11am-5:30 pm

Registration & Orientation

12:30-5 pm

Bites, Brews & Barnyard Social

6:15-7 pm

Welcome Reception

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7-8 pm

Networking Dinner

8-9:15 pm

A Night of Hypnosis and Comedy

Ricky Kalmon

Celebrity Hypnotist / Mindset Expert




6:30-7:15 am

Group Run/Walk

7:15-8 am


8-8:40 am

Keys for success in Today’s Environment

Don Fox

 President & CEO – Firehouse Subs

8:45-10:05 am

Sourcing Meetings

10:10-11:10 am

The State of the Industry // 
Are Restaurants Prepared for What’s Ahead?

Wade Allen

SVP, Chief Digital Officer – Brinker

David Bloom

Chief Development and Operating Officer – Capriotti’s & Wing Zone

Danny Klein

Editorial Director – QSR & FSR Magazines

Tiffany Vassos

VP, Design & Construction – Dave’s Hot Chicken

11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Sourcing Meetings

12:15 -1:15 pm

Networking Lunch

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1:15-2:25 pm

Deep Dives

Delivering Sustainability Innovation at Scale


Future-Proofing the Restaurant Tech Stack


Keeping Project Costs and Delays Down


Crafting a Better Off-Premise Experience

2:30-3:30 pm

Sourcing Meetings

3:35-4:10 pm

Following our North Star: Pizza Hut’s Brand Transformation

David Graves

President, US – Pizza Hut

Lindsay Morgan

Chief Marketing Officer, US – Pizza Hut

4:10-4:25 pm

The Power of Sound:
Understanding Your Most Under-Utilized Tool

Doug Marshall

Founder – Altaura

4:35-5:10 pm

What it Means to Be “Damn Good”

Mike Rypka

Founder & CEO – Torchy’s Tacos

Michael Owens

Executive Producer – influence group (moderator)

5:10-6:30 pm

Free Time

6:30-10:30 pm

RestaurantSpaces Rocks Austin!


Ed Kowalczyk

Singer/Songwriter/Founding Member – Live




7:45-8:30 am


8:30-9:05 am

AI and Automation Will Change Everything.
Are You Ready?

Susan Carroll-Boser

CIO – White Castle

Mike Guinan

VP, Operations Services – White Castle

9:05-9:20 am

Demonstrating your Sustainability Commitment Through Restaurant Design

Caryl Scobbie

Chief Concept Officer – Just Salad

9:20-9:40 am

Immersive Joy – Tapping Into the Kid in All of Us

Manish Vora

Founder & CEO – Museum of Ice Cream

9:45-10:25 am

Sourcing Meetings

10:30-11:15 am

The Perfect Drive-Thru Doesn’t Exis- // 3 Perspectives

Joanne Heyob

SVP, Operations Strategy & Design – WD Partners

Pradnya Bendre

Director – Design, Construction & Consumer Experience – KFC

Minh Le

CIO – Checkers & Rally’s

11:15-11:35 am

Getting the Brand Experience Right:
A Taproom for a Cult Favorite

Jamie Cornelius

Executive Creative Director – ChangeUp

Gary Bryant

EVP – Artisanal Brewing Ventures

11:35 am-11:45 pm

Bloody Marys + Mimosa Break

11:45 am-12:45 pm

Deep Dives

Designing Memorable Experiences


AI + Automation // AMA with White Castle


Enhancing Site Selection with Insights and Analytics

12:45-1:45 pm

Closing lunch

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