2019 Schedule of Events

Monday, November 4, 2019

Time Description Details
6:00pm – 10:00pm Registration, Charity Event, and Movie Premier at

Cinemark
9900 S. I-35, Austin, TX MAP

Due to limited space, only those that have pre-registered for the Monday Evening Event can attend this event.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Time Description Details
7:30am Buses Depart from Hotel Indigo and Hotel Van Zandt for Breakfast & Morning Sessions at

Flix Brewhouse
2200 S IH 35, Round Rock, TX MAP

8:00am Breakfast, Welcome, Introductions & Tour at Flix Brewhouse

Sponsored by:

9:45am Session: POS (Tickets, F&B, Payroll) & Data (Reporting, Data Analysis Part 1)

Discussion will be lead by Matthew Baizer, COO at Flix Brewhouse

10:45am Presenting Sponsor: GDC/DTS/Samsung

Preseneters will include:

  • Tony Adamson, GDC
  • Nick Conti, Business Development at Samsung
  • Loren Nielson, VP of Content Relations & Strategy at DTS
Sponsored by:

12:15pm Session: Video, Sound, Seats & The Next Generation Dine-In Experience

Discussion will be lead by Matt Mader, Venue Valet

1:00pm Bus Departs for Lunch & Afternoon Sessions at

Moviehouse & Eatery
8300 N. FM 620, Austin, TX MAP

1:30pm Lunch & Tour at Moviehouse & Eatery

Sponsored by:

2:00pm Session: Show & Labor Scheduling & Impacts to Kitchen, Payroll & Admits
Discussion will be lead by Alison Meyer, GM at Fridley Theatres & Matt Mader, Venue Valet
3:00pm Session: Service Models & Operations

Discussion will be lead by John Holstrom, Partner at Venue Valet

Panel members will include:

  • Melody Smith, COO at Sky Cinemas
  • John Walsh, VP Operations at Star Cinema Grill
  • Ingrid Jahra, CEO at CinemaOne
  • Rob Novak, VP Food & Beverage from Marcus Theatres (Movie Tavern & Marcus BistroPlex)
4:15pm Session: Tech Stuff & New Products/Services Available In The Market

Discussion will be lead by Sperling Reich, Executive Director at Celluloid Junkie

5:15pm Presenting Sponsor: MIT

Presenters include:

  • Tom Lipiec, VP Sales & Customer Service at MIT
  • Jerry Van de Rydt, President of Rydt Entertainment Systems
  • Steve Hatton, QSC
  • Joe Demeo, Director of Sales at Cinionic
  • Nick Conti, Business Development at Samsung
Sponsored by:

6:15pm Bus Departs for Evening Event at

Deep Eddy Distillery
2250 E. HW 290, Dripping Springs, TX MAP

7:00pm Evening Event: Deep Eddy Distillery

2250 E. HW 290, Dripping Springs, TX MAP

Sponsored by:

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Time Description Details
7:30am Buses Depart from Hotel Indigo and Hotel Van Zandt for Breakfast & Morning Sessions at

Evo Entertainment
18658 North IH 35 Schertz, TX MAP

8:15am Breakfast and Tour at Evo Entertainment

Sponsored by:

9:00am Session: Kitchen Design & Workflow

Discussion will be lead by Matt Mader, Venue Valet

10:00am Session: Auditorium/Lobby Design & Workflow

Discussion will be lead by Matt Mader, Venue Valet

11:00am Session: Menu Planning & Design

Discussion will be lead by Vincent Mast, Innovative Restaurant Solutions

12:15PM Bus Departs for Lunch & Afternoon Sessions at

Alamo Drafthouse
1120 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX MAP

1:15pm Lunch at Alamo Drafthouse Sponsored by:

1:45pm Session: HR - Hiring & Training

Discussion will be lead by Jason Petro, Star Cinema Grill

2:45pm Presenting Sponsor: Spotlight Cinema Networks

Preseneters will include:

  • Ronnie Ycong, Executive Vice President at Spotlight Cinema Networks
  • Sherina Guimmond, Manager of Exhibitor Relations at Spotlight Cinema Networks
Sponsored by:

3:30pm Session: Marketing, Advertising, 3rd Party Ticketing, Competition, Expansion, Mergers & Acquisitions, Franchising, Loyalty Programs

Discussion will be lead by Sperling Reich, Executive Director at Celluloid Junkie

4:30pm Session: Reporting, Data Analyis Part 2

Discussion will be lead by John Holstrom, Partner at Venue Valet & Matt Mader, Venue Valet

5:00pm Presenting Sponsor: NEC

Panel Discussion: Technology Realities Within a Dine-In Theatre

Panel members will include:

  • Russell Vannorsdel, VP operations at Fridley Theatres
  • Flix Brewhouse
  • Darryl Leversuch, VP Operations at iPic
  • Rob Novak, VP Food & Beverage at Marcus Theatres (Movie Tavern & Marcus Cine Bistro)
Sponsored by:

6:15pm Bus Departs for Evening Event at

The Belmont - Downtown Austin
305 6th St, Austin, TX MAP

7:00pm Evening Event: The Belmont - Downtown Austin

305 6th St, Austin, TX MAP

Sponsored by:



Thursday, November 7, 2019

Time Description Details
8am Meet (no bus service) at

Violet Crown
434 W. 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701 MAP

NO BUS SERVICE TO VIOLET CROWN - Uber, walk, scooter!
8:15am Breakfast and Tour at Violet Crown

Sponsored by:

9:00am Mini-Session in Theater 1: Conventions, Associations, "Help Groups" for Dine-In

Discussion will be lead by Adam Peterson, CineConsult

9:00am Mini-Session in Theater 2: Theater Toolkit Products & Services
9:00am Mini-Session in Theater 3: Converting Your Existing Theater to a Dine-In Theater

Discussion will be lead by Vincent Mast, Innovative Restaurant Solutions

9:00am Mini-Session in Theater 4: Legal Stuff
10:00am Mini-Session in Theater 1: Consultants - To Hire or Not To Hire

Discussion will be lead by Adam Peterson, CineConsult

10:00am Mini-Session in Theater 2: Venue Valet - CallConnect - Products & Services
10:00am Mini-Session in Theater 3: Open Discussion
10:00am Mini-Session in Theater 4: New Revenue Streams, Partnerships, & Community Involvement (Charity)

Discussion will be lead by Stacy Bruce, President & Executive Director at Variety – The Children's Charity of Texas

11:00am Summit Wrap-up!!

Bus transportation, interactive sessions, and other events are possible because of these Summit Sponsors: