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Sheraton Denver Downtown
Denver, Colorado
Monday, Sept. 19th
12:00pm – 2:30pm
Cool Things Tour – Agenda
Cool Things Tour
Lon Symensma -
Owner/Executive Chef,
ChoLon Restaurant Concepts
Troy Guard -
Owner/Executive Chef,
TAG Restaurant Group

Immerse yourself in the city’s thriving restaurant scene on our Cool Things Tour. Learn how award-winning restaurateurs, Chefs Troy Guard and Lon Symensma are innovating and get an inside look at trends in the Denver restaurant scene while you sample delicious food and beverages from five local hot spots. (Limited spots available. Early registration required.)

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1:00pm – 2:30pm
Raising the Bar: The Latest in Beverage & Bar Bites
Raising the Bar
Raising the Bar: The Latest in Beverage & Bar Bites
Kelley Fechner -
VP Customer Experience,
Datassential
Molly Browne -
Education Director,
Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin

Sip and taste your way through the latest bar menu and beverage trends presented by Datassential and Wisconsin Cheese.  Meet us at the hotel’s Hacienda Bar for this fun session.  (Limited seats available. Early registration required)

Sponsored by:
Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin
2:30pm – 3:00pm
Ask the Experts
Why menu innovation must be a priority — even in a recession
Speakers:
Mark Brandau -
Associate Director Research & Insight,
Datassential
Sponsored by:
Entegra
Ask the Experts
Customer experiences that drive record AUVs
Speakers:
Imran Sheikh -
Co-Founder and CEO,
Milkshake Concepts
Sponsored by:
Ask the Experts
Reimagining the dine-in experience
Speakers:
Paul Macaluso -
CEO,
Another Broken Egg
Sponsored by:
Ask the Experts
Staying ahead of the technology curve
Speakers:
Stratis Morfogen -
Founder,
Brooklyn Dumpling Shop, Brooklyn Chop House
Sponsored by:
Flavor Immersion
Overcoming today’s pressing challenges with smart product application
Speakers:
Kelly Dykhuizen -
Sr. Director Accounts,
Datassential
Sponsored by:
Del Monte
Lightning Keynote
Speakers:
Luis Lara -
SVP of Business Development,
Consolidated Concepts
Sponsored by:
Consolidated Concepts
Lightning Keynote
Loyalty ≠ Discounts: How elite restaurant brands use non-discount reward models to drive customer lifetime value and protect margins
Speakers:
Zach Goldstein -
CEO & Founder,
Thanx
Sponsored by:
Thanx
3:15pm – 3:45pm
Ask the Experts
Anatomy of an Innovative Partnership
Speakers:
David Spirito -
Sr Director of Culinary & Food Services,
Avocados from Mexico
Clare Wilson -
Director of Culinary & R&D,
Jason's Deli
Sponsored by:
Avocados From Mexico
Ask the Experts
Overcoming common pitfalls on the path to growth
Speakers:
Jae Kim -
Founder,
Chi'Lantro BBQ
Sponsored by:
Ask the Experts
Evolving the customer experience
Speakers:
John Peyton -
CEO,
Dine Brands
Sponsored by:
Entegra
Ask the Experts
What’s Next for Plant Based Burgers
Speakers:
Matthew de Gruyter -
CEO & Founder,
Next Level Burger
Sponsored by:
Avocados From Mexico
Ask the Experts
Fast casual innovation
Speakers:
Robin Robison -
Chief Operating Officer,
Modern Restaurant Concepts
Sponsored by:
Yipit Data
Fireside Chat
Speakers:
Richard Young -
Director,
Frontier Energy Food Service Technology Center
Sponsored by:
Energy Solutions
Lightning Keynote
Know Me, Help Me, Value Me – How to Win Over Customers With Better Loyalty Marketing
Speakers:
Ira Gleser -
Director/Industry Exec, US Retail & Consumer Goods,
Microsoft
Brian Lannan -
VP of Retail Experience,
TTEC Digital
Sponsored by:
TTEC Digital

4:00pm – 4:45pm

CREATE Festival – Opening Kick Off
Main Stage
Hal Lawlor -
Chief Operating Officer,
Smokey Bones
Idris Stover -
Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Culture,
Shake Shack
David Boennighausen -
CEO,
Noodles & Company
Meredith Cagigal -
VP Foodservice Channel Strategy & Execution,
The Coca-Cola Company

Join us at the CREATE Festival Main Stage as we kick off CREATE: The Future of Foodservice with a high-spirited opening session!

Executives from four leading foodservice brands come together for an important conversation on building a strong culture that fuels innovation, strengthens employee retention, encourages diversity and growth within your organization.

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Sponsored by:
Coca-Cola

4:45pm – 5:30pm

Hot Concepts Panel
Main Stage
Jonah Goldman -
Co-Founder & Director of Strategic Marketing,
PLNT Burger
Lucas Bradbury -
CEO & Founder,
Project Pollo
Jeff Carcara -
CEO,
Sixty Vines
Briana Valdez -
Founder & CEO,
HomeState

Tap into some of the most innovative and entrepreneurial minds in the business as the leaders of the 2022 class of Hot Concepts discuss the trends and the strategies that have them poised to become the next big chain. Hear how these four brands are making waves — and learn why they’re ones to watch. Come learn from the leaders of Texas-style taco joint HomeState, plant-based pioneers PLNT Burger and Project Pollo, and wine-inspired gathering place Sixty Vines.

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5:30pm – 7:00pm

Opening Night Celebration in Pop-Up Festival
Pop Up

We have ditched the traditional tradeshow floor model for a fun, new way to learn about new products and menu innovations. The Pop-Up Festival features new products and menu innovations that will continuously change throughout your CREATE experience.

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Tuesday, Sept. 20th
8:00am – 9:00am
Breakfast
Featured
Breakfast

A great opportunity to fuel up for the day and connect with colleagues.

Sponsored by:
C.H. Guenther & Sons
Johnsonville Food Service
9:00am – 9:15am
Festival Main Stage
Main Stage

Welcome to Day 2 of CREATE! Join us as we see highlights of the first day of CREATE and find out who is the winner of the Texas Pete Kitchen Hero Cook-Off.

Find out more about Texas Pete Kitchen Hero Cook-Off here

Sponsored by:
Texas Pete
9:15am – 10:30am
CREATORS Panel
Main Stage
CREATORS Panel
Frank Bonanno -
Founder,
Bonanno Concepts
Jeffrey Frederick -
Co-Founder & Partner,
Ascend Prime Steak & Sushi
Lindsay Radkoski -
Vice President of National Marketing,
Wendy's
Kieran Donahue -
Chief Marketing Officer,
IHOP
Ashley Morris -
CEO,
Capriotti's & Wing Zone
James O'Reilly -
CEO,
Smokey Bones
John Peyton -
CEO,
Dine Brands

Join us at the CREATE Festival Main Stage as we kick off CREATE Experience with a high-spirited opening session with the winners of the 2022 CREATORS Awards. Whether they’re reimagining the customer experience, forging a path into the metaverse or investing in employees’ mental health, these 7 leaders represent the height of innovation and creativity in the industry right now — and they’re ready to share their keys to success with you.

Sponsored by:
Keurig Dr Pepper
10:30am – 11:30am
Pop-Up Festival – Placeholder One
Pop Up

Join us in the Pop-Up Festival to experience bursts of flavor at our unique Pop-Up stations and the Flavor Burst Stage. Explore interactive demo kiosks and connect with other festival-goers.

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11:30am – 12:00pm
Ask the Experts
Retaining employees through a strong company culture
Speakers:
Khanh Nguyen -
Chief Executive Officer,
Zalat Pizza
Sponsored by:
Ask the Experts
Steering a growing brand
Speakers:
Mike Rypka -
Founder & CEO,
Torchy's Tacos
Sponsored by:
Entegra
Ask the Experts
Identifying and growing new concepts: Funding and restaurant investment trends
Speakers:
Nick Marsh -
CEO,
Founder's Table
Sponsored by:
Ask the Experts
The future of digital marketing & loyalty programs
Speakers:
Otto Othman -
Co-Founder & CEO,
PINCHO
Sponsored by:
Hunger Rush
Fireside Chat
Speakers:
Erin Hicks -
Chief Operating Officer,
Teriyaki Madness
Leslie Leaf -
Chief Customer Officer,
Revel Systems
Sponsored by:
Revel Systems
Flavor Immersion
Simply Sockeye on the Menu
Speakers:
Matt Frazier -
Regional Sales Manager,
Peter Pan Seafood
Kelley Fechner -
VP Customer Experience,
Datassential
Sponsored by:
Peter Pan Seafood
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Pop-Up Festival – Tues 12:00
Pop Up

Join us in the Pop-Up Festival to experience bursts of flavor at our unique Pop-Up stations and the Flavor Burst Stage. Explore interactive demo kiosks and connect with other festival-goers.

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1:15pm – 1:45pm
Ask the Experts
Navigating growth spurts as an emerging brand
Speakers:
Betsy Hamm -
CEO,
Duck Donuts
Sponsored by:
Ask the Experts
Omnichannel experiences: Future of full service
Speakers:
Damola Adamolekun -
CEO, Board of Directors,
P.F. Chang's China Bistro Inc.
Sponsored by:
Entegra
Ask the Experts
Tips for scaling your emerging concept — from someone in the thick of it
Speakers:
Matt Stanton -
Partner & Chief Growth Officer,
Mici Italian
Elliot Schiffer -
CEO,
Mici Handcrafted Italian
Sponsored by:
Ask the Experts
Technology innovation to drive digital sales and improve customer experience
Speakers:
Scott Boatwright -
Chief Restaurant Officer,
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Sponsored by:
Kiosk Management Association
Flavor Immersion
Ready, Set...Risotto
Speakers:
Chef Ben Lee -
Director of Culinary Services,
Mars Foodservice
Kelley Fechner -
VP Customer Experience,
Datassential
Sponsored by:
MARS
Fireside Chat
Speakers:
Jaime Ferreyros -
VP Sales,
Presto
Sponsored by:
Presto
1:45pm – 2:45pm
Pop-Up Festival – Tues 1:45
Pop Up

Join us in the Pop-Up Festival to experience bursts of flavor at our unique Pop-Up stations and the Flavor Burst Stage. Explore interactive demo kiosks and connect with other festival-goers.

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2:45pm – 3:15pm
Ask the Experts
Plant-based trends
Speakers:
Bettina Stern -
Principal & Co-Founder,
Chaia
Sponsored by:
Ask the Experts
Multi-concept development: Developing experiential concepts that resonate
Speakers:
Michael McHenry -
Founder,
The McHenry Group
Sponsored by:
Ask the Experts
Bringing Indian food to the mainstream
Speakers:
Sahil Rahman -
Co-Founder,
RASA
Sponsored by:
Ask the Experts
How to build a great company culture
Speakers:
Sanjiv Razdan -
President Americas & India,
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
Sponsored by:
Fireside Chat
Speakers:
Michael Hearn -
Business Development Manager,
Qwick
Sponsored by:
Qwick
Flavor Immersion
Sip in the right direction
Speakers:
Kelley Fechner -
VP Customer Experience,
Datassential
Sponsored by:
Jarritos
Lightning Keynote
Emerging Concepts-Distribution Partnership for Success
Speakers:
Jim Rinsem -
National Vice President (GSC) Head Of Emerging Concepts Business Development,
Sysco
Sponsored by:
Sysco
3:15pm – 4:15pm
Pop-Up Festival – Tues 3:15
Pop Up

Join us in the Pop-Up Festival to experience bursts of flavor at our unique Pop-Up stations and the Flavor Burst Stage. Explore interactive demo kiosks and connect with other festival-goers.

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4:15pm – 5:30pm
Bonin Baugh Keynote
Main Stage
Hackonomy 2.0 with Bonin Bough, Marketing Guru, Investor, Author
Bonin Bough -
Marketing Guru, Investor, Author,

This presentation will focus on how to maintain business growth in a post-pandemic world. Although it might sound counter-intuitive, Bonin Bough will show that the only way to combat the economic impact of the recent COVID-19 crisis and other world events is to create value by breaking things. Whether it’s breaking from tradition, process, or simply “the way we’ve always done things” this presentation will provide tried-and-tested models that enable audiences to keep their company on a growth trajectory during this challenging time.

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5:30pm – 7:30pm
CREATE: Mix & Mingle
Festival Party
CREATE: Mix & Mingle

The last night of the CREATE Festival is the best night. Mix & Mingle with other festival-goers at this fun party. Great music, cool vibes, and of course delicious food and drinks are at the center of this experience. Meet CREATE Headline Keynoter, Bonin Bough and take the opportunity to ask him a question or a celebratory toast to a fantastic keynote session.

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Thank you for attending the CREATE Experience.

We look forward to seeing next year in Palm Springs, California on October 2-4, 2023.
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Gold Sponsors
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Health & Safety

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