Retail and Restaurant Facilities Summit 2018

JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa, Las Vegas, NV
June 3, 2018 - June 5, 2018

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Retail and Restaurant Facilities Summit is an invitation-only, high-level meeting that will gather Senior Executives from the largest retailers and restaurant chains across the nation. B2B leaders and growth hackers will have a chance to delve into discussions cultivating the design, development, construction, facilities and operations field prompting actionable results.

In an ever-changing industry, the Restaurant and Retail 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 exchange groundbreaking concepts to take away and apply to future projects.

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Summit Registration Opens


Welcome Cocktail Reception


Keynote Interview

Tech Rescue: Enhancing the Facility Dining Experience

Keynote Speaker

Robert Irvine, World-Class Chef, Host of Food Network series Restaurant: Impossible


Glenn Katz, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Enterprise Solutions, Comcast Business


Dinner Reception


Registration & Breakfast


Opening Keynote CEO Panel


David Stutzman, President, Specifier, Conspectus Inc.


Solomon Choi, CEO, 16 handles


John Haugh, CEO & President, Iconix Brand Group


One-on-One Meetings


Experience-Driven Retail

Michael Koch, Senior Director, Store Development, Samsung

A Look at Lettuce Group’s Growth and History: Creating Concepts & Maintaining Reputation

John Buchanan, President, Lettuce Consulting Group


One-on-One Meetings




Signage Science: Optimizing for Brand Impact

Kenneth Gruskin, Owner and Principal at Gruskin Group

Value in Open Kitchen Designs

Dominic Talavera, Vice President of Development, The Johnny Rockets Group, Inc.


One-on-One Meetings


Service Automation – Saving Millions

Kristin Rhodes, Vice President, Strategic Solutions, ServiceChannel

Shannon Markwell, National Facilities Manager, Charlotte Russe

Managing Change

Jennifer Striepling, Vice President Design & Construction, Bloomin’ Brands


One-on-One Meetings & Conference Sessions Conclude






Balancing Budgets and Avoiding Delays in Construction Schedule

Nicholas Hanson, Global Construction Leader, Whole Foods Market


One-on-One Meetings


Main Street Comeback

Lauren Chipman, Principal, CEO, Chipman Design Architecture


Closing Luncheon

JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa
221 North Rampart Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV, United States

Elevate your definition of luxury to brand new heights at the JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa with views of the stunning Red Rock Canyon. Nestled on 50 acres of gorgeously maintained garden landscape, away from the Las Vegas Strip and near a variety of renowned destinations, our hotel offers extensively renovated guest rooms and suites, all brimming with sophisticated style and luxury amenities. You’ll be thrilled with our resort’s unparalleled resources, which include 10 extraordinary on-site dining options, a sparkling pool with towering waterfalls and a tranquil signature spa. The luxury experience of a lifetime awaits you at the JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa.

Retail and Restaurant Facilities Summit is an invitation-only, high-level meeting for the Senior Executives responsible for planning, design, and construction of the major retailers and restaurants in the country. Registrations are complimentary for qualified participants and include 2 nights of accommodations, meals, networking functions and access to all conference sessions.

Solution providers are able to attend through sponsorship. Categories are limited to two companies. To learn more about participating, please contact

Tech Rescue: Enhancing the Facility Dining Experience

Presented by

Robert Irvine, World-Class Chef, Host of Food Network series Restaurant: Impossible

  • Retail Topics
    A Look at Retail Facilities of the Future
    Green is the New Black: Embracing Green Initiatives in Designs
    Experience-Driven Retail: Brick-and-Mortar is the Answer
    Mastering the Art of Storytelling: Designs that Represent Your Brand
    Impact of Urbanization on Retail Facilities
    Avoiding Delays in Construction Schedules
    Omnichannel Retail: It’s about the Journey Not the Destination
    Less is More: Clean and Comfortable Designs
    First Impressions Matter: Importance of an Inviting Storefront
    Let there be Light: Lighting Designs to Increase Sales
  • Restaurant Topics
    Farm to Table: Constructing Around Local and Regional Food Systems
    The Pains of an Ageing Infrastructure and Real Estate: To Close or To Move?
    The Six Senses: Designs for Engaging All Senses Including Sound
    Know Your Brand: Personality, Promise & Positioning
    Tech Rescue: Enhancing the Facility Dining Experience
    Balancing Budget and Energy Costs
    Smaller is Smarter: Restaurants Shrinking in Size
    The Value in Open Kitchen Designs
    Extinguishing Fire Hazards and Complying with Safety Codes
  • 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.