Have We Reached the Tipping Point for Tips?

February 2, 2015
NYC Hospitality Alliance

NYIT Auditorium, 1855 Broadway (@ 61st Street), NYC 10023
New York, NY

8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A Candid Discussion About Gratuities With Hospitality Industry Leaders

This not-to-be-missed conference will feature leaders in the fields of hospitality, law and academia engaging in straightforward and up-front discussions on the high-profile and hot topic gratuities.
Tickets are $35 for NYC Hospitality Alliance members and $45 for non-members.

8:30 to 9:00: Registration and Networking Breakfast
9:00 to 9:05: Welcome Remarks
9:05 to 10:05: Tipping: the Restaurateur’s Perspective

Restaurateurs discuss the culture of tipping and its operational implications as well as wage and hour lawsuits and the elimination of tipping in lieu of alternative models.

Andrew Rigie, NYC Hospitality Alliance
Glenn Grindlinger, Fox Rothschild LLP
Eric Bromberg, Blue Ribbon Restaurants
Janet A. Hoffmann, HR Aligned Design (Formerly of B.R. Guest Hospitality and Morton's - The Steakhouse)
Ryan Hardy, Charlie Bird
Philippe Massoud, ILILI Restaurant
Michael McCarty, Michael’s Restaurant
10:05 to 10:15: Break
10:15 to 11:15: A View From the Other Side of the Aisle
The plaintiffs’ bar shares its perspective on tipping, lawsuits and what it has learned from clients.
Carolyn D. Richmond, Fox Rothschild LLP
Andrew Rigie, NYC Hospitality Alliance
Lloyd Ambinder, Virginia & Ambinder LLP
Maimon Kirschenbaum, Joseph & Kirschenbaum LLP
Louis Pechman, Berke-Weiss & Pechman LLP
Brian Schaffer, Fitapelli & Schaffer, LLP
11:15 to 11:30: Networking & Coffee
11:30 to 12:30: The Past, Present & Future of Tips and Restaurants
Industry leaders highlight the history of tipping in restaurants and consider its pros and cons as it is applied practically and legally. The panel will also discuss the highly politicized controversies surrounding tipping and offer their forecasts on the future of tips.
Roundtable Talk:
Andrew Rigie, NYC Hospitality Alliance
Carolyn D. Richmond, Fox Rothschild LLP
Steve Dublanica, author of Waiter Rant and Keep the Change: A Clueless Tipper's Quest to Become the Guru of the Gratuity
Dr. Michael Lynn, Burton M. Sack Professor in Food & Beverage Management, Cornell University School of Hotel Administration
12:30 to 12:35: – Closing Remarks
12:35 to 1:00 p.m.: Networking