October 1-3, 2017

Hyatt Regency Reunion • Dallas, TX
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Quinn Adkins

Director of Menu Development
Culver Franchising Systems, Inc.

Marisa Allan

VP of Partner Innovation
UNiDAYS

B


Kelley Bailie Fechner

Director Customer Solutions
Datassential

Adam Baird

VP of Food & Beverage
The Habit Restaurants

Jim Balis

Managing Director
CapitalSpring

Kevin Bazner

President & CEO
A&W Restaurants

Susan Beth

COO
NRD Capital Management

David Birzon

CEO
Snooze Eatery

David Bloom

Chief Development Officer
Capriotti's

Steve Blount, Jr.

Director of National Events, East
Blount Fine Foods

Gwen Brannon

Director Knowledge & Insights - Foundational Platforms
The Coca-Cola Company

Jeff Brock

Managing Partner
Hargett Hunter

Jack Butorac

CEO
Marco's Franchising

C


Chris Cheek

Chief Development Officer
Newk's Eatery

Lauren Chipman

Principal | CEO
Chipman Design Architecture

Arlin Crane

Director of Social Enterprise-Culinary Division
Homeboy Industries

E


Johan Engman

Founder& Owner
Rise & Shine Restaurant Group

F


Tara Fitzpatrick

Sr Food Editor
Nation's Restaurant News

Sam Fox

Founder
Flower Child/Fox Restaurant Concepts

Phil Friedman

CEO
Salsarita's Fresh Mexican Grill

G


Randy Garutti

CEO
Shake Shack

Helen Griffith

Director of Marketing
S&D Coffee

Andrew Gruel

CEO & Founder
Slapfish Restaurant Group

H


Carla Hall

Co-Host
The Chew

Steve Heeley

Chief Executive Officer
Veggie Grill

Chad Houser

Founder/CEO/Chef
Cafe Momentum

Carl Howard

President & CEO
Fazoli's Fast. Fresh. Italian!

I


Brian Ingram

COO
New Bohemia Wurst + Bierhaus

Lisa Ingram

President & CEO
White Castle System

J


Lisa Jennings

West Coast Bureau Chief, Nation's Restaurant News
Penton

Charlie Jones

Executive Director, Digital & Guest Facing Technology
dineEquity

K


Steve King

CEO & Chairman
Dave & Buster's Inc

Frank Klein

Founder & CEO
Asian Box Holdings

Malcolm Knapp

President
Malcolm M. Knapp, Inc.

Nancy Kruse

President
The Kruse Company

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Tom Landis

Founder
Howdy Homemade

Rebecca Latacz

Senior Director of Brand Marketing
TGI Friday's

Alan Liddle

Data and Event Content Director
Nation's Restaurant News

Tressie Lieberman

CMO
Snap Kitchen

Ian Lofton

Director of National Events, West
Blount Fine Foods

Kim Lopdrup

CEO
Red Lobster

Sharon Lykins

Sr Director Product Innovation
Denny's

M


Jonathan Maze

Senior Financial Editor
Nation's Restaurant News

Sal Melilli

COO/Partner
Hooters Management Corporation

John Miller

President and CEO
Denny's

Paul Montenko

Co-CEO
Stacked Restaurants, LLC

O


Kimberly Olson

Chef, Licensed Restaurants
Frontera Hospitality Group

David Overton

Founder, Chairman & CEO
The Cheesecake Factory

P


Q


Ben Quigley

Director of National Events, Midwest
Blount Fine Foods

R


Christi Ravneberg

Director Content Production
Nation's Restaurant News

Hudson Riehle

Sr VP Research & Knowledge Group
National Restaurant Association

Bonnie Riggs

Director, Industry Analyst-Foodservice
The NPD Group

Lisa Roberson

National Director Wellness & Sustainability
Morrison Healthcare

Ron Ruggless

Southwest Bureau Chief
Nation's Restaurant News

S


Bob Sewall

Executive VP of Sales and Marketing
Blount Fine Foods

Andrew Shin

VP Marketing
BIBIBOP Asian Grill

John Sola

CEO
Public School

Patrick Sugrue

President & CEO
Saladworks, LLC

Jim Sullivan

CEO
Sullivision.com

T


Kent Taylor

CEO
Texas Roadhouse

Jenna Telesca

Editor-in-Chief
Nation's Restaurant News

Robert Thompson

CEO/Founder
PBS Brand

Bret Thorn

Senior Food Editor
Nation's Restaurant News

W


Steve Weigel

President & CEO
Cerca Trova Restaurant Concepts

Z


Michael Zislis

Co-Founder
Rock & Brews Corporate World HQ