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Date & Time: Thursday, January 10, 2019, 2:00 p.m. EST
Summary: The 30-minute webinar will discuss trends in hardware, software and operational component technologies, identifying those innovations that have been applied or should be considered in the QSR space. The discussion will also explore the types of innovations that could be helpful to generate additional efficiencies. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and share their innovation “wish list.”
Featured discussion leaders include:
Joshua Eftekhari-Asl, Senior Manager, New Technologies, Taco Bell
Klaus Smit, Associate Manager, Innovation Team, PepsiCo
- Sam Oches, Editorial Director, Food News Media/QSR Magazine (Moderator)
Speaker Bios: In his current role as Sr. Manager – Technology Strategy and Delivery at Taco Bell, Joshua Eftekhari-Asl is responsible for the design and deployment of digital signage solutions for all of Taco Bell’s US restaurants with the goal of elevating the customer experience, and optimizing sales. In his spare time, he enjoys riding his steel frame road bike, watching classic Hitchcock films, and honing his barista skills.
Klaus currently works for PepsiCo’s equipment innovation team with the main focus on Pepsi Spire. Klaus holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from University of Florida and Master of Science in Physics from Texas A&M University. While working on his masters, Klaus worked in R&D for a university lab and a local engineering start-up. Previous to joining PepsiCo Klaus worked as Mechanical Test Engineer, successfully executing multiple challenging engineering test projects for new prototype tools and leading initiatives for optimizing the R&D cycle by leveraging the growing technologies of data science and machine learning.
Moderator Bio: Sam Oches is the award-winning editorial director of Food News Media, publisher of QSR and FSR magazines. A graduate of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, Oches previously served as editor in chief of Southeast Ohio magazine and as managing editor of QSR. During his tenure as editor, QSR has been recognized as a Gold Eddie Award winner by Folio and as Magazine of the Year by the Azbee Awards, which honor excellence in business journalism. He’s a past president of the International Foodservice Editorial Council (IFEC), a past board member with the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) and current board member with the ASBPE Foundation. His foodservice insights have been shared in national media outlets such as the New York Times, USA Today, National Public Radio and CNBC. He lives in Durham, North Carolina with his wife and daughter.
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