Hospitality Technology Announces 2018 Top Women in Restaurant Technology Award Winners


Hospitality Technology (HT) magazine is pleased to announce the winners of its 2018 Top Women in Restaurant Technology Awards. The 2018 awards program is sponsored by SALIDO, a provider of cloud-based operating systems for the hospitality industry.

Dorothy Creamer, editor of HT, says there is much to celebrate with this year’s Top Women in Restaurant Technology program. “The nomination pool this year was two times what it was in 2017,” she notes. “While this made our judges’ decisions even harder, it is incredibly heartening to see the fervor for which this awards program has been received by the industry. If this upwelling of women in technology continues at this exponential rate, imagine where we will be by next year.”

Now in its second year, the Top Women in Restaurant Technology Awards seeks to honor outstanding women from both restaurants and technology suppliers for reimagining restaurant processes and operations while demonstrating excellence in leadership, inventiveness and skill.

“We’re in awe of this year’s recipients whose achievements in hospitality technology represent seasoned professionals who have pushed our industry forward and the rising stars who will ideate and create for our future, said Shu Chowdhury, CEO/Founder of SALIDO, the restaurant operating system. "The Top Women in Restaurant Technology Awards reminds us all how vital it is to acknowledge and celebrate workplace diversity, a core value at SALIDO. We’re grateful to be involved this year and look forward to seeing the many successes of these leaders and future nominees."

Winners were recognized in the following categories:

Rising Star: 
Presented to women from any level of an organization with less than five years' experience in the industry, who have demonstrated leadership and are already making a mark in foodservice technology at an early stage in their careers.

Presented to women who are forward thinkers and who have executed on tools and strategy to transform the foodservice technology space in a positive manner by creating or deploying emerging technologies that reimagine how things are done while paving the way for future technologies.

Lifetime Achievement: 
This award is presented in recognition of a lifetime (no less than 15 years) of service and accomplishments in the foodservice technology industry. We seek to honor women who have had an impact on the foodservice technology industry as well as their colleagues and industry peers through enthusiasm, mentorship and commitment, while also showing how technologies can provide new ways of doing things.

The winners of the 2018 Top Women in Restaurant Technology Awards are:

Rising Star 

Lauren LaFortune, Restaurant Systems Analyst, Sage Hospitality

Marissa Polichene, Technical Program Manager, Toast

Caroline Wise, Product Manager, Tripleseat Software


Tamy Duplantis, Vice President of IT, Le Duff America

Anne Fischer, Vice President of Produce Management, Papa John's International

Mary Hamill, Vice President of Sales Engineering, HotSchedules

Susan Lintonsmith, President & CEO, Quiznos

Veronica Luna, Digital Innovation Manager, Taco Bell

Michelle Matthews, Vice President of Direct Sales, Dickey’s Capital Group

Lifetime Achievement 

Kathy Yeoman, Vice President of IT, Darden Restaurants

Winners are profiled in the April 2018 issue of Hospitality Technology magazine. An awards program will also honor the winners at the 23rd annual MURTEC (Multi-Unit Restaurant Technology Conference), being held April 11-13, 2018 at The Paris in Las Vegas.

About Hospitality Technology 
Hospitality Technology (HT) is the only publication dedicated to covering the role of information technology in improving business performance for hotel and restaurant operators. The Hospitality Technology editorial portfolio includes: a print publication that publishes eight times annually and reaches more than 16,000 hospitality industry executives, three networking and educational events (MURTEC, HT-NEXT and Restaurant Executive Summit), a comprehensive website, e-newsletters, web seminars, and several exclusive annual reports and studies. Visit Hospitality Technology online at Hospitality Technology is published by Chicago-based EnsembleIQ.

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SALIDO offers a restaurant operating system that empowers hospitality businesses to combat the rising costs in the industry by controlling, analyzing and leveraging their critical data, with the goal of lowering costs and increasing profitability.  Using a cloud-based, unified system, the SALIDO Restaurant OS currently offers point of sale, advance reports, kitchen display systems and will soon feature labor management, inventory and CRM. Together, these functions offer a full-stack, one login system that enables businesses to manage the entire restaurant experience, changing the way the hospitality industry operates.

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