BREAKOUT SESSION / TUESDAY / OCTOBER 24, 2017 / 1:00 PM
Ask a Millennial
Millennials will spend more than $200 billion annually starting in 2017, and $10 trillion in their lifetimes, so they should be a top target of all restaurants. Instead of imploring a bunch of “experts” on the habits of consumers born between 1977 and 2000, this panel will actually explore their thoughts and opinions by interviewing them on stage.
Eric Lavinder | Executive Director of Operations | ML Foods (The Simple Greek)
Eric Lavinder is the Executive Director of Operations for ML Foods, LLC. In this role Eric oversees all field operations for corporate and franchised locations, our construction department, distribution and logistics, vendors, new store opening process, compliance and brand standards. Prior to ML Foods Eric was the Director of U.S. Non-traditional Operations and Business Development for Quiznos. Responsible for growing sales, and developing new and existing master clients throughout the US. Prior to that, he was Regional Director of Operations for the Northeast at Quiznos. Eric has also served in various other operational and business development roles in banking, restaurants and real estate before joining Quiznos.
Meg Rose | VP, Field Operations | Firehouse Subs of America
Meg Rose is Vice President of Field Operations for Firehouse Subs of America where she oversees operations and compliance for the 970+ unit, fast casual restaurant chain. A leader with more than 27 years of restaurant industry experience with some of the largest chain concepts in the nation, Meg joined Firehouse Subs in 2007 as Franchise Business Manager. Meg’s monumental accomplishments and passion for serving others earned her the 2011 Culture Award for her work on behalf of the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. In 2015 Meg was named as one of the Women of Influence by the Jacksonville Business Journal.
Jeff Grossman | VP of Global Pre-Sales | Oracle Hospitality
Jeff Grossman brings over 20 years of experience working in enterprise technology, with a heavy emphasis on the development and implementation of point-of-sale systems. Currently, Jeff serves as the Vice President of Global Pre-Sales for Oracle Hospitality’s Food & Beverage business unit which focuses on the point-of-sale platform technology within a variety of industries, including food & beverage operations. Prior to leading the pre-sales division for Oracle Hospitality, Jeff spent nearly a decade with Oracle Retail as the Director of Solution Consulting where he managed a team of solution consultants responsible for driving Oracle Retail sales and growth in the retail industry.