BREAKOUT SESSION / TUESDAY / OCTOBER 15, 2019 / 2:30 PM
How to Provide a Frictionless Guest Experience On- and Off-Premise
Restaurants are clearly responsible for a lot of waste. They serve food in plastic bowls, lids, cups, forks and straws to millions of people every day, which end up in landfills for hundreds of years. But plastic straws became the enemy in 2018, despite only making up 4 percent of all plastic usage. Did straws get a bad rap?
And who decides how to hold brands accountable for the waste they’re causing? Those are just a couple of many questions that restaurants execs will take on during this panel.
It will not only identify several brands making a positive impact on the environment but will also give inexpensive ways for restaurants to reduce plastic, waste and energy.
James Park | CEO | Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh
James Park is CEO of Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh, the leader in fast casual authentic Mediterranean cuisine. James is a savvy marketing and operations executive who champions and activates all things brand. He excels at transformational leadership by humanizing the intangibles and developing programs that are purposeful and lasting. For the past 10 years, James has served in executive leadership roles for some of the most well-established and fastest-growing concepts in the fast casual, QSR and retail environments: Which Wich, 7-Eleven and Charley’s. In addition, James’ international experience includes substantive contributions in Dubai, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, China, Venezuela and Brazil.
Steve Schulze | Co-Founder & CEO | Nékter Juice Bar
Steve Schulze is co-founder and CEO of Nékter Juice Bar. Leveraging personal savings and an SBA loan, Steve and his wife Alexis have built the company in seven years into a predominant restaurant and lifestyle brand, offering fresh, clean, nutritious juices, smoothies and acai bowls made without processed ingredients, artificial flavors, added sugars, or unnecessary fillers. With more than 80 locations in six states, over 900 employees and nearly $50 million in annual revenue, Nékter is expanding nationally through corporate and franchise growth with plans to grow to 425 restaurants by 2020. Prior to launching Nékter, Steve worked for consumer-based companies in various sales, marketing and management capacities.
Zach Goldstein | Founder & CEO | Thanx
Zach Goldstein is a die-hard Sacramento Kings fan; it was through many losing seasons where he first learned the value of loyalty. He founded Thanx in 2011 with the goal of helping merchants identify, reward and retain their best customers / die-hard fans. Previously, Zach worked with retail and tech giants at Bain and Company, where he focused on customer satisfaction and retention. He received his MBA from Stanford and shivered his way to a BA at Dartmouth.