NRA Preview

It’s hard to believe it’s time for the National Restaurant Association Show again.  It seems like I just got back from last year’s event with a bunch of new ideas and knowledge.

This year I’m looking forward to connecting with our customers and brokers, as well as seeing some of the new food.  Last year I was intrigued by the flash frozen ice cream vending machine, and I want to see what creative options are on display this time.

I’m also curious about some of the technology solutions that are new.  Every year there seems to be some technology designed to help the restaurant operator do something faster, cheaper and/or better.  I’m wondering when I’m going to see the app that makes apps faster, cheaper and/or better!

The great thing about this show is that the knowledge isn’t limited to just the show floor.  The education sessions can be just as helpful and in some cases more so.  As the leader of an organization I’m always thinking of our employees so I want to stop by the session, “Best Practices for Employee Engagement”.  It’s been documented in many studies that employees who are engaged with their job and the organization are happier and more productive.  It’s going to be interesting to find out what things we’re already doing right and what opportunities we have.

Lastly, I’m looking forward the Women’s Foodservice Forum breakfast Monday morning.  I am a strong supporter of this organization because they really create content and curriculum to help women advance in the industry.  The subject this year is “Executive Intelligence” with Justin Menkes and is all about recognizing those softer skills that all leaders need.  It should be fascinating.

Even though the show seems to come around quickly, it’s such a great opportunity to remind myself how great this industry is and how much fun it is to be part of it.  My next post will be all about my experiences at the show so check back for that.

What are you looking forward to this year?



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