March 20-22, 2023 | Coral Gables, FL — Early Bird registration ends Dec. 16. Register Now

Breakout Session / Tuesday / March 21, 2023 / 11:45 AM

Should International Growth be in Your Future?

While many brands put international expansion on hold over the past couple of years, those same companies are once again beginning to explore global opportunities.

Experts in this session will discuss how to know when the time is right to go global and share what they’ve learned as they’ve pushed outside their home turfs.


Beto Guajardo | President | Focus Brands International
Beto Guajardo was named President of Focus Brands International in early 2020. Beto brings extensive global experience in corporate and brand strategy, new business development, mergers and acquisitions and organizational structure. Over the past three decades, his career has spanned a broad spectrum of industries, including management consulting, global retail, automotive, energy, consumer packaged goods, and media and entertainment. Beto joined Focus Brands from Starbucks Coffee, where he served as Senior Vice President, Global Strategy. Beto built the Global Strategy team that was responsible for developing the company’s five-year strategic plan and operated as a coordinating body, creating and implementing strategies to succeed corporate goals. His teams worked extensively on executing Starbucks Delivery, acquiring technology to power Starbucks CRM, and developing new go-to-market processes to streamline store development innovation.
Thomas Stager | President | Krystal
Thomas Stager is President for Krystal Restaurants, LLC, the original quick service restaurant chain in the South. An accomplished expert in operational turnaround, expansion and rejuvenating brands, Stager joined Krystal in 2020 to help lead the brand into its future under new ownership. The company has aggressive expansion plans in place and with his hands-on, results-oriented leadership style, Stager is developing the performance teams necessary to accomplish these goals, while building a solid corporate culture that is supported by Krystal’s U.N.I.T.E.D. philosophy. Stager is also Chief Executive Officer at GC Pizza Hut and Partner of Golden Child Holdings. In 2019 under his leadership, GC Pizza Hut experienced a historic turnaround. Throughout his 35+ year career, Thomas Stager has served in C-suite and executive level roles, including Stager LLC - Next Level Training and Jakked Dragon - CrossFit.


Take Your Team to the Summit!

Restaurant/Foodservice Operators who register two attendees may add a third attendee at no additional cost.

Group discount does not apply to Franchise Brokers/Consultants or Vendors.


Loews Coral Gables Hotel

To reserve your room, call 1-800-235-6397 and use the code NMG319 to receive the group rate of $299/night.


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