Hone your skills and make new connections


The SDA ONE DAY experience offers a wide range of learning opportunities as well as a chance to network with committed professionals in your local area. The event provides an unmatched opportunity to pick up essential skills and remind yourself why you’re passionate about senior dining.

Leading experts in the senior dining space will be on hand to present recent trends and best practices, while SDA chats give you the opportunity to ask questions and share your experience. 

Event Information & Locations

Acts Retirement-Life Communities

October 24, 2019 at Edgewater at Boca Pointe, Boca Raton, FL  

November 6, 2019 at Plantation Estates, Matthews, NC, 28105  

Program Agenda

SDA ONE DAY Experience


8:30 – 10:00: Breakfast & Opening General Session 

Cost Control: Understanding the ins & outs of dining costs and how to manage cost more effectively.

SDA founder Harris Ader will talk about the state of the association and industry followed by a presentation on enhancing your current dining program by creating more choice without increasing cost. Understand how to manage costs more effectively with an emphasis on recognizing reasons for having high food, labor & direct cost in your community.

10:00 – 10:20: Networking Break & Vendor Showcase

10:20 – 11:40: SDA Chats – Roundtable Collaborative Learning 

Choice of topics include: 

  • Maximizing your dining committee

Your resident dining committee should be a valuable resource for your dining operation. Learn how to keep your dining committee productive and helpful.

  • The importance of marketing your dining program

Your dining operation should be your community’s biggest selling point—as long as people know about it. Learn how you can most effectively get the word out & increase your bottom line.

  • Best practices for recruiting and retention

Learn how successful dining operations use consistency and out-of-the-box thinking to attract and keep exceptional employees.

  • Consistency in operations

When it comes to business operations and our work environment, everyone wants to know what they can expect. Learn how you can keep your employees and management happy and engaged by maintaining consistency in new program rollout, scheduling, training, recognition and other areas.

  • Participants Choice (Potluck)

We want to know what keeps you up at night. Attendees will  have a chance to submit a topic for the discussion group and attendees will get to vote on the subject for discussion.

  • Training & onboarding for long term success

What is the best way to develop new hires, including cooks, managers and wait staff? Learn what works and what doesn’t. 

11:40 - 12:00: Networking Break and Vendor Showcase

12:00 – 1:15: Interactive Lunch & Food Demo 

Culinary Demonstration with Executive Chef Steven McCracken(Florida) 

ACF bronze medal winner Chef Steven McCracken with Edgewater at Boca Pointe  Acts Retirement-life Communities will demonstrate tasty delights that are a huge hit for the residents they serve.

1:15 – 2:15:  Improving Guests’ Dining Experience with Consistency 

Operational inconsistencies can negatively affect your guest experience. Learn ways to identify inconsistencies in your dining operation, identify barriers to consistency and develop sustainable systems to maintain daily consistency.  Presented By: Harris Ader, Founder of the SDA  

2:15 – 3:15: SDA Chats – Roundtable Collaborative Learning - Continued

                        Topics include: See above

3:15 – 3:30: Networking Break & Vendor Showcase

3:30 – 4:30: SDA Chat Recap and Q&A 

Moderators from each of the SDA Chat sessions will highlight discussions from their group. Attendees will have a chance to ask questions to the panel & audience.

4:30 - 5:30: Post Event Networking Reception 

Continue your conversations and sample some delicious bites from the chefs at Acts Retirement-Life Communities.

Schedule Subject to change 



Harris Ader

Harris Ader, Founder of SDA

Harris’ areas of expertise include conceptual development, financial and business acumen, organizational effectiveness, project management, talent development and strategic vision & planning. Harris graduated from Johnson & Wales University.  

Event Information

Event Dates & Times

Boca Raton, Florida - October 24, 2019

Matthews, North Carolina - November 6, 2019

Event Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.      



ACTS Retirement-Life Communities


              North Carolina

Meals Provided

Lunch, Snacks, Beverages & Networking Reception 

Accommodations for attendees with special diets will be available


Business Casual


Early Registration 

Before 9/20/2019               After         

SDA Members: $79            $99

LeadingAge NC: $79          $99

NCALA Members: $79       $99

Non-Members: $99            $119

The event is limited to 100 registrations due to the group participation of the event. 

Network and learn with senior dining professionals in your local area.

Network and learn with senior dining professionals in your local area. 

Do you want to get involved?

Limited Sponsorship Opportunities  Available