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Speakers
An exceptional list of experts and thought-provoking keynoters.

General Session Speakers

Susan
Adzick

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
McLane Foodservice, Inc.

John
Cywinski

President
Applebee's Bar & Grill

Patrick
Doyle

Executive Partner
The Carlyle Group

Terry
Erdle

Chief Operating Officer
National Restaurant Association

Elizabeth
Fields

Chief Operating Officer
Gary Sinise Foundation

Anne
Fink

President, Global Foodservice
PepsiCo, Inc.

Therese
Gearhart

President & CEO
Women’s Foodservice Forum

David
Gibbs

CEO
Yum! Brands

Sheilina
Henry

Regional Vice President Of Operations
Outback Steakhouse

Dirk
Izzo

Senior Vice President and General Manager, NCR Hospitality
NCR Corporation

Sam
James

BMI Featured Artist

Jonathan
Maze

Editor-in-Chief
Restaurant Business Magazine

Admiral William H.
McRaven, USN (Ret.)

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

Dennis
Miller

Five-time Emmy Award-winning Comedian & Political Commentator

Brian
Niccol

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Chipotle Mexican Grill

Patrick
Noone

Executive Vice President, Business Development
Technomic

Shaquille
O'Neal

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

Joe
Pawlak

Managing Principal
Technomic

Peter
Romeo

Editor-at-Large and Vice President of Content Innovation
Restaurant Business

Hugh
Roth

Senior Vice President, Chief Customer and Business Development Officer
PepsiCo Foodservice, Inc.

Susannah
Ryan

Vice President, Industry Relations and Business Development
PepsiCo Foodservice

Stacey
Snyder Murray

Vice President of Brand
Naf Naf Middle Eastern Grill

Anna
Tauzin

Chief Revenue & Innovation Officer
Texas Restaurant Association

Ken
Thewes

Chief Marketing Officer
Regal

Christopher
Thomas Moore

Vice President, Media, Digital Marketing and Product Development
Domino’s

Jason
Valentine

President & COO
Zoup! Eatery

Innovation Forum Speakers

Ken
Abosch

Partner
AON

Vishal
Agarwal

Founder and CEO
ItsaCheckmate

David
Birzon

CEO
Snooze, an A.M. Eatery

Jim
Bitticks

Chief Restaurant Officer
Blaze Pizza

Robin
Blanchette

Co-Founder & CEO
Norton Creative

David
Bloom

Chief Operating and Development Officer
Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop

Sara Anderson
Bray

Director, Workforce Development
National Restaurant Association

Robert
Brown

Director of Government Affairs
TuSimple

Denyelle
Bruno

CEO
Tender Greens

Bernie
Campbell

Mid-Atlantic Regional VP of Sales
Whirley-DrinkWorks!

Tyler
Carlson

VP of Customer
SiteZeus

Jeff
Carr

CEO
Inkling

Pat
Cobe

Senior Editor, Restaurant Business and FoodService Director
Winsight Media

Mike
Collette

Director of National Accounts
Smithfield Foodservice

Jake
Crocker

Chairman and Principal Operating Partner
RCO Limited

Neil
Culbertson

Founder & President
Growth Partners, LLC

Michael
Custer

Channel Manager/GM Sales of Convenience & Foodservice
Whirley-DrinkWorks!

Joel
Davis

Chief Strategy Officer
Revenue Management Solutions

Natha
Dempsey

President
Foodservice Packaging Institute

Karen
Eadon

President & COO
Farmer Boys

Stephen
Eden

Director
Delaware North Culinary and Hospitality Council

Stephen
Farr-Jones

President
ADM Marketing

Kathryn
Fenner

Principal
Technomic

Stephanie
Forand

Vice President, Human Resources
cicis Pizza

Mitesh
Gala

CEO
Altametrics

Rick
Gestring

Previously Vice President, Restaurant Experience
Dunkin' Brands and Arby's Restaurant Group

Brian
Giannone

Vice President, Client Development
Epsilon

Teresa
Gleason

Sr. Director, Client Analytics
Vixxo

Zach
Goldstein

CEO
Thanx

Mary
Hamill

Vice President of Solution Engineering
HotSchedules, Now Powered by Fourth

John
Handley

Sr. Sales Director
Rakuten Americas

Savannah
Harper

Director, Operation Services
Auntie Anne’s

Denise
Herrera

Vice President Food & Beverage
Burtons Grill

Allan
Hickok

Senior Advisor / Restaurant Industry Expert
Boston Consulting Group

Amy
Hom

Vice President of Operations
sweetgreen

Matt
Hood

President & CEO
On The Border

Carl
Howard

President & CEO
Fazoli's

Amir
Hudda

CEO
Qu Pos

John
Hughes

President
Wendy’s of Bowling Green

Wendy
Hull

Director of Human Resources
MAD Greens - Eat Better

Kenneth N.
Ivory

Vice President of Operations
Creative Dining Services & Premiere Food Service

Mitchell
Johnson

Director of Operations
DRM, Inc.

Donna
Josephson

SVP, CMO
Corner Bakery Cafe

Sarah
Kabakoff

Director of Enterprise Solutions
Toast

Cheryle
Kaiser

Survey Manager
AON

Alex
Kinnier

Co-founder & CEO
GetUpside

Bill
Knopf

VP of Training & Operational Initiatives
Noodles & Company

Stefanie
Krieger

Director of Customer Success
Crew

Cory
Lattuca

Executive Chef and Food & Beverage Director
Grimaldi’s Pizzeria

Rick
Lauro

Vice President of Finance
Boston's Pizza Restaurants

John
Leen

Chief Revenue Officer
Dinova

Brian
Leonard

Manager, Enterprise Sales
Altametrics

Ivan
Matkovic

CEO & Founder
Spendgo

Sandra
McCraren

Senior Managing Director
Wintrust Franchise Finance

Anne
Mejia

Vice President Brand Development
Mellow Mushroom

Jason
Morgan

CEO
Original ChopShop and Bellagreen

Nate
Morley

Customer Success Manager
InMoment

John
Mulcahy

VP Sustainability
Georgia-Pacific

Hope
Neiman

CMO
Tillster

Mike
O’Hanlon

Head of Catering Partner Business
ezCater

Anthony
Panichelli

Brand Manager – Pizza Toppings and Dry Sausage
Hormel Foodservice

Rakesh
Patel

Executive Director of Product Management
NCR

Bob
Paulsen

CEO
PlayerLync

Seth
Priebatsch

Head of Enterprise Restaurants
Grubhub

Vince
Purves

Sr. Vice President of Supply Chain Solutions
Buyers Edge Platform

Shyam
Rao

Co-Founder & CEO
Punchh

Vladik
Rikhter

CEO
Zenput

Andrew
Robins

CEO
Paytronix

Kelly
Roddy

CEO
Saladworks

Bradley
Rukstales

President/CEO
Cogensia LLC

Brian
Slowik

SVP of Wage & Corporate Disbursements
rapid!

Jason
Smith

Compensation Manager
Denny's, Inc.

Greg
Staley

CEO
SynergySuite

Jonathan
Tress

VP of Marketing
Noodles & Co

Sara
Tucy

Marketing Director
Valassis

Shivram
Vaideeswaran

CMO
Jamba Juice

Michele
Vance

President
SMG

Mike
Vichich

CEO, Cofounder
Wisely

Kendall
Ware

President and Chief Operating Officer
Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt

Felicia
White

Senior Director of Training and Development
Church's Chicken

Sean
Willison

Managing Director
Wintrust Franchise Finance

Melissa
Wilson

Principal
Technomic

Ora
Zutler

SVP, Strategy & Planning
Vixxo

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