Stellar Roundtable 2017

What to Expect at the 2017 Stellar Roundtable

Stellar's annual roundtable event brings leadership from many of the Fortune 500 Food & Beverage companies together to discuss changes and best practices in the industry. This year our focus will be on "The Next Food Evolution" and how Big Data is driving change in the Food Industry.





Rebecca Costa


Rebecca Costa is an American sociobiologist who offers a genetic explanation for current events, emerging trends and individual behavior. A thought-leader and provocative new voice in the mold of Thomas Friedman, Malcolm Gladwell and Jared Diamond, Costa traces everything from terrorism, debt, epidemic obesity, and upheaval in the Middle East to evolutionary imperatives. She is the recipient of the prestigious Edward O. Wilson Biodiversity Technology Pioneer Award.



2017 Tentative Agenda


Wednesday, February 22nd

6:30 PM          Welcome Reception - Pool Side


Thursday, February 23rd

7:00 AM          Breakfast - Grand ballroom lobby


8:00 AM          Welcome

                         Mike S. Santarone, President & COO,



8:10 AM           Event Overview & Introductions

                        Todd Allsup, Vice President,



8:15 AM           Morning Kickoff  - Innovation in the Food Industry

                        Rebecca Costa


8:30 AM          Future Impacts of Technology on Food Industry

                        Paul Zikopoulos, VP of Competitive & Product Strategy,

                        Big Data & Analytics,

                        IBM Information Management


9:30 AM          Break


10:00 AM        Big Data – Changing the Wide World of Sports

                        Steve Hirdt, President,

                        Elias Sports Bureau


11:00 AM         Bleeding-Edge Technologies that are Redefining

                        the F&B Industry

                        Rebecca Costa and Panel


12:00 PM        Lunch


1:00 PM          Food Safety Advancements & Expectations from

                        the Industry

                       Craig Wilson, VP of Quality Assurance/Food Safety



2:00 PM         Starting a Journey towards Big Data at RCC

                       Kevin Boughner, SVP of Operations

                       Royal Cup Coffee & Tea


2:30 PM          Future of Big Data in Food Industry Supply Chain

                        Toby Brzoznowski, Co-Founder and EVP

                        LLamasoft, Inc.


3:15 PM           Break


3:45 PM           Millennials & Big Data – A Powerful Combination

                         Tim Cost, President,

                          Jacksonville University


4:30 PM           Closing Video & Stellar Update

                         Todd Allsup


4:45 PM           Closing Summary

                         Rebecca Costa


6:00 PM           Cocktail Reception & Dinner

                         Meet in lobby at 6:00pm for boat ride and cocktails to                              Grateful Palate, the offsite venue for dinner



Friday, February 24th


Scheduled Free Day activity - 1/2 Day Everglades Airboat Tour



                        Please enjoy breakfast on your own, but be sure to

                        charge to your room


8:00 AM         Meet in Lobby

                       8:15 Depart for Everglades


12:00 PM        Guests arrive back to Ritz-Carlton









Be Our Guest                           February 22 - 24, 2017



Join us at the Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale for our 2017 Stellar Roundtable as we focus on "The Next Food Evolution" across the Food and Beverage Industry. Attendance is limited to encourage interactive dialog among the participants in a roundtable format. Reserve your seat today to ensure your spot in our 2017 Roundtable.


If you have any questions or concerns please contact:


Katherine Brock | | 904-899-6540 


Misty Hatcher | | 904-899-6514 



Reserve your Seat Today 





2017 Sponsors


A special thanks to our 2017 Stellar Roundtable Sponsors. Click the logos below to find out more about each sponsor.