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Hospitality Technology Launches Restaurant Leadership & Insight Council Sponsored by HotSchedules

IT executives from Five Guys, Le Duff, and Caliburger join the new council to discuss how next generation technology solutions can solve common operational challenges.

Hospitality Technology (HT), the only media and predictive intelligence resource exclusively dedicated to helping both hotel and restaurant operators better employ technology to improve the performance of their businesses, today announced the launch of a new thought leadership group, the Restaurant Leadership & Insight Council. This intimate community is made up of a diverse range of technology executives from brands including Five Guys, Le Duff America, Garbanzo Mediterranean, Mellow Mushroom, Caliburger and others.

The Restaurant Leadership & Insight Council’s charter is to create a framework to help operators turn insight into action – without being crushed under the weight of an ever-increasing technology footprint. The council is comprised of 10 restaurant operators plus representatives from Hospitality Technology and sponsoring company HotSchedules. Members will meet four times a year to identify best practices and develop standards to share with the industry.

“We identified an increasing desire from the industry to create communities of interest within the hospitality segment,” said Abigail Lorden, vice president & group brand director of Hospitality Technology. “Through the development of these Innovation Councils, we’ve created a platform for executive IT leaders to talk about those opportunities and challenges, while cultivating best practices to share with the industry at large.”

The council will also focus on how restaurants can tackle the challenges associated with decentralized data and technology, online ordering and delivery integrations, reporting visibility and consistency, and intelligent insights that can help everyone in the organization make better decisions, faster.

“The caliber of leaders on this council is incredible. We see partnerships with these leading brands and the Hospitality Technology editorial team as an extension of our HotSchedules Customer Advisory Board,” said David Cantu, co-founder and chief customer officer at HotSchedules. “Today’s challenges are tough, and it’s going to take great minds from multiple segments to effectively innovate for the future.”

The Restaurant Leadership & Insight Council’s first meeting took place on April 30, 2018; participants include:

Steve Barrow, Vice President of IT, Noon Mediterranean
Austin Brinson, Vice President of Analytics, B.Good
Maryann Byrdak, CIO, Potbelly Sandwiches
Dave Conger, Director of IT, Costa Vida
Tamy Duplantis, Vice President of IT, Le Duff America
Anthony Lomelino, IT Director, Caliburger
James Park, CEO, Garbanzo Mediterranean
Zerrick Pearson, Vice President of IT, Five Guys Burgers & Fries
Zwayne Sealy, IT Director, Mellow Mushroom
Mark Uffer, Senior Technology Advisor, Burgerfi
David Cantu, Co-Founder & Chief Customer Officer, HotSchedules
Mary Hamill, VP of Sales Solutions, HotSchedules (HT 2018 Top Women in Technology Award Winner)
Dorothy Creamer, Editor, Hospitality Technology magazine
Abigail Lorden, Vice President/Group Brand Director, Hospitality Technology magazine
The next meeting of the Restaurant Leadership & Insight Council will take place on July 16, 2018.

About Hospitality Technology
Hospitality Technology is the only media and predictive intelligence resource exclusively dedicated to helping both hotel and restaurant operators better employ technology to improve the performance of their businesses. Since 1997, technology service providers have leveraged HT to connect with hotels and restaurants in meaningful ways to build stronger and more productive business relationships. The HT audience includes key corporate and franchise IT stakeholders across technology, digital, finance, marketing, operations, and senior executives.

About HotSchedules
HotSchedules works with over 33,000 customers – from large international chains to some of the hottest new concepts. With a continual focus on innovation, HotSchedules provides innovative technology, services and user experiences for the restaurant, retail and hospitality industries, including Clarifi™, the first cloud-based intelligent operating platform. Designed for independents, multi-unit franchise operators, and international enterprise brands, HotSchedules serves over 2.8 million users across 159,000 locations in 56 countries helping them control costs, maintain compliance, engage and retain employees, improve visibility, increase profitability and drive operational consistency. For more information visit:

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