I am very excited to announce my next guest blogger Jack McNertney with DARDEN to recap his and DARDEN's experience at RFMA 2012 held in Las Vegas. DARDEN was one of the 5 restaurant companies involved in the
development of RFMA, participating on the original founding committee.
Jack McNertney, who at the time was the Director of Facilities & Asset
Management for YUM! Brands, served on the very first Board of Directors, was
the Chairman of the Board in 2008, and was awarded the first MVP Award in 2011
for his dedication and service to RFMA. Enjoy!
Our team made it home safe and
sound from the most recent Conference held in Las Vegas. The turnout of
Restaurateurs, Vendors and Exhibitors reached an all-time high for RFMA.
Congratulations to everyone for making this conference the best ever. Tracy, Debi,
Jennifer and Heather, the RFMA Staff, did a wonderful job and special kudos to
Kim Sackett and Barb Hill, who once again, worked their magic with the
Convention Center, Hotel and special events. It’d been a few years since I last
polled our team to gather feedback on the Conference. This year we had 46 team
members in attendance and they all came away with new contacts to help them
support our portfolio of restaurants.
Attached is a sampling of the
Impressed by the big
turnout this year.
Enjoyed meeting all
the new as well as previous exhibitors
Loved the educational
opportunity to network with all attendees.
82% felt the sessions were
"very or extremely” valuable
84% felt the exhibit
hall mirrored the above ratings
85% would like to
attend next year’s Conference
95% stated they met a
vendor(s) that they will probably do business with that is new to their
The last bullet point alone states
why you should send your team and why Vendors should participate. I can’t think
of a better venue to capture the spirit of renewing old friendships, creating
new ones, and developing partnerships you can take home and build upon. I believe
the Conference is a tremendous value for the investment and I hope to see you
all next year in Orlando.
Senior Director, Facilities
Thanks Jack for sharing you and DARDEN's story!
is you or your company has a success story you would like to share!