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


Kris Bartel

Chief Business Development Officer
ZIVELO

Brian Berger

Chief Executive Officer
Sous Vide Kitchen

Paul Brown

CEO, Inspire Brands
Norman Award Winner

Denyelle Bruno

President & CEO
Tender Greens

Todd Burrowes

President
LongHorn SteakHouse

Chris Bushelman

Executive Chef
Kitchen 1883/Kroger

C


John Cappasola

President & CEO
Del Taco

Brett Carrey


Blink OnDemand Crisis PR

Mike Chissler

Chief Operations Officer
Holler & Dash

Rachel Cope

Chief Executive Officer & Founder
84 Hospitality

D


Gloria Dawson

Senior Editor
Nation's Restaurant News

Shu de Jong

Chief Brand Officer
Retail Worx

Chris Demery

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

Melissa Doolin-Koehne

Vice President of Business Development
TDn2K

E


Ben Eason

SVP, CRM Solutions Group
Epsilon - Conversant

Johan Engman

Founder& Owner
Breakfast Republic

F


Keith Faigin

Vice President of Digital
Little Caesar Enterprises

Gerry Fernandez

President & Founder
Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance

Doug Flaig

Vice President Franchise Development
Wetzel's Pretzels

Ben Flammang

VP Business Development
Bringg

James Fripp

Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer
YUM! Brands

G


Rob Gifford

Executive Vice President
National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF)

Andrew Gruel

CEO & Founder
Slapfish Restaurant Group

H


Carl Howard

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

Todd Huppert

Manager of Product Innovation
Captain D's

I


Brian Ingram

Chief Development Officer
Williston Holding Company

J


Lisa Jennings

Senior Editor
Nation's Restaurant News

William Jungermann

Director of Sales & Marketing
APSM Systems

K


Ed Keller

Director of Off-Premise Business Development
Corner Bakery

Wan Kim

CEO
Smoothie King

Bill Kintzler

Director of Product Development
Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores

Nancy Kruse

President
The Kruse Company

L


Jack Li

Managing Director
Datassential

Alan Liddle

Senior Editor, Data and Event Content Director
Nation's Restaurant News

Nancy Luna

Senior Editor
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

Vice President, Insights & Category Management
Ventura Foods

Peter Newlin

President
birdcall & Park Burger

Aaron Noveshen

Founder & President
Starbird & The Culinary Edge Ventures

O


Debra Olson

Sr. Manager, Recipe Development
Golden Corral

P


James Park

Chief Executive Officer
Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh

Brian Pearson

Chief Information Officer
STACKED Restaurants

Denny Post

President & CEO
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers

R


Christi Ravneberg

Senior Managing Editor
Nation's Restaurant News

David Roberts

Vice President of Information Technology
RAVE Restaurant Group

Kelly Roddy

President
Schlotzsky's

Ron Ruggless

Senior Editor
Nation's Restaurant News

S


TJ Schier

President
SMART Restaurant Group

David Stadtmiller

Sr Director of Culinary Innovation
Chili's Grill & Bar

Patrick Sugrue

Chief Executive Officer
Saladworks

Madhav Surapaneni

Principal Value Consultant
Oracle Netsuite

T


Scott Taylor

President and COO
Walk-on's Enterprises

Jenna Telesca

Editor-in-Chief
Nation's Restaurant News

Robert Thompson

CEO/Founder
Punch Bowl Social

Bret Thorn

Senior Food Editor
Nation's Restaurant News

U


Scott Uehlein

Vice President of Product Innovation
Sonic Drive-Ins

W


Carrie Walters

Culinary Director
Dorothy Lane Market

Craig Weichmann

Vice President
Pinnacle Commercial Capital

Michael Wu

Chief Executive Officer
Pokéworks

Y


Thomas Yun

Vice President of Culinary Research & Innovation
Perkins Restaurant & Bakery/Marie Callender's