Aaron Allen, global restaurant consultant, delivers the opening keynote at the HotSchedules Spark conference in Austin, TX, on Sept. 25, 2018. Allen explored how restaurant leaders can champion technological innovation within their organizations. (Photos by Hannah Turner)
HotSchedules VP of Sales Engineering Mary Hamill, left, moderates a panel of HotSchedules experts including CTO Brian Gaffney; Senior Director of Product Strategy Nathan Pickerill; Senior Director of Product Management Jeff Kingery; and Schoox VP of Learning and Brand Success Matthew Brown on Sept. 25, 2018. The panel discussed how Clarifi, the intelligent restaurant operating platform by HotSchedules, is helping brands consolidate and innovate their tech stacks.
Spark attendees watch the general session on Sept. 25, 2018. Over two days, Spark attendees soaked in insights and best practices from the industry’s top leaders and innovators. Spark brought more than 230 attendees from 70 brands to the Hotel Van Zandt on Austin’s historic Rainey Street for two days of rapid-fire learning.
HotSchedules Co-Founder and Chief Customer David Cantu welcomes attendees and thanks sponsors on Sept. 25, 2018.
HotSchedules Co-Founder and Chief Customer Officer David Cantu, left, moderates a panel featuring Logan’s Roadhouse CIO John Laporte; Noodles & Company VP of IT Dave Lehn; and True Food Kitchen VP of IT Val King on Sept. 25, 2018. Cantu and the executives highlighted the power of partnerships when championing new technology investments in your restaurant.
HotSchedules VP of Sales Engineering Mary Hamill, left, moderates a panel of HotSchedules experts including Senior Director of Product Strategy Nathan Pickerill; Senior Sales Engineer Marcie Tomlinson; and Sales Executive Andreas Mettler on Sept. 2018. Hamill and the panel examined how restaurants can build food safety into their corporate culture by establishing visibility with new technologies.
Fred LeFranc, founding partner of Results Thru Strategy, kicks off Spark on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, with a panel featuring restaurant industry engagement leaders.
Gini Quiroz, Director of Team Member Engagement at K&N Management, and Bill Streitberger, Chief People Officer at Logan’s Roadhouse, speak on a panel about the importance of employee engagement and how to engrain your values into the core of your brand.
HotSchedules Learning and Development Product Consultant Angie Hubert, left, moderated a talent development panel featuring Kristin Burk, Talent Strategist at Elevate Training Solutions; Leah Hanson, Director of Training and Implementation at Punch Bowl Social; and Kelly McCutcheon, Director of Training for Hopdoddy Burger Bar. The panel discussed how restaurants can leverage learning management technology to improve culture and employee retention within a brand.
Chris Simms, Founder and CEO of Lazy Dog Restaurant and Bar, closes out Spark 2018 on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, with a keynote about the future of casual dining. Simms discussed the ways he has brought his core values to his thriving restaurant concept and shared best practices for other restaurateurs.
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