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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Reception Cocktail, Networking
Automation and Robotics in Hospitality
Massimo Noja de Marco, CEO, Piestro Inc.
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.
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
Restaurant: Having a Smart Front of House
Hospitality: Special Presentation
PLACE + ENGAGEMENT = JOY
CarloMaria Ciampoli, Assoc. AIA, LEED, Studio Director, Experience Design, RIOS
Larry Weeks, Studio Director, Experience Design, RIOS
Happy Hour / Networking
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
Matthew Ellis AIA, NCARB, Principal for Hospitality, PGAL
Building for a New Generation of Travelers
Andrea Dawson, Principal, Art Director, Dawson Design Associates, Inc.
Close of Program
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
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
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
I was very impressed with the format; it was a pleasant surprise with the one-on-one meetings.President/CEO