Global Best Practices Conference

2019 Attendees

Liesl Vargas

VP, Talent AcquisitionWyndham Hotels & Resorts, Inc.

Spero Alex

Senior Vice President of OperationsThe Cheesecake Factory

Becky Copeland

VP, HUman Resources & TrainingTed's Montana Grill, Inc.

Michael Peters

General ManagerThe Cheesecake Factory

Fasika Melaku Peterson

VIce President of Learning & DevelopmentDennys

Denise Clemens

SVP People ResourcesCorner Bakery Cafe

Laura Purser

Vice President, MarketingFuzzy's Taco Shop

Bob Nygren

CEOWild Wing Cafe

Lionel Ladouceur

Chief Executive OfficerLe Duff America

Matilde Ott

VP of MarketingSilver Diner

Marisa Carona

Vice President Global Operations ServicesWingstop

Beverly Carmichael

EVP, Chief People, Culture and Resource OfficerRed Robin

Britannie Sellars

Vice President Operation Talent DevelopmentBJ's Restaurants

William Stelton

Chairman & CEO The Bistro Group

Jill Ramsier

CMOTijuana Flats

Rick Malir

CEOCity Barbeque

Rene Prats

President & CEOAmaize

Jacqueline O’Reilly

VP Marketingla Madeleine

Christopher Caserta

VP of Talent ManagementRed Lobster

James Deyo III

Chief Financial OfficerRomano's Macaroni Grill & Sullivan's Steakhouse

Vicki Kraft

VP FinanceMain Event Entertainment

Anthony Austin

VP of Human ResourcesPortillo's Hot Dogs, LLC.

Mike Romano

VP, Human ResourcesRed Robin

Todd Burrowes

PresidentLongHorn Steakhouse

Mercy Senchur

COOEat'n Park Restaurants

Michael Buchmeier

VP Operations Standards and TalentRed Robin

John Drummond

Vice President of Human ResourcesM Crowd Restaurant Group

Janicka Green

SVP Operations, LongHorn SteakhouseDarden Restaurants

Hope Barnes

Senior Director, FP&AFront Burner Restaurants

John Kelley

CPOWhite Castle

Ron Adelman

SVP of Ops The Capital GrilleDarden

Jason Smith

Director of Operations, LongHorn SteakhouseDarden Restaurants

Edgar Guevara

CEOM Crowd

Brant Fahle

VP of HR99 Restaurants

Matt Hood

President and CEOOn The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina

Kevin Barnes

CFOCotton Patch Cafe

RJ Thomas

President / COOKing's Seafood Company

Helena Josue

VP - Human ResourcesThe Wendy's Company

Mike Archer

CEOHoulihan's Restaurants, Inc.

Stephanie Forand

Vice President, Human ResourcesCici Enterprises

Kathy Trusch

Vice PresidentBoddie_Noell Ent., Inc.

Margo Manning

Chief Operations OfficerDave & Busters

Theresa Willings

SVP of HR Olive Garden

John Cahill

President & COOla Madeleine French Bakery & Cafe

Dina Barmasse

SVP, Human ResourcesThe Cheesecake Factory

Tony Santarelli

President CEOThe Village Tavern Inc.

Lori Gibbens

VP/GMRuthie's Rolling Cafe, LLC

Bill Streitberger

Chief People OfficerCraftworks Holdings

Shelley Wolford

SVP of Communications & StrategyGolden Corral

Lon Ledwith

EVP OperationsBJ's Restaurants, Inc.

Nishant Machado

CEOMac Grill

Greg Buchanan

Chief Development Officerle Duff America

Alan House

CHROAmerican Blue Ribbon Holdings.

Amir Durrani

Vice President of Human ResourcesNorms Restaurants

Wendy Wimmer Gerrard

Director, Talent Selection & EngagementThe Cheesecake Factory

Colleen Hughes

Sr. Director of RecruitmentMiller's Ale House

Judy Irwin

Sr. Vice President Human ResourcesGolden Corral Corporation

Jerry Deitchle

ChairmanBJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse

Lori Van Duyne

Sr. Director, Consumer InsightsDarden Restaurants

Courtney Martinez

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

Sarah King

SVP, Chief Human Resource OfficerDarden

Diane Sanford

Chief People OfficerOn The Border LLC

Gwen Zimmer

Director of Operations, Capital GrilleDarden

Teresa Donich

VP Human ResourcesBlack Bear Diner, Inc.

Cynthia Perez

Director, People Acquisition & EngagementCheckers & Rally's

Jolisa Johnson

VP, Marketing & CommunicationsBlack Bear Diners

Doug Comings

SVP/COOChili's Grill & Bar

Todd Peacock

Regional Vice President of Operationsla Madeleine French Bakery & Cafe

Michael Hackney

VP, People and TalentCracker Barrel Old Country Store

Christine Wilson

VP of HR, The Capital Grille, Eddie V’s, Seasons 52Darden

Julius Ridgley

Manager of Team Member ExperienceEat'n Park Hospitality Group

Paula Manchester

SVP - HR LonghornDarden

Mike Serchia

Vice President of Talent and Culture DevelopmentVilla Restaurant Group

Ronnie Berry

Chief People OfficerCity Barbeque

Marie Perry

Chief Financial Officer | Jamba JuiceConference Chair

Jeff Stepler

VP, Talent Selection and EngagementThe Cheesecake Factory

Janna Linfante

Director, People Systems & Shared ServicesSonic Drive-In

Tanya Corners

Vice President of Human ResourcesThe Habit Burger Grill

Laura Sorensen

CPOFirst Watch

Jessica Thompson

Director of International MarketingWingstop

Diana Hovey

SVP No Kid Hungry CampaignNo Kid Hungry

Roz Mallet

President and CEOPhaseNext Hospitality

Kirstie Johnson

Learning & DevelopmentFlatbread Company

Jason Smith

Compensation ManagerDenny's

Karen Bolden

CPOEat'n Park

Stephanie Bright

Corporate Director, FIeld Human ResourcesWhataburger

Sam King

CEO/FounderKing's Seafood Company

Janet Malloy

VP, Talent ManagementDarden

Steve King

ChairmanDave & Busters

Tara Davey

Executive DirectorCHART

John O’Leary

PresidentLive Inspired

Gail Berard

Director Of Operations ExcellenceRed Robin

Krista Gibson

Chief Marketing OfficerWomen's Foodservice Forum

Tina Hebert

Vice President, Human ResourcesLe Duff America

Wayne Covey

Director of OperationsOlive Garden

Rich Waring

Senior VPVillage Hospitality

Christopher Shand

Vice President of HR & Management DevelopmentSilver Diner

Bryan Batson

Director of FinancePollo Tropical

Kathleen Wood

FounderSuzy's Swirl

Claudia Schaefer

Chief Marketing Officer | Jamba JuiceConference Chair

Kelly Ellerman

Chief People OfficerKing's Seafood Company

Jeff Erts

Sr. Director Human Resourcesla Madeleine

Peter Romeo

Editor At LargeRestaurant Business

Caryn Davis

VP Human Resources - Foodservice & On PremiseThe Coca-Cola Company

Maria Rivera

Vice President, US OperationsKrispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation

Kyle Frazier

Director, US Operations ServicesKrispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation

Michelle Carlson

Director of TrainingRMH Franchise

John Hope Bryant

Chairman and CEOOperation HOPE

Dona Costa

VP of Human ResourcesWillie's Grill & Icehouse

Alissa Church

Sr. Director of L&DMain Event Entertainment

Celton Hayden, Jr.

President & CEOCC's Coffee House

Dom Perry

VP Chili's PeopleWorksBrinker International

Edna Morris

CEO/PartnerRange Restaurant Group

Toni Quist

Chief People OfficerPerkins & Marie Callender's, LLC

Lou Kaucic

Founder & CEOCoaches Collective International

Deena Herrera

HR Operations, Olive GardenDarden

Rob Sloan

Global Institutional FoodserviceEcolab

Amy Ewing

Director, Talent AcquisitionRed Robin

Jennifer Hansen

Director of People ResourcesRMH

Brandon Hill

Chief Data OfficerBe The Change Revolutions

Cherie Neyrey

Vice President of Training & Strategic ImplementationOn The Border

Laurie Fitz

MFHA Membership Development DirectorMFHA

Saverio Ferraro

Sales DirectorFourth

Ben Hood


Jamie Griffin

FounderGood Workforce

Tom Minella

VP Business DevelopmentThrive Farmers Coffee & Tea

Laurie Burns

Founder & CEOLBB Growth Partners

Betsey Bakker

Senior Director, Franchise HRSONIC Industries, Inc.

Curtis Hite

Chief Executive OfficerImproving

Francis Coggins

ConsultantGallup, Inc.

Beaux Wellborn

HCM Process ConsultantPaycor

Maria Dawson

Director, Talent AcquisitionCraftworks Holdings

John Carlyle

Enterprise Account ExecutiveCrew

Aly Salz

CEORighteous Clothing Agency, Inc.

Lou Sposato

Senior Director, HR & Talent AcquisitionFirst Watch Corporate Office

Susan Pavel

Director of Talent AcquisitionRed Lobster

Sue Tierno

FounderSuzy's Swirl

Barbara Thomason

Director Employee Relations LongHorn SteakhouseDarden

Tami Kilpatrick

Regional Vice President, WestInstant Financial

Niraj Patel

Senior ConsultantGallup

Jared Kulka

Director - Human ResourcesRed Robin

Tammy Billings

Director of Strategic PartnershipsMarketing Vitals

David Sass

Product SpecialistHarri

David Forrester

PartnerRange Restaurant Group

Susan Karlen

Sr Manager Partnership DevelopmentNo Kid Hungry

Algina Glenn

General Managerla Madeleine

Carolyn Murray

Business Development ExecutiveMoss Adams

Danielle Wilbur

Account ExecutiveRestaurant365

Tim Matthesen

Marketing ManagerThrive Farmers Coffee & Tea

Gary White

Director of ITSquare 1 Restaurants

James England

SVP Strategic PartnershipFourth

Jim Curran

Brand ManagerPaycor

Seth Tamminga

Area Vice PresidenttalentReef

Dick Stephenson

Account ManagerThrive Farmers Coffee & Tea

Sean Kashanchi

Senior Managing ConsultantGallup

Joe Gabriel

Senior Business Development ManagerSnag

Rodney Morris

SVPThe Elliot Group

Jason Jones

Business Development ManagerDiscoverLink

Libby Saylor Wright

Chief Operating OfficerWFF

Jason Ferrara

Chief Marketing and Strategy OfficerOutmatch

Stephanie Callihan

Director of Business IntelligenceCotton Patch Cafe

Chad Harding

Managing PartnerPEAK Technology Partners

Ray Rike

SVP, SalesMomentFeed

Rachael Kelly-Marcus

Director of HRCotton Patch Cafe

Jill Danieli

Sr. Customer Marketing ManagerThe Coca-Cola Company

Sarah Lockyer

Group PublisherNRN Restaurant & Food Group

Jim Crystal

PrincipalThe Revelry Group

Jesse Davidson

Enterprise Product SpecialistHarri

Mike Johannsen

EVP & GM, North AmericaEcolab

Kasey Reese Dickson

Sr. Sales EngineerCompeat Software

Colin Joyce

Area Vice PresidenttalentReef

Luke Fryer

CEO & FounderHarri

Simon Mainwaring

Founder and CEOWeFirst

Milo Cress

FounderBe Straw Free

Ryan Weisert

Vice President, Client SuccessMomentFeed

Hunter Young

Enterprise Account ExecutiveCrew

Mari Fletcher

Account ExecutiveRestaurant365

Warren Irwin

Senior Account ExecutiveOutMatch

Chris Rich

Founder & CEORich Response, Inc

Danielle Dixon

Field Marketing LeadCrew

John Freer

Director, Learning & DevelopmentRed Robin

Janice Mackler

Sales DirectorFourth

Liz D'Aloia

CEOHR Virtuoso Company

Alison Zimmerman

Owner, CEO & Chief Event OfficerThe Event Lounge

Michael Hamilton

Managing Partner, LongHorn SteakhouseDarden Restaurants

Renee Bedford

Sustainability DirectorCoca-Cola North America

Kyle Souder

Managing Partner, LongHorn SteakhouseDarden Restaurants

Mark Chapman

VP, Total RewardsRed Robin

Ed O’Boyle

Global Practice LeaderGallup

Jackie Rodriguez

Human ResourcesGuest

Daron Babcock

Executive DirectorBonton Farms

Brian Medina

VP Strategy & Talent AcquisitionSelf Opportunity

Justine Hunter

PartnerMoss Adams

Joe Kefauver

Managing PartnerAlign Public Strategies

Cindy Jenkins

Managing Partner, LongHorn SteakhouseDarden Restaurants

Jesica Talbert

Director of Operations & ProcurementEat My Catfish

Joel Doherty

Vice President, StrategyMastercard

Debra Blackwell

International Account DirectorThe Coca-Cola Company

Dan Murphy

National Vice President SalesCompeat Software

Michael McNamara

Senior Principal, Spending PulseMastercard

Brad Palmer

Vice President, SalesOutMatch

Kari Greenfield

Corporate Development Directored2go's Career Online High School

Michael Shore

VP of RevenueCrew

Josh Prigge

Founder and CEOSustridge

Tor Opedal

Vice PresidentMastercard

Stephanie Hoppe

Chief Marketing Officer

Luke Kircher

PresidentRevelry Group

Troy Dahl

VP, Institutional Corporate AccountsEcolab

Dean De la Pena

Senior Vice President RestaurantsMastercard

Rand Stagen

Managing DirectorStagen

Bob Gabriel

Strategic Partnerships ManagerSnag

James Pogue, Ph.D

CEOJames Pogue Enterprises

Russ Ford

Sales DirectorThrive Farmers Coffee & Tea

Kurt Schnaubelt

Managing DirectorAlixPartners

Zack Birkelbach

Cheif Customer OfficerOutMatch

Jim Knight

Founder and OwnerKnight Speaker

Hattie Hill

President & CEOWomen's Foodservice Forum

Jay Wink

Variable Hour Practice LeaderTrion Group, a Marsh & McLennan Agency, LLC

John Poulos


Michael VanDervort

Executive DirectorCUE Inc.

JP Nguyen

Account ExecutiveCompeat Software

Philip Tate


Charlie McGinty

VP of Sales, Southeast & SouthwestInstant Financial

Scott Elliott

Senior Vice PresidentCGA

Shelly Pierce

Director of TrainingOn The Border

Odale Cress

Be Straw Free

Reid Wagner

Variable Hour Practice LeaderTrion Group, a Marsh & McLennan Agency, LLC

Sarah Palisi Chapin

Member of Board of DirectorsMiddleby Corporation

Steve DeShazo

Director, Food and Hospitality InstituteEl Centro College

Roy Mascorro

General ManagerChili's Grill & Bar

Kathryn Lyons

Chief Growth OfficerWFF

Jill McFarland

Founder & CEOStellar Digital Marketing, LLC

Amanda Hite

Chief Executive OfficerBTC Revolutions

MaryLynn Workman

Director of Strategic PartnershipsMarketing Vitals

Janine Jovarovic

CEOJSJ Advisors

Sally Pabin

Vice President, TalentAmerican Heart Association

Mackenzie Hastings

Business AnalystTDn2K

Kevin Wheeler


Gerret Montgomery

Director, Business Analytics & OperationsTDn2K

Gina Morrison

Manager, HR & AdministrationTDn2K

Kathleen Koehler

Senior Director, White Box Social IntelligenceTDn2K

Catherine Kaucic

Marketing CoordinatorTDn2K

Amy Valentine

Member Services AnalystTDn2K

Joni Thomas Doolin

Chairwoman & FounderTDn2K

Zach Stanford

Business Intelligence AdvisorTDn2K

Kelli Valade

President & CEOTDn2K

Liz da Silva


Wallace Doolin

Chairman & FounderTDn2K

Sarah Higgins

Vice President, MarketingTDn2K

Jennifer Hubert

Director of AnalysisTDn2K

Printice Lawton

Director of Business DevelopmentTDn2K

Victor Fernandez

Vice President, Insights and KnowledgeTDn2K

Allyanna Pascone

Senior Business AnalystTDn2K

Sheryl Coyne-Batson

Vice President, Strategic Partnerships TDn2K

Brittany Parker

Digital Marketing and Content ManagerTDn2K

Monique Dilonga

Senior Manager, Member ServicesTDn2K

Michael Harms

Vice President, OperationsTDn2K

Melissa Doolin-Koehne

Vice President, Business DevelopmentTDn2K

Megan Lynberg

Director, Business DevelopmentTDn2K

Tom Horne

Director, Business DevelopmentTDn2K

Sanjana Shetty

Member Services CoordinatorTDn2K

Nancy Thomas


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Global Best Practices Conference