The National Restaurant Association Show is back! After the unprecedented challenges the industry has faced over the past year and a half, there gearing up for the best Show ever, and can’t wait to celebrate together in Chicago at McCormick Place, May 21 – 24, 2022. From expert-led sessions unpacking new industry challenges and opportunities to industry-leading products and solutions for growth, the 2022 Show will help you find what you need to navigate today’s new business realities.
Reddit Co-Founder & Seven Seven Six Founder Alexis Ohanian Announced as Keynote Speaker for the National Restaurant Association Show® 2022
Ohanian to discuss how creating and embracing disruption can produce positive transformations to businesses
Alexis Ohanian—venture capitalist, founder of Seven Seven Six, co-founder and former executive chairman of Reddit, and best-selling author—will headline the 2022 event as the keynote speaker. With his vast knowledge and experiences in today’s new business realities, Ohanian will shed light on how embracing disruption can amplify growth, personally and professionally. The National Restaurant Association Show will be held May 21-24, 2022, at McCormick Place in Chicago, with Ohanian’s keynote, presented by American Express, taking place on Saturday, May 21 at 2:00 p.m.
Ohanian’s keynote will address many of the disruptions that are impacting the foodservice industry today. During the session, he will navigate the potential effect of crypto currency, sharing basic concepts and thoughts about how foodservice professionals can prepare for the shift. He will discuss how web 3.0 is changing the future of business and how it will translate to the foodservice industry. With an unrelenting commitment to make the world a better place, Ohanian will also speak to the power and importance of diversity within the industry.
As a tech founder and venture capitalist, Ohanian embraces—and often creates—disruption, beginning with an epiphany that becoming an attorney was not his destiny, to co-founding Reddit [reddit.com] in his University of Virginia dorm and launching the venture upon graduation. Reddit.com ranks among the most popular websites and social platforms in the United States. It was initially funded by Y Combinator in 2005 and sold to Conde Nast in 2006. Ohanian returned as executive chairman in 2014 to help lead the turnaround of the now independent company.
In 2016 Ohanian left to co-found Initialized Capital—a seed-stage venture fund and built it to $100B in market value through early investments in companies like Coinbase, Opendoor, Instacart, Patreon, and Ro.
In 2020, Ohanian resigned from the Reddit board in protest and left his role at Initialized Capital to launch Seven Seven Six, a new firm built like a technology company that deploys venture capital. Since launch, Seven Seven Six has quickly grown its total assets under management to over $750M and has been at the forefront of emerging technologies and trends, leading competitive investments in companies across sectors including software, crypto, healthtech, food tech, climate tech, and space tech.
In addition to Ohanian’s keynote address, the National Restaurant Association Show will hold a featured session, presented by Uber Eats, titled “Restaurants in the Hot Seat” on Monday, May 23 at 1:00 p.m. to examine the future of restaurants and how consumers’ behaviors will continue to evolve. Led by Technomic and guests from top foodservice operations, the session will address these topics in a new and fast-paced debate. Operators will also share how they’re putting valuable Technomic industry and consumer insights into practice, along with actions needed to tackle today’s and tomorrow’s challenges in order to win big in business.
The National Restaurant Association Show is the place to find creative new solutions to today’s challenges in the restaurant industry, from the latest food and beverage trends to emerging technologies to operational innovations that will boost the bottom line. The Show’s expert-led education program will feature timely sessions and deep-dive workshops to help build the future of the industry, with focuses on ghost kitchens and virtual brands, foodservice technology, culinary insights, operations solutions, new consumer trends, wellness, workforce recruitment and development, and more.
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