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National State of the Industry with Tom Bené, National Restaurant Association’s CEO
At this special hospitality event, you will receive a national hospitality and Washington state session update packed into 60 minutes. Information will focus on relief for the industry, key legislative wins in our state and what the future holds. There is plenty of time for Q&A, so don’t miss out!

In our roundtable discussion on the National State of the Industry, we will have:
• National Restaurant Association CEO, Tom Bené
• Washington Hospitality Association President & CEO, Anthony Anton
• McDonalds franchise operator and Washington Hospitality Association Board vice-chair, Brian Moreno
• Atlas Fare operator, Jenny Rojanasthien
• Washington Hospitality Association State Government Affairs Manager, Katie Doyle

Some of the topics we will be covering include:
• Funding available to restaurants now and what could be coming down the road
• How to communicate to customers that dining is safe
• Best practices for recruiting and retaining staff
• The future of tip pooling and tip credit
• Is hospitality still hospitality with robots?

May 11, 2021 01:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Tom Bené
President & CEO @National Restaurant Association
Tom Bené is President & CEO of the National Restaurant Association—the Washington, D.C.-based trade association representing the nation’s restaurant and foodservice industry—and CEO of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. Prior to assuming this role in June 2020, Tom served as Chairman, President & CEO of Sysco Corp., the world’s largest foodservice distributor, where he had previously served as COO, President of Foodservice Operations, and Chief Commercial Officer. Prior to Sysco, Tom served as President of Pepsi-Cola Foodservice and held a variety of senior leadership roles over his 23-year career with the company, including President of PepsiCo North America and SVP of Sales & Franchise Development.
Brian Moreno
Owner @McDonalds
Brian Moreno is an owner of a franchised organization with the McDonald's brand, located in Othello, Washington. He volunteers with several organizations including the boards of directors for the Washington Hospitality Association, the Washington State Leadership Board, the Tri-Cities Regional Chamber of Commerce, and as a commissioner with the Washington State Commission on Hispanic Affairs. Brian lives with his family in the Tri-Cities and received his MBA through Washington State University.
Jenny Rojanasthien
Owner @Atlas Fare, The Thai Restaurant
Jenny and her husband Top operate two restaurants in Wenatchee, WA: Atlas Fare and The Thai Restaurant. Jenny also serves as the Executive Director of NCW Tech Alliance, a non-profit focused on connecting people and technology resources. Jenny is a graduate of Washington State University and has a background in retail operations management, including General Manager at Target. Jenny is passionate about improving the quality of life in the Wenatchee Valley through both her hospitality businesses and the non-profit she runs.