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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.

Listserv

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.

2017 Agenda

Monday, October 16

Noon - 1 p.m. Lunch & Sponsor Introductions
   
1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Welcome & Introductions
  Speakers:
Christina Bongo-Box, Vice President, Global Procurement, Little Caesars Enterprises, Inc.
Michael 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
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
Stic Harris, DVM, MPH, Director, Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation Network, Food and Drug Administration

Scott MacIntire, Director, Division of Enforcement, Food and Drug Administration
Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration (IFSAC)
Speakers:
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
*Dinner on your own*

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
  Panelists:
Dr. Hal King, Founder & CEO, Public Health Innovations
Tom McGinnis, Partner, Deloitte
   
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. Networking Break
   
11 a.m. - 12 p.m. IoT Technology: Smarter Kitchens Panel
  Speakers:
Tom Woodbury, Vice President, National Accounts, CM Systems, LLC
Jeff Lindholm, Chief Operations Officer, iCertainty
   
Noon - 1 p.m. Lunch
   
1 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Best Practices in Food Safety Panel
  Speakers:
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
  Panelists:
Dr. D'Ann Williams, Acting 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. Adjourn
*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
  Panelists:
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
  Panelists:
Laura Brown, Acting Team Lead, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Michael Moomjian, Director, Quality Assurance & Food Safety, P.F. Chang's China Bistro, Inc.
Robin Hamm, Product Innovation & Commercialization, Red Robin
   
11:30 a.m. - Noon Final Thoughts
  Speakers:
Christina Bongo-Box, Vice President, Global Procurement, Little Caesars Enterprises
Michael Moomjian, Director, Quality Assurance & Food Safety, P.F. Chang's China Bistro, Inc.
Christopher Melchert, Senior Manager, Food Safety & Quality Assurance, National Restaurant Association

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A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR GOLD SPONSORS

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