Monday, April 08 6:45am – 1:00pm

Special Events

Every activity within the RLC agenda is an opportunity to expand your professional network. Whichever you choose, you'll be surrounded by the restaurant industry's best and brightest. Don't miss this opportunity to meet new friends, chat with old ones and, most importantly, have fun.

 

Approximately 6-8 weeks prior to the conference, guests will receive an invitation to register for the outing of their choice. Please be aware that capacity is limited and excursions will be available on a first-come, first-served basis; pre-registration will be required for each activity.

 

Please note, pre-registration for special events is required. You are also required to check-in for each special event at the special event desk the morning of your selected activity to secure your spot. If you do not check-in at least 10 minutes prior to bus departure time, you forfeit your place to an attendee on the wait list.

 

RLC Golf Tournament
Location: Wildfire Golf Club

Enjoy a morning of golf on the picturesque fairways of the Wildfire Golf Club. This is the perfect opportunity to continue building business relationships while practicing your swing. After the tournament, enjoy lunch with your fellow golfers.

6:45am - 7:45am: Check in, breakfast and warmup

8:00am: Tournament begins (Shotgun Start)

Lunch to follow tournment

6:30pm: Results and awards will be available at the RLC Product Gallery

Hiking Excursion
Location: Departure from the Sunset Terrace (outside the Saguaro Ballroom)

Two different hikes will be offered by our professional guides: one for the more fitness-oriented hiker seeking a unique outdoor workout and one for the more leisurely hiker looking for an up close and personal tour of the desert's beauty. 

7:30am - 8:00am: Check-in and breakfast at Saguaro Ballroom Foyer

8:00am - 8:15am: Bus loading

8:15am: Bus departure from the Sunset Terrace (outside the Saguaro Ballroom)

8:30am - 11:30am: Hiking

11:30am: Bus Departure

12:00pm: Arrive at JW Marriott Desert Ridge

Arizona Desert Jeep Tour

Climb on board in an open-air Jeep and experience the beauty and serenity of Arizona's Sonoran Desert on this guided tour. Learn about the spectaular trails from a genuine cowboy guide. 

8:00am - 8:30am: Check-in and breakfast at Saguaro Ballroom Foyer

8:30am - 8:45am: Jeep loading

8:45am: Departure from the Sunset Terrace (outside the Saguaro Ballroom)

8:45am - 11:30am: Desert Tour

12:00pm: Arriva at JW Marriott Desert Ridge

Presented By:
Wintrust Franchise Finance
Scottsdale Gun Club
Location: Departure from the Sunset Terrace (outside the Saguaro Ballroom)

Test your sharpshooting ability at the Scottsdale Gun Club, the largest public indoor shooting range in the United States with state-of-the-art features, including user-friendly touchscreen control panels and a 360-degree rotating target system. 

8:00am - 8:30am: Check-in and breakfast at Saguaro Ballroom Foyer

8:30am - 8:45am: Bus loading

8:45am: Bus departure from the Sunset Terrace

9:00am - 11:00am: Range time

11:00am - 11:30am: Awards presentation

11:30am: Bus departure

12:00pm: Arriva at JW Marriott Desert Ridge

Presented By:
NovaDine
Sur La Table Experience

Great cooking is about more than recipes—it's about techniques. In this custom designed class you'll work together with fellow attendees in a fun, hands-on environment led by professional chef instructors. You'll also enjoy fresh make-your-own Mimosas and Bloody Mary's as well as pick out some swag with a $50 shopping voucher.

8:00am - 8:30am: Check-in and breakfast at Saguaro Ballroom Foyer

8:30am - 8:45am: Bus loading

8:45am: Bus departure from the Sunset Terrace (outside the Saguaro Ballroom)

9:15am - 12:15pm: Sur La Table Experience and shopping

12:15pm: Bus departure

12:45pm: Arrive at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge

iFLY Indoor Skydiving Experience
Location: Departure from the Sunset Terrace (outside the Saguaro Ballroom)

Always wanted to experience skydiving but too afraid to make the jump? There's no airplane, no parachute and no jumping required! Join us at Scottsdale's brand-new indoor skydiving facility and cross skydiving off your bucket list!

8:30am - 9:00am: Check-in and breakfast at Saguaro Ballroom Foyer

9:00am - 9:15am: Bus loading

9:15am: Bus departure from the Sunset Terrace (outside the Saguaro Ballroom)

9:45am - 12:45pm: iFLY Experience

12:45pm: Bus departure

1:15pm: Arrive at JW Marriott

Tennis Round Robin Tournament
Location: Tennis Courts

Are you an ace with a racket? We'll pair up doubles to go head to head, rotating through all the teams until we have a victor! 

8:45am - 9:00am: Check-in at tennis courts

9:00am: Instruction for the tournament

12:00pm: Tournament completes

Octane Raceway Experience
Location: Departure from the Sunset Terrace (outside the Saguaro Ballroom)

Test your racing skills at Octane Raceway and zoom in your very own go-kart at up to 45 miles per hour. Will you have the fastest time on the track? Enjoy some friendly competition and get to know your fellow racers.

9:00am - 9:15am: Check-in and breakfast at Saguaro Ballroom Foyer

9:15am - 9:30am: Bus loading

9:30am: Bus departure from the Sunset Terrace (outside the Saguaro Ballroom)

10:00am - 12:00pm: Octane Raceway Experience

12:15pm: Bus departure

12:45pm: Arrive at JW Marriott Desert Ridge

Presented By:
Tillster
Monday, April 08 7:00am – 7:00pm

Registration & Information Desk

Location: Grand Canyon Ballroom Foyer
Presented By:
McLane Foodservice, Inc
NCR Corporation
PepsiCo Foodservice
Wells Fargo & Company
Monday, April 08 7:00am – 7:00pm

CARRE Foundation Desk

Location: Grand Canyon Ballroom Foyer
Presented By:
Ecolab
McLane Foodservice, Inc
PepsiCo Foodservice
Monday, April 08 7:00am – 4:00pm

RLC Product Gallery Sponsor Set Up

Location: Grand Canyon Ballroom & Foyer
Monday, April 08 7:30am – 9:00am

Networking Breakfast

Location: Sunset Terrace
Monday, April 08 2:15pm – 3:00pm

Innovation Forums - Details coming soon!

Option 1
Presented By:
TDn2K
Option 2
Presented By:
Wintrust Franchise Finance
Option 3
Presented By:
DiscoverLink
Option 4
Presented By:
rapid! PayCard & SimplyPaid
Option 5
Presented By:
PDQ Signature Systems
Option 6
Presented By:
Inkling
Option 7
Presented By:
Altametrics
Option 8
Presented By:
Epsilon
Option 9
Presented By:
ParTech, Inc
Monday, April 08 3:00pm – 3:30pm

Networking Break

Location: Grand Canyon Ballroom Foyer
Monday, April 08 3:30pm – 6:30pm

Opening General Session

Location: Grand Saguaro Ballroom
The Curiosity Factor

Our team looks to us for answers. We're told to lead with vision. We're encouraged to set the roadmap and to lead by example. We're experts in the industry, and with experience comes wisdom.

Or does it?  It turns out some of the most innovative leaders in the world don't have THE answers, only questions. These executives don't set the roadmap or claim to be experts; they challenge their team to elevate their game. In a world full of experts, what we need are more visionaries.

In this keynote address, Andrew Davis will reveal the eye-opening power of curiosity. He'll challenge you to invite your team to chase answers. You'll learn the three critical ingredients to earning your employee's attention, and more importantly, you'll uncover the one thing that will transform your leadership style from expert to visionary.

What's the secret? Here's a hint: It's in the box.

Speakers:

Global Marketing Influencer, Former Television Executive and Best-Selling Author | Speaker
Brandscaping

CARRE Foundation Presentation spotlighting NRAEF ProStart
Speakers:

Senior Vice President, Sales & Strategic Relationships | Honorary Co-chair
McLane Foodservice, Inc.
888.792.9300

Vice President, Industry Relations | Honorary Co-chair
Ecolab

Executive Vice President | Guest Speaker
National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation

Vice President and General Manager | Speaker
PepsiCo Foodservice

Presented By:
Ecolab
McLane Foodservice, Inc
PepsiCo Foodservice
An Evening with Magic Johnson

As impressive off the court as on it, Earvin “Magic” Johnson pivoted the discipline, teamwork and leadership he honed as an L.A. Laker and NBA All-Star into an entrepreneurial success story. Since retiring from the NBA, he has morphed into a business powerhouse worth about $1 billion dollars. He has also dedicated his life to leaving a positive impact in underserved urban communities. Having left the basketball court for the boardroom, Johnson parlayed the skills and tenacity he acquired on the court into a winning formula for successful business ventures. Oh, and one of his major investments? Like us, it was restaurants. Pure Magic.

Speakers:

Chairman and CEO | President of Basketball Operations
Magic Johnson Enterprises | Los Angeles Lakers

Monday, April 08 6:30pm – 9:00pm

RLC Product Gallery

Location: Grand Canyon Ballroom & Foyer

With almost 200 suppliers on display, you're sure to find all the industry-shapers within the RLC Product Gallery. It's all about the connections you make and the hands you'll shake here, where suppliers and operators gather to uncover the latest solutions, sample new products and even close deals. 

Presented By:
McLane Foodservice, Inc
Monday, April 08 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Welcome Reception

Location: RLC Product Gallery
Presented By:
Yelp
Monday, April 08 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Meet & Greet with Earvin "Magic" Johnson

Location: RLC Product Gallery
Speakers:

Chairman and CEO | President of Basketball Operations
Magic Johnson Enterprises | Los Angeles Lakers