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August 10-12, 2021 | Atlanta – Early Bird registration ends May 28. Sign up today!


Solving Labor Woes

Managing labor is time-consuming and expensive but takes frustration to a new level when you add in the ongoing changes regarding employment rulings and laws.

From minimum wage to health care issues, this session will provide an update on labor laws facing the restaurant industry as well as offer best practices on hiring and managing workers.


Drew French | Founder & President | Your Pie

Drew French is the Founder and President of Your Pie. While honeymooning on the Italian island of Ischia, Drew was inspired to bring the authentic, brick-oven taste of Italian pizza to the United States. With a passion for gourmet food and a business degree from the University of Georgia, he opened the first Your Pie location in Athens, Ga., in 2008. The brand has since grown to more than 75 locations across the U.S. with more than 50 in development, and Drew continues to infuse creativity, inspiration and innovation through his leadership.

Ken Lineberger | Founder & President | Waters Edge Wineries

After spending nearly 20 years in sales and marketing with a large software company, Ken Lineberger co-founded The Wine Tailor in Rancho Cucamonga along with his wife Angela in 2004. Ken saw an opportunity to take the best of what he had experienced in the corporate world to a small business model, envisioning a concept that allowed him to fulfill his passion for wine and food, and in a template, could be replicated in other venues across the United States. With the model perfected, Ken created Waters Edge Wineries as the franchise brand in 2012 and began selling winery franchises nationwide. He currently oversees all sales efforts.

David Webber | Operating Partner | Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe

David Webber serves as the Operating Partner for Taziki’s Mediterranean Café in Richmond, Virginia. He is one of only four corporate managing partners for Taziki’s, which collectively has nearly 100 units in 17 states. David manages 90+ employees between his three stores, and led his market to $3 million in sales in 2019. He is a dedicated member of the community including involvement with the Chamber RVA, the Retail Merchants Association, and the Chesterfield Chamber. David most recently served as a board member for the Midlothian Business Alliance, which is dedicated to revitalizing the business community in Midlothian, Virginia. His expertise was developed through extensive daily planning and multi-unit operations management.


Scott Absher | Co-Founder & CEO | ShiftPixy

Scott Absher, Co-Founder and CEO of ShiftPixy, brings over 25 years of expertise in Human Capital Management strategy and support for small business. Scott has had significant exposure to the unique challenges and pressures restaurant and hospitality operators face and offers a unique insight as to the origins of and new approaches to meeting these new challenges. Scott will address the strategy that drives ShiftPixy’s leverage of leading edge technology to help its operator clients navigate today’s human capital realities.

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