Stephen Kaufer co-founded TripAdvisor in 2000 with a mission to help travelers everywhere plan and book the perfect trip. He loves tech and has brought that passion to his leadership of TripAdvisor, now operating in 48 markets worldwide with 24 other travel media brands. A lifelong entrepreneur, Kaufer has won awards for leadership and entrepreneurship in the hospitality industry.


Chef Robert Irvine, host, Restaurant Impossible, has cooked his way through Europe, the Far East, the Caribbean and the Americas, in hotels and on the high seas. As host of Food Network’s Restaurant: Impossible, Chef Irvine saves struggling restaurants across America by assessing and overhauling their weak spots. He has also been honored with two distinguished recognitions for his dedication to the armed services and our country’s heroes.


Award-winning hospitality expert, best-selling author, and host  of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer believes that brands aren’t created; they’re built one guest at a time. He has helped thousands of restaurants, bars and hotels reach their full potential by building their relationships with their guests through every aspect of the business.