Tom Ricketts, Executive Chairman, Chicago Cubs to speak on “Defying the Curse”

An in-depth conversation on how a positive workforce culture thwarted 108 years of futility

Chicago – May 2, 2017 – The National Restaurant Association today announces a Supersession at the National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show® on “Defying the Curse,” featuring Chicago Cubs owner and Chairman Tom Ricketts and renowned sportscaster Mike Greenberg, host of MIKE AND MIKE on ESPN Radio and ESPN2. The two will hold an in-depth conversation on Monday, May 22, 2017 at 11am, about leadership, and how transforming a culture can overcome even the most stubborn drought.

It’s hard enough to build a culture of excellence from the ground up, and Tom Ricketts walked into his position facing 108 years of entrenched defeat and a customer base with sky-high hopes but zero confidence. Ricketts took over the Chicago Cubs with all the odds against him, and in six short years he raised the Cubs’ expectations of themselves and in doing so lived up to the wildest dreams of his customers.

Tom’s challenges were no different than ours today – recruiting top talent in a competitive marketplace, retaining star team members that help build and grow the organization, and above all creating a workplace culture that transforms attitudes and performance across all employees. Don’t miss this chance to be a part of an inspiring and entertaining conversation

The Defying the Curse Supersession takes place Monday, May 22, 2017 at 11am. To register for the 2017 NRA Show, visit

The National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show®, the largest annual gathering of foodservice professionals in the United States, returns to McCormick Place in Chicago from May 20-23, 2017. Also back this year is BAR the only beverage-alcohol event exclusively focused on the restaurant and hospitality industries. BAR 17 is co-located with NRA Show® and runs from May 21-22, 2017. Both events showcase the latest products, services, trends, innovation, education and best practices and combine to attract 67,000+ attendees and visitors from all 50 states and 100+ countries. For more information, visit the NRA Show and BAR websites at and Or check us out on Twitter @NRA Show, @BAR17; Facebook @NationalRestaurantAssociationShow, @barshowchicago; and Instagram @NRA Show, @barshowchicago.

Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the leading business association for the restaurant industry, which comprises 1 million restaurant and foodservice outlets and a workforce of more than 14 million employees. We represent the industry in Washington, D.C., and advocate on its behalf. We operate the industry’s largest trade show (NRA Show May 20-23, 2017, in Chicago); leading food safety training and certification program (ServSafe); unique career-building high school program (the NRAEF’s ProStart). For more information, visit and find us on Twitter @WeRRestaurants, Facebook and YouTube.

SOURCE: National Restaurant Association