Marketing

Get Ready to Learn and Earn at the Pizza Tomorrow Summit!

  • The Pizza Tomorrow Summit’s educational program features seminars and panel discussions covering everything from pizza automation to marketing, controlling food costs and solving restaurant labor issues.
  • The Pizza Tomorrow Summit takes place November 9-10 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

Click here to learn more and register today to attend the Pizza Tomorrow Summit!

Billy Manzo, owner of Federal Hill Pizza in Warren, Rhode Island, recently advised PMQ’s readers to hire a “restaurant whisperer,” a smart, insightful person who can offer objective feedback on your pizzeria operation. “The secret to building a successful business and brand,” Manzo wrote, “is recognizing that you’re not perfect and doing something about it.”

So what if you could consult with about a dozen restaurant whisperers, all in one place over just two days? And what if that place also happened to be the home of Disney World, Universal Orlando and countless other entertainment hotspots your family has always wanted to visit?

The inaugural Pizza Tomorrow Summit, taking place November 9-10 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, offers all of those opportunities for pizzeria operators, plus an exhibit hall that’s packed with the pizza industry’s leading suppliers, from Grande, Bellissimo, Galbani, Belgioiosi, Liguria Foods and Gordon Food Service to Sysco, PFG and many others.

And, yes, there will be robots. Specifically, food-running bots from Bear Robotics, the Redwood City, California-based leader behind Servi, who talks to customers, brings out their meals and otherwise stays out of everyone’s way.

The Pizza Tomorrow Summit was created for pizzeria operators across the eastern and southern United States. Of the 15 U.S. states with the most pizzerias, 13 of them are located east of the Mississippi River. We’re talking 38,099 out of a total of 50,580 pizza restaurants. That’s true pizza country.

The Pizza Tomorrow Summit gives these operators a chance to find—and experience for themselves—all of the hottest products, technologies and services in the industry, from cutting-edge POS systems, ovens, delivery tracking systems and dough equipment to flours, cheeses, meats, desserts, plant-based toppings and more.

When you’re not sampling tasty proteins or watching cutting-edge ovens firing up pies, you’ll want to grab a chair for about 20 educational sessions featuring leading pizza industry operators, consultants and experts. These seminars cover the gamut, from vegan ingredients and signature pies to getting food and labor costs under control, mastering the challenges of marketing, and maximizing your profits. Here’s an advanced look at the educational program:

The Pizza Tomorrow Summit: Schedule
Nov. 9-10, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando

Note: All educational sessions will be held on the exhibit hall floor: Theaters 315 and 1115 and the Pizza Success Stage.

Schedule: Wednesday, Nov. 9

Speaker: Dale Willerton
Topic: 13 Costly Mistakes Pizza Operators Make Negotiating Their Commercial Lease or Renewal
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Theater 315

Speaker: Roger Beaudoin
Topic: Maximize Restaurant Profit & Uplevel Your Pizza Operation
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Theater 1115

Speaker: Steve Green
Panel Discussion: Taking Pizza into the Future With Technology
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Pizza Success Stage

Speaker: David “Rev” Ciancio
Topic: How to Acquire More Customers, Increase Guest Frequency and Beat the Third-Party Delivery Apps at Their Own Game
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Location: Theater 315

Speaker: Alex Koons
Topic: Don’t be Afraid, It’s Just Vegan
Time: 12 noon
Location: Theater 1115

Speaker: Chef Billy Manzo
Topic: From a Cigar Shop to a Multi-Unit Pizzeria Operator to Launching a Global Brand: Billy Manzo’s Pizza Success Story
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Location: Pizza Success Stage

Speaker: Roger Beaudoin
Topic: User-Friendly Financial Systems for Your Pizza Operation
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Location: Theater 315

Speaker: David Scott Peters
Topic: How to Avoid 3 Deadly Mistakes in Labor
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Theater 1115

Speaker: Chef Bruno Zachini
Topic: Pizza Specials and Menus from a Chef’s Perspective
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Location: Theater 315

Speaker: Shane Murphy
Topic: How to Use Text Message Marketing to Generate More Revenue
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Theater 1115

Schedule: Thursday, Nov. 10

Speaker: David Scott Peters
Topic: Your Pizzeria Is NOT Average, so Stop Using a National Average Food Cost to Run It
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Theater 315

Speaker: Roger Beaudoin
Topic: Maximize Restaurant Profit & Uplevel Your Pizza Operation
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Theater 1115

Speaker: Steve and Linda Green
Topic: The Story of PMQ on Its 25th Birthday
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Pizza Success Stage

Speaker: David “Rev” Ciancio
Panel Discussion: Your Marketing Questions Answered
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Location: Theater 315

Speaker: Roger Beaudoin
Topic: User-Friendly Financial Systems for Your Pizza Operation
Time: 12 noon
Location: Theater 1115

Speaker: Jaimie Oikle
Panel Discussion: Top Tech Trends and Tips for Today
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Location: Pizza Success Stage

Speaker: Chef Bruno Zachini
Topic: The Pizza Bruno Story: Great Pizza, Good Tunes and Good Times
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Location: Theater 315

Speaker: Alex Koons
Topic: The Importance of YOUR Culture in the Restaurant
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Theater 1115