Registration is now available on-line for an important educational event entitled Foodservice

Professionals...the Next Generation, an interactive symposium on the growing challenge of attracting tomorrow's leaders to the foodservice industry.

The event will be held December 5, 2007 at the Hilton University of Houston. It is presented by the newly established Foodservice Institute of America (FIA) in association with the University's Conrad Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management, one of the world's premiere hospitality programs.

On-line registration can be accessed via The Foodservice Institute of America (FIA) web site at:

This thought-provoking, one-day program will challenge participants to take a fresh look at this critical issue, generate new ideas and insights, and utilize their experience and expertise to develop potential solutions. Students and faculty from the Conrad Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management will also develop a white paper from the symposium, including follow-up ideas and strategies. The Foodservice Institute of America (FIA) will then spearhead the effort to create a tactical plan based on the results through its own resources and via collaborative efforts with industry partners.

Panelists for the symposium will include:

Debi Benedetti, Principal, Beyond the Possible. Ms. Benedetti founded Beyond the Possible to assist executives and aspiring executives in the hospitality and foodservice industry. A 30+ year veteran in the industry, Ms. Benedetti is an adjunct professor at the Culinary Institute of America and sits on the Advisory Board of UNLV's Harrah's College of Hotel Administration. She was recently named the Conrad Hilton Distinguished Lecturer at San Diego State University.

John Bowen, Ph. D., Dean of the Conrad Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management at the University of Houston. In a recent article in the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Education, Dr. Bowen was listed as one of the five most influential hospitality management faculty.

Joleen Flory, President and CEO of the Elliot Leadership Institute. Previously, Executive Vice President for Human Resources and Training for Famous Dave's of America. Ms. Flory serves on the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation's Certification Governing Board and is certified as both a Senior Professional in Human Resources and a Foodservice Management Professional.

John Nackley, Jr., Marketing Manager, MLB Advertising. Mr. Nackley's responsibilities include marketing and branding strategy development and execution. He works with several foodservice equipment firms, among other clients. He is a graduate of St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, PA, where he earned a BS in food marketing and an MBA in marketing. Mr. Nackley offers an important, youthful perspective on the issue, including how young professionals view the industry and the factors upon which they base career choices.

Moderator - Ken Wasco of Gordon Food Service. Mr. Wasco has lectured to foodservice/hospitality related majors at Indiana University, the University of Michigan, Ohio State University, Ohio University, Bowling Green University, Central Michigan University, Michigan State University and other colleges and universities. He has been the keynote speaker for numerous national, regional and state foodservice conferences, including ADA, NACUFS, ARA, DMA, ASHFSA and HFM among others. Mr. Wasco is also the author of "Live Like You Mean It."

Breakout Facilitator - Rudy Miick, President Miick & Associates. Mr. Miick since 1978 has focused on successful start-ups, performance improvement in restaurants, hotels and resorts. He holds an MA in Human Resources and Organizational Management and postgraduate certificate in Organization and Systems Design from the Gestal


Contacts: John Egnor

Georgie Shockey