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Wednesday, September 25, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

  • Room: 314
No matter the size of your city, you can turn your pizzeria into a destination establishment. Melissa Rickman has done that in her town, and now she wants to show you how to do it in yours!...
Speaker(s)
Melissa Rickman
Co-Owner and Operator
Wholly Stromboli

Melissa Rickman, co-founder in 2010 with her husband Eric of Wholly Stromboli Restaurant, has built a $1 million-plus sandwich and pizza restaurant in the small-town of Fort Lupton, CO. She has won awards at the International Pizza Challenge been listed on Denver’s A-List of restaurants and has been featured on...

  • Room: 315
Beer enthusiasts will seek you out if you provide a worthy beer list they can’t get around the corner. Let Nick Bogacz of Caliente Pizza & Drafthouse in Pittsburgh show you how to build a winning lineup that will bring customers in....
Speaker(s)
Nick Bogacz
Owner-Operator
Caliente Pizza & Draft House

Nick is the founder of Caliente Pizza & Draft House. With more than 20 years of experience in the industry, he opened his first location in 2012 in Pittsburgh and has grown to four current locations. Caliente has won numerous awards in the industry, including 2016’s first place in the...

  • Room: 311
The constant revolving door of recruiting, hiring and training is both cumbersome and expensive. Retention is key. Mike Bausch of Andolini’s in Tulsa will show attendees proven techniques to keep top talent....
Speaker(s)
Mike Bausch
Owner-Operator
Andolini’s Pizzeria

Mike Bausch moved from California to Oklahoma in 2005 to found Andolini’s Pizzeria at the age of 22. He has since transformed what began as a 1,500-square-foot pizzeria with 10 employees into a multi unit restaurant business with more than 300 employees. Andolini's currently has 7 highly profitable locations in...

  • Room: 309
While technology is great and highly effective, sometimes it’s important to mix in some old-school marketing techniques. Scott Anthony has done so to great success, and he’s eager to show you how to pull it off in your neighborhood as well....
Speaker(s)
Scott Anthony
Owner-Operator
Punxsutawney Pizza

Scott Anthony, a member of the World Pizza Champions, operates an award-winning pizzeria in Punxsutawney, PA. He is an author, speaker and consultant within the industry. His innovative marketing techniques over the last 23 years have gained him recognition as a marketing guru on a local and national basis....

  • Room: 313
What’s the secret formula to restaurant profitability? Scott Sandler of Pizza Head in St. Louis says there may not be a magic bullet, but he’ll teach you how to look at cost of goods sold, payroll and other expenses so that you can plan to make the profit...
Speaker(s)
Scott Sandler
Owner-Operator
Pizza Head

Scott Sandler opened Pizzeoli Wood Fired Pizza Napolitana in 2014 with a passion and no prior restaurant experience. In 2016, Pizzeoli was ranked in the 25 best restaurant in St. Louis by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. In 2017 Scott sold Pizzeoli and opened his second place, Pizza Head, a New...


Wednesday, September 25, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

  • Room: 202
Join four of the country's leading pizza innovators of an electrifying panel discussion about the current direction of American pizza making. Topics will include technology, technique, customer engagement, and current projects. The panel (moderated by Pizza Today’s Man on the Street, Scott Wiener) will include Dan Richer (Razza), Nicole Russell... Read More
Speaker(s)
Dan Richer
Owner
Razza Pizza Artigianale

Four-time James Beard nominee Dan Richer started Razza in 2006 to showcase his ever-evolving pizza making methods. In 2017 his restaurant scored a three-star review from the New York Times. ...

Frank Tuttolomondo
Owner
Mama's Too

After growing tired of workin in his parents pizzeria, Frank opened his own shop just over a block away in NYC’s upper west side. It was there that he honed his skills and crashed through all expectations to earn a star from The New York Times — a previously unheard...

Nicole Russell
Founder and Head Pizza Maker
Last Dragon Pizza

Founder and head pizza maker at Last Dragon Pizza. Nicole runs the business out of her home with 100% online ordering bringing her customers. She’s been featured on multiple media channels, most recently Thrillist’s “Instachef.”...

Scott Wiener
Scott Wiener
Scott’s Pizza Tours

Scott Wiener is the founder of Scott's Pizza Tours in New York City, bringing his infectious love for all things pizza to more than 40,000 guests since 2008. He also writes the "Man on the Street" column for Pizza Today magazine and has been featured talking about top pizzerias on...

Tony Gemignani
Tony's Pizza Napoletana, San Francisco
Tony Gemignani's Restaurant Group & International School of Pizza

Tony Gemignani has won 12 world titles for his pizza making and acrobatic dough-spinning routines, authored or co-authored three books (including “The Pizza Bible”), appeared on several national TV networks and is an owner in 16 pizzerias. His first, Tony’s Pizza Napoletana in San Francisco, opened in 2009, has been...


Thursday, September 26, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

  • Room: 313
If you want to be in business 10, 20, 30, 40-plus years, then you’ll need to learn to adapt and overcome. Achieving longevity is about much more than luck. It takes perseverance and a plan....
Speaker(s)
Scott Anthony
Owner-Operator
Punxsutawney Pizza

Scott Anthony, a member of the World Pizza Champions, operates an award-winning pizzeria in Punxsutawney, PA. He is an author, speaker and consultant within the industry. His innovative marketing techniques over the last 23 years have gained him recognition as a marketing guru on a local and national basis....

  • Room: 311
You may be in a small town, a rural area or a less ritzy part of a major city, but that doesn’t matter. You, too, can build white-collar sales in your blue-collar area, and Mike Bausch will tell you how....
Speaker(s)
Mike Bausch
Owner-Operator
Andolini’s Pizzeria

Mike Bausch moved from California to Oklahoma in 2005 to found Andolini’s Pizzeria at the age of 22. He has since transformed what began as a 1,500-square-foot pizzeria with 10 employees into a multi unit restaurant business with more than 300 employees. Andolini's currently has 7 highly profitable locations in...

  • Room: 309
POS systems are the lifeblood of restaurant enterprises, yet many of these systems are anemic when it comes to generating sustainable profitability. All too often, POS systems fall short of client expectations, as they do not fully provide key essentials such as data security, trend-setting ordering solutions and menu updates... Read More
Speaker(s)
Larry Fiel
Director of Marketing
PDQ Signature Systems

With 35+years of proven experience and leadership in product marketing, business development, communications, public relations and service & support for numerous verticals in the private and not-for-profit sectors, Larry has leveraged his technology prowess with the ability to create, foster and propagate a company’s most important asset: its brand. Larry...

  • Room: 315
Baker and author Peter Reinhart sits down with John Arena of Metro Pizza and Brian Spangler of Apizza Scholls to dish on dough. Experimentation, adaptation and constant tinkering is at the heart of this discussion....
Speaker(s)
Brian Spangler
Baker and Pizza Maker
Apizza Scholls

As founder and co-owner of Olive Mountain Baking Co. from 200-2005, Brian Spangler’s reputation went far beyond his Portland, OR, location. In 2014, he put his dough knowledge to work on pizza, opening the highly acclaimed Apizza Scholls serving what have been described as “New York-meets-Connecticut” pies....

John Arena
Co-owner and Chef
Metro Pizza

John Arena is a 50-year veteran of the pizza industry and co-founder of Metro Pizza, which currently has six locations in the Las Vegas area. He also created and teaches a course in pizzeria concept development at the University of Las Vega School of Hospitality and is a consultant to...

Peter Reinhart
Chef and Baking Instructor
Johnson & Wales University

Peter Reinhart is the co-founder of PizzaQuest.com, a video website devoted to the never-ending search for the perfect pizza, as well as to the celebration of artisanship wherever it may be found. Peter is the author of 10 books on bread, pizza, and food culture, and he has consulted with...

  • Room: 314
Our Man on the Street, Scott Wiener, has been around the block a time or two. He’s seen the good, the bad and the ugly in the world of pizzeria. He’ll tell you where he sees pizza shops missing the mark so that you can hit yours....
Speaker(s)
Scott Wiener
Scott Wiener
Scott’s Pizza Tours

Scott Wiener is the founder of Scott's Pizza Tours in New York City, bringing his infectious love for all things pizza to more than 40,000 guests since 2008. He also writes the "Man on the Street" column for Pizza Today magazine and has been featured talking about top pizzerias on...


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