GENERAL SESSION / THURSDAY / MARCH 31, 2022 / 9:00 AM
Executive Perspectives: Inspiration for Today’s Restaurant Leaders
In this session, you will hear four short, thought-provoking talks that will leave you challenged and inspired.
Five Pain Points, Four Wins
Josh Halpern | CEO | Big Chicken
Josh Halpern is the Chief Executive Officer for Big Chicken. Josh is a dynamic, partnership-focused, thought leader with a robust career in streamlining efficiency, driving innovation, building diverse engaged teams, and growing economic results across the CPG, retail, and restaurant verticals. Most recently, Josh served as the Chief Sales Officer for FIFCO USA, the 8th largest US brewing company, where he was responsible for commercial operations and building top and bottom-line results for Off-Premise, On-Premise, and company-owned brewpubs. Prior, Josh led the Anheuser-Busch InBev, On-Premise and Small Format channels in the US, and Shopper Marketing globally.
Reimagining the Labor Force
Blaine Hurst | Vice Chairman | Panera Bread
Blaine Hurst is Vice Chairman of Panera LLC. Blaine served as Chief Executive Officer of Panera from January 2018 to May 2019, after serving as its President since December 2016. Blaine joined Panera in late 2010 to begin the Panera 2.0 initiative, an enhanced guest experience enabled by technology and rooted in operational integrity. In 2014, he launched Panera’s Delivery initiative. Prior to joining Panera, Blaine was an entrepreneur and consultant, assisting numerous restaurant, retail and distribution companies in their development and growth, including the development of Panera’s strategic information systems plan. He previously served as President of Restaurant Technology Solutions LLC, a division of eMac Digital.
Drive-Thru of the Future
Tracey Fullington | National Account Manager | Essity North America
Tracey Fullington is National Account Manager for Essity North America. She is an accomplished sales management professional with over 20 years of experience, who is dedicated to serving restaurants in a sustainable way. Tracey promotes SCA / Tork products and hygiene initiatives to national account foodservice concepts with corporate headquarters based in the Southeastern United States. Since 2007 she has been responsible for maintaining and growing a portfolio of high profile national foodservice concepts with locations that cross regional boundaries.