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Restaurant Industry Fast Forward 2020

New Decade – New Narrative – New Opportunities & Events for Members!

10th Annual DRA Educational Forum:

Tuesday, February 11th, 2019  10:30 AM – 4 PM

The Hilton Christiana, Wilmington

100 Continental Drive, Newark, DE, 19713

Registration & Coffee @ 9:45 am, Opening Remarks @ 10:30 am, Annual Membership Luncheon @ 1:00 pm

NEW IN 2020- Sessions and Tracks for Owners/Operators + Managers

For the first time ever, attendees will pick individualized tracks and sessions, custom-designed to problems face within their roles.

Sessions compiled with member-exclusive information, featuring innovative industry changes and forecasting. Check out the agenda below:

9:45 AM – Attendee Arrival /Registration & Coffee

10:30 AM – Industry Welcome
Carl Geroigi, Platinum Dining Group
WELCOME REMARKS
                  Presenter: Kathy Jennings, Attorney General of Delaware

11:00 AM – Morning Keynote Featured Speaker
KNIVES, FIRE & OPPORTUNITY: Hiring At-Risk Youth
Presenter: Chad Houser, Cafe Momentum – Dallas, TX

12:15 PM – BREAK OUT SESSION #1
(OWNER/OPERATOR OR MANAGER/HR TRACK)

OWNER/OPERATOR TRACK:
                    National & State Legislative Forecast: 2020 Updates
Presenters: Mike Whatley, National Restaurant Association
Carrie Leishman, Delaware Restaurant Association

MANAGER/HR TRACK:
                     NEW! Employee Engagement: Retaining Talent & Driving
Profits through AI & the Latest Industry Tech Trends
Presenter: Ashish Gambhir, ShiftOne

1:00 PM – What Keeps You Up at Night?
New Era of Regulation & Activism, Lunchtime Forum with
Saul Ewing
Presenters: Dena Calo & Gary Eidelman, Saul Ewing LLP

2:15 PM – BREAK OUT SESSION #2
(OWNER/OPERATOR OR MANAGER/HR TRACK)

OWNER/OPERATOR TRACK:
2020 Regulatory Updates, Training Mandates & Operational
Info All DE Business Owners NEED to Know!
Presenters: Tanisha Merced, Delaware Department of Insurance
Rachel Turney, Delaware Department of Labor
Sandi Spiegel, DE Department of Health & Social Services
Carrie Leishman, Delaware Restaurant Association

MANAGER/HR TRACK:
NEW! Serving the Next Generation of Restuarant Leaders
Presenters: Jasmine Jones, National Restaurant Association
Erin Vresic-Cronin, Martuscelli Restaurant Group
Nicole Irvin, Big Fish Restaurant Group
DJ Silicato, Harrington Raceway & Casino

3:00 PM – Afternoon Keynote Session
NEW! ’86ing the Stigma’: Addressing Mental Health in Hospitality
Presenters: Dr. Joshua Thomas, National Alliance Mental Illness DE
Scott Kammerer, SoDel Concepts
Roger Andrews, El Diablo Burritos
Representative Valerie Longhurst

4:00 PM – Industry Happy Hour
Wine, Beer & Appetizer stations, complimentary for conference
attendees

We invite you to join us for a day full of valuable takeaways, industry trends, and real-world creative workforce solutions that only the DRA can provide.

Click here to reserve your tickets TODAY!

For more information or to order tickets via phone, please contact the DRA Office at 302.738.2545 or email Alexa@delawarerestaurant.org