June 11 & 12, 2018

Latest Conference Updates

Navigating Class Action Lawsuits

From Butter v. Margarine to Blueberry Filling to Wage & Hour With the rapid proliferation of class action lawsuits against small business men and women around the country, it becomes that much more imperative for the franchise owner community to be totally prepared to respond quickly and correctly upon first learning of a possible lawsuit…

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Phantom Gourmet Joins New Orleans Line-up!

Delivering on our commitment to bring you the best and most interesting and relevant presentations at the 2018 DDIFO National Conference, we are pleased to announce that The Phantom Gourmet will join us and present the opening keynote address on Monday, June 11! Dave Andelman, CEO, founded The Phantom Gourmet, Inc. back when he began graduate school. In…

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Here’s Almost 9 Million Reasons to Attend the National Conference!

Attorney Robert Zarco, who just won an $8.8 million award for his franchisee client from El Pollo Loco, will speak on encroachment, the impact of private equity and other growing legal trends at the DDIFO National Conference in New Orleans! Zarco’s victory in the California case against El Pollo Loco is a landmark decision, and…

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Dunkin’ Brands: A Three Dimensional View

Franchisees know how complicated their businesses are in the hyper competitive US market place. Competition for customers, employees, good sites and money, as well as for great franchisee partners and the attention of the Brand is great. We have your opportunity in New Orleans to hear from and ask questions of 3 experts with 3…

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Time Out to Enjoy The Big Easy

Get ready for some spicy Cajun food and toe-tapping jazz – this year’s DDIFO National Conference is taking it south to New Orleans. This might be one of the best years to visit: It’s the city’s 300th birthday. And this is a city that knows how to party. “It’s more than just Mardi Gras,” says…

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A New Venue and a Fresh Perspective from DDIFO

Of the millions of people who travel to New Orleans every year, you might be surprised to learn that less than 15 percent visit for a conference, convention or trade show. While the influx of business travelers continues to swell, along with all other visitors to this fun-loving and historic city, so do the vacation…

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Agenda for 2018 DDIFO National Conference


Monday, June 11

11:00 am
The Phantom Gourmet: Current Trends and Regulations in the Restaurant Environment
Phantom Gourmet founder & CEO Dave Andelman

11:45 am
Lunch in the Franchise Solutions Marketplace

1:15 pm
Encroachment, Impact of Private Equity &
Other Legal Trends Impacting Your Business

Attorney Robert Zarco – Zarco, Einhorn, Salkowski & Brito, P.A.

2:15 pm
Refreshment Break in the Franchise Solutions Marketplace

2:30 pm
Delivering The Goods: A Supply Chain Discussion
Attorney Sarah Walters, Special Counsel, Foley Gardere, Foley & Lardner LLP

3:30 pm
The Next Generation Store: A Cautionary Tale
An open discussion on Next Generation Stores lead by John Motta

4:00 pm
Fostering Compliance through Education and Partnership

5:00 pm
Welcome Reception in the Ultra VIP Lounge, Masquerade Club

7:00 pm
Dinner on your own

Tuesday, June 12

8:00 am
Complete Hot Breakfast in the Franchise Solutions Marketplace

9:00 am
A 3-Dimensional Look at Dunkin’
Panel Discussion featuring:
Nicole Miller Regan, Managing Director/Sell-Side Analyst, Piper Jaffray
Michael Kelter, Managing Director, First Manhattan
John Gordon, Principal, Pacific Management Consulting & DDIFO Restaurant Analyst
Moderated by: Matt Ellis, Principal, Ellis Strategies

10:00 am
Navigating Class Action Lawsuits: Butter v Margarine, Blueberries v Filling, and others
Attorney Diane Saunders, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Attorney Christopher Menihan, Lisa Sousa, LTD

11:00 am
Refreshment Break in the Franchise Solutions Marketplace

11:30 am
Closing Keynote Address
Andrew Puzder, former CEO, CKE Restaurants

12:30 pm
Hall of Fame Luncheon
Honoring the 2018 induction of Adrian Gaspar, Jose Salema and Rod Valencia

2:30 pm
Conference Concludes