Discussion: The Future for Restaurants
At the Texas Restaurant Association, Anna leads the charge on shaking things up at the 84-year-old institution. She heads up all products and services, business development, marketing, and communication and also creates new member value through events and education. Additionally, she is driven to bring more restaurant technology to the state of Texas with unique partnerships and innovative programming.
Anna is a frequent speaker and moderator, serves on the SXSW Interactive Advisory Board, and is an active member of Les Dames d'Escoffier Austin Chapter.
Previous to coming to TRA, she headed up innovation for the National Restaurant Association in Washington, D.C.
She has worked in several restaurants during her career, including BOH and FOH. Her favorite job was as a Denny's waitress on the graveyard shift. She could tell you some stories.
Rom Krupp is a pioneer, visionary and thought leader in the restaurant industry, who for more than 23 years has worked with restaurant brands designing technology and analytics solutions used in over 100K restaurant locations worldwide.
He is the Founder and CEO of Marketing Vitals, the most comprehensive analytics solution specifically developed for the restaurant industry and currently used in over 200 brands globally to drive top-line sales.
Rom has lauched a second company, OneDine, that is disrupting the future of menu browsing, ordering, and payment in the restaurant and hospitality industries. OneDine offers restaurants and customers a contactless mobile technology solution that integrates into the current POS system providing guest-side ordering, payment, and experience integrations to lower labor costs, drive incremental sales, increase table turns and allow guests to dine on their time. OneDine was named the #11 Hottest Pre-IPO Startup in the world for 2020 by Crunchbase.
Michael L. Atkinson is a restaurant technology investor, entrepreneur and strategic advisor to foodservice brands, investors, investment banks and technology innovators. As a former restaurant operator and chain CFO, Michael has a unique perspective on emerging technologies transforming the restaurant industry, including automation and AI, robotics, dark kitchens and voice technology.
Michael’s portfolio includes RestTech.co, FohBoh.com, inFOH.com, Orderscape.com, Ghosterus.com and VoiceStar.ai, a pioneering voice + AI software company based in Dallas, Texas.