Speakers

A


Scott Absher

CEO
ShiftPixy

Quinn Adkins

Director of Menu Development
Culver Franchising Systems, Inc.

Geoff Alexander

President
Wow Bao

Chef José Andrés

Culinary innovator, humanitarian, and chef/owner of ThinkFoodGroup & minibar by José Andrés
ThinkFoodGroup

B


Paul Brown

CEO, Inspire Brands
Norman Award Winner

Todd Burrowes

President
LongHorn SteakHouse

C


John Cappasola

President & CEO
Del Taco

Mike Chissler

Chief Operations Officer
Holler & Dash

Rachel Cope

Chief Executive Officer & Founder
84 Hospitality

D


Chris Demery

General Manager & Group VP of Off-Premise Dining
Bloomin' Brands Inc.

Melissa Doolin-Koehne

Vice President of Business Development
TDn2K

E


Steve Easterbrook

President & CEO
McDonald's Corporation

Robert Emerson

CEO and Director
Mystic Market

Johan Engman

Founder& Owner
Breakfast Republic

F


Gerry Fernandez

President & Founder
Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance

Ben Flammang

VP Business Development
Bringg

James Fripp

Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer
YUM! Brands

G


Ryan Goff

EVP/CMO and Social Media Marketing Director
MGH

Tamir Gotfried

General Manager, Americas
Bringg

Andrew Gruel

CEO & Founder
Slapfish Restaurant Group

Matthew Guttermuth

CEO, President, Head Coach, Board Member, Retail, Foodservice

H


Kristen Hansen

VP Center Store Sales and Merchandising
Tops Friendly Markets

Carl Howard

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

I


Brian Ingram

COO
New Bohemia Wurst + Bierhaus

J


Lisa Jennings

Associate Executive Editor
Restaurant Hospitality

K


Ed Keller

Director of Off-Premise Business Development
Corner Bakery

Laurel Kennedy

President & Chief Executive Officer
Blink OnDemand Crisis PR

Wan Kim

CEO
Smoothie King

Nancy Kruse

President
The Kruse Company

L


Jack Li

Managing Director
Datassential

Alan Liddle

Data and Event Content Director
Nation's Restaurant News

M


Eric Martino

Chief Operations Officer
Beefsteak

Tracy McGinnis

Director of Marketing
Fox Restaurant Concepts

Sherif Mityas

Chief Experience Officer
TGI Friday's

Kimbal Musk

Venture Capitalist∙ Entrepreneur∙ Environmentalist ∙Restaurateur
Square Roots Grow, The Kitchen & Next Door Restaurants

N


Marci Needham

Senior Strategic Insights Professional
Ventura Foods

Aaron Noveshen

Founder & President
Starbird & The Culinary Edge Ventures

O


Erik Oberholtzer

Co-Founder
Tender Greens

P


James Park

Chief Executive Officer
Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh

Brian Pearson

Chief Information Officer
STACKED Restaurants

Denny Post

President & CEO
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers

S


TJ Schier

President
SMART Restaurant Group

Jennifer Schuler

President
Wetzel's Pretzels

Patrick Sugrue

Chief Executive Officer
Saladworks

T


Scott Taylor

President and COO
Walk-on's Enterprises

Jenna Telesca

Editor-in-Chief
Nation's Restaurant News

Joe Tenczar

Chief Information Officer
Sonny's BBQ

Robert Thompson

CEO/Founder
Punch Bowl Social

Bret Thorn

Senior Food Editor
Nation's Restaurant News

W


Carrie Walters

Culinary Director
Dorothy Lane Market

Lin Weaver

Owner and Co-President
Shady Maple Companies

Craig Weichmann

Vice President
Pinnacle Commercial Capital

Michael Wu

Chief Executive Officer
Pokéworks