General Session Speaker

Peter Romeo

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Winsight Media

Peter Romeo is the editor at large for the foodservice group of Winsight Media, with responsibility for the content of Restaurant BusinessOnline.com and FoodServiceDirector.com.  He also contributes heavily to the websites’ print reflections, Restaurant Business and FoodService Director magazines, as well as such related conferences as the Restaurant Leadership Conference, MenuDirections and FSTEC.

The multi-media job caps a 37-year career as a business journalist, including 30 years as a chain-restaurant specialist for such information channels as Nation’s Restaurant News, QSR magazine, and the website of the National Restaurant Association. Romeo’s columns during an earlier stint at Restaurant Business earned him two Jesse H. Neal Awards, business publishing’s equivalent of the Pulitzers.

He has been a frequent speaker at industry events, and delivered the commencement address to the graduating class of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, in 2007. 

Romeo graduated from New York University in 1979 with honors in history and journalism, and was voted into Phi Beta Kappa. He resides in the New York City suburb of Port Washington with his wife, Holly Klokis; four rescued greyhounds; and four slightly nervous cats.


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