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Preliminary Schedule

Questions or comments regarding the agenda please email us at [email protected]

June 16th

6:00AM
Exhibitor Setup Begins
7:00PM
Speaker/Sponsor VIP Reception
10:00PM
Exhibitor Setup Ends

June 17th

6:00AM
Exhibitor Setup
8:00AM
Breakfast Buffet
8:30AM
Welcoming Remarks
  • Peter Cook, President, OnTrend Concepts
8:45AM
Industry Overview
  • Victor Fernandez, VP of Insights & Knowledge, Black Box Intelligence
9:30AM
Successful Ghost Kitchen Approaches: Panel Discussion
  • Anna Tauzin, CIO, TX Restaurant Association [M]
  • Corey Manicone, Co-Founder & CEO, Zuul
  • James Walker, SVP of Restaurants, Nathan's Famous
  • Geoff Alexander, CEO, Wow Bao
  • Wade Allen, SVP Innovation, Brinker International
10:30AM
Morning Networking Break
  • Refreshments Available in the Exhibit Hall
11:00AM
Brand Development & Digital Marketing Strategies
  • Roy McKinnon, Director of Channel Alliance, ShiftPixy [M]
  • Jodie Conrad, CMO, Fazoli's
  • Deidra Suber, General Manager, Midwest, CloudKitchens
  • Zack Oates, Founder & CEO, Ovation
  • C.J. Ramirez, EVP Marketing Director, Dog Haus / The Absolute Brands
12:30PM
Networking Lunch & Interview
  • Meredith Sandland, Author, Delivering the Digital Restaurant
  • Michael Beacham, President, REEF
1:45PM
Delivering the Goods Panel
  • Samuel Stanovich, Vice President Membership & Alliances, IFBTA [M]
  • Devin Wade, Co-Founder & CEO, Crave Delivery
  • Dino Northway, Senior Manager, Off-Premise Dining - Portillo's
  • Nabeel Alamgir, Co-Founder & CEO, Lunchbox
  • John DiLoreto, President, North America, Flipdish
2:30PM
Technology Panel
  • Carl Orsbourn, Author, Delivering the Digital Restaurant [M]
  • Alex Canter, Co-Founder & CEO, Ordermark
  • Rom Krupp, Founder & CEO, OneDine
  • Massimo Noja De Marco, Co-Founder & CEO, Piestro
  • Rishi Nigam, Principal, Franklin Junction
3:15PM
Afternoon Networking Break
  • Refreshments Available in the Exhibit Hall
3:45PM
Ghost Kitchen Design
  • Nick Avedesian, Founder & CEO, BOLT Kitchens
4:00PM
REEF Case Study
  • Kenneth Rourke, EVP & Head of Enterprise Brands, REEF
4:30PM
Roundtable Discussions
  • “Guest Feedback: The Secret to Successful Ghost Kitchens”
  • “Fundraising”
  • “Creating New Revenue Streams & Building Brand Value”
  • “From Grill to the Wheels as Fast as Possible with Robots"
  • “Logistics for Multi-Vendor Virtual Food Halls”
  • "Choosing the Right Virtual Brand"
  • “Using 3D Virtual Tour Technology in Construction & Marketing”
  • “Engaging the On-Demand Workforce to Overcome the Staffing Crisis”
5:45PM
Networking Reception
11:45AM
Grocery & Ghost Kitchens Panel
  • Peter Cook, President, OnTrend Concepts [M]
  • George Kottas, Founder & CEO, Ghost Kitchen Brands
  • Eric Lavinder, Chief Development Officer, WoWorks
  • Chris Baggott, Co-Founder & CEO, ClusterTruck
7:00PM
Informal Happy Hour
  • Hosted by The On Demand Company

Evening free for client dinners

June 18th

10:45AM
Local & Regional Restaurants Panel
  • Ryan Gromfin, Founder, The Restaurant Boss [M]
  • Pete Mora, Founder & CEO, Fajita Pete's
  • Alp Franko, Founder, The Local Culinary
  • Justin Green, VP of Hospitality, Milwaukee Bucks
  • Tyler Shin, Founder & Managing Member, Revolving Kitchen
6:00AM
Exhibitor Setup
8:00AM
Breakfast Buffet
8:30AM
Welcoming Remarks
  • Peter Cook, President, OnTrend Concepts
8:45AM
Capital Markets Panel Discussion
  • Andy Perez-Benzo, Founder, Sfumato Holdings [M]
  • Aziz Hashim, Founder & MP, NRD Capital
  • Adam Demuyakor, Co-Founder & MP, Wilshire Lane Partners
  • Dan Fleischman, Vice President, Kitchen Fund
9:45AM
Morning Networking Break
  • Refreshments Available in the Exhibit Hall
9:15AM
Menu Development Panel
  • Nancy Kruse, President, The Kruse Company [M]
  • Paul Mangiamele, CEO, Legendary Brands
  • Gje Greene-Wallace, Director of Marketing, Neighborhood Ventures
  • Joey Simons, Senior Vice President of Operations, C3
10:15AM
Case Study: Choosing the Right Location & Equipment for Your Ghost Kitchen
  • Scott Heim, President, Middleby Ventless Cooking Solutions [M]
  • Marc Choy, President, Ghost Kitchen Brands
  • Ralph Goldbeck, Regional Director, Kitchens-To-Go
  • Jonathan Christerson, National Specialist, Brixmor Property Group
11:30AM
Key Takeaways Panel Discussion
  • Emily Williams Knight, CCO, National Restaurant Association [M]
  • Atul Sood, CBO, Kitchen United
  • Juan Orrego, Founder & CEO, Cuboh
  • Randy Murphy, Founder & CEO, OrderB4
  • John Ha, Founder & CEO, Bear Robotics
12:00PM
Conference Closes
12:35PM
Exhibitor Break Down
12:30PM
Departure for Optional Post-Conference “Lunch Reception & Tour of Middleby Innovation Kitchens”
  • Bus to the Middleby Innovation Kitchen…busses will also shuttle attendees from the Middleby Innovation Kitchens to DFW Airport or back to the Hyatt Regency