Global Best Practices Conference

2020 Attendees

Patti Simpson

Chief People OfficerUnion Square Hospitality Group

Franklin Coley

PartnerAlign Public Strategies



Tony McMaster

CMOCotton Patch Cafe

Maria Johnson

Vice President of DevelopmentCotton Patch Cafe

Mazen Albatarseh

COOCotton Patch

Matilde Ott

Vice President of MarketingSilver Diner Development LLC

Allison Schulder

Chief Financial OfficerTrue Food Kitchen

Lon Ledwith

Executive Vice President of Restaurant OperationsBJ's Restaurants

Kathleen Coughlin

Chief People OfficerDoherty

Christopher Shand

VP, HR & Management DevelopmentSilver Diner Development LLC

Chad Branscum

Area DirectorCotton Patch Cafe

Christopher Caserta

VP of Talent ManagementRed Lobster

Britannie Sellars

VP, Operations Talent DevelopmentBJ's Restaurants

John Cywinski


Danae Harper

Sr. Manager, Talent Acquisition & Recruitment MarketingPizza Hut

Helena Josue

VP - Human ResourcesWendy's

Kevin Barnes

CFOCotton Patch Cafe

Annette Page

Marketing & Consumer InsightsGolden Corral

John Miller


Nishant Machado

CEO and PresidentMacaroni Grill

Mark Simpson

VP Legendary PeopleTexas Roadhouse

Tanya Corners

Vice President of Human ResourcesThe Habit Burger Grill

David Gordon

PresidentThe Cheesecake Factory Incorporated

Andy Hooper

President & COO &Pizza

Michelle Zavolta

Chief People OfficerAnthony's Coal Fired Pizza

Sanjiv Razdan


Greg Creed

Immediate Past CEOYum! Brands

Chip Wade

PresidentUnion Square Hospitality Group

Brant Fahle

VP of Human ResourcesNinety Nine Restaurants

Dina Barmasse

SVP, HRCheesecake Factory

Bill Streitberger

CPOCraftWorks Holdings LLC

Chris Bode

SVP & COODenny's Inc.

Fasika Melaku

VP Of Learning & DevelopmentDenny's

Carolyn Tandy

Director, Diversity & InclusionTexas Roadhouse Inc.

Jim Kiley

VP of OperationsNinety Nine Restaurants

Ray Blanchette

CEOTGI Fridays

Donna Roberts

VP Human ResourcesCracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc.

Kurt Pahlitzsch

VP of OpsDoherty Ent.

Laura Sorensen

Chief People OfficerFirst Watch

Hank Smith

Director of Market OperationsSnagajob

Amy Gingerich

Director, Field HRPizza Hut

Arlene Petokas

CPOFarmer Boys

Anthony Santarelli

President CEOThe Village Tavern INC.

Kim Bravar

Senior Manager Employee RelationsRed Lobster

Jennifer Weber

Sr. Director Training & DevelopmentYUM Brands

Julie Juvera

Vice President Crew RelationsRaising Cane's Chicken Fingers

John Drummond

Vice President of Human ResourcesM Crowd Restaurant Group

Jim Hughes

Vice President, Human ResourcesRed Lobster

Kelly Ellerman

Chief People OfficerKing's Seafood Company

Brett Damato

Regional Vice PresidentAnthony's Coal Fired Pizza

Wendy Gerrard

Director Talent Selection and EngagementThe Cheesecake Factory

Lou Sposato

Sr. Director of Human ResourcesFirst Watch

Shannon Marshall

Director, HR Business PartnershipEat'n Park Hospitality Group

Ray Moreno

VP of OperationsCotton Patch Cafe

Mark Chapman

VP of Total RewardsRed Robin

Mike Romano

VP, Human ResourcesRed Robin

Avery Block

Manager, Digital Customer Care | Taco Bell Conference Chair

David Morrison


Sherri Moore

Vice President of Off-PremiseCracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc.

Mark Williamson

Director of Off-Premise Strategic ExecutionCracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc.

Kathleen Wood

CEO and Co-FounderSuzy's Swirl

James Fripp

Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer | Yum! BrandsConference Chair

Michael Serchia

Vice President of Talent and Culture DevelopmentVilla Restaurant Group

Anthony Dinkins

SVP, Human ResourcesFiesta Restaurant Group

Amy Ewing

Director, Talent AcquisitionRed Robin

Jeff Erts

Sr. Director , Human ResourcesLe Duff America

Adrienne Skeels

ControllerCotton Patch Cafe

Ahmet Gul

Compensation ManagerRed Robin

Tina Hebert

Vice President, Human ResourcesLe Duff America

Aly Salz


Sean Kasanchi

Senior Managing ConsultantGallup

Diana Hovey

SVP, No Kid Hungry CampaignNo Kid Hungry

Sarah Lockyer

Group PublisherInforma

Joel Horne

Area CoachCotton Patch Cafe

Mia Perese

Customer Marketing ManagerHotSchedules

Lisa Harris

Director, Total Rewards & AnalyticsEat'n Park Hospitality Group

Celton Hayden

President & CEOCC's Coffee House

Maria Dawson

Director, Talent AcquisitionCraftworks Holdings

Nathan Post

Vice President, Marketing and Strategic CommunicationsBCS Financial Corporation

Jeff Stepler

VP Talent Selection and EngagementThe Cheesecake Factory

David Cantu

Chief Customer Officer & Co-FounderHot Schedules

Christie Cook

Senior Manager HRDine Brands Global

Neal Murphy

Vice President, Human ResourcesDine Brands Global

Valentino Lanoce

Area DirectorCotton Patch Cafe

Jason Ferrara


Amanda Nichols

Sr. Manager, Industry MarketingKronos

Michael Jordahl

Regional DirectortalentReef

Bob Gabriel

Strategic Partnerships ManagerSnagajob

Matt Gibson

Director, Business DevelopmentBCS Financial Corporation

Scott Elliott

Senior Vice PresidentNielsen CGA

Jared Kulka

Director - Field HRRed Robin

Molly Brill

Director of Learning and DevelopmentCotton Patch

Susan Karlen

Senior Manager of Partnership DevelopmentNo Kid Hungry

Charlie McGinty

VP of SalesInstant Financial

Mathieu Stevenson


Courtney Martinez

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

Michael Atkinson

CEOStarBar, Inc.

Billy Banks

Chief Growth OfficerProHabits

Glen Piner

Area DirectorCotton Patch Cafe

Steve DeShazo

Senior Director, Culinary, Pastry and HospitalityEl Centro College

Gabby Diaz

HR GeneralistFarmer Boys

Reid Wagner

Senior Consultant, Variable Hour PracticeTrion, a Marsh & McLennan Agency

Dan Sines


Mari Fletcher

Account ExecutiveRestaurant365

Rob Taylor

Chief Revenue OfficerRestaurant Revolution Technologies

Chad Houser

Ex. Director, ChefCafe Momentum

Carlos Herrera


John Izzo

Author, Co-FounderThe Men's Initiative

John Poulos


Philip Tate


todd mcevoy

Director of Brand StandardsCotton Patch Cafe

James Pogue

National Keynote

Keith Kusterer

Director of PartnershipsProHabits

Luke Kircher

Vice PresidentRevelry Group

Jen Bryant

Vice PresidentThe Elliot Group

Jay Wink

Senior Consultant, Variable Hour PracticeTrion, a Marsh & McLennan Agency

Joe Kefauver

Managing PartnerAlign Public Strategies

Chris Wilson

CEO & OwnerBarclay Investment Corporation

Steve Barha

Founder & Executive ChairmanInstant Financial

Shelly Pierce

Director of Training/DevelopmentOn The Border

Mike Lestingi

Area DirectorCotton Patch Cafe

Mary Hamill

VP of Solutions EngineeringHotSchedules, now powered by Fourth

Liz Brewster

Senior Vice PresidentThe Elliot Group

Stephanie Callihan

Director of Business IntelligenceCotton Patch Cafe

BO Lynn

Area DirectorCotton Patch Cafe

Charles Blase

SalesHotSchedules, now powered by Fourth

Jason Jones

Business Development ManagerDIscoverLink

Craig Irvine

Vice President, Business DevelopmentBCS Financial

Derek Thomas

SVP, Sales & Customer SuccessSnagajob

Tony Bridwell

Senior Vice President, Chief People OfficerRyan, LLC

Brooklyn Clasby

Manager, Food ServiceKronos

Alexander McCobin

CEOConscious Capitalism, Inc.

Ryan Ahmed

Head of SalesTraitify

Nyreen Garcia

Area DirectorCotton Patch Cafe

Lou Kaucic

Board MemberTDn2K

Susie Ragland

Executive Director of Community ManagementStellar Digital Marketing

Michael Faulkner

Enterprise Account DirectorTraitify

Ben Guthrie

Sr. Product ManagerTDn2K

Scott Hicks


Wally Doolin

Founder & ChairmanTDn2K

Emily Bennett

Director of Client SuccessTDn2K

Kelli Valade

President & CEOTDn2K

Mackenzie Hastings

Business AnalystTDn2K

Gerret Montgomery

Director, Business Analytics & OperationsTDn2K

Gina Morrison

Manager, HR & AdministrationTDn2K

Catherine Kaucic

Marketing CoordinatorTDn2K

Amy Valentine

Manager, Client SuccessTDn2K

Ana Dufreche

Client SuccessTDn2K

Joni Thomas Doolin

Founder & ChairwomanTDn2K

Philip May

Senior Business AnalystTDn2K

Zach Stanford

Business Intelligence AdvisorTDn2K

Liz da Silva


Sarah Higgins

Vice President, MarketingTDn2K

Jennifer Hubert

Director of AnalysisTDn2K

Victor Fernandez

Vice President, Insights and KnowledgeTDn2K

Jonathan Meek

VP, Finance & AdministrationBlack Box Intelligence

Brittany Parker

Digital Marketing and Content ManagerTDn2K

Monique Dilonga

Senior Manager, Client SuccessTDn2K

Michael Harms

Vice President, OperationsTDn2K

Sheryl Coyne-Batson

Vice President, Partnerships & Client SuccessTDn2K

Megan Lynberg

Director, Business DevelopmentTDn2K

Printice Lawton

Director of Business DevelopmentTDn2K

Melissa Doolin-Koehne

Executive Director, Sales & Industry RelationsTDn2K

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Global Best Practices Conference