2019 Conference Agenda

    Sunday July 21, 2019

    5:00pm - 6:00pm Welcome Welcome Reception/Meet & Greet at Hotel

    Monday July 22, 2019

    8:00am - 9:00am   Registration Opens: Breakfast & Networking with Sponsors
    9:00am - 10:00am   General Session 1:  Multi-Unit Managers Panel
    Moderator: Trey Darby, Sr. Vice President, Lockton Companies.
    Panelists: Kyle Wright, Noodles; Marie Benesh, Panera; Michael Griswold, Margaritaville; Marjorie DeRolf, White Castle; Mike Pauly, PF Changs and Chris Corle, Caribou Coffee
    10:00am - 10:15am   Networking & Refreshment Break with Exhibitors
     

    Breakout Sessions Begin

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    10:15am - 11:00am   B01: Disrupting the Health Insurance Industry; Not Your Employees
    Speaker: Wally Gomaa, ACAP Health
    B02: CRTRA Survey Insights—What You Need to Know About Restaurant Pay
    Speakers: Ken Abosch and Cheryle Kaiser,  Aon
    11:15am - 12:00pm   B03: Compliance Worries? Be Prepared When the DOL Comes Knocking on Your Door
    Speaker: Trey Darby, Lockton Companies
    B04: Panera Quarterly Heart Checks
    Speakers: Marie Benesh and Sandy Zolezzi, Panera, LLC
    12:00pm - 1:15pm   Networking Lunch with Exhibitors
    1:15pm - 2:00pm   B05: Benefits for Part-Time Employees
    Speakers: Geoff Rowson, Totem Solutions and Alan House, American Blue Ribbon Holdings
    B06: A Year of Turmoil: Federal, State and Local Disruption of the Compensation Status Quo
    Speaker: David Jordan, Littler
    2:15pm - 3:00pm   B07: Hot Topics in Benefits Legislation
    Speaker: Finn Pressley, Littler
    B08: Understanding Pay Equity within your Diversity & Inclusion Strategy
    Speakers: Josh Schaeffer and Takis Makridis, Equity Methods
    3:00pm - 3:30pm   Networking & Refreshment Break with Exhibitors
    3:30pm - 4:15pm   B09: The Three R’s - Recruitment, Retention & Relocation
    Moderator: Todd Messerle, VERSA Relocation
    Panelists: Susan Douglas, Topgolf; Staci Drilling, Hopdoddy; and Cindy Salter, Senior Director, VERSA Relocation
    B10: Impact of Digital Transformation on Rewards Practices
    Speaker: Ken Abosch, Aon
    4:30pm - 6:00pm Networking In It to Win It Networking Reception at hotel (Sponsored by Trey Darby, Lockton Companies)

    Tuesday July 23, 2019

    8:00am - 9:00am   Breakfast & Networking with Exhibitors
    9:00am - 10:00am   General Session 2: Future of Work
    Speaker: Scott Cawood, President & CEO, WorldAtWork
    10:00am - 10:15am   Networking & Refreshment Break with Exhibitors
     

    Breakout Sessions Begin

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    10:15am - 11:00am   B11: Benefits - One Size Fits All OR Custom-Tailored?
    Speaker: Grace Lattyak, Aon
    B12: The IKEA Journey for Implementing and Maintaining a Living Wage Pay Model
    Speaker: Kenya Jacobs, IKEA US
    11:15am - 12:00pm   B13: Is Your Health Plan an 8-track? What Does Best in Market Mean for Restaurants?
    Speaker: Trey Darby, Lockton Companies
    B14: Industry Consolidation
    Speaker: Amy Jennings, Aon
    12:00pm - 1:00pm   CRTRA Business Meeting & Lunch
    1:15pm - 2:15pm   On-Site Giveback Event: Packaging Meals for Local Food Bank
    2:15pm - 3:00pm   B15: Equity Awards, From Soup to Nuts and Everything in Between
    Speakers: Jen Tardif, Solium; Paul Malazita, Famous Dave’s of America; and Amy Cohen, Noodles & Company
    B16: Creating and Deploying a Total Rewards Strategy
    Speaker: Justin Truckenbrod, Lockton Companies
    3:00pm - 3:30pm   Networking & Refreshment Break with Exhibitors
    3:30pm - 4:30pm   General Session 3: Ed2go Training Mashup
    Speakers: Kelly Loobey and Angela Young, ed2go / Cengage Learning
    5:30pm - 9:00pm Off-Site Event Mall of America Excursion (dinner included)

    Wednesday July 24, 2019

    8:00am - 9:00am   Breakfast & Networking with Exhibitors
    9:00am - 10:00am   General Session 4: Facing the Big Challenges in 2019: Finding, Retaining and Engaging Your Workforce
    Speaker: Victor Fernandez, TDn2K
    10:00am - 10:15am   Networking & Refreshment Break with Exhibitors
     

    Breakout Sessions Begin

    BENEFITS

    COMPENSATION

    10:15am - 11:00am   B17: Reversing Type 2 Diabetes  
    Speakers: Geoff Rowson, Totem Solutions and Megan Ramos, Intensive Dietary Management 
    B18: Rethinking Compensation Philosophies and Strategies: It’s Time to End the ARMs Race
    Speakers: Erin Leymann and Gregory Stoeckel, Pearl Meyer
    11:15am - 12:00pm   B19: Benefits Roundtable Member Discussion
    Moderators: Stephanie Forand, CiCi Enterprises and Tish Chism, Fazoli's
    B20: Compensation Roundtable Member Discussion
    Speaker: Jason Smith, Denny's and Susan Douglas, Topgolf
    12:00pm - 12:15pm   Closing Remarks & Board Election Results


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