The Emerging Lifestyle and Tech Trends: Are You Ready?

The Emerging Lifestyle and Tech Trends: Are You Ready? Register for the UCLA Restaurant Industry Conference here:

Recently, 650 wellness experts from 50 nations, as part of the Global Wellness Summit, named “personalized nutrition” as one of the top eight global wellness trends. Is your restaurant fully encompassing the lifestyle, personalization, and technology trends to heighten guest engagement and excellence in the guest journey? Are you ready for the fast-evolving food trends which will impact many facets of your business in the near future? Anita Jones-Muller, MPH, CEO of Healthy Dining, will provide an insightful view into how emerging digital health and technology trends, like genomic testing, wearables, and food tracking, as well as evolving preferences which prioritize food quality, health benefits and sustainability concerns, are changing how people eat. Click here to register for the conference.
Hear from restaurant executives on where they are now and how they are getting ready for these fast-evolving trends spanning Gen Z to boomers:

  • Karen Eadon, Chief Executive Officer, Farmer Boys
  • Chas Hermann, Chief Brand Officer, Noodles & Company
  • Maria Pourteymour, Co-Founder and Chief Culinary Officer, Luna Grill
  • Stacey Sultar, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Rubio’s Coastal Grill

KAREN EADON, Chief Executive Officer, Farmer Boys 
Karen Eadon is a seasoned executive with over 40 years of hands-on experience and success with leading retail restaurant chains and consumer packaged goods brands. She has a track record of success in business revitalization, brand building and strategy innovation. Karen is currently President and Chief Operating officer for Farmer Boys Food, a 92-unit farm-to-table fast casual restaurant concept with locations in California and Nevada.  In her career, Karen has held executive positions with Mimi’s Café, El Pollo Loco, McDonalds, Applebee’s and Taco Bell.

CHAS HERMANN, Chief Brand Officer, Noodles & Company 
Chas is a passionate brand marketing leader with 25 years of experience working with brands in the retail, entertainment and financial services industries. Chas joined the Noodles team in March 2018 as Chief Brand Officer. Prior to Noodles, Chas was the principal at Chas Hermann Consulting, partnering with executives and leadership teams on key business strategies that position products, services, and operations to build a memorable brand experience. Chas has worked at Paramount Pictures, The Walt Disney Company, Universal Studios, Starbucks, Commerce Bank and The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.

MARIA POURTEYMOUR, Co-Founder & Chief Culinary Officer, Luna Grill   
Maria Pourteymour leads Luna Grill’s mission to inspire others to feel good by eating real food, crafted with care. Maria’s passion is showcased through Luna Grill’s recipes and the establishment of ingredient quality standards to achieve full freshness and outstanding taste. She worked in her family’s restaurant, where she learned that quality cuisine and the enjoyment of a tasty, nutritious meal is one of life’s precious delights.

STACEY SULTAR, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Rubio’s Coastal Grill   
Stacey Sultar is responsible for the company’s strategic marketing efforts. Prior to Rubio’s, Stacey was President of Think Big Marketing, where she provided companies with a range of marketing services including corporate branding, Web site development, digital marketing and market research. She also held marketing positions with Lightspan, Clorox and Taco Bell. Stacey received an undergraduate degree from Duke University and an MBA from Stanford University.

ANITA JONES-MUELLER, MPHCEO & Founder, Healthy Dining   
Anita Jones-Mueller is a nationally known market innovator, thought leader and strategist in the healthy eating landscape. Healthy Dining is the worlds’ most experienced nutrition services provider for the restaurant industry, comprised of a “think tank” of registered dietitians supporting 250+ restaurant brands in providing their guests with accurate nutrition, allergen, and sustainability information. Healthy Dining has recently launched MyMenu®- a responsive digital platform designed to offer restaurant guests unprecedented personalization matching menu items with health and lifestyle preferences.