LUNCH & LEARN / TUESDAY / OCTOBER 15, 2019 / 12:25 PM
Supplier Flexibility & Innovation is the Name of the Game
Today, it’s all about digitizing the restaurant experience from the front of house, back of house and outside the four walls. Consumer uses of technology are evolving fast with online ordering, delivery, loyalty, kiosks, pay at table and more. Restaurants need to move fast too to keep up and keep ahead of their consumer’s expectations. This means suppliers need a flexible mindset to enable restaurants to move faster with innovations and go to market strategies.
In this panel, discover how critical it is for the digital restaurant space to look for opportunities to stay agile, iterate new functionalities and get feedback from consumers and restaurant operators in near real-time.
Mike O’Hanlon | Head of Catering Partner Business | ezCater
Mike O’Hanlon has over 20 years of experience in business development, partnerships and investment banking. Mike joined ezCater as the Head of Catering Partner Business in 2018 and is responsible for managing and growing relationships with over 65,000 restaurants and caterers. Previously at Wayfair, Mike spent 12 years as VP Corporate and Business Development where he developed key strategic partnerships with online marketplaces such as Amazon, Walmart, Staples and Tesco, media companies such as Hearst, Time and Conde Nast and leading consumer brands such as Sherwin-Williams and Mastercard.
Shaun Shankel | CEO | ToGo Technologies
Shaun Shankel is the CEO of ToGo Technologies with over 20 years of experience in the hospitality, technology, and entertainment industries. He has expertise in vision focused executive leadership, employee and culture growth, agile software development, systems integration and bottom-line revenue growth. Under his guidance, as the CEO of Fresh Technology, the company has built a suite of vertically integrated software and hardware hospitality products that optimize operations, production and customer engagement. Shaun also serves as CTO for Fresh Hospitality brands including Taziki’s Mediterranean Café, Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint, I Love Juice Bar and Taco Mac.
Shane Wheatland | Chief Strategy & Marketing Officer | Omnivore
Shane Wheatland is the Chief Strategy & Marketing Officer for Omnivore, the technology leader empowering restaurants to digitize their guest and operational experiences. He leads the company’s product and go-to-market strategy for restaurants and technology partners based on consumer and restaurant operator needs. His approach at leveraging consumer behavior serves as the center point for how Omnivore continues to collaborate and build value for its clients. Previously, Shane spent over 20 years at The Coca-Cola Company in senior leadership roles where he collaborated with restaurant and hospitality clients building strategic growth plans, both domestically and internationally.
Cherryh Cansler | VP of Editorial | Networld Media Group
Before joining Networld Media Group as Vice President of Editorial, where she oversees Networld Media Group’s nine B2B publications, Cherryh Cansler served as Content Specialist at Barkley ad agency in Kansas City. Throughout her 17-year career as a journalist, she’s written about a variety of topics, ranging from the restaurant industry and technology to health and fitness news. Her byline has appeared in a plethora of newspapers, magazines and websites, including Forbes, The Kansas City Star and American Fitness magazine. She also serves as the managing editor for FastCasual.com.