Executive Insights | May 2012 | By Mary Avant

Special Preview: Dine America

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Restaurant executives will gather in Atlanta in September for Dine America.
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Dine America is a networking conference that all restaurant and foodservice leaders should attend.

It is not a trade show or other run-of-the-mill conference. Dine America has garnered a reputation as a boutique gathering of top minds in the restaurant industry who attend not only for the educational sessions, which offer both industry-specific and outside-the-box ideas, but also for the outstanding networking opportunities that take place on and off the conference floor.

This year’s conference will be held September 12–14 at the Loews Hotel in Atlanta. Attendance is complimentary for qualified restaurant professionals. Visit DineAmerica.us to request your attendance pass.

Dine America Agenda

Wednesday, September 12:

2–6 p.m.


2–6 p.m.

Networking coffee reception

7–9:15 p.m.

QSR’s Green Gala at Georgia Aquarium

Thursday, September 13:

8–8:45 a.m.


8:45-9 a.m.

Opening remarks

9–10 a.m.

Mark Halperin, Expert Report on 2012 Election

10–11 a.m.

Fritzi Woods, President, Women’s Foodservice Forum

11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Breakout sessions

12:15–1:15 p.m.


1:15–2:15 p.m.

Breakout sessions

2:30–3:30 p.m.

Denise Lee Yohn, Marketing Columnist, QSR

3:30–4:30 p.m.

Daryl Morey, General Manager, Houston Rockets

Friday, September 14:

8:30–9:30 a.m.


9:30–10:30 a.m.

Michael Bergdahl, Former Director of People, Wal-Mart

10:30–11:30 a.m. B

rand CEO Speaker

11:30 a.m.

Buses leave for Lunch and Foodservice Tours

11:45–2:45 p.m.

Lunch and Foodservice Tours

Learn more about the 2012 Dine America agenda and speakers at DineAmerica.us.

New this year!

QSR’s Green Gala: Preserving Our Waters

In conjunction with QSR’s first-ever long-form reporting, which explored water availability and its effects on restaurants, Dine America will host restaurant industry leaders and other dignitaries for a night dedicated to sustainability. QSR’s Green Gala is an exclusive event at the Georgia Aquarium, the world’s largest aquarium, and will feature chef stations, exclusive networking, and an informative educational component.

Food Tours Around Atlanta

Tired of conferences that keep you hostage in hotel ballrooms all day? Dine America sets out to explore the foodservice landscape on September 14, with afternoon foodservice tours that show attendees best practices in action. Enjoy an off-site lunch with fellow attendees, then explore specially tailored stops in the metro area before returning to the hotel.