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Advance registration for the Quality Assurance Executive Study Group will close on Sept. 29. You will still be able to register after Sept. 29 on-site at the same price point.


Our annual conference brings you face-to-face with experienced colleagues and cutting edge ideas. Speakers and content are focused on responsibilities you handle daily, including FDA insights, food safety regulations, foodborne illness, health inspections and allergens — exclusively as they apply to the restaurant industry.


Our group's member-only Listserv is an effective way to ask your colleagues questions, share news, and contribute to discussions on issues important to professionals in your field. To be eligible, you must work full-time in the field of quality assurance for a company that is a restaurant member of the National Restaurant Association. Click here to subscribe. To send questions to the listserv, email qa@lists.restaurants.org.


Monday, October 16

12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Lunch & Sponsor Introductions
1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Welcome & Introductions
Christina Bongo-Box, Vice President, Global Procurement, Little Caesars Enterprises
Mike Moomjian, Director, Quality Assurance & Food Safety, P.F. Chang's China Bistro, Inc.
Christopher Melchert, Senior Manager, Food Safety & Quality Assurance, National Restaurant Association
1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Keynote: The Next Four Years in Food Safety
  Speaker: Beth Johnson, MS, RD, Principal & CEO, Food Directions LLC
2:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Networking Break
3:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Federal Regulatory Update Panel
  FDA Update
Speaker: Glenda Lewis, M.S.P.H., Director, Retail Food Protection Staff, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Office of Food Safety, Food and Drug Administration
Strategic Coordinated Oversight of Recall Execution (SCORE)
Sharon Natanblut, Director, Communications & Public Engagement, Food and Drug Administration
Scott MacIntire, Director, Division of Enforcement, Food and Drug Administration

Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration (IFSAC)
Katherine Vierk, Director, Division of Public Health Informatics & Analytics, Office of Analytics and Outreach, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Food and Drug Administration
Christopher Alvares, Director, Data Analysis Staff, Office of Data Integration and Food Protection, Food Safety and Inspection Service, Department of Agriculture
R. Michael Hoekstra, Math Statistician, Division of Foodborne, Waterborne and Environmental Diseases Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
5 p.m. - 6 p.m. Welcome Reception

Tuesday, October 17

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Business Meeting (Operators Only)
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Food Safety and Risk Management Practices in the Supply Chain Panel
Dr. Hal King, Founder & CEO, Public Health Innovations
Tom McGinnis, Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. Networking Break
11 a.m. - 12 p.m. IoT Technology: Smarter Kitchens Panel
Tom Woodbury, Vice President, National Accounts, CM Systems, LLC
Jeff Lindholm, Chief Operations Officer, iCertainty
12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Lunch
1 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Best Practices in Food Safety Panel
Nicole Arachikavitz, Director, Brand Safety, Cerca Trova Restaurant Concepts
Danielle Lundorff, Director, Enterprise Food Safety, Buffalo Wild Wings
Jim Marsden, Executive Director, Food Safety, Chipotle Mexican Grill
2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Foodborne Illness Investigation Process and Procedures Panel
Kyle Shannon, Rapid Response Team Coordinator, Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
Kim Burns, State Retail Rating Officer, Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
Hannah Lee, Epidemiologist, Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
3:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. Networking Break
4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Hot Topic Roundtable
5 p.m. Dinner on your own

Wednesday, October 18

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. In-House Restaurant Inspection Panel
Rebecca Cotto, Food Safety Manager, Texas Roadhouse
Justin Perkey, Product Coach, Texas Roadhouse
Cheryl Annarelli, Food Safety Manager, Zaxby's Franchising
Ralph Iglesias, Senior Director, Food Safety, Training & Compliance, Sizzler USA
9:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Networking Break
10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Best Practices for Allergens Management Panel
Laura Brown, Acting Team Lead, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Mike Moomjian, Director, Quality Assurance & Food Safety, P.F. Chang's China Bistro, Inc.
Robin Hamm, Product Innovation & Commercialization, Red Robin
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Final Thoughts
Christina Bongo-Box, Vice President, Global Procurement, Little Caesars Enterprises
Mike Moomjian, Director, Quality Assurance & Food Safety, P.F. Chang's China Bistro, Inc.
Christopher Melchert, Senior Manager, Food Safety & Quality Assurance, National Restaurant Association

*Speakers and programming are subject to change without notice.


National Restaurant Association members are entitled to discount registration. Eligible members must complete registration with the email address listed in their member record. To verify your membership, contact membership@restaurant.org






1221 22nd Street NW
Washington, DC 20037
Room Rate: $269/night + 14.5% tax
Room Block Deadline: September 24, 2017

*You will receive instructions on how to book your reduced-rate hotel room at the Washington Georgetown Marriott in your conference confirmation email. Please wait for this email to ensure you are within the reduced-rate room block.


Attendee registration is open to restaurant operators and those who work for restaurant or hospitality companies. If you are a product or service provider, you are welcome to attend the conference as a sponsor. For available sponsorship opportunities please contact Stephanie Krasner, Account Manager, Sponsorship and Engagement Programs, at (202) 973-5398 or SKrasner@restaurant.org.

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