Advisory Board Members


Each Educational Summit has a unique group of experts advising on trends and best practices, and ensuring that the content best serves the needs of that community.    

Independent Operator Summit

Aaron Noveshen, Founder & President, The Culinary Edge
Michael Politz, Publisher & Founder, Food & Beverage Magazine
Barry Shuster, Magazine Editor & Co-Publisher, Restaurant Startup and Growth Magazine
Vince Van Buren, CEO, CentraArchy Restaurants
Fred Thimm, CEO, Reel Fish Coast Kitchen (Former NRA Board Member, COO Hard Rock Café, CEO The Palm Restaurants)

Multi-Unit / Chain Summit 

Darren Tristano, CEO, FoodserviceResults
Geoff Alexander, President & CEO, Wow Bao
Dave Goronkin, CEO, Outwest Restaurant Group
Phil Friedman, CEO, Salsarita’s

Retail Summit

Jeff Roster, Chairman, Retail Advisory Board (Former IHL Consulting & Gartner)
Adam Sheetz, EVP Operations, Sheetz
Pierre Abushacra, CEO, Firehook Bakery

Foodservice Summit

Jeff Yablun, Former EVP-COO, HMS Host
Jeff Broadhurst, CEO, Parkhurst Dining & Eat n’ Park Restaurants
Todd Kaufman, VP of IT, SSP America
Fuller Ming, Assistant Director of IT, University of Maryland College Park, Dining Services IT