Promoting, educating and advocating for Delaware’s restaurant industry since 1965.

Restaurant Industry Fast Forward 2022

Part annual member meeting, part educational symposium, always industry-focused and knowledge-sharing…this is an event savvy restaurant operators & managers cannot afford to miss!

NEW SESSIONS & KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Sessions will include industry leaders and top labor experts on emerging issues & incoming
trends facing restaurateurs following the pandemic and heading into a new year — volume recruiting & HR shifts to maximize recruitment and retention, industry culture shifts, federal vaccine and minimum wage increase,
paid family leave, unconscious bias & micro-aggressions in the industry, statewide regulatory updates and more!!

VENUE – CHRISTIANA/WILMINGTON HILTON
The industry ‘Fast Forward’ event will resume for it’s 3rd year at the recently remodeled
Christiana/Wilmington Hilton, with more space for breakouts, convenient access to Rt. 95 and
hotel accommodations for those wishing to spend the night before/after the conference.

NEW EXHIBITOR PASSPORT & RAFFLE!
One lucky attendee will have the chance to win our TOP PRIZE by visiting our sponsor &
exhibitor booths throughout the day and filling out the program passport!

Conference Agenda

9:45 AM – Attendee Arrival, Registration & Coffee/Networking

10:30 AM – INDUSTRY WELCOME & OPENING REMARKS

Carrie Leishman, Delaware Restaurant Association
Carl Georigi, Platinum Dining Group
Matt Meyer, New Castle County Executive

11 AM – MORNING KEYNOTE

Re-Engineering Human Resources in 2022 – Making it Equitable, Empowering & Efficient!

Khalilah Olokunola, TRU Colors Brewery

12:15 PM BREAKOUT SESSIONS

OWNER/OPERATOR TRACK – 2022 National & State Legislative Forecast
Presenters: Mike Whatley, National Restaurant Association
Carrie Leishman, Delaware Restaurant Association

MANAGER/HR TRACK – Industry-Focused Workforce Development Opportunities

Facilitator: Raelynn Grogan, DRA Educational Foundation

Karen Stauffer, DRA, American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Free Industry Training 
Mindy Larson Crystal, NRA Educational Foundation, Apprenticeship Programming
Patricia Gill, NRA Educational Foundation, Hospitality Opportunities for People reEntering Society (HOPES) Pathway Home Initiative 

1 PM LUNCH & LEARN

2022 Regulatory Updates & Operational Info DE Business Owners NEED to Know!
Jamie Mack, DE Division of Public Health (DPH)
John Yeomans, Division of Alcohol & Tobacco Enforcement (DATE)
Jackie Mette, Alcoholic Beverage Control Commissioner (OABCC)

2:15 PM BREAKOUT SESSIONS

OWNER/OPERATOR TRACK – 80/20 & Vaccine Mandates Oh My! What’s Coming for Restaurant Operators in 2022

Dena Calo & Gary Eidelman, Saul Ewing, Arnstein & Lehr

MANAGER/HR TRACK- Deep Dive into Restaurant HR; Big Challenges, Current Regulations & Pandemic-Related Protocols

3 PM AFTERNOON KEYNOTE SESSION

Hudson Riehle, National Restaurant Association, Senior VP, Research & Knowledge

4 PM INDUSTRY HAPPY HOUR

Wine, Beer & Appetizer stations, complimentary for conference attendees

Tuesday, February 8th 2022

Wilmington/Christiana Hilton

10am – 4pm

$89 per person includes beverages, lunch & cocktail reception for conference attendees

Looking for hotel accommodations the night before or after the conference?

Book here or call 302-454-1500 and mention code DRAFF

Click to REGISTER Today – Space is Limited!!

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