Hospitality & Restaurant Facilities Summit 2022

San Diego, CA
May 15, 2022 - May 17, 2022

117 days left

Explore New Ideas. Join Authentic Conversations. Initiate Change.

Hospitality & Restaurant Facilities Summit is an invitation-only, high-level meeting that will gather Senior Executives from the largest hospitality brands and restaurant chains across the nation. Heads of Facilities, Design and Construction will have a chance to delve into discussions cultivating innovations in their projects.

In a heavily client facing industry, the Hospitality and Restaurant Facilities Summit will introduce you to fresh insight on how to tackle some of the most pressing issues in the branding, design, and construction process with fellow executives undergoing similar experiences. Technology has also taken a forefront and will be discussing how technology will be transforming facilities of the future. This program will provide a forum to explore how brands are reimagining their facilities with innovative concepts and services, focusing on new, safe experiences and more.

Current as of of August 11, 2021




Reception Cocktail, Networking


Opening Conference

Bashar Wali, CEO, This Assembly


Dinner Reception


Breakfast & Itinerary Pick-up


Restaurant: Design Renovation Focused in Experience

Aaron Harris, VP Real Estate & Construction, Dutch Bros. Coffee

Hospitality: Essentialism: Value, Purposeful Unique Experiences

Kevin Fennell, Sr. Director Design & Construction, 21c Museum Hotels


One-on-One Meetings


Restaurant: How Ghost Kitchens are Expanding the Footprint and Keeping Costs Low

James Walker, Sr. VP Restaurants, Nathan's

Hospitality: The Customer Journey: Convenience as an Expectation, Not a Luxury

Lauren Chipman, CEO, Chipman Design Group


One-on-One Meetings




Restaurant: Chipotlane: The Pivot to Digital

David Vilkama, VP of Design, Chipotle Mexican Grill

Hospitality: Technology integration, Off and On Premise – Personalized Communication


One-on-One Meetings


Restaurant: Design Renovation Focused in Experience

Larry Strain, Chief Development Officer, Potbelly Sandwich Works

Hospitality: Customer Experience, Design

Carlo Ciampoli, Studio Director & Assoc., Rios


One-on-One Meetings


Dinner Reception




Restaurant: Eco-Friendly Design & Construction

Ben Kaplan, Sr. VP Real Estate, Development & Facilities, Hamra Enterprises

Hospitality: Solo Traveler; Rise of the Independent Traveler, Tailor Made & Unique Experiences

John Lancaster, VP Emerging Markets, Franchise Development & Owner Relations, Choice Hotels


One-on-One Meetings


Restaurant: Design Renovation Focused in Experience

Allyn Taylor, Director of Development & Construction, Pollo Campero

Hospitality: Expectations of the Next Generation


Closing Keynote

High-Tech Designs & Materials


Closing Luncheon


Close of Program

Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista
Lake Buena Vista, FL

1751 Hotel Plaza Blvd, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

The Hospitality & Restaurant Facilities Summit is an exclusive, invitation-only forum. We focus on engaging content, high-level networking and pre-scheduled business meetings between qualified facility executives and vendors. All attendees are qualified based on their job function, responsibility, and budgeting authority. You’re guaranteed to network and share ideas with an exclusive group.

If you’re interested in attending or sponsoring the Hospitality & Restaurant Facilities Summit, contact us at

Hospitality Topics
Business / Pleasure Travelers & Hotel Work Spaces • Holistic Design, Health & Well-Being Spaces • Less is More: Experience Economy & Essentialism • It’s All About Energy: Production, Management / Use, Conservation • Construction vs. Renovation / Reconversion • Exploit Technology: Smart Buildings Getting Smarter • Industry Evolution: Niche Markets • Building for a New Generation of Travelers • Open & Multipurpose Spaces, Take Inside-Out • The New Minimalism • Outdoor Spaces + Natural Air


Restaurant Topics
Tech-driven Experiences • Drive Thru & Curb Side Pick-up • Restaurant Layout Shift to the New Era • Having a “Smart” Front of House • Kitchen Automation • Omnichannel Experience • Pop-up Restaurants • Evolution of Ghost Kitchens: Customer Pick-up & Delivery • Green Kitchens & Environmental Concerns • Self-Serve & Grab-and-Go • Immersive & Unique Guest Experiences • Permanent “Move Outside” • Safety & Sanitization

  • Prescheduled One-to-One Meetings:
    Each participating solution provider and attendees will have pre-summit access to our matching software that allows you to completely customize your meeting agenda. The password protected website provides the information needed to make your selections on who you want to meet with.

  • Exceptional Networking Opportunities:
    We strive to maximize your face-to-face time by providing a multitude of avenues to engage the senior executives in attendance. The agenda incorporates cocktail receptions, networking lunches and a specially selected offsite dinner at a nearby venue. Leverage the meeting’s relaxed atmosphere and after hours networking activities to build strong personal relationships with current and future clients.

    Nice format, nice flow, full schedule. Vice President Construction & Facilities


    Good networking, good speakers. It provided time away to reflect on strategy. Head of Architecture

    Monical Pizza

    Great content and one-on-one meetings were very informative. Facilities Director

    Restaurants Unlimited, Inc.

    Great speakers. I enjoyed the dinners and social gatherings. Director of Development

    Famous Brands Intl.

    Great group, and I look forward to next year. Your entire team was great as well. Vice President of Development

    Johnny Rockets

    I was very impressed with the format; it was a pleasant surprise with the one-on-one meetings. President/CEO

    Demos Brands