Restaurant Franchising & Innovation Summit | Louisville 2018

Platinum Sponsor

Welbilt, Inc.

Welbilt, Inc. provides the world’s top chefs, premier chain operators and growing independents with innovative products and solution that are backed by KitchenCare – our aftermarket repair and parts service. Our portfolio of award-winning brands includes Cleveland, Convotherm, Delfield, fitkitchenSM, Frymaster, Garland, Kolpak, Lincoln, Manitowoc Ice, Merco, Merrychef and Multiplex. Visit www.welbilt.com.

Gold Sponsors


LevelUp builds custom mobile experiences to help clients engage customers, grow sales and build a scalable mobile strategy. Our platform offers a broad range of functionality including mobile rewards, payments, online ordering, CRM, and more. LevelUp is passionate about ensuring client apps achieve maximum consumer penetration through excellent design and promotion.


FranConnect provides proven franchise management software for the entire business lifecycle – development, operations, finance, marketing, and more – to 600 brands and 110,000 franchisees in the quick service, fast casual, hospitality, and services industries. For more information, visit www.franconnect.com.


Groupon is a global leader of local commerce and the place you start when you want to buy just about anything, anytime, anywhere. By leveraging the company’s global relationships and scale, Groupon offers consumers a vast marketplace of unbeatable deals all over the world.


HotSchedules provides cloud-based technology for the restaurant industry, delivering a comprehensive suite of solutions that make running and working for restaurants easier. Its world-class products include comprehensive labor management, BI, inventory, social recruiting, e-learning, print and digital logbooks and applications built IoT platform. HotSchedules is proud to serve more than 2 million users in over 150,000 locations across 26 countries.


ReviewPush helps restaurants monitor, manage and improve their online reviews across the web. ReviewPush also helps restaurants convert more satisfied customers into positive web reviews through POS, CRM and mobile app integrations. More than 15,000 businesses currently leverage the ReviewPush system to improve their online reputation.


LevelUp builds custom mobile experiences to help clients engage customers, grow sales and build a scalable mobile strategy. Our platform offers a broad range of functionality including mobile rewards, payments, online ordering, CRM, and more. LevelUp is passionate about ensuring client apps achieve maximum consumer penetration through excellent design and promotion.


A long-time partner to the restaurant and foodservice industries, Steritech is privileged to help some of today’s best-in-class brands execute consistently on food safety and service excellence. From its specialized assessment programs and consulting, to performance benchmarking and more, Steritech pairs its services with unparalleled industry insight, skill and expertise to actively empower clients with the tools they need to help mitigate risk and drive growth.


Professional. Consistent. Timely. You need all of these from your marketing strategy, execution, and distribution. Our extensive marketing supply chain management solution allows our team of experts to partner with you on everything from print production, promotional products, inventory management and fulfillment services. Visualogistix is your one stop shop.


Waterfall provides technology solutions and strategic expertise that enable multi-unit restaurants to drive sales, acquisition, CRM and loyalty marketing initiatives through the mobile channel. Founded in 2005, Waterfall’s flagship product, the Waterfall Platform, allows clients to engage customers with personalized, targeted content across SMS, MMS, push notifications, wallets and couponing.

Silver Sponsors


The Curtis name is synonymous with a full line of the world’s most advanced, top-of-the-line commercial coffee brewing equipment, iced tea brewing systems and specialty beverage dispensers.

Founded in 1941, Curtis has remained a family-owned business that is committed to the principles of quality workmanship, personal loyalty and family values.


Dinova is an innovative, proprietary marketplace connecting expense account diners to quality restaurants nationwide. Dinova influences $6B annually in business meals and entertainment expenses. Participating companies range from more than a million SMBs to hundreds of Fortune 500 enterprises, and its 14,000+ restaurant network includes local independents, national full-service and limited-service brands, encompassing all price levels and cuisines.


SaaS Software for multi-location brands to manage the entire mobile customer experience. MomentFeed drives consumers in the moment of decision from their phone to your store by partnering with the networks that matter – Facebook, Apple, Google, Bing, and many more.


Scorpion delivers award-winning web design and ROI-positive online marketing campaigns for our
franchises with an integrated online marketing solution to help you get more leads and customers.
From design to development, our in-house team of over 400 marketing experts are committed to exceeding
your expectations in both service and results.


talentReef is the #1 provider for Social Recruiting and Talent Management Systems specifically built for the Hourly workforce. talentReef’s mobile-optimized HR platform (Social Recruiting, ATS, Onboarding, Training and Development, Performance Management, and Analytics) streamlines how fast-paced operators find, hire, train, and manage their most valuable asset—Talent.


TasteBud gives restaurants the ability to optimize their pricing to increase both traffic & frequency. Deliver dynamic offers through your digital channels; like Social, website, own App and the TasteBud app with NO operational change: No upfront costs, no new technology or POS integration and no training employees.


Toast helps you improve your operations, grow revenue, and get more business insight. Toast’s mission is to create the best possible restaurant guest experience by partnering with our customers to tackle the unique challenges of the restaurant environment.


ViaTech is a Business Process Optimization company that specializes in software and manufacturing services that optimize the creation, storage, distribution and delivery of content. We are a global provider of software and content delivery because we have a holistic approach that starts with a workflow that fits our customers’ needs.

Bronze Sponsors

Dot It Restaurant Fulfillment

Dot It Restaurant Fulfillment is a specialized restaurant distributor. We source, stock, pack and ship all of a restaurant’s branded products and restaurant supplies. This includes all FOH and BOH products that don’t fit into broadline distribution, such as labels, signage, menus and apparel. Visit us online at brand.dotit.com.

Associate Sponsors

The Sandbox Agency (LocalWave)

At The Sandbox Agency, the LocalWave team focuses 100% on brand localization. We help brands, franchisees & their store teams be better local marketers. We provide an integrated, data-driven and store-specific view to local marketing to deliver the right marketing programs at the hyper-local level – based on data & trade level opportunities.

QuikServe Solutions

QuikServe Solutions streamlines POS, back-of-house, and corporate reporting operations, resulting in greater efficiency and increased profits. Because of its comprehensive equipment, technology, and services, QuikServe is able to provide both software and hardware that are customized to each restaurant. Today QuikServe Solutions has over 2,000 installations supporting customers across the United States.

Additional Sponsors

video sponsor

Hughes Network Systems

Hughes managed solutions for multi-unit restaurants and franchises are designed and optimized to drive network performance, engage employees, and elevate customer experience. The HughesON managed SD-WAN, powered by ActiveTechnologies™, transforms broadband connections into high performing, secure networks. Our Digital Media solutions increase employee effectiveness and enhance customer engagement. www.business.hughes.com

mobile app sponsor


LoyaltyPlant empowers restaurant innovators to build customer relationships that are truly rewarding both for the brand and for the customer. The company’s proprietary platform offers a powerful CRM system, a white-label app and POS integration. LoyaltyPlant is proud to serve over 560 clients in 8 countries, including Pizza Hut, KFC, Hooters and Burger King franchisees.

lanyard sponsor


SpenDifference partners with restaurant companies providing customized supply chain solutions. Our co-op like approach provides leverage, expertise and transparency to ensure your supply chain delivers maximum value. With services tailored to meet your needs, SpenDifference manages costs, risk and business intelligence, for a stronger bottom line while supporting brand growth.

Association & Media Partners

Fast Casual

Fast Casual is the global online leader for news, analysis, blogs and research in the worldwide fast casual restaurant industry.

Food Truck Operator

Food Truck Operator was launched in 2017 to meet the needs of the thriving food truck industry. The new digital property covers industry trends and news, profiles business owners, and explores the technologies and tools available to help operators grow their businesses.

ICX Association

The Interactive Customer Experience Association’s mission is to connect B2C brands to technology that elevates the customer experience.

Kentucky Restaurant Association

The Kentucky Restaurant Association is a not-for-profit trade association representing Kentucky foodservice outlets and a variety of businesses associated with the foodservice industry. The Association provides members with a wide range of educational resources.

Pizza Marketplace

Pizza Marketplace is the premier online destination for C-level pizza executive leadership seeking cutting-edge intelligence for their multi-unit restaurant concepts.


QSRweb delivers fast-breaking news, features and analysis on the quick-service restaurant industry.

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: $189/night* | Deadline: 3/19/2018

Call (502) 656-7220 and mention that you’re attending the Restaurant Franchising & Innovation Summit.
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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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