2018 Conference Agenda


    HR Certification Credits:

    This activity, ID #357574, has been approved for 14 Recertification Credit Hours. Please make note of the activity ID number on your recertification application form. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute website at www.hrci.org.

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    NOTE: All General Sessions/Executive panel will be held in Tip Top Tap Room (North & South combined)

    All lunches and breaks will take place in the Michigan and Huron Rooms

    Sunday July 22, 2018
    Meet & Greet early arrivals: 5:00 - 6:30pm Happy Hour (M Avenue Lounge)
    Monday July 23, 2018
    8:00 - 9:00 Registration Breakfast & Networking with Sponsors
    9:00 - 10:15   Restaurant Executive Panel Presentation
    Moderator: Trey Darby, Lockton Companies
    Panelists: Paul Damico, CEO, Naf Naf Grill; Keith Kinsey, CEO, Portillo's; Tim McEnery, CEO, Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurants; and Ethan Samson, VP & Deputy General Counsel, Lettuce Entertain You
    10:15 - 10:45   Networking & Refreshment Break
      Breakout Sessions Begin BENEFITS | Tip Top Tap North COMPENSATION - Tip Top Tap South
    10:45 - 11:45   BO1: Past, Present and Future of Benefits
    Speakers: Cheryle Kaiser, Aon; and Grace Lattyak, Aon

    BO2: Getting Paid Faster - An Immediate Pay Case Study
    Speaker: Max Jodry, The Saxton Group and Kevin Froese, Instant Financial 
    11:45 - 1:00   Networking Lunch
    1:00 - 1:45   B03: The Powerful Duo of HR and CFO/Finance
    Speaker: Trey Darby, Sr. Vice President, Lockton Companies
    B04: The Impact of Minimum Wage on Labor Markets 
     Speakers: Naser Hamdi, Equifax; and David Sovich, Equifax
    2:00 - 2:45   BO5: Education & Career Development Benefits Panel
    Speakers: Howard Liebman, COHS/ed2go; Marianne Merola, McDonald's; and
    Sarah Lamb, Chipotle
    B06: Equity Program Best Practices
    Speakers: Erin Leymann, VP, Pearl Meyer; and Greg Stoeckel, Managing Director, Pearl Meyer


    2:45 - 3:15   Networking & Refreshment Break
    3:15 - 4:00   B07: The National Restaurant Association & The ACA
    Speaker: Clinton Wolf, National Restaurant Association

    B08: Simplifying the Reporting of Quarterly Performance Reports for Cracker Barrel Employees
    Speakers:
    James Dalluge, Cracker Barrel; and Perry Doody, CompTrak
    4:00 - 5:00   General Session: Total Rewards Survey Insights
    Speakers: Ken Abosch, Aon; Amy Jennings, Aon; and Grace Lattyak, Aon
    6:00 - 9:00 Off-Site Event Cubs Game at Wrigley Rooftops
    Sponsored by Trey Darby, Lockton Companies
    Tuesday July 24, 2018
    8:00-8:30   Breakfast & Networking with Sponsors
    8:30-10:30   On-Site Giveback Event: Packaging Meals for
    Local Food Bank
    Sponsored by the Outreach Program
    10:45-11:45   Legislative, Regulatory and Moral Influence of the Trump Administration on Employment Practices: Year Two 
    Speaker: David Jordan, Littler Mendelson
      Breakout Sessions Begin BENEFITS | Tip Top Tap North COMPENSATION | Tip Top Tap South
    11:45 - 1:00    CRTRA Business Update & Lunch
    1:00 -1:45   B09: Are Your Employees Getting Enough Sleep, and Why Should You Care
    Speaker: Patricia Simmons, National Health Solutions Leader, Aetna National Accounts
    B10: Hot Topics in Restaurant Industry Compensation Practices
    Speaker: Christine Gnutek, Director Compensation, Aon


    2:00 - 2:45   B11: Amazon to Zenefits - The Emerging Healthcare Disruption Eruption
    Speaker: Den Bishop, President, Holmes Murphy
    B12: Executive Compensation 101
    Liz Mayo, Director, Longnecker & Associates

    2:45 - 3:15   Networking & Refreshment Break
    3:15 - 4:00    B13: The Exploding Opioid Epidemic and Strategies for Employers
    Speaker: Tracy Spencer, Senior VP of Employer Groups, Pharmaceutical Strategies Group, LLC
    B14: Transitioning to Better Wages and Better Tips in the Restaurant Industry
    Speaker: Teofilo Reyes, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United
    4:15 - 5:00   B15: Administering Benefits in a Restaurant Environment
    Speakers: Amanda Kreutzer, Texas Roadhouse; Andy Crowley, Midwest Sales Vice President, bswift and Sandy Sakaida, The Cheesecake Factory
    B16: Strategies to Retain Non-Management Crew Members
    Speaker: Ken Abosch, Aon



    6:00 - 8:00 Off-Site Event Architectural Boat Tour on Chicago's First Lady
    Wednesday July 25, 2018
    7:30 - 8:15   Breakfast & Networking with Sponsors
    8:15 - 9:15   General Session: Realities in the Restaurant Workforce
    Speaker: Victor Fernandez, Executive Director of Insights and Knowledge, TDn2K
      Breakout Sessions Begin BENEFITS | Tip Top Tap North COMPENSATION | Tip Top Tap South
    9:30 - 10:15   B17: Escape DOL Investigations and Audits – The Common Pitfalls of Benefit and Retirement Plan Errors
    Speaker: Trey Darby, Sr. Vice President, Lockton Companies
    B18: The Compensation Revolution: Technology's Transformative Effect on the Industry
    Speaker: Jeff Lalierte, Co-Founder & CEO, PayFactors

    10:15 - 10:30   Networking & Refreshment Break
    10:30 - 11:15   B19: Opportunities for the Changing Restaurant Environment
    Speakers: Carlton Williams, USI; and Tish Chism, Fazoli's


    B20: How to Conduct a Thorough Gender Pay Equity Analysis
    Speaker: Mariann Madden, Willis Towers Watson
    11:30 - 12:15    B21: Benefits Roundtable Member Discussion Moderator: Amy Cohen, Noodles & Company

    B22: Compensation Roundtable Member Discussion
    Moderator: Susan Douglas, Top Golf
    12:30 - 1:00   Closing Remarks & Board Election Results
    1:00 - 1:45   New Board Member Orientation