2019 seminars + demonstrations

Attendees of the 2019 Mid-America Restaurant Expo have full access to our dynamic exhibit hall, where more than 350 booths and displays will be showcasing their equipment and sharing their edibles. But for no extra charge, they also have full access to an incredible lineup of 45 educational and business-building seminars.

Expo programming will focus on the innovation, technology and trends transforming the foodservice industry.

Check back often…new seminars and demonstrations are still being added to the lineup! Questions? Please contact Bradie Berry at 877-265-7469 or bberry@ohiorestaurant.org

 

Sunday, January 13, 2019

8:00 a.m.

Attendee Registration Opens

Hall B

8:30 a.m.

Connections Café
Network with your peers over coffee prior to the show

B 131

9:00 a.m.

Pizza Pizzazz Competition

Competition Area

10:00 a.m.

Show Floor Opens

 

11:00 a.m.

Insights from a CEO: Cameron Mitchell
Cameron Mitchell, Founder and CEO, Cameron Mitchell Restaurants

Innovation Stage

12:30 p.m.

Keynote Address:
A Culinary demonstration by Celebrity chef, restaurateur and television star MICHAEL SYMON

Demo Stage

2:00 p.m.

Managing Your Labor Cost Crisis
Kurt Schnaubelt & Trevor Boomstra, AlixPartners

Technology & Trends Stage

2:00 p.m.

Marketing Your Business for the Now
Bruce Irving, Smart Pizza Marketing

Breakout Room

2:00 p.m.

Don’t Kill Your Golden Goose: Succession Strategies to Protect and Perpetuate Your Business
Larry Oxenham, American Society for Asset Protection

Sponsored by the American Society for Asset Protection

Breakout Room

3:30 p.m.

Culinary Demo: Chef Jonathon Sawyer
Chef Jonathon Sawyer, Proud Clevelander and owner of The Greenhouse Tavern, Noodlecat, Trentina and SeeSaw Pretzel Shoppe

Demo Stage

3:30 p.m.

Online Ordering and How It’s Impacting the Industry
Panel Discussion

Technology & Trends Stage

3:30 p.m.

Why You Should Encourage Your Employees to Report Misconduct – And How to Respond
Juliette Gust, Ethics Suite

Breakout Room

3:30 p.m.

Digital Marketing – Staying Ahead in a Changing World
Michael Terranova, Optimize Marketing

Breakout Room

3:30 p.m.

Staffing 101: How to Hire and Retain Great Employees
Bob Welcher, RCI

Breakout Room

3:30 p.m.

Pizza Pizzazz Awards

Competition Area

5:00 p.m.

Show Floor Closes

 

6:00 p.m.

ORA Industry Awards Celebration
(pre-registration is required)

The Ivory Room
2 Miranova Place
Columbus, OH 43215


Monday, January 14, 2019

8:00 a.m.

Attendee Registration Opens

Hall B

8:30 a.m.

CONNECT at the Expo Networking Breakfast featuring Industry Influencers

Union Station Ballroom C 

10:00 a.m.

Show Floor Opens

 

10:30 a.m.

Local Sourcing and How It Impacts Your Community’s Economy
Molly Reams Thompson, FreshSpoke

Technology & Trends Stage 

11:00 a.m.

Culinary Demo: Chef Jennifer Kagy
Chef Jennifer Kagy, Sysco

Demo Stage

11:00 a.m.

How to Use Video in Your Restaurant and Why You Need To
Bruce Irving, Smart Pizza Marketing

Breakout Room

11:00 a.m.

Proven Menu Engineering Techniques
Mark Kelnhofer, Return on Ingredients

Breakout Room

11:00 a.m.

How Do You Know You’re Winning if You Don’t Know the Score? How to Read and Understand Your Monthly Financials
Jim Kikenge, BookWerks, LLC

Breakout Room

11:00 a.m.

Multigenerational Management
Jeff Butler, Millennial Generation Expert and Technology Speaker

Innovation Stage

12:30 p.m.

Culinary Demonstration: Chef Mario Rizzotti, The Italian Culinary Expert
Chef Mario Rizzotti, Culinary Judge and Television Personality

Demo Stage

12:30 p.m.

Insights from a CEO: Britney Ruby Miller
Britney Ruby Miller, President, Jeff Ruby Culinary Entertainment

Innovation Stage

12:30 p.m.

When Crisis Strikes Your Restaurant: Navigating and Online and Social Media Crisis
Hinda Mitchell, Inspire PR Group

Breakout Room

12:30 p.m.

How to Add a Profitable Craft Beer Program to Any Restaurant  
Nick Bogacz, Caliente Pizza & Draft House

Breakout Room

12:30 p.m.

Drive Traffic and Reach Consumers Through Effective and Inexpensive Solo Direct Mail
Shayne Walters, Synergy

Breakout Room

1:30 p.m.

Insights from a CEO: Tanisha Robinson
Tanisha Robinson, CEO, BrewDog USA

Innovation Stage

2:00 p.m.

6 Steps to Build Your Brand with Social Media & Email Marketing
Geoffrey Brown, Main Street Hub

Breakout Room

2:00 p.m.

Common Restaurant Insurance Mistakes…and How to Fix Them
Brad Toft, Newman & Tucker

Breakout Room 

2:00 p.m.

Pulling the Curtain Back on Music Licensing
Dan Spears, BMI

Breakout Room

4:00 p.m.

Show Floor Closes

 

Great show this year! Lots of booths and a few great competitions! Nice work!

Jeremy Galvin, Master Pizza

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