Meet Our Speakers


Brian Best

Director of Interactive Engagement
P.F. Chang's China Bistro Inc.

James Couey

Director of IT
Rock & Brews

Brian Christenson

Vice President
Peak Portfolio

Patrick Coty

Director, IT / Infrastructure & Security
KFC Corporation

Douglas S. Davis

Information Systems Coordinator
Monical's Pizza Corporation

Allen Eskelin

Peak Portfolio

Scott Ford

Goodcents Deli Fresh Subs

Jessica Groopman

Independent Industry Analyst & IoT Advisor

G. Kevin Hines

Manager, Application Development
The Wendy's Company

Prakash Karamchandani

Balance Grille

Corey Kline

Vice President, IT
Noodles & Co.

Scott Langdoc

Vice President
Boston Retail Partners

Stevie Liang

Vice President, Digital Engineering & Services
Focus Brands

John Lukas

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

Kevin McIntosh

Vice President, Information Technology
Ignite Restaurant Group

Todd Michaud

Industry Analyst, Connect Ventures
(Former VP of IT, Focus Brands & Director of IT, Dunkin' Brands)

Monica Minford

Director, Digital Marketing
HuHot Mongolian Grill

Stephanie Nardini

Sr. Director of IT
Jersey Mike's Franchise System Inc.

David Naumann

Vice President, Marketing
Boston Retail Partners

Derek Nettles

Director, Information Technology
Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts

Gaurav Pant

Sr. Vice President, Research & Principal Analyst
EKN Research

Brian Pearson

Stacked Restaurants LLC

Zerrick Pearson

Vice President, IT
FIVE GUYS Operations LLC

Michael Pennington

Director of Information Technology
Togo's Eateries LLC

Sean Power

Director, Information Technology
Ford Restaurant Group

Erik Qualman

Entrepreneur, Technology and Digital Media Expert, Professor & Author

Will Riley

Vice President, Brand Management

Josh Robinson

ECD, Principal
My Friend's Nephew

Tripp Sessions

Managing Partner

Jesse Shlachtman

IT Manager
China Grill Management

Barry Shufeld

Interim CIO
Marco's Franchising LLC

Matthew Son

Vice President, Information Systems
Charley's Philly Steaks

Ted Stathakis

Director, Business Intelligence
Del Taco

Adam Steltzner

Team Leader & Chief Engineer EDL
NASA's Mars Rover Curiosity

Kathy Sy

Director, Information Technology
Grill Concepts Inc.

Ian Thomas

Business Operations Manager
Independent Security Evaluators

Jayson Tipp

Chief Development Officer
Papa Murphys

Oliver Vagner

Sr. Director, Data Analytics & Guest Experience
TGI Fridays

Michael Verdesca

Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer
Focus Brands

Kyle Welch

Chicago Scoops

Dave Weinand

CEO / Co-Founder
Connect Ventures

Victor Wolters

Enterprise Cloud Strategist