General Sessions

Opening General Session

Monday, March 5, 2018
8:00 am - 9:15 am

  • Conference Welcome: Tracy Tomson, Executive Director of RFMA
  • 2018-2019 Board Introductions: John Getha, The Wendy's Company, 2017 Board Chair
  • RFMA Gives Presentation

Keynote Speaker - Derreck Kayongo

Business Visionary, Global Soap Project Founder & CEO of the Center for Civil and Human Rights

Derreck is the founder of the Global Soap Project, which recycles used hotel soap and redistributes it to impoverished populations around the world. In creating this global humanitarian initiative, he demonstrated that a simple, yet novel idea has the power to transform the lives of millions. A Top Ten CNN Hero in 2011, his passion for helping others and commitment to innovative thinking earned him his current role as CEO of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.
From Ugandan refugee to successful entrepreneur and renowned human rights activist, Derreck inspires attendees to dream big as he shares his vision for harnessing the power of observation to identify issues and solve challenges in any community or organization. He brings his personal guiding principles, coined as S.E.L.F. – Service, Education, Leadership and Faith – to life in an emotionally-packed presentation that will linger long after his speech. Derreck inspires a spirit of entrepreneurialism and creative problem-solving while spurring attendees to invent their own self-made motto of success so they can create tangible change in the world.

Tuesday General Session Luncheon

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

  • Presentation of new CRFP's - Certified Restaurant Facility Professionals
  • RFMy Awards to recognize RFMA members for their contributions to our industry
  • Special recognition for outstanding RFMA members on their contributions to our association
    • Restaurateur of the Year
    • Vendor of the Year
    • MVP Award
Click here to learn more about the RFMy Awards and how you can nominate a fellow RFMA member. Nominations must be made by Friday, January 19, 2018. 

Keynote Entertainer - Jeff Civillico

Jeff Civillico is a Vegas-based headline entertainer at the brand-new Quad Resort & Casino, who blends his perfected art of juggling with friendly audience interaction and insane amounts of energy. Jeff is the Founder and President of Win-Win Entertainment, a non-profit which pairs performers willing to donate their time and talent with charity organizations in need of entertainment. Jeff is also ridiculous. He holds a world record for bungee jumping on his unicycle off a cliff in New Zealand, and goes “joggling” for fun. “Joggling” = juggling while jogging. He raised $5000+ as a team member of “Athletes for Special Kids” by joggling all 26.2 miles of the Disney Marathon. His zany lifestyle, boundless energy, and contagious spirit create an unforgettable entertainment experience.

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