About the Marketing Executives Group (MEG)

The Marketing Executives Group (MEG) is the signature event for the Marketing Expert Exchange Community, a community of restaurant marketing professionals who are connected 365 days a year and come together every May in Chicago preceding the National Restaurant Association Show. MEG raises the level of industry excellence by connecting, inspiring, teaching and challenging each other through the exchange of ideas, thought leadership and best practices.

Notice of COVID-19 In-Person Events Policy

To protect the health and well-being of our in-person event attendees, guests and staff, the National Restaurant Association, and its affiliated organizations [National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) and Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance (MFHA)] require all attendees to agree and adhere to the Association’s COVID-19 Policy for Chicago events by providing proof of vaccination. You can request and demonstrate a medical or religious exemption by sending your request to vaxexemption@restaurant.org and providing adequate documentation of such medical exemption (such as a note from a medical provider) or religious exemption (such as an attestation of sincerely held religious belief), AND if approved, a negative PCR or Antigen test will be required 72 hours from the start of the event. 

Click here for full details of the Association’s COVID-19 Policy. 

2022 Attendance Policy & Pricing

National Restaurant Association events are designed specifically for industry professionals who work directly for restaurant and foodservice operations, otherwise known as Operators.

Consultants: If a restaurant or hospitality company outsources all marketing functions/needs or does not have a marketing person on-staff, we will allow a registration on their behalf, but you must include the name of the company you are representing (please note this is strictly enforced and must be a client you currently represent).

Early-Bird Rate (through March 15, 2022)
National Restaurant Association Member: $299
Non-Member: $399
Regular Rate (starting March 16, 2022)
National Restaurant Association Member: $399
Non-Member: $499

Consultant Rate: $499

2022 Sponsors

Our call for sponsors continues! We invite Industry members to sponsor, support, and participate in our events. Industry members (also known as Allied companies) are defined as industry suppliers, distributors, manufacturers, commodity groups, and other non-restaurant operator companies within the restaurant and foodservice industries to support MEG. We’re delighted to offer a suite of custom package opportunities in addition to custom and a la carte sponsorships and activations that will raise awareness and add tremendous value to MEG. 

If you are an Industry (Allied) member company, you must sponsor the conference to attend. Contact Mia Roberts at partnerships@restaurant.org for available opportunities. 

Thank you to our sponsors for their support.
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  • FAQs

    When does MEG meet?

    MEG will take place in-person May 18-20, 2022, at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel in Chicago.

    Who attends the MEG conference?

    MEG connects individuals who serve their restaurant or hospitality industry company at the highest levels. Professionals active in MEG include Chief Executive Officers, Chief Marketing Officers, Presidents, Marketing and Sales Officers, as well as EVPs, Vice Presidents, Directors and Managers of Brand Marketing, Corporate Communications, Creative and Marketing.

    What companies attend the conference?

    Be among some of the industry's most successful: Bahama Breeze, BarFly Ventures, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, Black Bear Diner, Bud's Chicken & Seafood, California Pizza Kitchen, Inc., Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, Captain D’s, Chick-Fil-A, Inc., Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurants, Country Cookin, Darden, Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group, Dickie Brennan and Co., Eat'n Park Hospitality Group, FAT Brands, Inc., First Watch Restaurants, Focus Brands, Golden Corral, Times Restaurants Inc./Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, Inspire Brands, Isaac’s Restaurants, Jason's Deli, Lettuce Entertain You, Marlow’s Tavern, Mellow Mushroom, Movie Tavern, Olive Garden, Pizza Luce, Portillo's, Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers, Ram International, Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group LLC, Salsarita's Franchising, LLC, Schlotzsky’s, Sheetz, Inc., The Signature Room at the 95th, Texas de Brazil Churrascaria, Tiki's Grill & Bar, Tim Hortons Inc., Velvet Taco, Village Inn & Bakers Square, The Wendy's Company, Yard House, Zaxby's and many more.

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