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Monday, February 12
 

9:00am

John Geoghagan, Next Level Food Group, ‘Taking Products to the Next Level’ 
John Geoghagan, the Managing Partner at Next Level Foods, will discuss how to take your products from your home kitchen, to a commissary, to large scale manufacturing. He will detail how to overcome the struggles of trying to get into big box stores and outline the many mistakes businesses make in the process so you can avoid them!

Speakers
avatar for John Geoghagan

John Geoghagan

Managing Partner, Next Level Foods
John stared in the Food Service industry with the Carnation Company creating items such as the Burger King French toast stick and the Hardees Biscuit. From there he started strategic marketing with one of the first national brokerage companies in the countries and later launched America's... Read More →


Monday February 12, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
4 - Brave People 1613 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602, USA

10:00am

Using Data More Efficiently in Hospitality
With many different POS and data processing sytems in place now in the hosptality field, learning how to use that information effectively to impact change on your business can be overwhelming. This panel is full of both IT and Hospitality experts who will be discussing their challenges and, more importantly, the solutions they have found. 

Moderators
avatar for Robert Blacklidge

Robert Blacklidge

Founder & CEO, Course Align
Robert recently launched Course Align, Course Align empowers educators to create data driven curriculum that clearly aligns to evolving business needs. Through the data-driven platform Course Align identifies the local market job needs: who's hiring, what skills they need, and how... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Lindsay Dixon

Lindsay Dixon

Director of Operations, The Hall on Franklin
Lindsay is a tech skeptic with a lengthy resume in Tampa Bay’s hospitality scene. She is proud of the recent work she has put into launching both Station House and The Hall on Franklin. She comes from an old school approach to restaurant operations but has adapted to the tech influences... Read More →
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Johnny Munoz

Johnny Muñoz joined Square in March 2014. Square didn’t have an outbound sales organization in place. Johnny was hired as a consultant to assist with the deployment and scalability of this new sales process. Prior to this, he was with Delivery.com and Eats Media.With over 11 years... Read More →
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Ryan Sutter

ProphIT Solutions
Ryan Sutter has over 20 years of experience in Information Systems and Technology spanning the retail, restaurant, hospitality and eCommerce segments. His hands-on leadership, IT technology and systems experience spans the entire business cycle. Ryan has held leadership roles and... Read More →


Monday February 12, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
3 - Redeemer 1602 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33602

1:00pm

Why Creating Compelling & Targeted Content is Key w/ Liz Newman
Speakers
avatar for Liz Newman

Liz Newman

Content + Digital Branding Strategist
Liz is a content creating machine. She specializes in giving a brand its voice + has been producing content across all verticals -- Editorial, Digital Marketing, Social Media, Email Marketing Web Site, Copywriting --  for more than 10 years. 


Monday February 12, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
3 - Redeemer 1602 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33602
 
Tuesday, February 13
 

9:00am

Ann Geoghagan, Root Branding ‘Why Your Employees Don't Listen; and Other Culture Problems’ 
Culture is important in every industry but the intimacy of hospitality magnifies that. This presentation will outline how to translate the image your business is trying to project to the world to the employees who need to execute it on a daily basis. Hiring is crutial, training is vital, but maintaining an internal brand every day is what will make your business excell - learn how here. 

Speakers
avatar for Ann Geoghagan

Ann Geoghagan

Internal Branding Consultant, Root Branding
Working in locations from Singapore to Italy to the Maldives to New York City - Ann has seen the impact an internal culture can make on a business. Using this knowledge she helped open the Baccarat Hotel, the 1 Hotels, NYC night clubs and even a few pizza brands. Knowing that a company... Read More →



Tuesday February 13, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
3 - Redeemer 1602 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33602

10:00am

Why Finding F&B Funding is Different
With two people who have found over a million dollars in funding for projects and another who is a serial investor who hates F&B propositions, this panel aims to highlight the many facets of why finding funding in this industry is different. The goal is to change your approach as a small F&B business owner looking for funding.  Tim Horton, Vector (Pirate Venture Capitalist); Rob Pololny, Eat Fresco (Owner); and Prem Thomas, Serial Entrepreneur each offer a unique perspective and we're excited to see what they have to say!

Moderators
avatar for Ann Geoghagan

Ann Geoghagan

Internal Branding Consultant, Root Branding
Working in locations from Singapore to Italy to the Maldives to New York City - Ann has seen the impact an internal culture can make on a business. Using this knowledge she helped open the Baccarat Hotel, the 1 Hotels, NYC night clubs and even a few pizza brands. Knowing that a company... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Tim Horton

Tim Horton

Owner, Vector VC
Tim Horton, of VectorVC.com, is an experienced "Entrepreneurial Pirate", start-up investor and online privacy SME. As a serial investor, he will explain why trying to find investors/ funding is different in F&B, than a dot-com or tech start-up.
avatar for Rob Povolny

Rob Povolny

Fresco Foods, Inc.
Rob Povolny is the Founder & President of Fresco Foods, Inc., which produces the brand Eat Fresco – an offering of fresh prepared meals sold throughout the retail market. Rob has worked in the consumer packaged goods industry, with such companies as Coca-Cola and Nestle and earned... Read More →
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Prem Thomas

@ilovegurus
Prem Thomas is developing a patented beverage called Living Leaf, the first bottled beverage with a living plant. He is also the co-founder PROVEIT, a real-money trivia app for iOS. PROVEIT has raised $2.3 million in financing. Prem is CEO of Gurus, an Indian-inspired, sustainable... Read More →


Tuesday February 13, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
3 - Redeemer 1602 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33602
 
Wednesday, February 14
 

12:00pm

Hospitality Hiring Happy Hour
Now Hiring! If you are looking for a job in the hospitality industry or are current seeking qualified canidates - this is the place to co-mingle and find the company with the best fit!

Moderators
avatar for Ann Geoghagan

Ann Geoghagan

Internal Branding Consultant, Root Branding
Working in locations from Singapore to Italy to the Maldives to New York City - Ann has seen the impact an internal culture can make on a business. Using this knowledge she helped open the Baccarat Hotel, the 1 Hotels, NYC night clubs and even a few pizza brands. Knowing that a company... Read More →

 
Thursday, February 15
 

1:00pm

Hospitality: Do You Have What it Takes?
Moderators
avatar for Kyle King

Kyle King

Business Consultant, Florida SBDC at USF
Before joining the Florida SBDC at USF, Kyle King had a successful career in the franchise hospitality and craft beer industries. As an area manager for an international hospitality company, King directed the local training efforts for all levels of the organization. He also planned... Read More →

Thursday February 15, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
3 - Station House - 4th Floor 260 1st Ave S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

3:00pm

Hospitality Hiring Happy Hour
Now Hiring! If you are looking for a job in the hospitality industry or are current seeking qualified canidates - this is the place to co-mingle and find the company with the best fit!

Moderators
avatar for Ann Geoghagan

Ann Geoghagan

Internal Branding Consultant, Root Branding
Working in locations from Singapore to Italy to the Maldives to New York City - Ann has seen the impact an internal culture can make on a business. Using this knowledge she helped open the Baccarat Hotel, the 1 Hotels, NYC night clubs and even a few pizza brands. Knowing that a company... Read More →

Thursday February 15, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
4 - Station House - 5th Floor 260 1st Ave S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701