You won't want to miss our Opening General Session featuring updates from RFMA leadership, a reveal of our latest RFMA Gives project and passionate philanthropist, Sebastian Terry. 


  • Conference welcome by Debi Kensell, Executive Director & CEO of RFMA

  • Introduction of our 2023-2024 RFMA Board of Directors

  • Reflections from 2022-2023 Board Chair, Jay Roach, CRFP with SPB Hospitality Group

  • Reveal of our RFMA Gives 2023 project featuring receipient, Southside Community Center in San Marcos, Texas


Keynote Speaker: Sebastian Terry
Creator of 100things Philanthropic Movement

Driven by a passion to see others achieve, Sebastian’s one-of-a-kind story has organically become a powerful catalyst for personal growth and organizational transformation.

Leveraging the power of goal setting and striving as a vehicle to maximize mental wellness, individual productivity, and team engagement, Sebastian’s action-based keynote integrates individual evolution with professional development.

Shocked by the death of a close friend in his mid-twenties, Sebastian experienced a moment in his life where he asked himself a simple question, “Am I happy?” The answer was “NO,” and so, he created a list of 100things that he hoped would transform his life. For over a decade, Seb has been chasing down the goals on his list and teaching others how to do the same. From marrying a stranger in Vegas (Goal #2) and delivering a baby (#23), to living on a deserted island for one week (#63) and even helping a quadreplegic man complete a half marathon by pushing him (#26), Sebastian’s story has been turned into a bestselling book, his own reality show, and a renowned keynote that has inspired millions of people around the world. The impact of time and experience has helped shape Seb’s journey from the pursuit of fun and exciting life goals to the realization that these strategies transfer to the mechanics of organizational health. Sebastian blends masterful storytelling with processes, research, and data from the field to help organizations gain perspective, think big, adopt a growth mindset, and be the best they can be on every level so that others can follow suit. His keynote offers equal shots of inspiration, education, and entertainment, leaving his audience with a toolkit & mindset for ongoing growth.



Join your fellow RFMA 2023 attendees at our RFMy Awards luncheon featuring entertainment by The Water Coolers. Along with recognizinng our RFMy award winners we will also present new Certified Restaurant Facility Professionals (CRFP) and our RFMA member awards.


  • Presentation of new Certified Restaurant Facility Professionals (CRFP)

  • ​RFMy Awards Presentation featuring The Water Coolers​

    • Calm After the Storm Award

    • The Innovator Award

    • Marvelous Mentor Award-Restaurant

    • Marvelous Mentor Award-Vendor

    • Recruitment Rockstar

    • Rookie of the Year Award

    • Shooting Star Award

    • T.E.A.M Award

    • Open Nominations

Nominate a RFMA member for an RFMy award by clicking here. Nominations must be made by January 13, 2023.

  • ​Presentation of RFMA's member awards where outstanding members are recognized for their contributions to RFMA

    • Restaurateur of the Year

    • Vendor of the Year

    • MVP Award

RFMy Award Hosts & Entertainment: The Water Coolers

Do you ever feel like you've got all your eggs in one basket, six balls in the air, 2 kids waiting to be picked up from soccer practice, and 7000 emails to return?  Well gather 'round.  This award-winning singing comedy act delivers a high powered, laugh-out-loud combination of sketch comedy and music about what we go through just making each day happen – life, work, kids, husbands, wives, travel, technology – and trying to balance them it all. Like a mash up of The Office, The Capitol Steps, and Modern Family, The Water Coolers uses top NY talent to answer the question “does this stuff happen to anyone else?”   E! Entertainment Television calls this hilarious act “the hottest ticket in town!” the New York Times exclaims, "Office life's loss is show business's gain!" and The Miami Herald raved THE WATER COOLERS is “like a big thumbs up at a shareholders meeting!”