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Meet The Experts: Power Networking & Speed Coaching
Meet The Experts: Power Networking & Speed Coaching

5/10/2016

When: Tuesday, May 10, 2016
5PM-8PM
Where: Fremont
15 W. Illinois Street
Chicago, Illinois  60654
United States
Presenter:
Tim McEnery, Founder/CEO of Cooper's Hawk Restaurant & Winery
Contact:
Christine DeSousa

Phone: 312.380.4146

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The Illinois Restaurant Association Presents the Biggest Networking Party of the Year!

Join us on Tuesday, May 10 from 5-8PM for a rewarding evening of networking, collaboration, speed coaching, wining and dining at the Fremont Chicago in the heart of River North.

Keynote speaker Tim McEnery of the fast-growing Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant Group is just one of the dozens of industry luminaries you’ll have the chance to meet!

The Evening’s Agenda Includes:
5PM-6PM: Meet and Mingle
6PM: Keynote Address
6:30 PM: Speed coaching sessions begin

The doors open at 4PM, and we encourage you to come early to ensure you can meet with your most sought-after experts.

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Sponsored by Reinhart Foodservice, Axia Law, Clifton Larson Allen, Blast Marketing and Fremont Chicago, the highly sought industry event offers networking, one-on-one speed coaching and keynote address by Tim McEnery of Cooper’s Hawk

 One of the Association’s most highly sought events of the year, Meet the Experts unites over 250 individuals in the hospitality industry for a spirited evening of food, libations, power networking and one-on-one speed coaching with leaders across a range of fields – including legal, real estate, financial, marketing/PR, media, event planning and more. This year’s event welcomes esteemed participants: 

Chuck TaylorJoe Baez

Joe Baez and Chuck Taylor,Clifton Larson Allen

Principal/Principal

Expertise:Tax and Financial Planning, Tax credits including work opportunity and tip credits, Accounting Services, Cost segregation analysis

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES


Kevin Boehm or Rob Katz

Kevin Boehm and Rob Katz, BOKA Restaurant Group

Owner/Owner

Expertise:Raising capital, Real Estate, Construction, Design

LEADERSHIP


Gerrin Butler

Gerrin Butler, Chicago Department of Public Health

Director of Food Protection

Expertise:Chicago Health Code Regulations, Food Service Compliance

BACK OF HOUSE (BOH) OPERATIONS


Laurie Cairns

Laurie Cairns, Blast Marketing

Managing Partner

Expertise:Brand Strategy, Brand Visualization, Integrated Marketing, Positioning

FRONT OF HOUSE (FOH) MARKETING


Abe Conlon

Abe Conlon, Fat Rice

Owner

Expertise:Cooking + Preserving Historic Recipes, The Successes + Challenges of Owning a Restaurant, Building a Restaurant Brand

FRONT OF HOUSE (FOH) MARKETING

 


Beau D’Arcy

Beau D’Arcy, Breakwater Chicago

Founder

Expertise:Capital Raise/Fundraising, Government/Community Relations, Partnership Development, Bootstrapping

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES


Patrick Donnelly

Patrick Donnelly, Hyatt Regency Chicago

General Manager

Expertise: Managing Labor, etc.

BACK OF HOUSE (BOH) OPERATIONS


Michelle Dukler

Michelle Dukler, TGI Concessions

CEO

Expertise:Customer Service, Company Culture, ACDBE

BACK OF HOUSE (BOH) OPERATIONS 


Marc Epstein

Marc Epstein, Four Corners Tavern Group

Operating Partner

Expertise:How to Manage Expansion, Leadership Development, Business/Community Relationships

LEADERSHIP


Daniel Gerzina

Daniel Gerzina, Eater Chicago

Editor

Expertise:Publicity, PR, how to get on the Eater

FRONT OF HOUSE (FOH) MARKETING


Bobby Gonzalez

Bobby Gonzalez, Hotel Palomar Chicago - A Kimpton Hotel

Concierge
Member, Les Clefs d'Or USA

Expertise:Empowering your host staff, Phone etiquette, Updated information on restaurant websites, Email confirmations should be mandatory, Do you have Caller ID?, Importance of a Maître D, Lounge seating, Going an extra step if available

FRONT OF HOUSE (FOH) MARKETING


Adam Herbert

Adam Hebert, The Radler

Managing Partner

Expertise:Tipping vs. not tipping

BACK OF HOUSE (BOH) OPERATIONS


Janet Isabelli

Janet Isabelli, Isabelli Media Relations

CEO/ Partner

Expertise:Publicity, Media relations, Social media, Grand openings, Relaunches/repositioning

FRONT OF HOUSE (FOH) MARKETING


Raj Karmani

Raj Karmani, Zero Percent

Founder

Expertise:Customer Acquisition & Retention, Community or Charity Relations, Food Waste Management, and Sustainability

BACK OF HOUSE (BOH) OPERATIONS


Glenn Keefer

Glenn Keefer, Heil and Kay Insurance Agency

Risk Managment Consultant

Expertise:Landlord leasehold insurance requirements and your new business, The insurance policies specific to the buildout time period, The basic insurance coverage parts needed to open a new business, Tip sharing policies, employee pay rates, service charges and employers liability insurance

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES


 

Beverly Kim

Beverly Kim, Parachute

Owner

Expertise:Opening a Restaurant on a low budget, in an unglamorous neighborhood

BACK OF HOUSE (BOH) OPERATIONS


Tom Koenigsberg

Tom Koenigsberg, Cooper's Hawk Winery and Restaurants

Chief Marketing Officer

Expertise:Growth strategies, Brand strategy, Vendor relations, Public Relations, Franchisee relations

FRONT OF HOUSE (FOH) MARKETING


Jeremy Kudan

Jeremy Kudan, Kudan Real Estate

Owner

Expertise:Locating the best site for your concept, Leasing vs buying in today's environment, The importance of building a team in creating success , Why is lease term important?

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES


Ashvin Lad

Ashvin Lad, Breakwater Chicago

Co-Founder

Expertise:Capital Raise/Fundraising, Government/Community Relations, Partnership Development, Bootstrapping

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES


Donnie Madia

Donnie Madia, One Off Hospitality Group

Restaurateur and Owner

Expertise:Raising Capital, Customer Loyalty, Building your Brand, Labor Issues, as well as Real Estate and Lease Negotiations

LEADERSHIP


Eddie Mahoney

Eddie Mahoney, The Fifty/50 Group

Operating Partner

Expertise:Customer Relations, Keeping Regulars, Customer Loyalty

FRONT OF HOUSE (FOH) MARKETING


Matt McCahill

Matthew McCahill, The Godfrey Hotel / The LondonHouse Hotel

Corporate Director of Food, Beverage & Nightlife

Expertise:  Beverage Costs, Scheduling staff, Making sure everyone is making money from the Boss to the Busboy

BACK OF HOUSE (BOH) OPERATIONS


Kelly McCahon

Kelly McCahon, Resource POS

Sales and Marketing

Expertise:EMV Transition, the importance of (local) POS service/support, SAAS pricing for POS (rent POS Programs)

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES


Adam Geenen Adam Geenen, Resource POS

Sales and Marketing

Expertise:EMV Transition, the importance of (local) POS service/support, SAAS pricing for POS (rent POS Programs)

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

Tim McEnery

Tim McEnery, Cooper's Hawk Winery and Restaurants

Founder

- Keynote Speaker

Expertise:Guest Loyalty, Building a Brand, Raising Capital

LEADERSHIP


Amy Morton

Amy Morton, Found Kitchen and Social House

Owner and Operator

Expertise:Hospitality and the value of making people feel at home and special; from your team to your guest

FRONT OF HOUSE (FOH) MARKETING


Alex Pappas

Alex Pappas, Axia Law

Partner

Expertise:Hospitality Law- includes Acquisitions, Licensing, Leasing, Zoning, Labor, General Consel

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES


Wayne Rich

Wayne Rich, Heartland Payment Systems

Senior Relationship Manager

Expertise:EMV, Credit Card Processing: How to uncover hidden fees

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES


Carmen Rossi

Carmen Rossi, 8 | A Hospitality Company

Partner

Expertise:Design, Menu, Concept, Creativity

LEADERSHIP


Sam Sanchez

Sam Sanchez, Samco Enterprises

CEO/Restaurateur

Expertise:Opening multiple restaurants in different markets, Balancing work/life

LEADERSHIP

 




Kristianna Smith, Land and Sea Dept.

Director of Business Affairs

Expertise:Sourcing, Creative Cost Saving

LEADERSHIP

 


Doug Sohn


Doug Sohn, Hot Doug's

Founder

Expertise:Protecting your Brand, Customer Retention, Dealing with Purveyors or Anything Related to the Operation of a Small Independent Restaurant

BACK OF HOUSE (BOH) OPERATIONS


Phil Tadros

Phil Tadros, Doejo/ Bowtruss Coffee/ Aquanaut Beer/ Bunny The Microbakery

Founder and CEO

Expertise:Coffee, Rapid Growth / Business Development, Entrepreneurship

LEADERSHIP


Joey Terrell

Joey Terrell, Rte 66 Corporation

Founder

Expertise:Going Green Solutions

BACK OF HOUSE (BOH) OPERATIONS


 

Patrick Wartan

Patrick Wartan, Axia Law

Partner

Expertise:Hospitality Law- includes Acquisitions, Licensing, Leasing, Zoning, Labor, General Counsel

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES


Britt Whitfield

Britt Whitfield, The Revel Group

Partner

Expertise:Business Development/Sales, Company Culture and the Importance of it, Growing and Expanding your Brand

FRONT OF HOUSE (FOH) MARKETING


Clinton Wolf

Clinton Wolf, UnitedHealthcare

VP

Expertise:Health insurance, Affordable Care Act, Employee Retention

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES


Kristen Zagozdon

Kristen Zagozdon, Cooper's Hawk Winery and Restaurants

VP of HR

Expertise:Attracting and developing talent, Compliance, Employee engagement, Compensation and benefits, Risk management, Performance management

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

 

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