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Ground-breaking presentations from 60 remarkable leaders.

Featured Speakers

Susan
Adzick

Senior Vice President, Sales & Strategic Relationships
McLane Foodservice, Inc.

Russ
Bendel

CEO
Habit Restaurants, LLC

Dave
Boennighausen

CEO
Noodles & Company

Adam
Burgoon

Partner
KarpReilly

Robert
Cresanti, CFE

President & CEO
International Franchise Association

Daniel
del Olmo

CEO
Disruptive Restaurant Group

Aziz
Hashim

Founder and Managing Partner
NRD Capital

Hattie
Hill

President & CEO
Women's Foodservice Forum

Lisa
Ingram

President and CEO
White Castle Systems, Inc.

Chris
Keating

Group President, Restaurant Media & Events
Winsight Media

John
Kerry

68th Secretary of State (2013-2017)

Bryan
Lanza

Managing Directory | Deputy Communications Director
Mercury Public Affairs | Trump-Pence Presidential Campaign

Sarah
Lockyer

Senior Vice President, Content
Restaurant Business Magazine

Michael
Lotito

Partner
Littler Mendelson

Matt
Maloney

CEO
Grubhub, Inc.

Peyton
Manning

Two-Time Super Bowl-Winning Quarterback & Five-Time NFL MVP

Tom
Nelson

President and CEO
Share Our Strength

Patrick
Noone

Executive Vice President
Technomic

Erik
Oberholtzer

CEO
Tender Greens

Joe
Pawlak

Managing Principal
Technomic

Ken
Pendery

CEO
First Watch Restaurants, Inc.

Michael
Phalen

Managing Director and Head of Retail Investment Banking
Wells Fargo Securities

Andrew
Puzder

former CEO
CKE Restaurants

Tim
Quinlan

Director, Senior Economist
Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, Wells Fargo & Company

David
Schonthal

Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship | Business Design
Kellogg School of Management | IDEO

Brett
Schulman

CEO
Cava Group, Inc.

Dan
Schulman

President and CEO
PayPal

Ron
Shaich

Founder & Chairman
Panera Bread Co.

Artie
Starrs

President
Pizza Hut

Jeremy
Stoppelman

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer
Yelp

Ware
Sykes

VP, Restaurant Strategy
Yelp

Don
Zimmerman

Vice President and General Manager, Industry Solutions Group
NCR Corporation

Innovation Forums & Educational Workshops

Barry
Barnett

SVP, Global Supply Chain
Buffalo Wild Wings

Edward
Barnett

Founder & Co-Owner
PCF Restaurant Management

Scott
Boatwright

Chief Restaurant Officer
Chipotle Mexican Grill

Jill
Carlson

Restaurant Business Development Manager
Yelp

Jason
Carrigan

Head of Enterprise Digital Innovation
Checkers & Rally's Drive-In Restaurants

John
Davie

CEO
Consolidated Concepts

Tana
Davila

Vice President, Marketing & Brand Development
P.F. Chang's

Joni
Doolin

CEO & Co-Founder
TDn2K

Glenn
Douglas

VP, Sourcing
Panera Bread

Sterling
Douglass

Co-Founder & CEO
Chowly, Inc.

Daniel
Dreymann

Chief Product Officer
Fishbowl

J.B.
Edwards

President
Abacus

David
Eha

Director of National Accounts
Restaurant Technologies

Kasey
Eunice

25+ Year Industry Veteran

Stephen
Farr-Jones

President
ADM Marketing

Dan
Farrell

Head of Worldwide Sales
CashStar

Gerry
Fernandez

President & Founder
Multicultural Foodservice and Hospitality Alliance

Bill
Ford

Vice President of Operations
Stewart Restaurant Group

Mike
Freeman

Senior Director of Company Operations
McAlister’s Deli

Mitesh
Gala

CEO
Altametrics

Tracy
Gallimore

VP Enterprise Sales and Operations
Xenial

Steve
Genzoli

Vice President of Quality Assurance/Research & Development
Ghirardelli

Trish
Giordano

Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing
Earl Enterprise/Planet Hollywood International, Inc.

Zach
Goldstein

CEO & Founder
Thanx Inc

Helen
Griffith

Director of Marketing
S&D Coffee & Tea

Michael
Haith

CEO
Teriyaki Madness

Joe
Hand Jr.

President
Joe Hand Promotions, Inc.

Howard
Hardy

Director of Marketing
Olga's Kitchen

Donna
Herbel

Vice President, Training and Culture Development
Perkins Restaurants

Rob
Huddleston

Designer + UX
Snag Innovation Lab

Amy
Hunt

Vice President, Strategic Business Consulting
Epsilon

William
Jenkins

Vice President Sales, Restaurants Technology
Epsilon

Jennifer
Johnson

Head of Retail, Hospitality and Food Service Practice Group
Kronos Incorporated

Todd S.
Jones

Managing Director and Group Head, Franchise Finance
First Tennessee Bank

Joe
Kefauver

Managing Partner
Align Public Strategies

Shardul
Kiri

VP Marketing, Sales and Brand
Mina Restaurant Group

John
Kirk

Chief Business Development Officer
Joe Hand Promotions, Inc.

Yannick
Koger

Director of Marketing Analytics
HAVI

Jon
Lawrence

General Manager - Omni Channel Commerce Solutions
NCR Hospitality

Tom
Lawton

VP - Sales
Chowly, Inc.

Tama
Looney

VP, Business Operations
Fishbowl, Inc.

John M.
Lukas

Senior Vice President, Restaurant Strategy
Xenial

Mike
Lukianoff

Chief Analytics Officer
Fishbowl

Scott
Martin

Vice President, Restaurant Partnerships
Dinova

Timmy
McCarthy

Founder & Culture Captain
RCO Limited

Justin
McNally

Co-Founder & CPO
Chowly

Beth
Medford

Director, Supplier Quality & Safety
Chick-fil-A, Inc.

Bob
Moorhead

GM, VP of Client Services
Epsilon

Jason
Morgan

CEO
Original ChopShop and Bellagreen

Hope
Neiman

Chief Marketing Officer
Tillster

David
Norman

Chief Executive Officer
DavCo Restaurants

Aaron
Noveshen

Founder
The Culinary Edge

J.J.
Pledger

Chief Bean Counter
Twisted Root Burger Co.

John
Poulos

President
DiscoverLink, Inc.

Bill
Prather

Former CEO and Former Executive VP
Wild Wing Café and Burger King Corp.

Hudson
Riehle

Senior Vice President, Research & Knowledge Group
National Restaurant Association

Vladik
Rikhter

CEO
Zenput

Andrew
Robbins

President
Paytronix

Rolando
Rodriguez

CEO
Marcus Theatres

Chris
Ruppel

General Manager of Wage & Corporate Disbursement| Co-Founder
Green Dot Corporation | rapid! PayCard

Jean-Yves
Sabot

Vice President, Retail Business Development
Epsilon

Lisa
Schweickert

Vice President of Operations Services & Training
Golden Corral Corporation

Jay
Spongberg

Senior Vice President and COO
WKS Restaurant Corporation

Mark
Spurgin

Vice President, Global Procurement and Logistics
The Cheesecake Factory, Inc.

Carin
Stutz

Former EVP and COO
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers

Dylan
Swift

Director, National Marketing
Yelp

Michelle
Tempesta

Head of Marketing
Paytronix

Jim
Thomas

President
Thomas Advisory

Michele
Vance

Chief Sales Officer
Service Management Group (SMG)

Melissa
Wilson

Principal
Technomic

Lee
Zucker

Head of Industry - Foodservice
Yext

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