Wednesday, June 8

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Wednesday, June 8
7:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Registration Area Open
7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Silent Auction Open
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Opening Breakfast
Sponsored by the JM Smucker Company and Tyson Food Service
8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Conference Opening & General Session 
Sponsored by Aladdin Temp-Rite

Mel Robbins


Mel Robbins is currently one of CNN’s most popular on-air commentators and opinion writers. She has an extensive television résumé as an expert on human behavior and motivation for Good Morning America, Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz, Oprah, The Today Show and Fox News.


The 5 Second Rule – Achieve Break Through Performance in Your Career 
LIFE Three million people have learned the secret to reaching their true potential – now it’s your turn. You are meant to do extraordinary things in your career and your life and the 5 Second Rule will help you achieve it. Mel demystifies neuroscience research on the brain and the latest social science research to explain why and how you screw yourself over every day. You’ll learn how to identify the mistakes you’re making and learn how to create lasting behavior change within yourself. You’ll also discover one radical idea that will forever alter how you approach life. These lessons and tools can be applied immediately and you will leave feeling deeply inspired, empowered and equipped to tackle your professional and personal dreams.

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Networking Break

Sponsored by Land O’Lakes

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

General Session 
Sponsored by Jonas Foodservice: Computrition Inc., Common CENTS Solutions, and DFM Dietary Food Management

Doug Brooks


Doug Brooks loves the hospitality industry. Doug Brook has revolutionized the hospitality industry. Now Doug Brooks will share his stories, passions, and his “lessons learned” from running Brinker International with AHF.


Doug Brooks Unscripted

Join industry expert Jerry White as he goes one-on-one with Doug Brooks in an engaging dialogue sharing industry insights and personal perspectives from running an International iconic chain to working with the legendary Norman Brinker. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear from the man referred to as the “ego-less” CEO. His touching story and philanthropic nature will have you sitting on the edge of your seat.

12:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Business Partner Exhibits & Lunch

Looking for a way to spice up your foodservice operations? The exhibit hall gathers vendors from across the industry who are providing cutting edge products and services. There is no better time to consult with vendors to learn about ways to enhance your operations. Discover new tastes and techniques that will help you show off what self-op can do!

3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m  

Education Sessions

  • Breaking out of the Gelatin Mold 
    Sponsored by Alto-Shaam
    Dewey McMurrey, Eric Eisenberg, Bryan Vaughn
    culinary partners

    Do people view you as having “Hospital Food”? Give your patients something to talk about, with unexpected quality, presentation and a new perception of what is possible. Learn techniques to stay on top of trends and seek ways to produce fresh and inviting fare for your patients and guests. During this session you will also learn how to improve, create or position your brand to maximize customer satisfaction that generates a buzz throughout the community.
  • Living Self-Op in a Contractor World 
    Sponsored by DM&A
    Dennis Barts, Christina Maes
    leadership self
    Are you a part of a healthcare system that has a mix of self-op and contract management? What is the best way to market the value of self-op to your C-suite and work with your C-suite if a bid is proposed? We will dive into the non-monetary costs to be considered if you’re going through a bid, such as patient meal satisfaction scores, morale, quality, etc. Learn how to leverage and maximize your business partnerships with vendors who are also serving contract management counterparts.
  • Senior Dining: Mission Clarity and the Power of Partnerships 
    Sponsored by Gordon Food Service and Hormel
    Joseph Carbonara, Kara Hanzie, Barbara Matamoros, Brian West
    This session will focus on bringing clarity to your organization’s mission and purpose. You will learn how senior living leaders tailor their programs to resonate with their residents and we will explore best practices for integrating culinary services into the planning process and community marketing. You will recognize how culinary services can help the overall success of the community while increasing resident satisfaction and engagement.
  • Essentials of Clinical Nutrition Management
    Sponsored by DMA
    Food Service management is second nature to members of AHF; however, the responsibilities of Clinical Nutrition Management are often given to non-clinical managers. Essentials of Clinical Nutrition Management will provide an overview of productivity and staffing for clinical staff, a review of Joint Commission and CMS standards and how they influence staffing and finally basic reimbursement and coding for inpatient and outpatient services. This session will provide resources and tools to better evaluate and manage your clinical staff.
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. New Member-First Time Attendee Lounge
(Exclusively for new member/first time attendees.)
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Transportation to Trinity Groves
7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Culinary Competition
Trinity Groves

Sponsored by Basic American Foods

Competitions play a vital role in culinary arts as they continually raise the standards of culinary excellence. There is no better way for a culinarian to hone their craft than by putting their skills and knowledge to the test in a competitive format. Be inspired by watching AHF’s top teams compete for the Gold at this world class event!
Lip Sync Battle

Get those costumes ready and those lips warmed up. Immediately following the Culinary Competition at Trinity Groves we will be having an epic AHF Lip Sync Battle. Have you ever watched “Lip Sync Battle” on Spike TV? It’s quite the phenomenon. Now it’s your turn to take the stage in imitation of your favorite singer to show us what you’ve got. Make sure you pack your suitcase in order to don the appropriate duds at your performance – this is all about getting INTO it!


In case you were wondering about Spike TV’s Lip Sync Battle, and for tips on how to kill it at lip syncing, go HERE. There’s no excuse not to let your inner rock star out; see you Wednesday night!

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