FSTEC 2012

The Monkeys are in Miami

Yesterday, the Monkey team arrived in Miami in preparation for this year’s FSTEC conference and trade show.

Mo, Danielle, Terry, Rado and I left early out of Vancouver and spent the day travelling across the country before arriving in the Miami heat in the late evening. Look at the beautiful sunset that greeted us as we approached the city!

We enjoyed a team dinner at Chophouse, a steak, sushi and seafood restaurant right on the waterfront. We had a beautiful warm breeze while we enjoyed the outdoor seating area, and some amazing food.

Just the right way to get settled for the technology conference in this amazing city. I am not surprised that this city was the choice of venue for the conference – the building next door changes colour!

Today is our set up day, so we will be making sure that our booth is set up and ready to go, our bananas are ready for enjoyment, and our giveaways are ready too. We are at Booth #709 so be sure to stop by if you are attending the conference, or if you are exhibiting alongside us.


First Day Of the Show (Posted September 10, 2012)

FSTEC Nexgen officially kicked off yesterday with a CIO Industry Panel followed by a welcome reception on the terrace of the Hyatt Regency Hotel here in Miami.

The panel featured:

  • Robert Grimes, ConStrata Tech Consulting
  • Jeff Chasney, CKE Restaurants, Inc.
  • Kelly Maddern, Burger King Worldwide
  • Don Zimmerman, The Wendy’s Company
  • David Matthews, The National Restaurant Association

There were some great topics discussed, and the Monkeys came away with a great pearl of wisdom when it comes to advice about having a great technology platform:

“Agility, responsibility, execution and flexibility”

Kelly Maddern, Burger King Worldwide

The Welcome Reception was held on the terrace with a fabulous evening behind us, and a warm breeze keeping us refreshed. It was a great opportunity to meet with other exhibitors, sponsors and show attendees.

Finishing up FSTEC (Posted September 11, 2012)

It has been a busy few days here in Miami!

We wrapped up the show this afternoon and closed down the booth, passed on leftover bananas, and packed up our collateral. It doesn’t seem like we have stopped since we arrived here on Saturday and I am pretty sure I am not the only one on the team who feels that way.

We made some great new friends here at the show, and had a chance to spend some quality time together as a team. We have had the opportunity to try some amazing new foods, chat with some great industry people, and learn lots too.

As we say a fond farewell to Miami, we are right back to event planning for the end of September. No rest for the Monkeys!