Restaurant Franchising & Innovation Summit

March 11-13 | Louisville

Early Bird registration ends November 2. Sign up today!



Many of the fastest growing and most successful chains in the restaurant industry are embracing innovation throughout their operations. These forward-thinking brands are constantly looking for the next innovation — new technologies, new menu items, new marketing tactics, new training programs, etc. — that will propel them to even greater heights.

At the Restaurant Franchising & Innovation Summit, executives from leading brands will share their success stories of the numerous ways they have innovated to grow their franchises. Attendees will gain insight and inspiration to help them be more progressive in every facet of their businesses.


Paul Macaluso

President & CEO | Krystal

Ryan Smolkin

Founder & CEO | Smoke’s Poutinerie


Anyone on the corporate franchising side involved in driving product, service, equipment, and customer-experience innovation, new franchise development, franchise branding, and consistent technology adoption, use, and utilization among existing system franchisees. This also includes successful franchise owner/operators who serve in advisory capacities, as pilot testers, early adopters, and vocal champions of new system innovations and technologies. As well as operators of existing successful franchisees and start-up franchisors.

Attendance will include executives with responsibility for:

  • Franchise development
  • Franchise operations
  • Information Technology
  • M-commerce / E-commerce
  • Marketing / Branding
  • Operations
  • Payments
  • Purchasing
  • Strategy



March 11-13, 2019 | Louisville, KY

Powering franchise growth through technology and leadership

Franchise Development

In-store technology

Customer Engagement

Menu Innovation

Marketing & Branding

Hiring & Training


We are excited to bring the Restaurant Franchising & Innovation Summit to our home city — Louisville, Kentucky.

Not only is Louisville home to restaurant industry giants like YUM! Brands and Papa John’s Pizza, it also boasts a strong and growing foodie scene. We expect many of these independent restaurant operators will welcome the opportunity to attend the Summit in their own backyard.

We think you’re going to love Louisville just as much as we do. Click the button below to see some of what the city and surrounding Bluegrass Region have to offer.


Group Discount

Take Your Team to the Summit

Register two attendees from your company and add a third attendee at no additional cost.


Applies only to qualified attendees.

Hotel Reservations

Omni Louisville Hotel

Rate: $219/night* | Deadline: 2/18/19

Call 1-800-THE-OMNI and mention that you’re attending the Restaurant Franchising & Innovation Summit.
* Subject to availability at time of booking.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsoring the Summit will put you in meaningful conversations with executives in your target market. Opportunities are available for almost any budget. Download the Sponsor Prospectus to learn more.

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