Wednesday, September 13

8:15 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Registration & Silent Auction Checkout

All Day Refreshment Station
Just Baked

8:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Breakfast & Business Meeting

Sponsored by Cocovibe, Emerald Brand, Nestle Coffee Partners Solutions Lab, Snapchef and Torani

Hear about the state of the Society, the activity of select committees and the work of our Foundation, as SHFM leadership conducts the annual business meeting over breakfast.

9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Breakout – Culinary Trends Uncorked

Russ Benson, Founder & CEO, DayOne Hospitality Consulting (Moderator)
B. Gervais Achstetter, Senior Area Executive Chef Sodexo
Brielle Bustamante, Regional Executive Chef, ISS Guckenheimer
Chris Ivens-Brown, Chief Culinary Officer, Corporate Executive Chef Eurest, Compass Group
John Ryan, Chief Culinary Officer, Lifeworks Restaurant Group

Tap into this powerhouse team of SHFM culinary professionals as they share their observations on some of today’s hottest culinary trends. Topics include:

  • Culinary Experiences & Guest Engagement
  • Sustainability & Plant Forward Menus
  • Upcycling & Food Waste
  • What’s Next?

To top off the session, the team will bring one of these trends to life with a food demo and tasting. Buckle up for a wealth of actionable ideas!

9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Breakout – Nourishing the Mind, Body and Soul

Margaret Guardino, Senior Vice President GCSD Food, Beverage and Hospitality, BNY Mellon (Moderator)
Ashley Rae Hewitt, Product Delivery Manager – Ergonomics, Nutrition, and Wellness Coaching, Optum Workplace Well-being
Owain Rich, Chief Technology Officer, Phase Space

Attempting to achieve a work-life balance? How is that going so far? To bring your best to work – it’s critical – for you and your team.

Employee well-being is more important than ever before. When an employee is thriving, the organization benefits. Discover techniques to strengthen the mind, body and soul that will also sharpen company culture. Hear from professionals as they share proven methods for achieving well-being personally and professionally with a holistic approach.

  • Explore virtual reality goggles & software that can reduce stress in minutes
  • Receive key takeaways to foster a culture of well-being in your workplace

Leave renewed with a culinary “taste of wellness” and solid ideas for achieving success at home and work.

11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Innovation Showcase / Networking Tables

This will be your last chance to visit sponsors who will be exhibiting their latest innovations in products and services in a changing world. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn what’s new from key representatives.

SHFM will recognize Innovation Showcase exhibitors with the Most Innovative or Forward-Thinking Product or Service and Most Sustainable Forward-Thinking Exhibit - be sure to cast your vote for the People's Choice!

Please show your support to our generous sponsors, who have made this conference possible, by browsing their innovations!

11:00 a.m. –12:30 p.m. Student/Fellow Session – Inspiring Self- Starters

(Students/Fellows Only)

Have you considered starting your own business? Looking for unique career opportunities? This session is for you! Hear from some of the best innovators in our association and industry!

12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Innovation Showcase Exhibitor Tear Down
12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Lunch & Hunger Games Check Presentation

Sponsored by Hobart - Traulsen, Impossible Foods, RC Fine Foods and Sabert Corporation

Attend this lunch featuring, the Hunger Games check presentation to Blue Watermelon Project, and the 2023 Innovation Showcase Award winners will be announced.

12:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.  Well-being VR Goggle Experience

Take a moment for yourself and test out the power of virtual reality to reduce stress and anxiety in minutes. Phase Space will be onsite to demonstrate their immersive VR goggles that use the power of "presence", removing distractions and focusing attention, to support your well-being.

2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Committee Meetings, IAB and Foundation Board Meetings

You don’t need to be a current SHFM committee member to attend. Just sit in with the group of your choice for committee conversation. Meet with the following committees: Membership Marketing Committee, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging Council, Locals Committee, Branding Committee and Foundation Board Meeting. The Industry Advisory Board will meet at this time as well (Board members only).

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Student/Fellow Session – Pathways of Our Industry 

(Students/Fellows Only)

Our industry is vast and has many pathways to consider. During this session, you will hear from a professional from each category within our industry! This session will help you to think about all the opportunities available.

3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Work Catch Up Break

SHFM has mindfully planned breaks at conference to ensure you can stay caught up with your day-to-day responsibilities and better allow you to be fully present at conference sessions and events.

3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

General Session – Perspectives from the C-Suite

Sponsored by PepsiCo Foodservice

Kelly Killian, Owner, KSK Creative Works (Moderator)
Gary Crompton, President & Chief Executive Officer, Aramark Workplace Experience Group
Paul Fairhead, Chief Executive Officer, ISS Guckenheimer
Joe Ganci, President, Corporate Services, North America, Sodexo
Rick Postiglione, Chief Relations Officer, Compass Group

Only at SHFM would you have the rare opportunity to hear from the C-suite leaders of our industry. Don’t miss the chance to hear a unique and insightful exchange of perspectives on the state of the industry and topics relevant to you!

The moderated dialogue will feature conversations on:

  • Career Development
  • Challenges & Change
  • Leadership
  • Diversity
  • Sustainability
  • The War for Talent
  • Workplace Amenities

This powerful session will provide a meaningful foundation for you to put SHFM’s conference theme into action. Be well-informed and Be the Change!

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Fiesta! - Closing Evening Event

Close out conference by kicking off Hispanic Heritage month. Celebrate the culture and savor the flavors that strongly influence the Tucson area.

Hispanic culture celebrates coming together with good food, family and friends – so what better way to end an outstanding SHFM gathering than with a Fiesta!

Top View Appetizing Pozole Bowl

Well-being Wednesday

Take today to refresh and reflect on your well-being. Experience the surroundings of the property or take a moment in the “quiet room” to recalibrate. Attend morning breakout sessions to hear insights around well-being and sustainability.

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