Our Speakers

Past Speakers (2019)

Ellen Granoff, Program Director at Future Restaurants Future Restaurants Logo

Ellen Granoff

Program Director
Future Restaurants

Sherif Mityas, Chief Experience Officer at TGI Fridays TGI Fridays Logo

Sherif Mityas

Chief Experience Officer
TGI Fridays

Jeff Carper, COO at White Castle White Castle Logo

Jeff Carper

White Castle

Tom Fricke, CEO at Bar Louie Bar Louie Logo

Tom Fricke

Bar Louie

Dan Simpson, CEO at Taziki’s Mediteranean Café Taziki’s Mediteranean Café Logo

Dan Simpson

Taziki’s Mediteranean Café

Brandon Coleman III, President at Del Frisco's Grille Del Frisco's Grille Logo

Brandon Coleman III

Del Frisco's Grille

Rick Stanbridge, EVP / Chief Information Officer at Marco's Franchising, LLC Marco's Franchising, LLC Logo

Rick Stanbridge

EVP / Chief Information Officer
Marco's Franchising, LLC

Dan Wheeler, SVP, Marketing & Innovation at Wahlburgers Wahlburgers Logo

Dan Wheeler

SVP, Marketing & Innovation

Ryan Achterhoff, Chief Administrative Officer at Pizza Ranch Pizza Ranch Logo

Ryan Achterhoff

Chief Administrative Officer
Pizza Ranch

Akash Kapoor, CEO at Curry Up Now Curry Up Now Logo

Akash Kapoor

Curry Up Now

Jae Kim, Founder & Owner at Chi’Lantro LLC Chi’Lantro LLC Logo

Jae Kim

Founder & Owner
Chi’Lantro LLC

Andy Duddleston, Founder & Chief Experience Officer at The Little Beet The Little Beet Logo

Andy Duddleston

Founder & Chief Experience Officer
The Little Beet

Gregory Zamfotis, Founder & CEO at Gregorys Coffee Gregorys Coffee Logo

Gregory Zamfotis

Founder & CEO
Gregorys Coffee

Drew Martin, CIO at Jack In The Box Jack In The Box Logo

Drew Martin

Jack In The Box

Robert Guarino, CEO at 5 Napkin Burger 5 Napkin Burger Logo

Robert Guarino

5 Napkin Burger

Zaid Ayoub, Founder & CEO at SAJJ Mediterranean SAJJ Mediterranean Logo

Zaid Ayoub

Founder & CEO
SAJJ Mediterranean

Jeff Chandler, CEO at Hopdoddy Burger Bar Hopdoddy Burger Bar Logo

Jeff Chandler

Hopdoddy Burger Bar

Michelle Bythewood, President at Salata Salad Kitchen Salata Salad Kitchen Logo

Michelle Bythewood

Salata Salad Kitchen

Kevin Myers, Chief Marketing & Information Officer at Donatos Pizza Donatos Pizza Logo

Kevin Myers

Chief Marketing & Information Officer
Donatos Pizza

Phil Friedman, Chairman & CEO at Salsarita's Fresh Mexican Grill Salsarita's Fresh Mexican Grill Logo

Phil Friedman

Chairman & CEO
Salsarita's Fresh Mexican Grill

Keith Fitzgerald, VP of Technology at Honeygrow Honeygrow Logo

Keith Fitzgerald

VP of Technology

Dan Leonard, President at Margaritaville Hospitality Margaritaville Hospitality Logo

Dan Leonard

Margaritaville Hospitality

Kendall Ware, President & COO at Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt Logo

Kendall Ware

President & COO
Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt

Geoff Alexander, President at Wow Bao Wow Bao Logo

Geoff Alexander

Wow Bao

Jeff Fenster, Founder & CEO at Everbowl Everbowl Logo

Jeff Fenster

Founder & CEO

Desi Saran, Founder & CEO at Sweetberry Bowls Sweetberry Bowls Logo

Desi Saran

Founder & CEO
Sweetberry Bowls

Jeff Applebaum, CEO at Salted Salted Logo

Jeff Applebaum


Eric Rosenzweig, Vice President – Information Technology at Qdoba Mexican Eats Qdoba Mexican Eats Logo

Eric Rosenzweig

Vice President – Information Technology
Qdoba Mexican Eats

Scott Gladstone, VP, Applebee’s Strategy, Development at Dine Brands Dine Brands Logo

Scott Gladstone

VP, Applebee’s Strategy, Development
Dine Brands

Amy Hom, VP of Operations at sweetgreen sweetgreen Logo

Amy Hom

VP of Operations

Kim Juda, VP, Operations at The Simple Greek The Simple Greek Logo

Kim Juda

VP, Operations
The Simple Greek

Kevin Warden, Founder & President at Flyrite Chicken, Inc. Flyrite Chicken, Inc. Logo

Kevin Warden

Founder & President
Flyrite Chicken, Inc.

Alonso Castañeda, VP, Brand Development & Strategy at Four Foods Group Four Foods Group Logo

Alonso Castañeda

VP, Brand Development & Strategy
Four Foods Group

Ryan Nowicki, Senior Director of Operations Excellence & Strategic Initiatives at Dave & Buster’s Dave & Buster’s Logo

Ryan Nowicki

Senior Director of Operations Excellence & Strategic Initiatives
Dave & Buster’s

Steve Felson, EVP, Business Operations at BurgerFi BurgerFi Logo

Steve Felson

EVP, Business Operations

Kim Dinsmoore, Vice President of Restaurant Operations at The Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group, Inc. The Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group, Inc. Logo

Kim Dinsmoore

Vice President of Restaurant Operations
The Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group, Inc.

Val King, Vice President, Information Technology at True Food Kitchen True Food Kitchen Logo

Val King

Vice President, Information Technology
True Food Kitchen

Vadim Parizher, Sr. Director, New Technologies and BI at Taco Bell Taco Bell Logo

Vadim Parizher

Sr. Director, New Technologies and BI
Taco Bell

Steve Rothenstein, Senior Director of Franchising at Dippin' Dots Dippin' Dots Logo

Steve Rothenstein

Senior Director of Franchising
Dippin' Dots

Tad Low, Moe's at Sr. Director of Marketing, Field and Off Premise Sr. Director of Marketing, Field and Off Premise Logo

Tad Low

Sr. Director of Marketing, Field and Off Premise

Zach McCurdy, Creative Director at Bareburger Bareburger Logo

Zach McCurdy

Creative Director

Scott Stalnaker, Director of IT Infrastructure at Donatos Pizza Donatos Pizza Logo

Scott Stalnaker

Director of IT Infrastructure
Donatos Pizza

David Salzano, Director, Operations Services at sweetgreen sweetgreen Logo

David Salzano

Director, Operations Services

Sean Thompson, IT Director at Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers Logo

Sean Thompson

IT Director
Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers

Rashpal Ahluwalia, Director of Technology at Earls Kitchen + Bar Earls Kitchen + Bar Logo

Rashpal Ahluwalia

Director of Technology
Earls Kitchen + Bar

Ed Keller, Director of Off Premise Business Development at Corner Bakery Cafes Corner Bakery Cafes Logo

Ed Keller

Director of Off Premise Business Development
Corner Bakery Cafes

Nicole DaCosta, Senior Manager, Learning & Development at Brinker International Brinker International Logo

Nicole DaCosta

Senior Manager, Learning & Development
Brinker International

Liz Bazner, Senior Digital Manager at A&W Restaurants A&W Restaurants Logo

Liz Bazner

Senior Digital Manager
A&W Restaurants

Rev Ciancio, Marketing and Chief Burger Officer at SinglePlatform SinglePlatform Logo

Rev Ciancio

Marketing and Chief Burger Officer

Cathy Song Novelli, Vice President, Marketing at Rakuten Ready Rakuten Ready Logo

Cathy Song Novelli

Vice President, Marketing
Rakuten Ready

Matthew Sebek, VP, Digital at World Wide Technology (WWT) World Wide Technology (WWT) Logo

Matthew Sebek

VP, Digital
World Wide Technology (WWT)

Jordan Ekers, Co-Founder & Chief Customer Officer at Nudge Rewards Nudge Rewards Logo

Jordan Ekers

Co-Founder & Chief Customer Officer
Nudge Rewards

Bobbi Frioli, Country Manager at Beekeeper Beekeeper Logo

Bobbi Frioli

Country Manager

Jimmy Speyer, VP at Restaurant365 Restaurant365 Logo

Jimmy Speyer


Kyle Johnson, VP, Product at PlateIQ PlateIQ Logo

Kyle Johnson

VP, Product

Craig Witsoe, CEO at Elo Elo Logo

Craig Witsoe


Zach Goldstein, Founder & CEO at Thanx Thanx Logo

Zach Goldstein

Founder & CEO

Juan Higueros, COO at Bear Robotics Bear Robotics Logo

Juan Higueros

Bear Robotics

Alan Paul, Co-Founder, Head of Strategy & BD at CardFree CardFree Logo

Alan Paul

Co-Founder, Head of Strategy & BD

Ben Gaddis, President at T3 T3 Logo

Ben Gaddis


Nadine Zgonc, VP, Customer Engagement & Brand Strategy at PlayNetwork PlayNetwork Logo

Nadine Zgonc

VP, Customer Engagement & Brand Strategy

Emma Liem Beckett, Editor at Restaurant Dive Restaurant Dive Logo

Emma Liem Beckett

Restaurant Dive

Leslie Patton, Food and Restaurants Reporter at Bloomberg News Bloomberg News Logo

Leslie Patton

Food and Restaurants Reporter
Bloomberg News

Sam Oches, Editor at QSR Magazine QSR Magazine Logo

Sam Oches

QSR Magazine

Don Chapman, Head of Partnerships and Strategy at YOOBIC YOOBIC Logo

Don Chapman

Head of Partnerships and Strategy

Jeff Bradbury, Senior Marketing Director, North America at Hughes Hughes Logo

Jeff Bradbury

Senior Marketing Director, North America

Dorothy Creamer, Editor-In-Chief at Hospitality Technology Hospitality Technology Logo

Dorothy Creamer

Hospitality Technology

Abigail Lorden, Founder at Restaurant Technology Network Restaurant Technology Network Logo

Abigail Lorden

Restaurant Technology Network