Session Scheduler

View, browse and sort the 2018 Catersource sessions by track and session. With the CS2018 session scheduler, you can build your education schedule in advance and access it during the show via export or with the Mobile App, once live

PLEASE NOTE: Using this schedule builder is for convenience only and does not register you or guarantee you a seat in the sessions. Only ticketed optional events guarantee availability.

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Sunday | 8:30 am

Catersource 101: Welcome to Catersource!

Kathleen Stoehr (Director of Community & Content Strategy, Catersource)

Location: Augustus 5

Track: All

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Event Professionals, Owners & Executives, Culinary Professionals

Food Truck Events—With or Without the Truck!

Mark Lopez (CFO (Chef/Farmer/Owner), Crave Catering), Steve DeAngelo (President, DeAngelo's Catering & Events)

Location: Roman 1

Track: Business & Operations, Sales & Marketing

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Owners & Executives

From Stage to Superstar: Developing the Culinary Intern

Heather Carr (Culinary Crusader, Footers Catering)

Location: Augustus 1

Track: Art of Catering Food, Staff Development

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Owners & Executives, Culinary Professionals

Three Answers to One Question: Proven Ways to Find Money Hidden in Your Catering Business

Bill Hansen (CEO, Bill Hansen Luxury Catering)

Location: Florentine 1

Track: Business & Operations, Sales & Marketing

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Owners & Executives

Your ROI is Your Why: How to Stand Out in a Crowded Market

Alan Berg, CSP (Owner, AlanBerg.com)

Location: Emperor's Ballroom

Track: Business & Operations, Sales & Marketing

Sunday | 9:30 am

A Candid Conversation with Bill Hansen

Bill Hansen

Location: Pompeian 1

Track: Business & Operations, On-Premise, Hotels, Banquet Centers, Restaurants

Brand Therapy: Unlocking Your Brand's Power

Liese Gardner (Owner, Liese Gardner Communications)

Location: Emperor's Ballroom

Track: Sales & Marketing, Staff Development

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Event Professionals, Owners & Executives

Break Away from the Buffet

Debby Stein (Owner/ Creative Director, Cartewheels Catering), Emily Simpson (Director of Operations, Cartewheels Catering)

Location: Roman 1

Track: Trends & Design, Weddings & Special Events

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Event Professionals, Culinary Professionals

Industry Partner: ICA

Event Venue Opportunities - How to Capture a Venue Contract

Carl Sacks (Senior Consultant, Certified Catering Consultants)

Location: Trevi

Track: Business & Operations, Weddings & Special Events

First Annual CaterSlam 2018

John Cohen (Owner, Total Party Planner)

Location: Florentine 1

Track: Business & Operations, Staff Development

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Owners & Executives

Hire the Best, Fire the Rest - 5 Common Hiring Mistakes to Avoid

Anthony Lambatos (Owner, Footers Catering)

Location: Augustus 5

Track: Business & Operations, Staff Development

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Event Professionals, Owners & Executives, Culinary Professionals

Know Your Numbers & Make Some Money!

Greg Hicks (Owner/Senior Event Specialist, Impressions Catering)

Location: Florentine 3

Track: Business & Operations, Sales & Marketing

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Owners & Executives

The Power of No

Andrea Eppolito (Wedding Planner, Andrea Eppolito Events)

Location: Roman 2

Track: Business & Operations, Sales & Marketing

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Event Professionals, Owners & Executives

Writing Menus for Every Occasion

John Walsh (Vice President of Culinary, The Classic Catering People)

Location: Augustus 1

Track: Art of Catering Food, Food & Beverage

Sunday | 10:50 am

A Candid Conversation with Anthony Lambatos

Anthony Lambatos (Owner, Footers Catering)

Location: Pompeian 1

Track: Business & Operations, Staff Development

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Owners & Executives

A Candid Conversation with Liese Gardner

Liese Gardner (Owner, Liese Gardner Communications)

Location: Pompeian 2

Track: Sales & Marketing, Trends & Design

Company Role: Event Professionals, Owners & Executives

And the Winner is…The Key to Winning Award Submissions

Meghan Ely (Principal, OFD Consulting)

Location: Roman 1

Track: Business & Operations, Sales & Marketing

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Event Professionals, Owners & Executives

Corporate Catering Meets the Event World—& Wins!

Jean Stannard (Innovation Chef / General Manager, Pacific Coast Catering), Paul Coleman (Owner/Operator, Pacific Coast Catering)

Location: Florentine 3

Track: Business & Operations, Corporate & QSR Catering

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Owners & Executives, Culinary Professionals

Developing Gladiators

Renee Miner (Chief Event Designer, Empyrean Events and Catering), Jeremy Miner (Director of Operations and Innovation, Empyrean Events)

Location: Roman 2

Track: Business & Operations, Staff Development

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Event Professionals, Owners & Executives

Engagement: The Key to Killer Food Stations

Ryan Crafts (Chief Operations Officer, Culinary Crafts)

Location: Augustus 5

Track: Food & Beverage, Trends & Design

Open Fire & Avant Garde Carving Stations

Keith Lord (Director of Culinary & Operations, The Wild Thyme Company), Greg Shapiro (Executive Chef/Owner, Tastebuds Custom Catering, Inc)

Location: Augustus 1

Track: Art of Catering Food, Food & Beverage

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Culinary Professionals

Penetrate New Markets in Off Premise Catering in Surrounding Cities

Dustin Dunaway (Owner, C2 Catering)

Location: Trevi

Track: Business & Operations, Sales & Marketing

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Owners & Executives

The Price is Right. Tips for Dealing with 'How Much?'

Alan Berg, CSP (Owner, AlanBerg.com)

Location: Emperor's Ballroom

Track: Sales & Marketing, Staff Development

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Event Professionals

Sunday | 12:45 pm

American Lamb: Feeding Your Customers' Adventurous Side

Sam Woodfill (Executive Sous Chef, Catering by Design)

Location: Augustus 1

Track: Art of Catering Food, Food & Beverage

Company Role: Culinary Professionals

Beyond Onboarding

Dawn Carvajal (Chief Foodie, CEO, The Wild Thyme Company & The bash! Boutique)

Location: Roman 2

Track: Business & Operations, Staff Development

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Owners & Executives

Industry Partner: ICA

Don't Sign That Contract!

Scott Frankel (President, Animatic Media, LLC)

Location: Florentine 1

Track: Business & Operations, Weddings & Special Events

Company Role: Event Professionals, Owners & Executives

Everybody Wants to Rule the World: Networking & Marketing Yourself in the Age of Social Media

Jamie Quickert (Corporate Director of Catering, Lancer Hospitality)

Location: Emperor's Ballroom

Track: Business & Operations, Sales & Marketing

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Event Professionals

Everyone Eats! Getting the Order... Again!

Kellie Daab (Business Architect, iDo Collective)

Location: Florentine 3

Track: Business & Operations, On-Premise, Hotels, Banquet Centers, Restaurants

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Owners & Executives

Mad Mixology: Using Science to Transform Your Cocktails

Jeremy Miner (Director of Operations and Innovation, Empyrean Events and Catering)

Location: Roman 1

Track: Food & Beverage, Trends & Design

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Event Professionals, Culinary Professionals

The Business of Being Creative

David Merrell (Creative Director, AOO Events)

Location: Augustus 5

Track: Business & Operations, Trends & Design

Company Role: Event Professionals, Owners & Executives

The Life of a Sale, Part 1: The Open & Your Company Brand

Steve Sanchez (Chief Marketing Officer, The JDK Group)

Location: Pompeian 1

Track: Sales & Marketing, Staff Development

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Event Professionals

Industry Partner: ICA

The Life of a Sale, Part 2: How to Qualify the Buyer

Heidi Brice (Senior Special Event Planner, Puff N Stuff Catering)

Location: Pompeian 2

Track: Sales & Marketing, Staff Development

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Event Professionals

Industry Partner: ICA

The Life of a Sale, Part 3: The Proposal

Timothy Seeberg (Director of Major Events, BG Events & Catering)

Location: Pompeian 3

Track: Sales & Marketing, Staff Development

Industry Partner: ICA

The Life of a Sale, Part 4: Closing Techniques & Tactics

Cory Gosik (Event Architect, Sensational Host Inc.)

Location: Pompeian 4

Track: Sales & Marketing, Staff Development

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Event Professionals

Industry Partner: ICA

Sunday | 1:20 pm

Cashing in on Cocktails

Emily Simpson (Director of Operations, Cartewheels Catering)

Location: Roman 1

Track: Food & Beverage, Trends & Design

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Culinary Professionals

Don't Sweep It Under the Rug: Conflict Resolution

Melissa Tibben (Catering Director, MacDill Air Force Base)

Location: Florentine 3

How to Connect with the Millennial Bride & Increase Your Wedding Bookings

Lauren Randolph (Owner, My Hotel Wedding)

Location: Emperor's Ballroom

Track: On-Premise, Hotels, Banquet Centers, Restaurants, Weddings & Special Events

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Event Professionals, Owners & Executives

Modern & Minimalist Dessert Presentations

Jason Shuldberg (Pastry Chef, 24 Carrots Catering)

Location: Augustus 1

Track: Art of Catering Food, Food & Beverage

Company Role: Culinary Professionals

Sunday | 2:00 pm

Educating Your Guests: Crafting an Interactive Food & Beverage Experience

Emily Malaya (General Manager, The RK Group)

Location: Roman 1

Track: Food & Beverage, Trends & Design

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Event Professionals, Culinary Professionals

How to Sell NAKED!

Jonathan Jennings (EVP/COO, CT Wedding Group), Mary-Beth McDowell (Director of Wedding Planning, CT Wedding Group), Michelle Moody (Director of Sales, CT Wedding Group)

Location: Emperor's Ballroom

Track: On-Premise, Hotels, Banquet Centers, Restaurants, Weddings & Special Events

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Event Professionals, Owners & Executives

Pop Up!

Mary Crafts-Homer (CEO & President, Culinary Crafts)

Location: Roman 2

Track: On-Premise, Hotels, Banquet Centers, Restaurants, Trends & Design

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Event Professionals, Owners & Executives, Culinary Professionals

Industry Partner: ICA

Streamline Your Menu & Speed Up Your Sales Process!

Greg Hicks (Owner/Senior Event Specialist, Impressions Catering)

Location: Florentine 1

Track: Business & Operations, Sales & Marketing

The Game-Changing 60 Second Sales Script

Michael Rosman (Owner, TheCorporateCaterer.com)

Location: Florentine 3

Track: Business & Operations, Corporate & QSR Catering

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Owners & Executives

Today's Southern Style

Todd Annis (Executive Chef, Bold American Events)

Location: Augustus 1

Track: Art of Catering Food, Food & Beverage

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Culinary Professionals

Sunday | 3:45 pm

A Candid Conversation with Michael Rosman

Michael Rosman (Owner, TheCorporateCaterer.com)

Location: Pompeian 1

Track: Business & Operations, Corporate & QSR Catering

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Owners & Executives

Color Psychology in Branding & Design

Kate Patay (Chief Strategy Officer, Patay Consulting)

Location: Emperor's Ballroom

Track: Business & Operations, Trends & Design

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Event Professionals, Owners & Executives

Corporate Drop Off Catering. Cold Calls = Hot Sales

Jolie Oree Bailey (Executive Chef/Owner, Low Country Quisine)

Location: Florentine 3

Track: Corporate & QSR Catering, Sales & Marketing

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Owners & Executives

Fire Up Your Restaurant Catering!

Eric LeVine (Chef/Partner, Epic Ideas)

Location: Roman 1

Track: Business & Operations, On-Premise, Hotels, Banquet Centers, Restaurants

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Owners & Executives, Culinary Professionals

How to Conduct the Most Complete Event Site Walk Through

Roy Porter (Activities Director, Engage Works)

Location: Florentine 1

Track: Business & Operations, Weddings & Special Events

How to Reward Your Employees & Improve the Bottom Line via The Great Game of Business

Russell Morin (CEO, Russell Morin Fine Catering), Steve Baker (Owner, Great Game of Business)

Location: Trevi

Track: Business & Operations, Staff Development

Company Role: Owners & Executives

Millennials Can Be Salespeople, Too (& Good Ones)!

Jennifer Perna (Owner and Founder, Fulton Market Consulting)

Location: Roman 2

Track: Business & Operations, Staff Development

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Event Professionals, Owners & Executives

Industry Partner: ICA

The Future & Evolution of BBQ

Duce Raymond (Managing Partner & Director of Culinary, Sweet Baby Ray's Catering)

Location: Augustus 1

Track: Art of Catering Food, Food & Beverage

Company Role: Culinary Professionals

Sunday | 4:45 pm

KEYNOTE: The Spark and the Grind

Erik Wahl (CEO, The Wahl Group)

Location: Augustus 5

Track: All, Business & Operations

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Event Professionals, Owners & Executives, Culinary Professionals

Monday | 8:00 am

Attainable Sustainable

Bonnie Kravitz (Executive Pastry Chef, Daniel et Daniel)

Location: Roman 1

Track: Food & Beverage

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Culinary Professionals

Cha-CHING! Workshop

Meryl Snow (Owner, SnowStorm Solutions)

Location: Florentine 3

Track: Business & Operations, Sales & Marketing

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Event Professionals, Owners & Executives

Event & Hospitality Industry Trends for 2018 & Beyond

Dan Berger (CEO, Social Tables)

Location: Florentine 1

Track: Business & Operations, Trends & Design

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Event Professionals, Owners & Executives

GPS Marketing: A Simplified Approach to Creating a Marketing Plan You Will Use, Not Lose

Donna Hansbury (President, Ideaworks Marketing)

Location: Emperor's Ballroom

Track: Business & Operations, Sales & Marketing

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Event Professionals, Owners & Executives

Metric Madness: How to Measure the Power of Your Marketing

Jamie Pritscher (CCO, nuphoriq), Erin Walter (CEO, nuphoriq)

Location: Roman 2

Track: Business & Operations, Sales & Marketing

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Owners & Executives

Navigating University Setting as a Self Op Catering Department

Bryan Gutridge (Associate Director of Catering and Beverage, Purdue University)

Location: Trevi

Track: Business & Operations, Colleges & Universities

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Owners & Executives

The Ruckus! An Industry Disruptive Interactivity

David Adler (CEO & founder, BizBash)

Location: Augustus 5

Track: Business & Operations, Trends & Design

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Event Professionals, Owners & Executives

Your Clients Will Want to Eat Your Veggies!

Joanne Purnell (Vice President, Good Gracious), Jennie Cook (Owner & Executive Chef, Jennie Cook's Catering & Plant Based Parties)

Location: Augustus 1

Track: Art of Catering Food, Food & Beverage

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Culinary Professionals

Monday | 9:15 am

A Candid Conversation with Roy Porter

Roy Porter (Activities Director, Engage Works + B&B Catering)

Location: Pompeian 1

Track: Business & Operations, Weddings & Special Events

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Event Professionals

CSEP 101

Amy Dearth, CSEP (President & Sr. Event Planner, Consider It Done Special Events, LLC)

Location: Pompeian 2

Track: All, Weddings & Special Events

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Event Professionals, Owners & Executives

Industry Partner: ILEA

Creating a Culture of Innovation

Anthony Lambatos (Owner, Footers Catering)

Location: Florentine 1

Track: Business & Operations, Staff Development

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Event Professionals, Owners & Executives

New Ideas for Caterers: Fire It Up Ideas from Hors d'oeuvres to Dessert

Eric LeVine (Chef/Partner, Epic Ideas)

Location: Augustus 1

Track: Art of Catering Food, Business & Operations

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Culinary Professionals

Pricing for Profit

Carl Sacks (Senior Consultant, Certified Catering Consultants)

Location: Trevi

Track: Business & Operations

Vegas, Baby! How Vegas Chefs Put on a Show in Banquets & Catering

Alexei Rudolf (Director of Operations, Foodservice Connections LLC)

Location: Roman 1

Track: Food & Beverage, Sales & Marketing

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Culinary Professionals

Weddings from Dull to Dazzle

Jeffrey Selden (Managing Partner, Marcia Selden Catering), Robin Selden (Managing Partner/Executive Chef, Marcia Selden Catering)

Location: Emperor's Ballroom

Track: Trends & Design, Weddings & Special Events

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Event Professionals, Culinary Professionals

Industry Partner: ICA

Why Don't They Call Me? 8 Tips for Better Digital Conversation & Conversion

Alan Berg, CSP (Owner, AlanBerg.com)

Location: Roman 2

Track: Sales & Marketing, Staff Development

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Event Professionals

Monday | 10:30 am

A Candid Conversation with Alan Berg

Alan Berg, CSP (Owner, AlanBerg.com)

Location: Pompeian 1

Track: Business & Operations, Sales & Marketing

Flavor Trends - Coast to Coast

Gerry Ludwig (Corporate Consulting Chef, Gordon Food Service)

Location: Roman 1

Track: Food & Beverage, On-Premise, Hotels, Banquet Centers, Restaurants

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Owners & Executives, Culinary Professionals

Kitchen Hacks: No Oven, No Problem

Paul Larson (Executive Chef, Blue Plate)

Location: Augustus 1

Track: Art of Catering Food, Food & Beverage

Company Role: Culinary Professionals

Menu Pricing. Is the Price Right?!

Steph Zilli (Principal, Zilli Hospitality Group), Charmaine Gunther (Event Designer, Zilli Hospitality Group)

Location: Roman 2

Track: Sales & Marketing

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Owners & Executives

Slaying Bridezilla: 6 Steps to Dealing with Difficult Clients & Turning Them Into Fans

Terrica Skaggs (Wedding Planner, Cocktails & Details®)

Location: Emperor's Ballroom

Track: Staff Development, Weddings & Special Events

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Event Professionals

Systems, Systems, Systems

Greg Hicks (Owner/Senior Event Specialist, Impressions Catering)

Location: Trevi

Track: Business & Operations, Staff Development

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Owners & Executives

Welcome to the Family Business! Part 2

Francesca Lombardo (Creative Marketing Director, Lombardo's), David Lombardo (General Manager, Lombardo's)

Location: Florentine 1

Track: Business & Operations

Monday | 11:00 am

Play with your Food! Fun & Creative Ideas to Add to Your Menus!

Rachanee Teipen (Executive Chef, Conrad Hotel)

Location: Augustus 1

Track: Art of Catering Food, Food & Beverage

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Culinary Professionals

Monday | 11:05 am

Event Management—Using All the Resources

Steph Zilli (Principal, Zilli Hospitality Group)

Location: Roman 2

Track: Business & Operations, Weddings & Special Events

Monday | 11:45 am

Monday Lunch & Learn 1: The Joe Mineo "Take & Tweak" Experience!

Joe Mineo (Creative Director / Owner, Joe Mineo Creative)

Location: Augustus 5

Track: Trends & Design, Weddings & Special Events

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Event Professionals, Owners & Executives, Culinary Professionals

Monday Lunch & Learn 2: Culinary Conversation

Ken Barrett-Sweet (Executive Director, BG Events & Catering)

Location: Palace 3

Track: Food & Beverage

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Culinary Professionals

Monday | 1:45 pm

Creating Symbiosis Between Caterers & Venues

Kevin Dennis (Owner, Fantasy Sound Event Services)

Location: Florentine 3

Track: On-Premise, Hotels, Banquet Centers, Restaurants, Weddings & Special Events

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Event Professionals, Owners & Executives

Event Planning in a Global Climate Change—and We're Not Talkin' Weather!

Ann Taghikhani (Senior Director, University Events, Marquette University), Sue Farley McKeon (Associate Director of University Special Events, Marquette University), Melanie Vianes (Director of Operations, Sodexo at Marquette, Sodexo)

Location: Trevi

Track: Colleges & Universities, Weddings & Special Events

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Event Professionals

Feeding Your Community: Getting the Most From Your In-Kind Donations

Michael Stavros (Director of Business Development, M Culinary Concepts)

Location: Florentine 1

Track: Business & Operations, Sales & Marketing

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Owners & Executives

Gluten-less Grain Solutions for all Menu Day Parts

Michael Holleman (Director of Culinary Development, InHarvest), Jason "Jay Z" Ziobrowski, CEC (Corporate Chef, Eastern region, InHarvest)

Location: Augustus 1

Track: Art of Catering Food, Food & Beverage

Company Role: Culinary Professionals

How to Click with Everyone Every Time!

David Rich (President, Rich Ideas)

Location: Emperor's Ballroom

Track: All, Staff Development

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Event Professionals, Owners & Executives, Culinary Professionals

Sales is Sales is Sales

Jennifer Perna (Owner and Founder, Fulton Market Consulting)

Location: Roman 2

Track: Business & Operations, Sales & Marketing

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Event Professionals, Owners & Executives

Industry Partner: ICA

Monday | 2:00 pm

How to Survive an Event Apocalypse

Jason Sutton (Executive Chef, Footers Catering)

Location: Roman 1

Track: Business & Operations, Food & Beverage

Monday | 3:30 pm

12 Things You Need to Do Right Away to Take Your Wedding Business to the Next Level

Sasha Souza (Event Planner, Sasha Souza Events)

Location: Emperor's Ballroom

Track: Business & Operations, Weddings & Special Events

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Event Professionals

Clients, Contracts and Court Cases: Protecting Yourself & Your Business

Aaron Kaufman (President, Fifth Element Group)

Location: Trevi

Track: Business & Operations, Weddings & Special Events

Company Role: Event Professionals, Owners & Executives

Designing Sensory Events

Renee Miner (Chief Event Designer, Empyrean Events and Catering)

Location: Roman 1

Track: Trends & Design, Weddings & Special Events

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Event Professionals

Essential Persian Cuisine

Jimmy Olang (Corporate Chef, 24 Carrots Catering)

Location: Pompeian 1

Track: Art of Catering Food, Food & Beverage

Company Role: Culinary Professionals

Leading with Passion & Purpose to Maximize Employee Engagement

Anthony Lambatos (Owner, Footers Catering)

Location: Roman 2

Track: Business & Operations, Staff Development

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Event Professionals, Owners & Executives, Culinary Professionals

Let Go to Grow

Ingrid Nagy (Owner, Catering by Design), Syd Sexton (General Manager, By Design Collective)

Location: Florentine 3

Track: Business & Operations, Staff Development

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Event Professionals, Owners & Executives

Surprise & Delight Catering

Emily Sullivan (President, Emily Sullivan Events)

Location: Florentine 1

Track: Food & Beverage, Weddings & Special Events

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Event Professionals, Culinary Professionals

Wine & Farm-to-Table Events

Julia Conway (Owner & Chef, Assaggiare Mendocino)

Location: Pompeian 4

Track: Art of Catering Food

Monday | 4:45 pm

Combating The Google Effect, or How to Create a Culture of Creativity

Dustin Westling (Managing Partner , OneWest Event Design)

Location: Florentine 1

Track: Business & Operations, Staff Development

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Event Professionals, Owners & Executives

Making Intolerance Tolerable: Working with Food Allergies

Keith Lord (Director of Culinary & Operations, The Wild Thyme Company), John Mazetti (Chef, The Wild Thyme Company)

Location: Roman 1

Track: Food & Beverage, Sales & Marketing

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Culinary Professionals

Open for (More) Business – New Ventures to Increase Profit

Candice Wigfield (President, Hamby Catering & Events)

Location: Florentine 3

Track: Business & Operations, On-Premise, Hotels, Banquet Centers, Restaurants

Pleasing Your Goldilocks: Getting It Right the First Time

Jamie Quickert (Corporate Director of Catering, Lancer Hospitality)

Location: Augustus 1

Track: Business & Operations, Sales & Marketing

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Event Professionals

You Better Work! Profiting From Who You Are in A Crowded (& Sometimes Inauthentic) Industry

Terrica Skaggs (Wedding Planner, Cocktails & Details®)

Location: Emperor's Ballroom

Track: Business & Operations, Staff Development

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Event Professionals, Owners & Executives

Tuesday | 9:15 am

Creating an Entrepreneurial Workplace

Michael Levin (Keynote Speaker & CEO, Custom Solutions Inc.)

Location: Roman 3

Track: Business & Operations, Staff Development

Company Role: Owners & Executives

Culinary Cannabis: The New Frontier

Chris Sayegh (CEO/Head Chef, The Herbal Chef LLC)

Location: Augustus 1

Track: Food & Beverage, On-Premise, Hotels, Banquet Centers, Restaurants

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Event Professionals, Owners & Executives, Culinary Professionals

How to Sell Profitably to a Budget Conscious Customer

David Rich (President, Rich Ideas)

Location: Roman 1

Track: Business & Operations, Sales & Marketing

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Event Professionals, Owners & Executives

Inspiration, Motivation, Emotions—and Event Trends

Michelle Joy Howard (Owner, Flora Couture)

Location: Emperor's Ballroom

Track: Trends & Design, Weddings & Special Events

Tuesday | 11:30 am

Hands On: Serving Hot & Cold Beverages at the Table

Roy Porter (Activities Director, Engage Works)

Location: Hands-on Stage

Track: Business & Operations, Staff Development

Tuesday | 12:45 pm

The ABCs of Flawless Service

Pierre Valcarcel (Sales Manager, Daniel et Daniel Catering & Events)

Location: Hands-on Stage

Track: Staff Development

Three Answers to One Question: Proven Ways to Grow Sales

Bill Hansen (CEO, Bill Hansen Luxury Catering)

Location: Recharge! stage

Track: Business & Operations

Tuesday | 2:00 pm

EventTech: Storytelling in the Age of Tactics

J. Damany Daniel (Chief Imaginator, The Event Nerd)

Location: Recharge! stage

Track: Trends & Design, Weddings & Special Events

Hands On: Tray Passing Skills For Intimate & Large Events

Roy Porter (Activities Director, Engage Works)

Location: Hands-on Stage

Track: Staff Development

Tuesday | 3:15 pm

Candy Making 101

Bonnie Kravitz (Executive Pastry Chef, Daniel et Daniel)

Location: Culinary stage

Track: Food & Beverage

Hands on: Succulents

Michelle Joy Howard (Owner, Flora Couture)

Location: Hands-on Stage

Track: Trends & Design, Weddings & Special Events

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Event Professionals, Owners & Executives, Culinary Professionals

Wednesday | 10:00 am

Did You Get the Check?

Jeanna Clark (Senior Sales Producer, The Wild Thyme Company), Coco Rosenthal (Sales Manager, The Wild Thyme Company)

Location: Recharge! stage

Track: Corporate & QSR Catering, Weddings & Special Events

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff

Hands On: Setting Tables Quickly - Two Different Ways with Ease!

Roy Porter (Activities Director, Engage-Works Inc.)

Location: Hands-on Stage

Track: Business & Operations, Staff Development

Wednesday | 11:15 am

Become a Social Media Trailblazer

Jamie Pritscher (CCO, nuphoriq), Erin Walter (CEO, nuphoriq)

Location: Recharge! stage

Track: Business & Operations, Sales & Marketing

Company Role: Catering Professionals: Operations, Sales, Marketing and Staff, Event Professionals, Owners & Executives

Wednesday | 12:00 pm

Understanding Beer Styles & Food Pairings

John Reed (Chef and Owner, Customized Culinary Solutions)

Location: Culinary stage

Track: Food & Beverage, Trends & Design

Company Role: Culinary Professionals