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COVID-19 On-site Safety Plan

Creating a safe, worry-free experience is our top priority.

We are preparing this live in-person experience so that all individuals — attendees, speakers, sponsors and staff — remain safe and comfortable throughout the event.

While the risk has been reduced with the vaccine, we cannot ensure a virus-free environment. The following guidelines will be put in place to help ensure the safety of all participants:

  • The Summit will be a handshake-free meeting. Elbow bumps are recommended.
  • Attendees will be required to wear masks unless actively eating or drinking.
  • Meeting rooms will be cleaned frequently by the hotel.
  • Socially distanced queue lines will be encouraged at registration and sponsor tables.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be placed throughout the meeting areas and tables will be disinfected daily.

Click here to find out more about health and safety measures at The Westin Charlotte.


Justin Bartek | Marketing Director | bushi by JINYA

Justin Bartek, Marketing Director of JINYA Holdings, Inc., joined the team during the industry’s most challenging times. After joining JINYA, Justin immediately immersed himself in JINYA Holdings’ Japanese culture, navigating his way through each individual brand. Though new to him, Justin has focused on leading JINYA Holdings to success, and he consistently shows his dedication to the company and industry. He was an early adopter of the Clubhouse platform and has utilized it to be a thought leader in the restaurant industry. On Clubhouse, Justin discusses topics like brand marketing, restaurant development and digital marketing with other industry leaders.


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.