Global Best Practices Conference

January 27-29, 2019 // Dallas, Texas
Registration opens in September

Sarah King

Chief Human Resources OfficerDarden Restaurants, Inc.

Eric Tucker

Vice President of Operations ServicesDel Frisco's Restaurant Group

John Martin

PresidentCapital Grille & Eddy V's

Michael Mabry

PresidentMOOYAH Burgers Fries & Shakes

April Scopa

EVP, Chief People OfficerDel Frisco's Restaurant Group

Beverly Carmichael

Chief People, Culture & Resource OfficerRed Robin

Chris Martin

Brand PresidentScotty's Brewhouse & Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Company

Selma Oliveira

COOFogo de Chao

Humera Kassem

Chief Human Resources OfficerJamba Juice

Nathan Baldwin

Vice President, Ops ServicesChili's Grill & Bar

Philippe Jean

PresidentMimi's Cafe

Peggy Rubenzer

SVP People ResourcesShake Shack Enterprises

Thomas Pendrey

COODonatos Pizza

Tamy Duplantis

VP of ITLe Duff America

Gje Greene-Wallace

Director of MarketingFish City Grill & Half Shells

Joe Hummel

CEOTwin Peaks Restaurants

Lon Ledwith

Executive Vice President - OperationsBJ's Restaurants, Inc.

Kelli Valade

PresidentChili's Grill and Bar

Glenn Massey

CFOSilver Diner, Inc

Zane Gross

President & CEOWenco Franchises dba Wendy’s

Mark Simpson

Vice President Legendary PeopleTexas Roadhouse

Dina Barmasse

SVP HRThe Cheesecake Factory

Mark Davis Bailey

President & CEOThe Original Pancake House

Fasika Melaku

VP of TrainingDenny's

Maria Rivera

Vice President, US OperationsKrispy Kreme

Ronnie Berry

Vice President- People ServicesCity Barbeque

Shane Womack

Vice President of OperationsHoulihan's Restaurant Inc.

Jaynanne Calaway-Habeck

Vice President, Human ResourcesPanera

Kimberly Proffitt

People Resource ManagerRMH Franchise Holdings

Elizabeth Watkins

Director of Operational ProcessShake Shack

Jenna Telesca

Editor-in-ChiefNation's Restaurant News

Natalie Diehm

Director of Talent Acquisition and DevelopmentShake Shack

Bill Shore

ChairmanNo Kid Hungry

James Fripp

Sr. Director of Global Diversity and InclusionYUM! Brands, Inc.

Kelly McCulloch

Senior Director, Human ResourcesPizza Hut

Jeremy Linker

VP Of FinanceChili's Grill & Bar

Margo Manning

COODave & Buster's

Arlene Petokas

VP, Human ResourcesCKE Restaurants

Kristen Zagozdon

Vice President, Human ResourcesCooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurants

Doug Comings

SVP/COO of Chili's Grill & BarBrinker International

Todd Peacock

Regional Vice President, Operationsla Madeleine French Bakery & Cafe

Shane Elrod

Senior Vice PresidentOlive Garden, Darden

Paul Spencer

Director Corporate Social Responsibility & Internal CommunicationDenny's, Inc.

Dom Perry

VP of PeopleWorks, Chili'sChili's Grill & Bar

Jill Van Pelt

SVP & Chief People OfficerDenny's, Inc.

Leonard Yip

CPO/CIP/SVPPanda Restaurant Group INC.

Joel Doherty

Vice President, Restaurant SolutionsMastercard

David Forrester

Partner/FounderRange Restaurant Group

Jackie Rodriguez

Vice President of Talent ManagementFogo de Chao

Steve Adkins

Chief Operating OfficerMUY Brands LLC

Christine Wilson

VP, Human ResourcesThe Capital Grille

Coley O’Brien

Chief People OfficerThe Wendy's Company

Denny Post

Conference ChairCEO, Red Robin

Becky Copeland

VP, HR & TrainingTed's Montana Grill

Carin Stutz

Conference ChairEVP & COO, Red Robin

Karyeng Liew

Executive Director, Compensation, Benefits and HR Service CenterPanda Restaurant Group

Chris Ebbeler

Director, Social Media & Community EngagementChili's

Bill Streitberger

Chief People OfficerLogan's Roadhouse

Ryan Bridgeman

PresidentManna Inc., Wendy's Franchisee

Danny Meyer

CEOUnion Square Hospitality

Grant Stewart

Chief People OfficerMUY Companies

Michelle Morgan

Senior Director of OperationsZaxby's

Britannie Sellars

Vice President, Operations Talent DevelopmentBJ's Restaurants

Kirstie Johnson

Training & DevelopmentFlatbread Company

Angela Saunders

Sr. Manager of People SelectionCalifornia Pizza Kitchen

Kathy Trusch

Vice PresidentBoddie-Noell Ent. Inc.

Marna Killian

SVP PeopleCheckers

Tom Gathers

Chief People OfficerRed Lobster

Jim Hughes

Sr. Director, Human ResourcesRed Lobster

Cathy Clausing

Director Human ResourcesShake Shack

Kevin Barnes

CFOCotton Patch Cafe

Andrew Steinberg

Chief Operating OfficerVilla Restaurant Group

Toni Quist

CPOPerkins & Marie Callender's, LLC

John Cahill

President & COOla Madeleine French Bakery & Cafe

Billy Domenech

Operator of the YearPanera Bread

Cassandra Spears

Area DirectorShake Shack

Cathy Cooney

SVP, Chief People OfficerRed Robin

Liz Phillips

Sr. Director of MarketingCotton Patch Cafe

Steve King

CEODave & Buster's

Lissa Hamilton

Area DirectorShake Shack

Lisa Sluder

Senior General ManagerShake Shack

Tanya Corners

VP of Human ResourcesThe Habit Burger Grill

Rick Van Warner

PresidentThe Parquet Group

Maria Reichl

VP, Field Operations Portillo's

Bill Spae

CEOSquare 1 Restaurants LLC

Rachael Kelly-Marcus

People DirectorCotton Patch Cafe

Richard Howell

Board of DirectorsRed Robin

Courtney Martinez

Vice President, Talent & HRHoulihan's Restaurants, Inc.

Dona Costa

Vice President, Human ResourcesWillie’s Grill & Icehouse

Theresa Willings

SVP, Human ResourcesOlive Garden

Roz Mallet

CEOPhaseNext Hospitality

Tom Hoff

Regional DirectorGallup

Laura Sorensen

Chief People OfficerFirst Watch

Sarah Vergin

RecruiterShake Shack

Lou Sposato

Sr. Director of Human ResourcesFirst Watch

Sarah Palisi Chapin

PresidentThe Chapin Group

Jeff Erts

Sr. Director , Human Resourcesla Madeleleine

Natalie Herzberg

Managing PartnerSeasons 52

Maria Brock

Director, Business DevelopmentWFF

Meredith Doll

General ManagerShake Shack

Diane Sanford

Chief People OfficerOn The Border Acquisition LLC

Nicole Orchard

Senior GMShake Shack

Laura Baldassarre

TrainingWildflower Bread

Christopher Shand

Vice President of Human ResourcesSilver Diner Development Inc.

Edna Morris

Managing DirectorAxum Capital

Michael Hackney

VP Management and Employee TrainingCracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc

Whitney Sidwell

Senior Director, Human ResourcesZaxby's

Jennifer Burkman

Operations Human Resource ManagerOlive Garden

Tom Matthesen

President/DirectorThrive Farmers International

Alan House

Head of Human ResourcesAmerican Blue Ribbon Holdings.

Michael Swick

Senior Manager Contract ServicesWendy's QSCC

Lynne Bartusek

CEOBartusek Advisory Services, LLC

Beth Kilpatrick

Director of HRFlynn Restaurant Group

Charlie McGinty

Regiona VP SalesInstant Financial

Martin Van Buren

President and COOCollege Gateway for America

Marianne Dowdy

Human Resources Vice PresidentWhataburger

Scott Williams

Director of Talent AcquisitionDarden

Stephanie Chen

HRIS, Diversity & InclusionWendy's

Tom Minella

Vice PresidentThrive Farmers International

Tara Davey

Executive DirectorCHART

Jennifer Hansen

Director of People ResourcesRMH-Applebee's

John Hughes


Carolyn Tandy

Diversity DirectorTexas Roadhouse

Amy Phillips

Director of StaffingGolden Corral

Alex Schmit

Director of Talent Acquisition Romano's Macaroni Grill

Alexandra Valdes-Fauli

Area DirectorShake Shack

Leigh Tillman

Senior Director, Employment Practices GroupRuby Tuesday, Inc.

Catherine Jefferson

Chief People OfficerThe Krystal Company

Mark Allen

General ManagerHoulihan's

Deanna Banister

Sr. Director Human ResourcesDenny's, Inc.

Debra Scheetz

General ManagerShake Shack

Laura Linthicum

Director of Talent ManagementFogo de Chão Churrascaria

Jana Sharlow

Director of Human ResourcesEat'n Park

Clint Smith

Founder and PresidentCareerPlug

Lisa Kartzman

Senior Director of PurchasingShake Shack

Tor Opedal

VP, US Merchants, Restaurant VerticalMastercard

David Bode

Director, People SupportCheckers

Debbie Martinez

Director of TrainingHofman Hospitality Group

Jill McFarland

FounderStellar Digital Marketing

Sarah Lockyer

SVP ContentWinsight Media

Bryan King

HR ManagerWildflower Bread Company

Roy Spence

Co-Founder & ChairmanThe Purpose Institute

Scott DeKoster

Senior Managing ConsultantGallup

Suzanne Woodling

Account ExecutiveInfor Talent Science

Amanda Hite

Co Founder, CEOBe The Change Revolutions

Diana Hovey

Senior Vice PresidentShare Our Strength

James England

Senior Vice President, Strategic PartnershipsFourth

Becky Mowers

Account ExecutiveInfor Talent Science

Ed O’Boyle

Global Practice LeaderGallup

David Paparelli

Director, Product DevelopmentThrive Farmers International

Gini Quiroz

Director of Team Member EngagementK&N Management

Scott Stinson

Director of Human ResourcesNewk’s Eatery

Avery Block

Manager, Restaurant Experience Taco Bell

Kristofor Lofgren

Founder | CEOSustainable Restaurant Group

Julie Rivera

VP of HR OperationsRed Robin

Jeff Stepler

VP Talent Selection/EngagementThe Cheesecake Factory

Janna Linfante

Director, HR TechnologySonic Drive-In

Rand Stagen

Managing DirectorStagen Leadership Academy

Wendy Wimmer-Gerrard

Director, Talent SelectionThe Cheesecake Factory

Betsey Bakker

Senior Director, Franchise Human ResourcesSONIC Industries, Inc.

Lizzy Bacco

Area Vice PresidenttalentReef

Stephanie Callihan

Manager FP&ACotton Patch Cafe

Sanjiv Razdan

President & COOGlobal Restaurant Executive

Rhonda Knight

Director of RecruitingManna Inc., Wendy's Franchisee

Harry LaRosiliere

MayorCity of Plano

Katie Stein

Director of Human ResourcesPappas Restaurants, Inc.

Jason Smith

Compensation ManagerDenny's

Hattie Hill

President & CEOWomen's Foodservice Forum

Andrea Carella

Brand ManagerVilla Restaurant Group

Todd Shonkwiler

Director of Human ResourcesWenco Wendys

Allyson Young

HR & Brand DirectorK&N Management

Leslie Dragna

Director of OperationsPappas Restaurants, Inc.

Claudette Gelb

Director, Legendary PeopleTexas Roadhouse

Julius Ridgley

Manager of Team Member ExperienceEat'n Park Hospitality Group

Mike Serchia

Director of Talent and Culture DevelopmentVilla Restaurant Group

Ryan Estis

CEO I Keynote SpeakerRyan Estis & Associates

Doug Magnuson

Associate Brand StrategistRighteous Clothing Agency

Brian Esser

Corporate Counsel/Senior Director of RiskRuby Tuesday, Inc.

Robert Blatt


John Sattem

Central Zone Vice PresidentThe Coca-Cola Company, North America

Karen Spiegel

VP Business DevelopmentWFF

Mark Kapczynski

Head of Retail SolutionsYodlee

Mary Ellen Slayter

CEORep Cap

Lisa Miller

Sr. Director of Training & DevelopmentDel Frisco's Restaurant Group

Tim Johnson

VP Human ResourcesWFF

Cristina Alfaro

Events ManagerWFF

Jason Ferrara

Chief Marketing and Strategy OfficerOutMatch

Aly Salz

CEORighteous Clothing Agency

Mike Smith

Vice PresidentMastercard Advisors

Michael McNamara

VP, Senior PrincipalMastercard

Sabrina Duren

National Sales ExecutiveHotSchedules

Adam Sternberg

Vice President Sales, North AmericaFourth

Brian Medina

Vice President Strategy & Talent AcquisitionSelf Opportunity

Ron Ruggless

Senior EditorNation's Restaurant News/Restaurant Hospitality

David Jobe


Luke Fryer

Founder & CEOHarri

Penny Kosut

Vice President of ChainsFetzer Vineyards

Roy Jackson

SVP Industry AffairsThe Coca-Cola Company

Beaux Wellborn

Major Market Sales LeaderPaycor

Tiffany Banks

Account ExecutiveHarri

Tammy Billings

Director of Strategic PartnershipsMarketing Vitals

Amy Cohen

Benefits, Comp & HRIS, Noodles & Co.President, CRTRA

Joel Neuman

Senior Managing CounselThe Coca-Cola Company

Nagesh Koganti

Chief Technology OfficerMarketing Vitals

Aaron Gellhaus

Partnership ManagerCareer Plug

Tim Matthesen

Marketing ManagerThrive Farmers International

Keenan Baldwin

Co-Founder & Co-CEOSiteZeus

Tammy LaNasa

Director of National AccountsFetzer Vineyards

Lisa Rebarchek Wodtke

Director of Human ResourcesEcolab

Luke Kircher

PresidentThe Revelry Group

Ryan Weisert

Director, Client Success MomentFeed

Angie Hubert

National Business Development Executive, Talent DevelopmentHotSchedules

Sam Herndon

Regional DirectortalentReef

Bobby Zimmer

Business Development DirectorHIREtech

Elizabeth Jones

Director, Business Development & Industry AffairsThe Coca-Cola Company

Nishant Machado

Senior Managing DirectorMackinac Partners

Susan Karlen

Senior ManagerShare Our Strength

Cameron Sigurdson

Account Executive - Enterprise DivisionHarri

Kevin Froese

Senior Vice President Sales and MarketingInstant Financial

Aron Lenett

AssociateShare Our Strength

Troy Dahl

VP Corporate Accounts Institutional NAEcolab

Josh Prigge


MaryLynn Workman

Director of Strategic PartnershipsMarketing Vitals

Ward Olgreen

Chief Business Development OfficerMarketing Vitals

Tyler Carlson

VP of SalesSiteZeus

Sebastian Snow

VP Global Accounts InstitutionalEcolab

Rom Krupp

CEOMarketing Vitals

Kurt Schnaubelt

Managing DirectorAlixPartners

Angie Martin

Associate Director of HRFirebird Restaurant Group

Jason Lauritsen

Keynote Speaker &Employee Engagement Expert

Jay Wink

Sales and MarketingTrion Group, a Marsh & McLennan Agency, LLC

Joe Kefauver

Managing PartnerAlign Public Strategy

Tamra Gaines

VP Partner EngagementWFF

Zack Birklebach

Vice President, Client SuccessOutMatch

Jamie Griffin

Founder & PrincipalGood Workforce

David Cantu

Co-Founder, Chief Customer OfficerHotSchedules

Jacqueline Stanley

Training SupervisorPortillos

Liz D’Aloia

CEOHR Virtuoso Company

Lou Kaucic

Founder & CEOCoaches Collective Intl.

Zachary Golden

Account ManagerDiscoverlink

Rev. Rachel Baughman

Senior PastorOak Lawn United Methodist Church

Mike Eichenwald

Advisory LeaderLRN

Joel Naroff

TDn2K EconomistNaroff Economics

Carol Jenkins

Chief Analytics OfficerOutMatch

Culley Barragan

Vice PresidentWillis Towers Watson

Reed Shaffner


Rachael Bourque

Corporate EmployabilityPearson

Kristen KJ Colby

CEO / FounderEventful Marketer

Brad Palmer

Vice President of SalesOutMatch

Fred LeFranc

CEOResults Thru Strategy

Rob Sloan

AVP Global Accounts InstitutionalEcolab

Jason Jones

Business Development ManagerDiscoverLink

Dennis Stoutenburgh

PresidentSocial Strategy1, Inc.

Reid Wagner

Sr. ConsultantTrion

Steph Grant

PhotographerSteph Grant Studios

Dena Eichhorst

Account ManagerThe Event Lounge

Eric Zimmerman

HR/IT DirectorThe Event Lounge

Grace Kaucic

Associate Marketing ManagerTDn2K

Joni Thomas Doolin

Founder & CEOTDn2K

Larry Hill


Nancy L. Thomas


Gerret Montgomery

Director of Business Analytics & OperationsTDn2K

Allyanna Pascone

Sr. Business AnalystTDn2K

Monique Dilonga

Member Services ManagerTDn2K

Bob Rycroft

Managing DirectorTDn2K

Sarah Higgins

Executive Director, MarketingTDn2K

Victor Fernandez

Exec. Director of Insights & KnowledgeTDn2K

Wally Doolin

Chairman & FounderTDn2K

Andrew Mickael

Associate Business AnalystTDn2K

Catherine Kaucic

Marketing & Membership CoordinatorTDn2K

Kevin Wheeler

Chief Financial OfficerTDn2K

Chelsea Patterson

Business Development ManagerTDn2K

Gina Morrison

Executive Assistant & Office ManagerTDn2K

Kathleen Buehler

Senior DirectorWhite Box Social Intelligence

Jennifer Hubert

Director of Analysis TDn2K

Michael Harms

Exec. Director of OperationsTDn2K

Zach Stanford

Senior Business Intelligence AnalystTDn2K

Debbie Cobb

Accounting ManagerTDn2K

Sheryl Coyne-Batson

Sr. Dir. of Business DevelopmentTDn2K

Melissa Doolin-Koehne

Exec. Director, Biz DevTDn2K

Megan Lynberg

Director of Business DevelopmentTDn2K

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Global Best Practices Conference