June 7 | 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm


(997 N Greenway Dr, Coral Gables, FL 33134)


2:30 pm | CHECK-IN opens

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm | THE TALKS


2:30 pm | Cruise Lines panel: “Consumer trends and the strive for delivering an exceptional dining experience onboard”

In an effort to satisfy passengers and improve the sustainability of culinary operations, cruise companies continue to upgrade the food and beverage alternatives available onboard their ships.

  • Alia Abou-Asali, VP Purchasing & Logistics, The Apollo Group
  • Jessica Domm-Penberthy, Senior Manager – Shipboard Marketing, Oceania Cruises | Regent Seven Seas Cruises
  • Charles Steadman, Director, Food and Beverage Experience and Strategic Partnerships, Virgin Voyages


3:15 pm | Restaurants and distributors panel: “The future of Miami’s restaurant scene” 

Big names transplant, innovative concepts, new establishments openings at a fast pace. The restaurant scene in Miami is booming, but what are the challenges?

  • Francesco Balli, Co-founder, and CEO, Grove Bay Hospitality Group
  • Luis Landaeta, Business Development Manager, Sysco
  • Nick Politis, CEO, Mr. Greens Produce
  • Graziano Sbroggiò, Founder and Owner, Graspa Group


4:00 pm | Florida Small Business Development Center presentation: “Introduction to SBDC no-cost programs and resources to help hospitality businesses succeed 

  • Shelly Bernal, International Trade Consultant | Business Coach, Florida SBDC




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