Hospitality & Restaurant Facilities Summit 2023

Chateau Elan Winery & Resort, Braselton, GA
April 23, 2023 - April 25, 2023

87 days left

Creating Purposeful & Unique Experiences

The hospitality industry has completely transformed. Demanding consumers want unique and purposeful experiences. We see brands test the boundaries and create activated spaces that maximize engagement. Through design, brands can connect with consumers using emotional triggers, driving revenue. Additionally, innovations that provide consumers with a convenient experience are increasing with automation and robotics.

The Hospitality & Restaurant Facilities Summit is an invitation-only, executive-level summit that gathers senior leaders from the largest hospitality brands and restaurant chains nationwide. Heads of Development, Design, Construction, and Architecture have a chance to delve into discussions cultivating innovations in their projects. This program provides a forum to explore how brands redefine their facilities with creative and innovative concepts and services, focusing on a fast-paced experience in a demanding society.

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The Summit Experience

Current as of of March 30, 2022




Reception Cocktail, Networking


Automation and Robotics in Hospitality

Massimo Noja de Marco, CEO, Piestro Inc.


Dinner Reception


Breakfast & Itinerary Pick-up


Restaurant: Talent Borrows, Genius Steals: Restaurant Design Ideas Worth Robbing and those Best Left Behind

Juliana Strieff, Director, Creative Design + Concepts, Panera Bread

Hospitality: Coming Full Circle and Delivery on the Wellness Promise

Margit E. Whitlock AIA, LEED AP, Principal / Creative Director, ACI Architectural Concepts Inc.


One-on-One Meetings


Restaurant: Restaurant Layout Shift to the New Era

Scott Stevenson, VP of Development, Golden Chick

Hospitality: Leading the Way to a Future of Sustainability

Kenzie Vath, VP of Strategic Innovation, Pacific Hospitality Group


One-on-One Meetings




Restaurant: Having a Smart Front of House

Hospitality: Special Presentation

TBA, RenewAire


One-on-One Meetings



CarloMaria Ciampoli, Assoc. AIA, LEED, Studio Director, Experience Design, RIOS

Larry Weeks, Studio Director, Experience Design, RIOS


Happy Hour / Networking


Dinner Reception


Food for Thought

Breakfast & Roundtables – an energetic and engaging way to start the day

Vision, Trends, Innovation, Inspiration.


One on One Meetings


Restaurant: Evolution of Ghost Kitchens

Dana Hathaitham, Director of Business Development, Ghost Kitchen Brands

Hospitality: d:EVOLVE
Transforming the Boundaries of Indoor Space

Matthew Ellis AIA, NCARB, Principal for Hospitality, PGAL


Building for a New Generation of Travelers

Andrea Dawson, Principal, Art Director, Dawson Design Associates, Inc.


Closing Luncheon


Close of Program

Chateau Elan Winery & Resort
Braselton, GA

100 Rue Charlemagne, Braselton, GA 30517

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