BREAKOUT SESSION / TUESDAY / MARCH 12, 2019 / 2:30 PM
How to Stop Sweating Labor Issues
Worker shortages, minimum wage increases, the #MeToo movement and the gig economy are just a few of the minefields employers must tiptoe through these days.
This session will show you how to protect your restaurant brand — and at the same time, will introduce strategies for cutting labor costs while keeping your valued employees happy.
Landon Eckles | CEO | Clean Juice
After a career in pharmaceutical management and then international real estate development, Landon Eckles was fed up with the unhealthy lifestyle and rigorous travel schedule that these professions demanded. In 2014, he and his wife, Kat, decided to go all in on a small business venture together. With a passion for wellness and organic plant-based foods, Clean Juice was founded. They moved to Charlotte, NC and launched their flagship store in Huntersville, NC. As of November 2018, Clean Juice has 50 open locations and another 70+ in development. Clean Juice is the first and only USDA Certified Organic juice bar franchise.
Scott Goodrich | COO | Stacked Pickle
As an industry leader, Scott Goodrich’s role as COO of Stacked Pickle comprises driving the business through operations, marketing, purchasing and a passion for people. Scott entered the restaurant industry after developing his leadership skills with United Airlines. Scott was recruited by the Murrell Family, founders of Five Guys Burgers and Fries, in March of 2005. During his career at Five Guys, Scott developed operational and training procedures, and was a key architect behind the massive growth of the Five Guys franchise system. With a calling for brand development, Scott made an impactful contribution in the growth of Uncle Maddio’s Pizza as COO.
Christine Specht | President & CEO | Cousins Subs
Christine Specht grew up with Cousins Subs — the sub sandwich chain her dad, Bill Specht, founded with his cousin two years before she was born. Before taking on the role of Cousins’ human resources manager in 2001, Christine worked as a staff member of the Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau in Madison, Wisconsin. In 2008, she became the President and Chief Operating Officer of Cousins Subs and in 2015 assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer following her father’s retirement. Christine earned a bachelor’s degree in criminology and law studies from Marquette University.
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.