– October 25th-27th, 2022 –

goHappy Summit


Join this exclusive invite-only event where qualified, decision-making professionals come together and share best practices on frontline employee engagement. 


Mark your calendars for Oct 25th-27th and get ready to elevate your frontline! Registration is limited and invite-only. We can't wait to see you! 

See how awesome it will be!


Hear from our Keynote - Chester Elton


Our Keynote Speakers


Shawn Boyer


Shawn Boyer is the Founder and CEO of goHappy! Prior to goHappy, Shawn founded and was CEO of Snagajob, the nation’s largest marketplace for hourly workers and employers, from 2000-2013 and then Chairman of the Board through 2015. Shawn directed Snagajob’s rapid growth from an idea to a marketplace that now has over 100 million members and over 500,000 employer locations. Snagajob was named to Fortune Magazine’s Great Place to Work® Best Small & Medium Workplaces list for eight straight years (including five Top-10 finishes and a #1 ranking in 2011) and was a Deloitte Technology Fast 500 company for five consecutive years. In 2008, he was named the National Small Business Person of the Year and received public recognition from President George W. Bush.


Chester Elton

Culture Works

Chester Elton has spent two decades helping some of the world’s most successful businesses engage their employees to execute on strategy, vision, and values. He has been called the “apostle of appreciation” by Canada’s Globe and Mail, “creative and refreshing‚” by the New York Times, and a “must read for modern managers” by CNN. Elton is co-author of multiple award-winning New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal best selling leadership books including All In, The Carrot Principle, The Best Team Wins, and Anxiety at Work. His books have been translated in more than 30 languages and have sold more than 1.5 million copies worldwide. Elton is often quoted in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Fast Company and the New York Times. He has appeared on NBC’s Today, CNN, ABC, MSNBC, National Public Radio and CBS’s 60 Minutes.


John Teza

Hand & Stone

John Teza, CFE is the Chief Executive Officer for Hand and Stone Franchise Company, the franchisor ofHand and Stone Massage and Facial spas and Massage Experts clinics. As CEO, John is responsible for driving the company’s brand strategy and performance across its 500+ spas and clinics throughout theUS and Canada. John is a passionate brand builder and is committed to Hand and Stone's mission to make high-quality spa, wellness, and beauty experiences more accessible, affordable, and professional for its clients and team members. Prior to joining Hand and Stone, John was a Principal at NRD Capital Management, a private equity firm, and served in senior executive management roles for several national restaurant companies including Corner Bakery Café (Roark Capital), Jersey Mike’s Subs (privately- held),and Quiznos Sub (CCMP.)


Mark Simpson

Texas Roadhouse

Mark Simpson is the Founder and President of People First Consulting LLC. Prior to founding People First Consulting, Mark retired from Texas Roadhouse, Inc. as the VP of Legendary People. He joined the company in 2000 and assisted in guiding the unprecedented success of Texas Roadhouse’s growth and award-winning culture. His biggest accomplishment was “not screwing up Kent Taylor’s people first culture!”. Mark’s areas of responsibility included executive, director and management staffing, benefits and compensation, field HR, employee relations, HR administration, risk management, and asset protection. Mark has 34 years of restaurant industry experience, launching his career with Piccadilly Cafeterias in 1988. He also served in senior level human resource capacities with Al Copeland Investments, Tia’s Tex-Mex, and Peasant Restaurants.

Our Session Speakers


Amy Parman

Dir. of Training & Recruiting at Tazikis

Crysta Dungee

Global Director DEI at the Coca Cola Company

Dave McKlveen

VP of HR at Organic Krush

Erin Mohr

Sr. Director Business Applications at STA

Jayne Sallerson

COO at Charter Senior Living

Jeremy Edmonds

Director of People at Snooze Eatery

Jodi Davidson

VP Global D&I at Sodexo

Martin Riggs

VP of HR at Tasty Restaurant Group

Rachael Kelly

Former Chief People & Culture Officer at Smokey Bones & board member for CORE
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Sue Peterson

EVP Inclusion, Diversity and People at Noodles & Co.

Event Schedule

Tuesday - 10/25

Team Welcome
Elements Bar
Enjoy drinks and apps while we welcome you and all your peers!
Elements Bar
Starting the event off with a brief onboarding session from our very own CEO, Shawn Boyer.
Dinner Shift
Links Landing
Time to break bread and enjoy each other's company. Location to come.
Night Shift
Links Landing
Unwind from a long day of travel and get to know one another better over a cold beverage.

Wednesday - 10/26

Group Fun Exercise
Shake the dust off and join the goHappy team for a fun group exercise to get the day started right! No experience necessary, just a pair of sneakers, some workout gear, and a smile!
Main Ballroom
Time to refuel and get that energy up for the day. You're going to need it!
1st Shift
Main Ballroom
WELCOME SESSION: Shawn Boyer joins us again to share trends we are seeing with frontline workers, and actionable insight you can take back to your organization.
2nd Shift
Main Ballroom
CULTURE PANEL: Please welcome Martin Riggs from Tasty Restaurant Group, Dave McKlveen from Organic Krush, and Jayne Sallerson from Charter Senior Living, as they share their experiences and advice in maintaining culture during high growth.
15 Min Break
Quick break to fill those water bottles, coffee cups, and grab a quick snack. Stay fueled!
3rd Shift
Main Ballroom
SPEED PRESENTATIONS: Join us for some rapid fire insight! Each presenter will give a quick but insightful 15-20min presentation. Fast and powerful! Hear from Erin Mohr at STA, Jeremy Edmonds at Snooze, and Amy Parman at Tazikis.
Time to refuel and gear up for the afternoon!
4th Shift
Main Ballroom
DEI PANEL: Hear from some of the most experienced DEI professionals in the world! These experts will share best practices and advice on how you can best tackle your DEI initiatives. Check out these rockstars: Crysta Dungee from Coca-Cola, Jodi Davidson from Sodexo, Rachael Kelly from Platinum Dermatology Partners & Sue Peterson from Noodles & Co.
5th Shift
Main Ballroom
KEYNOTE: Chester Elton joins us to share real solutions for leaders looking to manage change, drive innovation, and lead a multi-generational workforce.
15 Min Break
Grab some more water, a quick snack, text your loved ones a cute selfie saying how much fun you're having, and let's crush this afternoon!
Team Huddle
GROUP DISCUSSION: We just heard some incredible information from Chester Elton! Let's talk about it as a group. What did you take away? What was your favorite part? What are you going to do differently at your organization? Don't be shy!
6th Shift
Main Ballroom
KEYNOTE: Please join us for our second keynote of the day where we will hear from the CEO of Hand & Stone, John Teza! John will share some of his incredible knowledge from his vast experience in working with frontline teams.
Cocktail Hour
Moody's Tavern
WOW. WHAT. A. DAY! Join us for a few delicious cocktails and appetizers while we all discuss the great things we learned and get to know all these amazing people at The Summit!
Dinner Shift
Links Landing
DINNER: It's been a GREAT day and now it's time to come together and celebrate over delicious food and drinks.
Night Shift
Links Landing
PARTY TIME: Let's keep the celebration going - it's time to party! Grab your dancing shoes, don't forget to stretch (we aren't that young anymore), and come ready to have an incredible evening of fun!

Thursday - 10/27

Group Yoga
Start the day off right with a waterfront group yoga class, led by goHappy's very own certified yoga instructor! Focus on the present moment, lean into that downward dog, and be ready to start the day with a clear mind and able body! Namaste.
Refuel and get ready for another incredible day!
1st Shift
Main Ballroom
KEYNOTE: Join us for a truly special guest - former VP of Incredible People at Texas Roadhouse - Mark Simpson. Mark will talk about the CRITICAL importance of a worker's first 90 days. What he's seen work....and more importantly...what hasn't worked. Leave this session with actionable ideas you can implement with your teams.
2nd Shift
Main Ballroom
TEAM HUDDLE: Mark just rocked our world! Let's get together and have a group discussion on what we heard, what we learned, and what we are going to change!
15 Min Break
More. Coffee. Is always the answer. Grab a snack, get some water (hydration is KEY), send your loved ones another selfie saying you're having a blast, but miss them terribly! Now let's get back after it!
3rd Shift
BEST PRACTICES: Shawn Boyer is BACK! In this session hear best practices when using goHappy, and how some of our power users are leveraging the product. Shawn will also share some of the amazing new features we are building and what awesomeness you can expect from goHappy in the near future!
Closing Shift
We've had an incredible time and we are sad to see you go. But we've loved every minute and can't wait to see you next year! Now text your loved ones and tell them you are coming home. They've missed you. Travel safely!

The Location

Join us in beautiful Williamsburg Virginia

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Ready to join us?

Mark your calendars for Oct 25th-27th and Get ready to elevate your frontline. Registration is limited and invite-only. We can't wait to see you! 


Kingsmill Resort

1010 Kingsmill Rd,
Williamsburg, VA 23185