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*** The follow are 2018 MCON speakers. Stay tuned for 2019 updates!

2018 Speakers

DaveHeadshot218x218NEW.png Dave Bennett, President & CEO, Mirus

With more than 30 years of experience in the restaurant and technology industries, Dave has deftly steered Mirus through its formative years as well as into its current growth phase. Prior to joining Mirus in 2000, Dave delivered more than $500 million in large-scale information services contracts for IBM Global Services. In addition, he previously served as the vice president for information services for the now Dunkin’ Brands, where he managed the information strategies and policies of more than 5,000 Baskin-Robbins and Dunkin’ Donuts locations. Dave holds a B.S. in Business Administration and MBA from Northeastern University.

Jet Kadiata Diop, Account Coordinator, Mirus

Kadiata or as her friends call her, "Jet", is the liaison between understanding what her clients would like to accomplish in Mirus and partnering with her colleagues to get these goals accomplished. Prior to joining the Mirus team in 2017, she served as a manager for Pappasito's Tex- Mex Restaurants in Austin & Houston, Benji's Restaurant in Austin, and Los Cucos Mexican Cafe in Houston. Jet holds a B.A. in Political Science at the University of Texas at Austin.

Terri Gonzalez Terri Pham Gonzalez, Manager of Account Services, Mirus

Terri maintains client relations, projects, training, and testing for new features. Before joining Mirus in 2012, Terri was in operations with Starbucks Coffee Company, Harrah's Entertainment, and Starwood Hotels and Resorts. She began her career in hospitality as a busser at her parents seafood restaurant at the ripe age of 8. She holds a B.S in Hotel and Restaurant Management from the Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management at the University of Houston.

Delyth Jones Delyth Jones, Account Coordinator, Mirus

Delyth maintains client relations, projects, and training for Mirus. By working closely with development, she helps test applications and new features. She also organizes software builds, pitches new developmental ideas, and advocates clients’ requests for application improvements. Delyth graduated from Sam Houston State University and hold a BBA in Management Information Systems.

John K John Kropelnicki, Director of Finance & Operational Analysis, Sizzler USA

With more than three decades of restaurant and hospitality related experience, John has a solid background in accounting, finance, and analytics. Before he was with Sizzler he developed experience with Buffets, Inc., the parent company of Hometown Buffet, Old Country Buffet and Ryan’s Grill Buffet & Bakery. In his 25 years at Buffets, he held various positions in Accounting, Real Estate, Construction, Operations, and Finance. Today, John's focus is on driving performance through analytics. Data-based decision making is a mantra at Sizzler and Mirus is one of John’s primary tools that enables him to succeed. John and his family currently reside in Minnesota.

Dina_2017_500x500.png Dina Misener, Manager of Application Development, Mirus

Dina leads the development team at Mirus. She has been with Mirus for over 15 years. Dina designs, codes, tests and mentors along with various other tasks to help keep the Mirus products competitive and current. In addition, she works closely with the Account Management team to ensure that clients' requests are being met. Dina earned her B.S in Management Information Systems at Nichols College.

Lauren Neale Lauren Neale, Director of Finance, Taco Mac

Lauren with Taco Mac, has been a Mirus client for over five years now! Her restaurant experience began with Brinker International in payroll, payroll accounting and then accounts receivable for the global division. She then moved to Lone Star and Texas Land & Cattle Steakhouses as a Finance Analyst before moving to Atlanta to be Director of Finance for Taco Mac. Lauren earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration with a double major in Finance and International Business from New Mexico State University.

Alan Panek Alan Panek, Vice President Client Services, Mirus

Alan is responsible for servicing the daily needs of Mirus clients. He leads the account management team and is responsible for getting new clients up to speed as well as coordinating ongoing client projects and priorities with the operations and development teams. Since joining Mirus in 2004, Alan has spearheaded the development of the company’s library of best practices. Prior to coming to Mirus, Alan served as a manager with Chili’s Bar and Grill. He earned his B.S. in Hotel and Restaurant Management at the Conrad N. Hilton College at the University of Houston.

Matt Reid Matt Reid, Solution Architect, Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurants

Matt has been with Cooper’s Hawk for 6 years. His responsibilities include managing over 15 enterprise solutions. Before joining Cooper’s Hawk, Matt was a Senior Implementation Specialist with MICROS Systems. Matt comes to Cooper’s Hawk with over 15 years restaurant experience with a focus on restaurant technology.

Sonia Scott Sonia Scott, Account Coordinator, Mirus

Sonia joined the Mirus account management team in 2014 and prides herself on maintaining a high level of awareness with client activities. Sonia earned a B.A in Business at the University of Houston and in her free time she enjoys watching movies, listening to music, and spending time with her family.

Anna Shah Anna Shah, Account Coordinator, Mirus

Anna's role with Mirus is to serves as link between her clients and the Mirus team. She provides ongoing support to by managing client projects, training, and requests. Prior to joining the Mirus in 2012, she worked in operations, marketing, and hospitality fields in the restaurant industry. Anna completed her education abroad at P.W.S Wiedza.

Traci Shumaker Traci Shumaker, Integrations Specialist, Mirus

Traci helps onboard new clients and plays an integral part in client initial implementations. She does this by assisting in existing and new systems integrations, working with third party solutions, and developing the best practices for data management and reporting. Prior to joining Mirus in 2012, Traci was an operating partner at Sharky's Cafe in Latrobe PA, and has worked in the hospitality industry for over 20 years. She has a BS from Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.

Leslie Thompson Leslie Thompson, Sales, Mirus

Leslie provides details about Mirus and it's solutions to prospective "Data Nerds". She has technically been working with Mirus for over 10 years. Prior to joining the Mirus sales team in 2012, Leslie was a Business Performance Advisor at Insperity where Mirus was one of her clients. She holds a degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Texas in Austin.

Emily Tobar Duncan Emily Duncan Tobar, Integrations Manager, Mirus

Emily Duncan Tobar is the Integrations Manager of Mirus. She manages the on boarding of new accounts with the Integration team during the initial implementation process, as well as the integration of new systems for existing Mirus clients. Prior to joining the Mirus team in 2011, she worked as General Manager and Director of Marketing & Sales for Howl at the Moon in Houston, Indianapolis and San Antonio. She holds a BA from St. Mary's University in San Antonio, TX.

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