Opening General Session

Monday, February 11, 2019
8:00 am - 9:15 am

  • Conference Welcome: Tracy Tomson, Executive Director of RFMA
  • 2018-2019 Board Introductions: Gary Brackett, Starbucks Coffee Company, 2018 Board Chair
  • RFMA Gives Presentation


Keynote Speaker
Jim Knight
Business Culture Catalyst, Former Hard Rock International
Executive & Author of Culture That Rocks!

This keynote focuses on those individuals, departments or companies who are charged with creating, maintaining or revolutionizing an organizational culture. Jim will delve into every area of a company environment and then reveal realistic solutions for systemic change. Attendees will also learn how comic books, Star Trek and the spirit of Rock ‘n Roll can completely alter a company’s culture. Regardless of the company’s cultural history or status, this session will inspire those in attendance to take up the challenge of enhancing their organizational environment.




General Session Luncheon

Tuesday, February 12, 2019
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 4, 2019. 


Emcee & Entertainer - Roy Firestone
Emmy Award-Winning Journalist & Commentator

He’s considered “the best interviewer in sports”, by Sports Illustrated…and ”the best interviewer, period” by the late Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Jim Murray. 

He’s won seven prestigious Emmy® Awards spinning his own brand of magic with more than 5,000 men and women from the worlds of art, politics, and popular entertainment. He’s chatted with Jerry Seinfeld, former President Richard Nixon, Jazz great Miles Davis, TV’s Ray Romano, pop icon Madonna and the legendary Academy Award® winning James Stewart. Ah, but Roy’s talents are not limited to being a thoughtful interviewer. The accomplished singer, impressionist and humorist has shared the stage with Frank Sinatra, Gladys Knight, Smokey Robinson and others. On television, Roy has been a guest of David Letterman, Jay Leno, Bob Costas, Larry King and Bill Maher. In addition, Los Angeles’ top rated morning show, “Good Day LA” features his regular contributions.