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Chris Simms, Founder of Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar, to Keynote HotSchedules' Spark Conference, September 24-26 in Austin

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AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 23, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- HotSchedules®, the leading provider of workforce and back office solutions for the restaurant, retail and hospitality industries, today announced the schedule and guest speakers line-up for its second annual Spark Conference. The conference, which will feature a keynote presentation from Chris Simms, founder and CEO of Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar, will take place from September 24 through 26 at Hotel Van Zandt, located on Austin's historic Rainey Street.

HotSchedules' Spark Conference provides a venue for restaurant and hospitality industry CEOs, CIOs, COOs, CFOs, HR executives, owners and innovation-driven general or regional managers to share how they are growing and thriving in today's challenging restaurant environment, while also proactively preparing for the future.

"Spark brings together industry executives, leaders and change-agents to discuss the many challenges and opportunities happening at the intersection of technology and foodservice," said Mike Arenth, Chief Executive Officer at HotSchedules. "The industry is hungry for integrated solutions to help them navigate an increasingly complex operating environment. By bringing together such an expert group of restaurateurs and technologists, Spark will inspire attendees and highlight the innovations that are driving success for many of the country's most admired brands."

As keynote speaker, Simms will share lessons from his life-long career in the restaurant industry and his experiences founding and growing Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar to 26 locations and counting in a session titled The Next Generation of Fast Casual Dining.

2018 Spark Conference speakers also include:

  • Aaron Allen, Founder, Aaron Allen & Associates
  • Fred LeFranc, Founder, Results Thru Strategy
  • Dave Lehn, Director of Ops Services / Project Management, Noodles & Co.
  • Anthony Mejia, VP of Information Technology, Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar
  • Bill Streitberger, Chief People Officer, Logan's Roadhouse
  • Gini Quiroz, Director of Team Member Engagement, K&N Management
  • John Laporte, Chief Information Officer, Logan's Roadhouse
  • Kristin Burk, Talent Development Consultant, Sprinkles
  • Kelly McCutcheon, Director of Training, Hopdoddy

In addition to guest speakers, Arenth will deliver the conference's opening remarks, and HotSchedules Co-founder and Chief Customer Officer David Cantu will also present.

2018 Spark Conference sponsors include CareerPlug, CBS NorthStar, Instant, PAR, Plate IQ, Results Thru Strategy, MarketingVitals, NRC Partners, Wisely and Thanx. Conference attendees can book one-on-one best practice meetings with HotSchedules senior customer care team members.

About HotSchedules' Spark Conference
The HotSchedules Spark Conference is where restaurant leaders and industry innovators come together for three, rapid-fire days to learn what the best in the business are doing to disrupt the status quo and thrive in the face of a landscape that's constantly shifting. To learn more about the Spark Conference or register to attend, please visit www.sparkbyhotschedules.com.

About HotSchedules
HotSchedules works with over 33,000 customers – from large international chains to some of the hottest new concepts. With a continual focus on innovation, HotSchedules provides innovative technology, services and user experiences for the restaurant, retail and hospitality industries, including Clarifi, the first cloud-based intelligent operating platform. Designed for independents, multi-unit franchise operators, and international enterprise brands, HotSchedules serves over 2.8 million users across 159,000 locations in 56 countries helping them control costs, maintain compliance, improve visibility, increase profitability and drive operational consistency. For more information visit: www.hotschedules.com.

Media Contact:
Tim Streeb
ICR for HotSchedules
646.677.1800
tim.streeb@icrinc.com

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