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Our Favorite Restaurant Disruptions

Kiosks, contactless payment, robotics, and other emerging technologies are already changing the foodservice industry. Is your restaurant business ready for the future?

Join our panelists as they lead you through their top 10 technology trends that will disrupt the restaurant industry. They'll tell you who the players are, what segment will be impacted first, and how to take advantage of all these great new tools to increase your guest count and bottom line.


Sunday, July 15, 2018


2:00pm - 2:30pm


Silicon Hills Tech Stage


Robert Hale, Texas Beef Council
Anna Tauzin Rice, Texas Restaurant Association

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Robert Hale

Robert C Hale is the Foodservice & Culinary Marketing Manager with the Texas Beef Council. He has spent most of his life in the restaurant business and calls the back of the house home. He now works to strengthen the demand for Beef in Texas with many different restaurant groups, independent chefs, high school/post-secondary culinary students and educators along with chef and restaurant associations across the state of Texas. For the past 10 years he has been the Emcee and “Voice of the Texas ProStart High School Culinary Competitions.” Robert is due complete the American Culinary Federation Culinary Certification in May of this year.

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Anna Tauzin Rice

At TRA, Anna leads the evolution of the Association’s sponsorship and marketing strategies, focusing on membership and partner products to improve member value and Association revenue. 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 serves on multiple boards for startups and industry events, including SXSW Interactive. 

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.