Restaurant Development & Design

March-April 2015

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W hat's the point? Well, in this instance I'm referring to RestaurantPoint. In just a few short years the folks from Connecting Point Marketing Group have grown this annual event into a ma- jor happening in the restaurant industry. RestaurantPoint 2015 is just around the corner — March 15 to 18 — in Scottsdale, Ariz., and we're excited to again be a part of it. This thoughtfully constructed two- and-a-half-day event puts executives from the 200 largest restaurant chains together with executives from supplier companies for a meaningful interchange around individual company needs and im- portant industry issues. Connecting Point has years of successful event creation and management experience, having put on similar events in the retail, hotel, building and fnancial spaces. They've leveraged that experience and expertise to create a restaurant chain-focused event that is carefully managed to provide a business- centric forum for building important industry relationships. So, where does rd+d ft in with RestaurantPoint? When Connecting Point launched RestaurantPoint they reached out to us at Zoomba Group. In doing their due diligence, the chain executives they had approached about being a part of the inaugural RestaurantPoint event invariably cited our sister publication, Foodservice Equipment & Supplies, as the number one magazine they read for industry intelligence. For our part, we had been contemplating creating a new magazine to serve what we saw as an underserved audience — executives involved in the creation and build out of new, and re- vitalization of existing, restaurants. The folks behind RestaurantPoint wanted a vehicle to keep the important conversa- tions started at their annual event going throughout the year. What evolved was a mutually benefcial partnership that we believe serves the entire industry well. Let me be clear: rd+d and Res- taurantPoint are wholly independent of one another. The relationship is purely symbiotic. But RestaurantPoint is an important partner for us and one that provides us with editorial focus and direction. Because of our participation and interactions there, we're able to take ideas and insights shared among the few — the event is kept small, by design — and share them with the many. For those of you headed to Phoenix to attend RestaurantPoint 2015 in per- son, we're looking forward to seeing you there. We take to heart the input and insights you share with us at this event — and throughout the year — in the pages of rd+d. Your feedback, ideas, passion and energy drive what we do. That's the point. All the best, 4 • R E S T A U R A N T D E V E L O P M E N T + D E S I G N • M A R C H / A P R I L 2 0 1 5 Publisher's Letter What's the Point? MAUREEN SLOCUM President and Publisher maureen@zoombagroup.com

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