Actionable insights from the brightest minds in the business.
President & CEO, National Restaurant Association
Applebee’s Bar & Grill
Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, and President, Hy-Vee, Inc.
President & CEO of Wawa
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants
The Future of Dining
This year’s Signature, the Show’s most prominent session, will be a panel discussion titled “The Future of Dining.” Moderated by Dawn Sweeney, President & CEO of the National Restaurant Association, Signature will be a conversation with CEOs from some of the most innovative QSR, full-service dining, c-stores, and grocery organizations. Please join Dawn, John Cywinski from Applebee’s Bar & Grill, Randy Edeker from Hy-Vee, Tim McEnery from Cooper’s Hawk, and Chris Gheysens from Wawa as they discuss their thoughts on where, when, what, and how people will dine in the coming years.
Audience members should come away with insight into major trends that have the potential to shake up foodservice, as seen through the eyes of these leaders. This panel will be comprised of individuals whose impact on the foodservice industry and the national economy as a whole will be of great interest to those assembled.
Chief Operating Officer, Miso Robotics
Chief Product Officer & Co-Founder, SevenRooms
Vice President – Global eCommerce & Digital Marketing, Domino's Pizza
Sara Rush Wirth
SuperSession: The Future of Restaurants
From voice commands to robotics and automation, restaurants are becoming more high-tech – thus more frictionless, allowing technologies to do some of the heavy lifting once managed by a human. Both consumer-facing and back-of-house innovations are allowing restaurant to be more immersed in technology to ease operations and improve efficiencies, while also modernizing to win over guests. This year’s SuperSession brings four experts in restaurant tech together to walk the audience through technologies not widely used but already in place for these forward-thinking companies. Come to see their innovation in action and hear a discussion on how tech will continue to change and shape the restaurant industry.
Winning at the Restaurant Business: Insights from the Top 500
In this session, senior restaurant leaders will learn where the restaurant industry is headed, which restaurant concepts are winning big (and why), and the latest in acquisitions and financial trends. Additionally, attendees will get a taste of how best-in-class operators are using predictive technology to anticipate industry, menu, and pricing trends for their businesses.
Since joining Technomic in 1991, Joe Pawlak, Managing Principal, has conducted a wide variety of industry studies involving market planning, customer satisfaction benchmarking, brand equity investigation, new product development, food trends, opportunity analyses, M&A due diligence, concept testing and distribution system evaluations. He has special expertise in the areas of industry market trend analysis, market metric and forecasting modeling and implications development. Pawlak has 30 years of extensive food industry experience in both consulting and packaged goods manufacturing.
As Executive Vice President of Business Development for Technomic, Patrick Noone is responsible for the development and marketing of online resources, reports, and custom studies providing manufacturers, distributors, operators and financial institutions with key, actionable industry data. Noone has more than 15 years of experience working in the research/consulting industry and has worked in a variety of sales and marketing roles.