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Platinum Sponsors

Middleby Corporation

Of all things a company can supply none is more important than trust. This is evident at the Middleby Corporation by our strong relationship with customers, suppliers, shareholders, and employees. Trust is why we’re the world leader in commercial cooking equipment. We perpetually “disrupt” our industry with advanced cooking innovations that bring speed, energy saving and green benefits to commercial kitchens.

Polar King

Polar King is the industry’s #1 manufacturer of fiberglass outdoor walk-in coolers and freezers. All units are delivered pre-wired, pre-assembled, and ready to operate. Polar King maximizes your valuable interior space by moving cold storage outdoors. Every unit is built to maintain its efficiency as conditions change, offering worry-free operation.


Tork offers professional hygiene products and services to customers ranging from restaurants and healthcare facilities to offices, schools and industries. Products include dispensers, paper towels, toilet tissue, soap, napkins and industrial and kitchen wipers. Through expertise in hygiene, functional design and sustainability, Tork has become a market leader of the enterprise.

Welbilt, Inc.

Welbilt, Inc. provides the world’s top chefs, premier chain operators and growing independents with innovative products and solutions 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

Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors


Agilence, Inc. is the industry leader in vertical-focused business intelligence for restaurant organizations. Agilence develops 20/20 Restaurant, a highly flexible and powerful cloud-based reporting solutions. 20/20 automatically collects and analyzes mission critical data to identify anomalies and trends that can optimize sales, enhance promotions, and improve profits.


Datavalet is a leading Managed Wi-Fi Solutions provider specialized in the development, implementation and management of Wi-Fi solutions that maximize user engagement for restaurant chains and retailers. Its customer portfolio includes global brands such as Starbucks, Tim Hortons, L’Oréal, Air Canada and other global QSR banners. Visit us at

Kitchen United

Kitchen United is a commissary kitchen concept providing food entrepreneurs, restaurant owners and operators 24/7 access to a one-stop shop venue, and the resources to reach more consumers. With KU, restaurant owners/operators have a value-driven, low-risk way to expand into new markets, grow revenue through off-premise dining and expand delivery areas.

Long Range Systems

LRS is dedicated to developing technologies that help businesses provide a better customer experience with simple solutions that streamline communications between guests and staff. We do that by integrating state-of-the-art messaging and tracking equipment with leading-edge software. Solutions include paging and messaging devices, tracking devices, guest management applications and customer feedback tools.

Middleby Corporation

Of all things a company can supply none is more important than trust. This is evident at the Middleby Corporation by our strong relationship with customers, suppliers, shareholders, and employees. Trust is why we’re the world leader in commercial cooking equipment. We perpetually “disrupt” our industry with advanced cooking innovations that bring speed, energy saving and green benefits to commercial kitchens.

Oracle Food and Beverage

Oracle Food and Beverage offers point-of-sale software, hardware and back office solutions, designed specifically for the foodservice industry. With over 40 years of experience in developing restaurant technology, Oracle Food and Beverage offers best in class solutions that enable restaurant operators to streamline operations, increase customer loyalty, and elevate profitability.

Parallel Technologies

Parallel Technologies delivers integrated business communications solutions including Unified Communications, VoIP, SD-WAN, and networking – both on premise and “as-a-service.” Parallel’s strategic partnerships with top-rated equipment and service providers allow us to serve as a single point of contact for designing and implementing comprehensive and highly secure turnkey communications systems.


PlayerLync is modern learning software that integrates mobility, digital forms, content distribution, and daily performance management into a single solution that helps operational teams deliver exceptional customer experiences. Create and publish digital content and videos to mobile devices securely, without impacting network bandwidth or requiring user downloads.


Plexure enables brands to engage better with its consumers to increase customer frequency and spend; our platform and solutions including push messaging, Loyalty, order & pay and Analytics are used on over 40 counties and have over 85 million active users.


Restaurant franchises that want to maximize their online exposure and drive more customers to their locations partner with Scorpion to reach their goals. We guide your digital marketing strategy and leverage award-winning technology to scale your plan across your entire restaurant franchise system. You get increased foot traffic, award-winning customer service, and measurable ROI for your restaurant brand.


ShiftPixy is a disruptive human capital management platform, revolutionizing employment in the Gig Economy, delivering a next-gen mobile engagement technology helping businesses with shift-based employees navigate regulatory mandates, minimize administrative burdens and better connect with a ready-for-hire workforce. ShiftPixy adds a needed layer for addressing compliance and continued demands for equitable employment practices.


SOCi is the leading social and reputation management platform built to address the complex workflow and management needs of Multi-Location businesses. With a dual focus on protecting the brand while scaling efforts across 100’s or 1000’s of local pages, SOCi has developed more than a dozen marketing tools to help brands succeed by growing their online social communities.

Wavicle Data Solutions

Wavicle Data Solutions delivers big-data and analytics solutions that help global organizations achieve data-driven business results. Our expert staff is 100% focused on knowing everything there is to know about modern big-data, cloud, and analytics technologies and how they can be used to drive current and predictive insights about your business.


As a public computing pioneer, ZIVELO has quickly emerged as a market leader in the self-service technology landscape. At its core ZIVELO is a full service design agency with the capabilities to design, engineer, manufacturer and take cutting edge products from conception to completion.
Member of ICX Association


Chatmeter helps enterprise retail brands and agencies managing multi-locations increase their revenue by identifying areas in their online presence that drives customers to choose their stores over competitors. The leading Local Reputation platform with listing and review management, social monitoring, and Local SEO rank tracking, Chatmeter is a complete online reputation solution.

Silver Sponsors

Acrelec America

Acrelec America, a leading digital transformation company, provides the world’s largest brands with self-order kiosks, menu displays, drive-thru and click-and-collect solutions that increase customer engagement while delivering benefits across the digital enterprise. Acrelec America is a part of the Acrelec Group, a world leader with 20,000 installations in 49 countries.


Checkmate is Making Delivery Easy by integrating over 30 online ordering platforms such as Postmates, UberEats and many others directly into a restaurant’s POS system. This integration enables restaurants to save on labor, reduce order errors and increase revenue potential. We offer a free trial, no long-term contracts, and dedicated customer support.


Controlant provides real-time temperature monitoring, produce movement traceability, and food safety compliance solutions, delivered as a turnkey service. We help restaurant operators achieve end-to-end visibility over their temperature-controlled products moving from farm to fork, manage supplier and partner relationships, and support safe and high quality food products across the supply chain.


Forter’s End-to-End identity-based fraud prevention solution protects e-commerce merchants and marketplaces during every stage of the customer lifecycle.

LSI Industries

LSI Industries Inc. is a customer-centric company that positions itself as a value-added, trusted partner in developing superior image solutions through our world-class lighting, graphics, and technology capabilities. LSI is the single source for all your interior and exterior visual needs, and our core strategy of “Lighting + Graphics + Technology = Complete Image Solutions” differentiates us from our competitors.

Polar King

Polar King is the industry’s #1 manufacturer of fiberglass outdoor walk-in coolers and freezers. All units are delivered pre-wired, pre-assembled, and ready to operate. Polar King maximizes your valuable interior space by moving cold storage outdoors. Every unit is built to maintain its efficiency as conditions change, offering worry-free operation.

Touchpoint Restaurant Innovations

Located in Palo Alto California, Touchpoint is the technology partner that creates adaptable, buzz-worthy, Everywhere-Commerce solutions for innovative QSR & Fast Casual restaurant chains. At the heart of the Touchpoint team, we strive to enrich hospitality and human interactions by creating compelling Everywhere-Commerce experiences. And it’s through these captivating experiences that we drive easy and effective local marketing.

Winmark Franchise Partners

Winmark Franchise Partners assists entrepreneurs and emerging franchisors who can benefit from our experience in establishing, growing and managing successful franchise businesses. As a subsidiary of Winmark Corporation, a publicly traded franchisor of 5 brands, 1,200 locations and over $1B in sales, we have the experience, resources and capital to help clients succeed in franchising their business.

Bronze Sponsors

MCM Solutions

It’s typical… Your company has a lot of data, but it’s difficult to get to. It’s in multiple different systems, which don’t talk to each other. Some of it’s in spreadsheets, a CRM / ERP system, or some other platform. But you don’t have to stay stuck in spreadsheet chaos…


Headquartered in Mountain View, CA, Punchh is the leading fully-integrated, transformative marketing solution for restaurants. Punchh’s Restaurant Marketing Cloud helps restaurants engage customers across any channel or interaction, predict consumer behavior, and increase sales by executing tailored marketing campaigns. Punchh powers 100+ leading restaurant brands at 27,000 locations globally, 9 million+ consumers, and one million+ transactions daily.


Thanx is an automated customer engagement platform delivering insights, loyalty, feedback, and personalized marketing tools. As the system-of-record for customer data, Thanx captures spending information and builds detailed customer segments in order to re-engage customers personally with the right message at the right time through the right channel, measuring success in incremental revenue.

Breakfast Sponsor


Scoppechio is a full-service omnichannel marketing agency with offices in Louisville (HQ), Cincinnati and Columbus. With more than 200 employees across the network, Scoppechio serves a broad client portfolio including: LongHorn Steakhouse, Cheddar’s, KFC, NPC/Pizza Hut, Einstein’s, YUM brands and more. Visit to view our work and to learn more.

Associate Sponsors


Chase franchise and restaurant bankers understand the unique objectives of your business and have long-term experience serving restaurant clients with innovative products and solutions. Our dedicated team leverages expertise from across the firm to provide actionable insights and decades of experience to help you anticipate and capitalize on dynamic consumer preferences.

Compaction Technologies

Compaction Technologies, Inc. and their front-of-house compactor help QSR and Fast Casuals rethink trash handling which leads to better guest experience, more efficient labor, and sustainable savings.


GetUpside is focused on strengthening communities with technologies similar to those used in online retail, enabling local businesses to treat each customer individually in real time, significantly increasing retailer profitability, consumer satisfaction, and improving local sustainability.

Henny Penny

Henny Penny provides premium foodservice equipment solutions in more than 100 countries to the world’s most demanding commercial kitchens, including QSR, casual dining and supermarket chains. Products include pressure and open fryers, combi ovens and heated holding. Founded in 1957, Henny Penny became an employee-owned company in 2014.

New York Watermaker

Better WATER Makes Better Dough. The WORLD’S FIRST, patent-pending water replication system, enables restaurants to elevate taste & quality by allowing chefs to cook with NY Water anywhere in the world. Far superior to any water system on the market today – Replication, Filtration, & Disinfection with a small footprint.

Northeast Color

Northeast Color specializes in environmental branding solutions for the franchise industry. Our years of experience producing branded interiors and signage for national chains of all sizes and varieties ensures that your locations will launch on time and on budget, maintaining brand consistency with an eye toward maximum impact.


SpenDifference partners with restaurant companies providing customized supply chain solutions. Our “Better Together” 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.


TDn2K (Transforming Data into Knowledge) is the parent company of People Report™, Black Box Intelligence™ and White Box Social Intelligence™. Together they report on 43,000+ restaurant units, 2.5 million employees and $70 billion in sales. They are also the producers of leading restaurant industry conferences including the Global Best Practices Conference each held annually in Dallas, Texas.

Additional Sponsors

video sponsor

Hughes Network Systems

Hughes’ HughesON™ high performance network & digital media solutions enable retailers & restaurants to securely and cost-effectively drive customer loyalty & employee satisfaction. HughesON gives you the agility to leverage mobile with Wi-Fi, increase employee effectiveness with video, and streamline operations while increasing revenues without overwhelming your network or staff.

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Plein Air

Plein Air is a marketing consultancy that helps brands get the most from their customer experiences. We believe growth is a result of connected, shareable, useful and measurable interactions designed around the customer. Our team has worked with brands of all sizes including Huddle House, Tropical Smoothie Cafe, The Greene Turtle, Taco Bueno, Cotton Patch Cafe, Church’s and many more.

bag sponsor is the programmatic advertising platform built for the scale of localization and personalization. works with the largest buyers of localized advertising, including brands, agencies, local media groups, networks, and trading desks. These companies utilize to localize ad targeting and content, to deliver performance on high volumes of localized campaigns, and to provide deep insights.

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Safe food is paramount in any food establishment. However, there is also a need to ensure your locations are delivering a consistent customer experience to survive this competitive landscape. Are you confident your locations are delivering? Steritech, the market leader in assessment programs, partners with chains to design food safety, operational, and workplace safety assessments that not only mitigate risk but support driving business growth.

Regional/Local Sponsors

Fleet Graphics

Fleet Graphics Inc. has been providing clients with innovative, high-quality print production and storefront branding for the past 60 years. Our advanced printing technologies allow us to help local and national brands turn their visual communication goals into a reality with eye-catching displays and unique location signage.

Louisville Forward

Louisville Forward is an integrated approach to economic and community development. Created in 2014, Louisville Forward combines business attraction, expansion and retention activities, and talent and workforce attraction, with all of the city’s real estate development, land use and planning and design functions to present a unified solution for job growth and quality of place.

MCM CPAs & Advisors

MCM CPAs & Advisors offers expertise in audit and assurance services, tax planning, business valuation, litigation support, fraud examination, business start‐up and consulting for non‐profit, public and privately held organizations, and individuals. MCM was recently ranked by Inside Public Accounting’s Top 100 list as the 79th largest accounting firm in the United States.

Partner Sponsors

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.

The NPD Group

The NPD Group is the leading global provider of market information and business solutions covering brick-and-mortar, e-commerce, and emerging channels in more than 20 industries. We combine our unique data assets with analytic solutions to help our clients measure performance, predict trends, and improve results, advising them to help drive successful growth.

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.

We are a proud supporter of

Scarlet’s Bakery | Scarlet Hope

Scarlet Hope is an organization dedicated to raising awareness against sexual assault and exploitation. In 2015, in the heart of Louisville, Scarlet’s Bakery went from a vision to a reality—affording new job opportunities and bringing new light to women who felt helpless in a presumably dark future. We proudly support Scarlet’s Bakery—their baked goods are incredible! Try them if you can. 100% of the profit goes to rescuing exploited women.


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.


The Westin Buckhead Atlanta

Rate: $199/night* | Deadline: 7/19/21
* Subject to availability at time of booking.

Click below to book online or call 1-800-937-8461 and mention Restaurant Franchising & Innovation Summit.


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