RS Fall  |  Oct 1-3, 2023  |  Miami Beach, FL

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11am-5:30 pm

Registration & Orientation

12:15-3 pm

Wynwood Pedal-Powered Bar Crawl (Group 1)

Join the excitement in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood! Hop on a party bike, pedal past colorful murals and street art, and make pit stops at trendy bars along the way. Experience art, culture, and a lively adventure all in one tour!

1:15-5 pm

Little Havana Food & Cultural Tour

Discover Miami’s Little Havana on the Food and Cultural Tour. Led by locals, dive into Cuban heritage through art, music, food, and more. Enjoy Calle Ocho, Cuban coffee, iconic dishes, live music, cigar demos, and community insights.

2:30-5 pm

Wynwood Pedal-Powered Bar Crawl (Group 2)

6:15-7 pm

Welcome Reception

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7-8 pm

Networking Dinner

8-9:15 pm

A Night of Laughter with RIcky velez

Ricky Velez

Comedian / Actor

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6:30-7:15 am

Group Run/Walk

7:15-8 am


8-8:30 am

Taste of Tomorrow: A Global Perspective on Restaurant Industry Trends

Ben Calleja

Founder & Chief Experience Officer – LIVIT

8:35-9 am

Accelerating the Arches Through the 4th “D”

Tabassum Zalotrawala

SVP, U.S. Chief Development Officer – McDonald’s

9:05-10:25 am

Sourcing Meetings

10:30-11:30 am

Innovate or Die: Real Talk on Reshaping the Restaurant Biz

Phil Crawford


Kim Ellis

CDO – Scooter’s Coffee

Mike Hancock

President – Firehouse Subs

Panelist TBA


11:35 am – 12:35 pm

Sourcing Meetings

12:40-1:20 pm

Innovation, Growth, and Greens: A Chat with Jonathan Neman

Jonathan Neman

CEO – sweetgreen

Jason Schwab

Senior Producer – influence group

1:20 -2:20 pm

Networking Lunch

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2:20-3:20 pm

Deep Dives

Is Your Off-Premises Strategy Up to Scratch?

Cutting Construction Costs, Minimizing Lead Times

Anticipating AI’s Impact on the Restaurant Biz

Building Energy Efficient, Sustainable Restaurants

(for restaurant execs only)

3:25-4:25 pm

Sourcing Meetings

4:30-4:50 pm

The Transformation of Store Formats and Operations in a Digital Environment

Vishal Agarwal

Founder & CEO – ItsaCheckmate

Joseph Ortiz

President & COO – Farmer Boys

4:50-5:40 pm

Turning an Analog Industry into a Digital One // A Fireside Chat with Sam Nazarian

Sam Nazarian

CEO – sbe

Ben Calleja

Founder & Chief Experience Officer – LIVIT

5:40-6:40 pm

Free Time

6:40-10 pm

White party in wynwood

Our Monday night party is at Fabel in the heart of Wynwood. Wear your finest white attire and indulge in a night of dining and dancing beneath the starlit sky.

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7:45-8:30 am


8:30-9:30 am

Taking a Long, Hard Look at Restaurant Efficiency… Strategies to Intelligently Boost Performance

Dan Simpson

CEO – Taziki’s

Troy Tracy

Brand President & COO – Ascent Hospitality Management

Juan Martinez

Founder – Profitality

9:35-10:15 am

Sourcing Meetings

10:20-10:40 am

When in Doubt, Do Something Cool: Design that Drives Traffic and Boosts Brand Perception

Andy Schillig

Director – Visual Graphics Systems

10:40-11 am

10 Real-World Touchpoints Where AI Will Continue to Impact Restaurants

Dave Jenkins

VP, Digital Technologies –

11-11:20 am

Re-Architecting a Toxic Food System: An Inside Look at the Robotics and Growth at ZIKI

Nick Nanakos

CEO & Founder – The Food Company

11:25-12:25 pm

Deep Dives

Enhancing efficiency and the employee experience

building the drive-thrus of the future

optimizing your site selection strategy

cutting construction costs, minimizing lead times

(Open to restaurant execs + vendors)

12:25-1:30 pm

Bon Voyage Lunch

Wanna join us?



Qualified execs attend at no cost. The invitation includes accommodations for two nights, full meals and access to all networking excursions.



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