September 29 – October 2, 2024
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
Orlando, Florida

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Featuring leading speakers from within and outside of the Industry, the Content Sessions bring you actionable and inspiring insight delivered on trends, opportunities, skills, best practices and personal growth; providing you with the means to inspire innovation, leadership and growth for you and within your own organization. Please visit frequently to see the details as they are added.

Sunday, October 1

Jacob Green

Opening Keynote: Conquering Change for Competitive Advantage
6:00pm – 6:45pm


Jacob Green
Jacob Green’s extensive leadership experience comes from a variety of career and life experiences. As an executive, he has managed hundreds of employees and navigated a half a billion-dollar budget.

But Jacob’s life experience is even more impactful than his career achievements. This expert speaker could have been relegated to dark basements playing Xbox games all day. That can happen to people who get seriously injured early in life and don’t know how to get off the mat. You see, Jacob took on a robber at a subway station when he was a college freshman. Not a Jiu-Jitsu practitioner, Jacob wound up getting struck in the head numerous times by the violent criminal. The good news… his cranium kept two terrified subway workers safe!

The traumatic brain injury Jacob sustained forced him into nearly three years of full-time rehabilitation. After which he battled back to earn his Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree, and work his way up in a large organization as a top executive. It’s no wonder that his clients describe his talks as “inspiring, high-energy,” and say Jacob “talked to us like an old friend.”

Jacob’s engaging talks come from the heart. And that makes it easy to connect to any audience. Instead of empty catch phrases that pollute many corporate events, Jacob’s authentic stories resonate with audience members looking to be inspired and even challenged.

Jacob has received numerous awards for his leadership, including the National Caring Award, the Orange County Human Relations Award, Most Inspiring Student at UC Irvine, and is the youngest recipient of the Gene Lentzner Humanitarian Award. He’s just as proud to be rewarded with an embrace from an audience member who is brought to tears or given goosebumps for the first time in a while.

Jacob is a highly effective keynote speaker, facilitator and coach that works with clients like Mattel, FedEx, Hyundai Capital, and so many others to inspire audiences with his speeches, tailored to each client. No cookie cutter approach can work in today’s fast-paced world. So Jacob takes time to know the individuals coming to listen to his story. That’s the only way to be that old friend that helps them tackle today’s challenges for tomorrow’s edge.

Sunday, October 1

Moderator: Ken Stolls, Industry Expert

Panel Discussion: What’s your Brand Story?
4:00pm – 4:45pm

Moderator: Ken Stolls, Industry Expert


Featured Panelists:
Marci RudeMarci Rude, Vice President, Development, Big ChickenBig Chicken


Jiwon McCartney/Burger Alley/CEO & Founder Burger Alley

Monday, October 2

Moderator: Ryan Hatfield, Vice President of Design and Construction, Darden

Building for Tomorrow, not just for Today
1:45pm – 2:30pm

Moderator: Ryan Hatfield, Vice President of Design and Construction, Darden Darden

Andrew Bello, Vice President, Strategic Concept Development and Construction, Zaxby’s Franchising Zaxbys


<img src="" alt="Darden " width="150" height="59" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-8616" />Kevin Kilgore, Vice President, Design and Construction, FOCUS Brands Focus Brands


Lollis_GreggGregg Lollis, Senior Director, Design, Chick-fil-A Chick-fil-A