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    Past Participants


2009 CONFERENCE

2008 CONFERENCE

2007 CONFERENCE


 
 

Past participants
Over the years, The Elliot Conference has attracted the most senior executives to present at our prestigious Conference. We have listed below by year, everyone who has presented, and the companies they were associated with when they presented. These are the prominent members of our Elliot Speakers Circle.


 
 
Name
Title
Company
2007    
Samuel E. Beall, III Founder, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Ruby Tuesday, Inc.
Richard Berman President Berman and Company
Jean Birch President Romano’s Macaroni Grill
Max Brenner Founder Max Brenner
Geoffrey Colvin Senior Editor-At-Large Fortune Magazine
Joni Doolin CEO and Founder People Report
Sam Fox Founder, President & CEO FOX Restaurant Concepts
Philip J. Hickey, Jr. Chairman, Chief Executive Officer RARE Hospitality International, Inc.
Bob Holden President and Chief Executive Officer Elephant Bar Restaurant
Ron Paul President TECHNOMIC, Inc.
Sandee Pritchard Chief People Officer Donatos Pizzeria, LLC
Julia Stewart Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer IHOP Corp.
Don Thompson President McDonald’s USA, LLC
2006    
Rick Berman President Berman and Company
David A. Brandon Chairman, CEO Domino's Pizza, Inc.
Ralph Brennan President The Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group
Ed Eynon Sr. Vice President, Human Resources The Cheesecake Factory, Inc.
Tangee E. Gibson Sr. Vice President, Organization & Leadership Development ARAMARK Corporation
Philip J. Hickey, Jr. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer RARE Hospitality Inc.
Eugene I. Lee, JR. President and Chief Operating Officer RARE Hospitality International, Inc.
Ruth Lundquist Co-Founder Let’s Dish!®
John C. Miller President and Chief Executive Officer Taco Bueno Restaurants
Bob Nilsen President, Chief Executive Officer and Co-owner Café Rio, Inc
Darcy Olson Co-Founder The Galileo Initiative
Sally Smith President, Chief Executive Officer Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc.
Guy Villavaso Owner/Founder Eddie V’s Edgewater Grille &
Wildfish Seafood Grille
2005    
David W. Anderson Founder and Chairman Emeritus Famous Dave’s BBQ, Inc.
William C. Anton Founder and Chairman Anton Airfood Inc.
Rick Berman President Berman and Company
Norman Brinker Founder and Chairman Emeritus Brinker International Inc.
Doug Brooks Chairman, President and CEO Brinker International Inc.
Dr. Stephen R. Covey Co-Founder and Vice Chairman FranklinCovey
Robin Elledge Vice President Human Resources IHOP Corp.
Todd Graves Founder and Chief Executive Officer Raising Canes USA
Philip J. Hickey, Jr. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer RARE Hospitality Inc.
Bryant L. Keil Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Potbelly’s Sandwich Works
Ellen Koteff Editor In Chief Nation’s Restaurant News
Sheri Miksa President and Chief Executive Officer Rubio’s Restaurants Inc.
Edna Morris Executive Director The James Beard Foundation
Richard Melman Founder and Chairman Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, Inc.
Clarence Otis, Jr. Chief Executive Officer, Darden Restaurants
David Overton Founder, Chairman, CEO The Cheesecake Factory
Ron Paul Chief Executive Officer TECHNOMIC, INC.
2004    
Jeff Bell Vice President of Human Resources Houston’s Restaurants, Inc.
Richard Berman President Berman and Company
Kevin Brown President, Chief Executive Officer Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, Inc.
Gary Bryant Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer Bear Rock Café
Steve E. Carley President, Chief Executive Officer El Pollo Loco, Inc.
Alice Elliot Founder and Chief Executive Officer The Elliot Group, Inc.
Lloyd Hill Chairman of the Board
and Chief Executive Officer
Applebee’s International, Inc.
Norman Hill Sr. Vice President Human Resources CBRL Group, Inc.
Lou Kaucic Chief People Officer Applebee’s International, Inc.
Mitchell S. Klipper Chief Operating Officer Barnes & Noble, Inc.
Rosalyn Mallet Chief Operating Officer La Madeleine French Bakery & Café
James Minidis President & Chief Executive Officer Red Brick Pizza Worldwide
Ron Paul President, Chief Executive Officer TECHNOMIC, Inc.
Jeannie Rasar Vice President of People Services & Training Popeye’s Chicken & Biscuits
Richard Snead President, Chief Executive Officer Carlson Restaurants Worldwide Inc.
Julia A. Stewart President, Chief Executive Officer,
Chief Operating Officer, and Director
IHOP Corp.
Jim Taft President, Chief Executive Officer Whataburger
John W. Tate Chief Operating Officer Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Corporation
Kathleen Wood Co-founder and President The Elliot Leadership Institute
2003
Richard Berman President Berman and Company
Dina Berta Human Resources Editor Nation’s Restaurant News
Lynn Crump-Caine Executive Vice President,
Worldwide Operations & Systems
McDonald’s Corporation
Craig Culver Co-Founder, President and Co-Worker Culver Franchising Systems, Inc.
Rick Federico Chairman, Chief Executive Officer P.F.Chang’s China Bistro, Inc.
Ted Fowler, Jr. President, Chief Executive Officer Golden Corral Corporation
Kevin Hall President, Chief Efficacy Officer Guru’s Enlightened Eating
GJ Hart President Texas Roadhouse
Cheryl Henry Vice President Human Resources International Dairy Queen, Inc.
Frederick R. Hipp Chief Executive Officer California Pizza
Todd Hovenden Founder, President, Chief Executive Officer Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano
Starlette Johnson Executive Vice President & Chief Strategic Officer Brinker International Inc.
Sam Karos President SeaFare Restaurant Group
Ronald N. Paul President, Chief Executive Officer TECHNOMIC, Inc.
Neil S. Reyer Vice President, Corporate Dining Services JP Morgan Chase Bank
2002
Patricia Miller Anton, FMP President, Chief Executive Officer Anton Airfood, Inc.
Gary Beisler President, Chief Executive Officer Qdoba Restaurant Corporation
Richard Berman President Berman and Company
Todd Graves Founder, Chief Executive Officer, President Raising Cane’s USA
Ellen Koteff Executive Editor Nation’s Restaurant News
Eugene Lee President, Chief Operating Officer RARE Hospitality International, Inc.
Joe Lee Chairman, Chief Executive Officer Darden Restaurants, Inc.
H. Joseph Machicote Vice President, Relations Development Compass Group NA Division
Cameron Mitchell Founder, President Cameron Mitchell Restaurants
Craig S. Miller President, Chief Executive Officer, Director Furr’s Restaurant Group, Inc.
Adriano Paganini Founder, President, Chief Executive Officer Pasta Pomodoro, Inc.
Ronald Paul President TECHNOMIC, Inc.
Philip Roberts Founder, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer The Oceanaire Seafood Room
Jack Schuessler Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer Wendy’s International, Inc.
Sally Smith President, Chief Executive Officer Buffalo Wild Wings International
Patricia Wilmot Executive Vice President, People First Domino’s Pizza Inc.
2001
Michael Allen Sr. Vice President, Human Resources & Administration Yorkshire Global Restaurants
Richard Berman President Berman and Company
Mark H. Brezinski Partner Pei Wei Asian Diner
Gerard Centioli President, Chief Executive Officer ICON, LLC
Randy Dewitt President Rockfish Seafood Grills
Greg Dollarhyde President, Chief Executive Officer Fresh Enterprises, Inc.
Joshua Grapski President, Managing Partner Muriel’s
William L. Hyde, Jr. President, Chief Executive Officer Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Mitch Irsfeld Editor Nation’s Restaurant News
Michael S. Kaufman President Metromedia Restaurant Group
Ollie Lawrence, Jr. Sr. Vice President, Human Resources Sodexho Marriott Services
Niki Leondakis Sr. Vice President of Restaurants Kimpton Hotels & Restaurant Group
Ron Paul President, Chief Executive Officer TECHNOMIC, Inc.
Julia Stewart President Applebee’s International, Inc.
John Sprouls Executive Vice President, Human Resources Universal Studios Recreation Group
2000
Rick Berman President Berman and Company
Herman Cain Vice Chairman Digital Restaurant Solutions
Rojean DeChantal Sr. Vice President, Human Resources Allied Domecq
Sue Elliott Sr. Vice President, Human Resources Luby’s, Inc.
Rick Federico Chief Executive Officer, President P.F. Chang’s China Bistro
Sid Feltenstein Chairman, Chief Executive Officer Yorkshire Global Restaurants
Christopher Hemmeter Founder, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer RestaurantPro.com
Dan Levitan Co-Founder, President Maveron, LLC
Paul Lightfoot Founder, Chief Executive Officer Foodline.com
Dennis Lombardi Executive Vice President TECHNOMIC, Inc.
Wayne Norbitz President, Chief Operating Officer Nathan’s Famous, Inc.
Kirk Perron Founder, Chairman Jamba Juice Company
Neil Reyer Vice President, Corporate Dining Services Chase Manhattan Bank
Dick Rivera President Red Lobster Restaurants
Phil Roberts Founder Buca, Inc.
Ron Shaich Chairman, Chief Executive Officer Panera Bread Company
Dan Smith President, Chief Operating Officer Jillian’s Entertainment Inc.
Chris Sullivan Chairman, Chief Executive Officer Outback Steakhouse Inc.
Dave Thomas Senior Chairman, Founder Wendy’s International, Inc.
Mack Tilling Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer Instill Corporation
Mark Walsh Chief Executive Officer VerticalNet, Inc.
Kathleen Wood President Elliot Solutions, LLC
1999
Jeff Bell Vice President, Human Resources Houston’s Restaurants, Inc.
Richard Berman President Berman and Company
Shawn Brady Director, Human Resources Harman Management Corporation
Loret Carbone Sr. Vice President, Human Resources Left At Albuquerque, Inc.
Greg Carey Chief Operating Officer P.F. Chang’s China Bistro
Bill Carlino News Editor Nation’s Restaurant News
Leslie Christon President On the Border
Jim Dunn President The New York Restaurant Group
Michael DeLuca Group Editor, Editorial Director Penton Foodservice Network
Kerry Kramp President Buffets, Inc.
Norm Hill Sr. Vice President, Human Resources Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
Mike Leatherwood President, Founder Razzoos Cajun Café
Roz Mallet Sr. Vice President, Human Resources Carlson Restaurants Worldwide, Inc.
Edna Morris Executive Vice President, Operations Red Lobster Restaurants, Inc.
Nancy Parker President Sportservice Corporation
Ronald N. Paul President, Chief Executive Officer TECHNOMIC, Inc.
Jorg Reichert President, Chief Executive Officer Movenpick Restaurants
Ralph Rubio President, Chief Executive Officer Rubio’s Restaurants Inc.
Jack Schuessler President, Chief Operating Officer Wendy’s International, Inc.
Jack Shafer Chief Executive Officer Allied Domecq Retailing USA
Russell Umphenour Chairman RTM Restaurant Group
Kathleen Wood President Elliot Solutions, LLC
1998
Charles Bernstein Editor-at-Large Chain Leader Magazine
Gregory L. Burns President, Chief Executive Officer, Chairman O’Charley’s Inc.
Bill Carlino News Editor Nation’s Restaurant News
Paul E. Clayton President Burger King North America
Carla R. Cooper Vice President, Customer Marketing Coca-Cola USA Operations
Michael DeLuca Group Editor, Editorial Director Penton Publishing Foodservices Media
Edward A. Evans Vice President, Human Resources,
Business Services
ARAMARK Corporation
Frank Guidara President, Chief Executive Officer Wolfgang  Puck Food Company
Louis A. Kaucic Sr. Vice President, Human Resources Applebee’s International, Inc.
S. Kirk Kinsell President, Chief Operating Officer Apple South, Inc.
Hala Moddelmog "President Church’s Chicken  
George A. Naddaff Chairman Ranch One
Ronald N. Paul President, Chief Executive Officer TECHNOMIC, Inc.
Kirk Perron Chairman, Chief Executive Officer Jamba Juice Company
Eva Sage-Gavin Sr. Vice President, Human Resources,
Disney Consumer Products
Walt Disney Company
Maurice Werdegar President, Co-Founder Left At Albuquerque
Doug Zeif Chief Operating Officer Clubhouse International, LLC
1997
Dave Anderson Founder, Chief Executive Officer Famous Dave’s of America, Inc.
Michael J. Bailey President, Chief Executive Officer Compass Group USA
Frank J. Belatti Chairman, Chief Executive Officer AFC Enterprises
Richard Berman President Berman and Company
Charles Bernstein Chains Editor Restaurants & Institutions
Bill Carlino News Editor Nation’s Restaurant News
Mariel Clark Sr. Vice President, Human Resources Au Bon Pain Co., Inc.
Mike DeLuca Editor & Associate  Publisher Restaurant Hospitality
Rick Federico President P.F. Chang’s China Bistro
Patricia S. Harris Department Director, Diversity Development McDonald’s Corporation
Philip J. Hickey, Jr. President, Chief Operating Officer Rio Bravo International, Inc.
Fred LeFranc Chief Operating Officer Una Mas, Inc.
Joseph P. Micatrotto President, Chief Executive Officer Buca, Inc.
Laurence Mindel Chairman, Chief Executive Officer Il Fornaio America Corporation
Thomas A. Moxcey President, Chief Executive Officer Rock Bottom Restaurants, Inc.
Ronald N. Paul President, Chief Executive Officer TECHNOMIC, Inc.
Peter Romeo Editor Restaurant Business
1996
James Adamson Chairman Flagstar Companies Inc.
Michael Bartlet Vice President, Editor –in-Chief Restaurants & Institutions
Richard Berman President Berman and Company
Charles Bernstein Chains Editor Restaurants & Institutions
Loret Carbone President Carbone International, Inc.
Mike DeLuca Editor & Associate  Publisher Restaurant Hospitality
Wally Doolin Chief Executive Officer Friday’s Hospitality Worldwide
Dan Fitzpatrick President, Chief Executive Officer Quality Dining Inc.
Lloyd Hill President, Chief Operating Officer Applebee’s International
Mike Hislop President, Chief Executive Officer Il Fornaio America Corporation
Dick Holbrook President, Chief Operating Officer America’s Favorite Chicken Company
Martin O’Dowd President, Chief Operating Officer Rainforest Café Inc.
Ronald N. Paul President, Chief Executive Officer TECHNOMIC, Inc.
Rick Postle President, Chief Executive Officer St. Louis Bread Company
Kim Puckett President, Chief Operating Officer Caribou Coffee Company
Virginia Rebata Vice President, Human Resources,
Field Programs & Services
Marriott Management Services Inc.
Rick Van Warner Associate Publisher Nation’s Restaurant News
1995
Richard Berman President Berman and Company
Charles Bernstein Chains Editor Restaurants & Institutions
Edward P. “Ned” Grace III Chairman, President,
Chief Executive Officer
Bugaboo Creek Steak House, Inc.
Deborah Hollis Sr. Vice President, Human Resources Hardee’s Food Systems , Inc.
Jon L. Luther President, Chief Executive Officer CA One Services, Inc.
Stephen Michaelides Associate Group Publisher Penton Foodservice Group
James Near Chairman Wendy’s International, Inc.
Ronald N. Paul President TECHNOMIC, Inc.
C. Ronald Petty President, Chief Executive Officer Denny’s Inc.
Ralph Raffio Editor-In-Chief Restaurant Business
Richard Rivera President, Chief Executive Officer Longhorn Steaks, Inc.
Robert F. Smith Chairman, Chief Executive Officer Crocodile Enterprises, Incorporated
Chris Sullivan Chairman, Chief Executive Officer Outback Steakhouse, Inc.
Julie Thompson Vice President, Training & Development California Pizza Kitchen, Inc.
Kuni Toyoda President, Chief Executive Officer Seed Restaurant Group, Inc.
Rick Van Warner Chief Editor Nation’s Restaurant News
Deidra Wager Sr. Vice President, Retail Operations Starbucks Coffee Company
 
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