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


Kelley Bailie Fechner

Director Customer Solutions
Datassential

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

Sr Consultant
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

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

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


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

Justin Morrow

Manager of Culinary Innovation
Sonic, America's Drive-In

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

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