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

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

Automation: What Is It Good For?

When it comes to restaurant automation, the options are endless and can range from something as simple as using point-of-sale technology and analytics to make smarter decisions to deploying higher-tech platforms like burger- or salad-making robots.

This session explores customer-facing automation, such as QR codes, cloud-based POS systems, and delivery and takeout options as well as technologies to enhance the back-of-house, such as kitchen displays automated inventory management and robotic kitchens.


PANELISTS

Phil Crawford | Chief Technology Officer | CKE Restaurants
Phil Crawford is the CTO of CKE Restaurants which operates 4,000+ Carl's Jr. and Hardee's QSR restaurants worldwide. Crawford leads CKE’s digital and technology functions and is responsible for building a technology-forward, data-driven company that exceeds consumers' evolving expectations. Crawford has over 20 years of experience in C-Level Technology roles, including Global Chief Technology Officer at Godiva Chocolatier, Chief Information Officer/Head of Technology for Shake Shack, and Yard House Restaurants.
Desi Saran | Founder & CEO | Sweetberry
Desi Saran is the Founder and CEO of Sweetberry, a National Healthy Fast Casual Chain specializing in Acai Bowls, Poke Bowls, Smoothies, and Wraps. Sweetberry has been recognized by FastCasual.com and Entrepreneur.com as 2020's hottest startup fast casuals, 2019 Franchises of the Future, and 2020 Top 100 Movers & Shakers. Desi has an expertise in restaurant software and technology and has spoken on topics involving ghost kitchens, POS Inttegrations, and third party delivery.
MODERATOR

Jason Valentine | Chief Strategy Officer | Botrista Technology
Having worked in the industry for more than 25 years, Jason Valentine has experienced every aspect of the restaurant industry. In the summer of 2022, Jason joined Botrista Technology as Chief Strategy Officer. Most recently, he was the President of Zoup! Eatery and exited after completing a successful acquisition plan. Jason has a deep understanding of the restaurant industry from the perspective of both franchisee and franchisor, and his experiences are now being applied to help brands implement DrinkBots, which enables brands to add craft beverages to their menu without operational complexities. Botrista DrinkBots automate the portioning, dispensing and mixing process using algorithmic dispensing to deliver a fresh and consistently blended drink in under 20 seconds.
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GROUP DISCOUNTS

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

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HOTEL RESERVATIONS

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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