Ballroom)

Test your sharpshooting ability at the Scottsdale Gun Club, the largest public indoor shooting range in the United States with state-of-the-art features, including user-friendly touchscreen control panels and a 360-degree rotating target system. 

8:00am - 8:30am - Check-in and breakfast at Saguaro Ballroom Foyer

8:30am - Bus departure from the Sunset Terrace (outside the Saguaro Ballroom)

9:00am - 10:30am - Range Time

10:30am - 11:00am - Awards presentation

 11:00am - Bus departure

11:30am - Arrive at JW Marriott Desert Ridge

Presented By:
NovaDine
Option 5: Sur La Table Experience
Location: Departure from the Sunset Terrace (outside the Saguaro Ballroom)

Great cooking is about more than recipes—it's about techniques. In this custom designed class you'll work together with fellow attendees in a fun, hands-on environment led by professional chef instructors. You'll also enjoy fresh make-your-own Mimosas and Bloody Mary's as well as pick out some swag with a $50 shopping voucher.

7:30am - 8:00am - Check-in and breakfast at Saguaro Ballroom Foyer

8:00am - Bus departure from the Sunset Terrace (outside the Saguaro Ballroom)

8:30 - 11:00am - Sur La Table Experience and shopping.

11:00am - Bus departure

11:30am - Arrive at JW Marriott Desert Ridge 

Presented By:
First Horizon Bank, Restaurant Finance
Option 6: iFLY Indoor Skydiving Experience
Location: Departure from the Sunset Terrace (outside the Saguaro Ballroom)

Always wanted to experience skydiving but too afraid to make the jump? There's no airplane, no parachute and no jumping required! Join us at Scottsdale's brand-new indoor skydiving facility and cross skydiving off your bucket list!

7:45am - 8:15am - Check-in and breakfast at Saguaro Ballroom Foyer

8:15am - Bus departure from the Sunset Terrace (outside the Saguaro Ballroom)

8:45am - 10:45am - iFLY Experience

11:00am - Bus departure

11:30am - Arrive at JW Marriott Desert Ridge

Option 7: Tennis Round Robin Tournament
Location: Tennis Courts

Are you an ace with a racket? We'll pair up doubles to go head to head, rotating through all the teams until we have a victor!

8:00am - 8:15am - Check-in at tennis courts

8:15am - Instruction for the tournament

11:00am -Tournament completes

Option 8: Octane Raceway Experience
Location: Departure from the Sunset Terrace (outside the Saguaro Ballroom)

Test your racing skills at Octane Raceway and zoom in your very own go-kart at up to 45 miles per hour. Will you have the fastest time on the track? Enjoy some friendly competition and get to know your fellow racers.

7:30am - 8:00am - Check-in and breakfast at Saguaro Ballroom Foyer 

8:00am - Bus departure from the Sunset Terrace (outside the Saguaro Ballroom) 

8:30am - 10:30am - Octane Raceway Experience

10:30am - Bus departure

11:00am Arrive at JW Marriott Desert Ridge

Presented By:
Tillster
7:00am – 4:00pm

RLC Marketplace Sponsor Setup

Location: Grand Canyon Ballroom & Foyer
12:00pm – 1:30pm

Lunch & Learn (Choose 1 of 8)

RLC is pleased to present a brand new opportunity meant to promote expanded learning and networking! Join our partners for sustenance - as in food AND education - in a relaxed environment offering meaningful information to benefit your business!

Option 1:
Presented By:
Punchh
Option 2:
Presented By:
Rakuten Ready
Option 3: Today’s Sustainability Loop

It’s crucial for restaurants to have a strategy as they increase their sustainable efforts. From sourcing and waste reduction to recycling and more, there’s a wide breadth of paths operators can take to make their operation more sustainable---depending on the time, effort and budget they are willing to devote. Learn about different efforts and ways those can be implemented, straight from the experts.

Presented By:
GP PRO (Georgia-Pacific)
Option 4:
Presented By:
Paytronix
Option 5:
Option 6:
Option 7: The Path to 100% Equipment Uptime

How predictive data can transform the performance of critical equipment in your restaurant.

Presented By:
Vixxo
Option 8:
2:15pm – 3:00pm

Innovation Forums (Choose 1 of 11)

Led by the brightest professionals in foodservice, RLC's innovation forums are packed with hot topics and powerful messages designed to spark new ideas. Connect with the industry's game changers and gain valuable takeaways from the latest and greatest in foodservice innovation. There's something for everyone!

Option 1:
Presented By:
Epsilon
Option 2:
Presented By:
Tillster
Option 3:
Presented By:
Dinova, Inc.
Option 4:
Option 5: Would your boss be comfortable asking you for a loan?

78% of US workers are living paycheck to paycheck and have trouble making ends meet and this can be caused by the timing of payroll. This seemingly insignificant issue can be the reason for employees country wide to ask their bosses for a short term loan/payroll advance in order to make it to payday. This places employees in a very uncomfortable situation because they have to ask their boss for money and be exposed to the inevitable WHY and For What Purpose questions. rapid! now empowers the employee to avoid embarrassment which will lead to less problems with financial stress, moral and absenteeism.

Speakers:

SVP of Wage & Corporate Disbursements
rapid!

Presented By:
rapid! Disbursements
Option 6: Ready, Set, Execute! Knowledge-driven Sales Increases

Church’s Chicken led the most successful LTO rollout in years, resulting in double-digit increases in sales and transactions using a “Ready, Set, Execute!” approach. See how they proved ROI in terms of higher profitability, guest satisfaction scores, and mystery shopper scores using a training contest tied in with promotion and other readiness activities. Discover the power of a new metric called the Knowledge Score to drive repeatable success for LTOs as well as other initiatives.

Speakers:

Senior Director of Training and Development
Church's Chicken

Presented By:
DiscoverLink
Option 7: 2020 Growth Playbook

This session offers the opportunity for attendees to hear a panel of franchisees talk through personal insights of their “2020 Growth Playbook”. During the session, the panel will address the key issues facing franchisees in today’s market, including but not limited to: Growing Traffic Counts, Technology, Labor, Food on Demand, and M&A - Consolidation.

Presented By:
Wintrust Franchise Finance
Option 8:
Presented By:
Inkling
Option 9: Driving Incremental Profit through Personalization

Restaurants want new customers, more visits, larger average checks, and more profit. This is especially true now as consumers have more and more dining options. This session will cover how AI-powered personalization works, and why it’s the most profitable way to bring new customers, motivate customers to visit more often, and drive customers to buy more in-restaurant. See results from restaurants utilizing this strategy to increase visit frequency by 2x with a 50% return on investment and absolutely no additional work required.

Speakers:

Co-founder & CEO
GetUpside

Presented By:
GetUpside
Option 10:
Presented By:
Zenput
Option 11:
Presented By:
Grubhub
3:00pm – 3:30pm

Networking Break

Location: Grand Canyon Ballroom Foyer
3:30pm – 6:30pm

Opening General Session

Location: Grand Saguaro Ballroom
Welcome & Live Open with Sam James, BMI Singer & Songwriter
Yum Brands’ Next Chapter: A One-on-One with CEO David Gibbs

Six days after David Gibbs moved up to the CEO’s job at Yum Brands, the industry giant announced that it was buying The Habit, its first restaurant acquisition in 18 years. Clearly this new chief would be no passive caretaker of an industry powerhouse that already included Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut. What is Gibbs’ vision for the industry’s second largest franchisor? How does he expect the restaurant business to change, and how, after 31 years with the company, does he see Yum’s famed and winning culture evolving in response? In one of his first interviews since becoming CEO, Gibbs will share his approach to leading a $5.67 billion business that strives to remain entrepreneurial, even as its restaurant chains expand to 20,000 domestic locations while continuing to dominate the foreign scene.

Speakers:

CEO
Yum! Brands

Presented By:
Restaurant Magic
Consumer Directed Everything

Consumers’ habits continue to shift, but one thing is sure: They want control of their dining experience, from how and where they order and pay to where they actually eat. It’s up to operators to meet consumers where they’re at---or risk losing that guest. In today’s complex and layered restaurant environment, operators need to figure out how to integrate all of these different types of services, which often require a slew of different technologies and touchpoints, into an overall offering. With reliance on technology higher than it’s ever been in the restaurant business, learn how top operators are crafting and executing roadmaps that incorporate automation, AI, robotics and more for every facet of the operation, from labor optimization to streamlining the supply chain and predicting guest preferences and behaviors.

Speakers:

President, Applebee’s Bar & Grill

Content Director, Foodservice
Winsight Media

Senior Vice President and General Manager, NCR Hospitality
NCR Corporation

Presented By:
NCR Corporation
"RLC Gives Back…” Meet Our Social Enterprise Partner: The Gary Sinise Foundation
Speakers:

Vice President, Industry Relations and Business Development | Honorary Co-chair
PepsiCo Foodservice

Chief Operating Officer | Guest Speaker
The Gary Sinise Foundation

Vice President, Global Hospitality Group | Honorary Co-chair
NCR Corporation

Presented By:
NCR Corporation
PepsiCo Foodservice
An Evening with Shaquille O’Neal
Speakers:

Member NBA Hall of Fame & 15-Time NBA All Star Player, Media Personality, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist

Presented By:
PepsiCo Foodservice
6:30pm – 9:00pm

RLC Marketplace

Location: Grand Canyon Ballroom & Foyer

With almost 200 suppliers on display, you're sure to find all the industry-shapers within the RLC Marketplace. It's all about the connections you make and the hands you'll shake here, where suppliers and operators gather to uncover the latest solutions, sample new products and even close deals.

Presented By:
McLane Foodservice
6:30pm – 9:00pm

Welcome Reception

Location: RLC Marketplace
6:30pm – 7:30pm

Photo Opportunity with Shaquille O'Neal

Presented By:
PepsiCo Foodservice
100+Speakers
2kAttendees