Below you'll find a list of the confirmed speakers for the FED Summit. As more are confirmed, we will add them to the list along with a preview of their TED-Talk.
Patrick Conlin, President, Wayback Burgers
In April 2017, Conlin joined Jake’s Franchising, LLC, the franchisor of Wayback Burgers, as Senior Vice President and was promoted to President of Jake’s Franchising, LLC in January 2019.
Scout Driscoll, Founder and CEO, DesignScout, a Branding Agency
Scout Driscoll is the CEO and Principal Designer of DesignScout, an award-winning brand evolution firm specializing in food and beverage consumer brands. Driscoll is especially proud of her firm’s dedication to uplifting entrepreneurs and building authentic and honest brands. Setting them apart from competitors, growing their audiences, and increase the bottom line.
Sandra Duff, SVP, Strategy Activation & Operations
Retail is Sandra’s bread and butter. With her hands-on leadership style and ability to lead idea to execution, she is a trusted advisor to C-Suite executives and consistent catalyst for growth.
Dick Eisenbarth, FCSI, President and COO, Cini•Little International, Inc.
Initially joining Cini•Little International, Inc., in 1977, Dick Eisenbarth, FCSI, has enjoyed a successful career with the firm, holding a wide range of senior positions throughout his tenure. He has earned a reputation as a leader in the design of dynamic, resourceful and efficient food and beverage facilities for the world’s leading hotels and resorts, contemporary higher education campuses, major stadiums, arenas and convention centers, and corporations.
Steve Maahs, President and Chief Operating Officer, Alto-Shaam
Steve Maahs has led Alto-Shaam since 2007 following his father Jerry Maahs, the company founder. He began his Alto-Shaam career in inside sales and customer service, eventually working across every function of the business prior to becoming Alto-Shaam’s President and Chief Operating Officer.
David Portalatin, VP, Food Industry Advisor, NPD Group
David Portalatin is The NPD Group’s national analyst on all aspects of food and beverage consumption in home and away from home. In his role as vice president, industry advisor, Portalatin provides information, insights, and analysis on how U.S. consumers eat and drink, their attitudes and motivations, diet and nutrition, snacking, and personal characteristics. He works closely with food manufacturers and retailers; foodservice distributors, manufacturers, and operators; and media outlets in providing strategic business insights into current and future eating patterns in America.
B. Hudson Riehle, SVP, Research & Knowledge Group, National Restaurant Association
As the Senior Vice President of the Research and Knowledge Group for the National Restaurant Association, Hudson Riehle directs the Association’s consumer, economic, market, human resources, tourism and operations research as well as oversees its extensive knowledge center activities.
Rafi Taherian, Associate Vice President, Yale Hospitality
Rafi Taherian, Certified Executive Chef ’95, is Associate Vice President of Yale Hospitality. His work history encompasses more than 25 years of progressive expertise in hospitality leadership.
Amanda Wurzbach, Brand and Messaging Expert, Total Dish Marketing
A marketing and public relations professional since 1997, Amanda has developed marketing strategies and PR best practices for business formats ranging from restaurants, consumer retail brands, technology firms, wealth management firms, architects, hotels, museums, and shopping malls.