Create your own unique conference experience. From expert-led sessions to facilitated brainstorming, crowdsourced topics and off-site visits, you choose how to learn the skills and receive the tools and resources critical to your business success.

The full conference schedule will be available soon. At that time, we’ll have tools to help you filter and sort content so you can design an agenda that speaks to your needs, complete with action-packed learning and collaboration with industry experts and fellow restaurant leaders.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

8:00 a.m. Registration Opens
9:00 a.m. Coffee & Networking
10:00 a.m.

ORIENTATION & KEYNOTE
Pizza with a Purpose: Creating a Fast-Casual Category with MOD Pizza

Opening Keynote
Scott Svenson Co-Founder and CEO, MOD Pizza

11:30 a.m. Expert-Led Sessions
Immersion Learning
12:45 p.m. Networking Lunch
1:45 p.m. Expert-Led Sessions
Immersion Learning
2:45 p.m. Expert-Led Sessions
Immersion Learning
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Tech Tour
Gain insights from executives of leading technology companies as to the latest tech driving the restaurant industry forward. See the innovative products, tools, and processes that can help you grow your business.
10 spots available; first-come, first-serve

Food & Beverage Tour
See the newest food and beverage products that will have a substantial impact in the restaurant industry and profit potential. Learn what inspires industry leaders and how you may use creative products to drive revenue.
10 spots available; first-come, first-serve

4:30 p.m. Networking Happy Hour
ABA, 302 N. Green St, Chicago
6:00 p.m. Chicago STAR Mixology Competition*
The Dalcy, 311 N Sangamon St, Chicago
*Conference attendees do not need to purchase tickets to the Chicago STAR Mixology Competition. Enter with your conference badge.
7:00 p.m. Dine Around Program

Schedule subject to change.

Monday, May 21, 2018

7:30 a.m. Registration Opens
8:30 a.m.

BREAKFAST GENERAL SESSION
Driving Sales and Talent with Culturally Intelligent Community Outreach 

Gerry Fernandez, President & Founder,
Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance (MFHA)

Don Fox, CEO,
Firehouse of America

9:45 a.m. Expert-Led Sessions
Immersion Learning
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Tech Tour
Gain insights from executives of leading technology companies as to the latest tech driving the restaurant industry forward. See the innovative products, tools, and processes that can help you grow your business.
10 spots available; first-come, first-serve

Food & Beverage Tour
See the newest food and beverage products that will have a substantial impact in the restaurant industry and profit potential. Learn what inspires industry leaders and how you may use creative products to drive revenue.
10 spots available; first-come, first-serve

12:45 p.m.

NETWORKING LUNCH & KEYNOTE
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game 

Billy BeaneExecutive Vice President of Baseball Operations & Minority Owner,
Oakland Athletics

2:00 p.m. Expert-Led Sessions
Immersion Learning
3:30 p.m.

SUCCESS STARTS NOW:
THE STRATEGIC WRAP-UP

Jon Taffer, Executive Producer,
Taffer Media