RSummit 2016 was last week at the Paris Las Vegas Convention Center, and I’m thrilled to say it was a success! Since May of this year, Assistant Event Coordinator, Hannah Botehlo and I have been working diligently to ensure this event would exceed expectations. We were pleased to have former Executive Vice President of Operations for the Walt Disney World® Resort, Lee Cockerell presenting as our keynote speaker. In addition to the warm and honest talks he gave us at the conference, Lee came out to the cocktail reception and we all enjoyed having a chance to get to know him better. Jay Georgianna from Peet’s Coffee & Tea gave us an insightful talk about the “Pursuit of Better,” along with a pound of fresh-roasted Peet’s coffee to each attendee. We heard about an exciting new “Open POS Project” from CEO of Altametrics, Mitesh Gala. Ravel Lai from Pizza Hut International was among some of the speakers this year, along with several attendees from Mcdonald’s; Kathy Froelich, Senior IT Project Manager, spoke on their large scale implementation of eRestaurant. The RMagazine team showed a strong presence as presenters of this conference; conducting interviews with speakers and attendees. I had a ton of fun co-presenting with Editor in Chief, Jim Doane, on the Generation Focus Group; it was nice to bring a few laughs out of a tech conference! Those of us who made it to the piano bar on Thursday evening also had a great time singing along and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
I’m so grateful to everyone on the team at RMagazine and Altametrics, without whom this event would never have come to fruition. This team helped Hannah and I every chance they could, worked rigorously on their presentations, and also helped setup the conference floor itself. I was very happy to see everything come together. Teamwork makes the dream work!

Now that RSummit 2016 is behind us, it’s time to make your plans for RSummit 2017! We’re now accepting names to get on the wait list for “first dibs” on Early Bird pricing, updates, and additional upcoming networking opportunities with other thought leaders in the restaurant industry. We’re also accepting applications for presenters and sponsors for next year. Go to RSummit.com/2017 for more info. See you next year!

Best Wishes,
Bettina Friedman
RSummit Event Coordinator

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