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Supply Chain Management

Advance registration for the Supply Chain Management Executive Study Group conference is now closed. You will still be able to register on-site at the Hyatt Regency Orlando at the same price point.


Our biannnual meetings bring you face-to-face with experienced colleagues and cutting edge ideas. Every contact and topic is focused on the responsibilities you handle.

Meetings address issues such as commodity buying strategies, food safety and cost management — exclusively as they apply to the restaurant industry.

2017 Spring Presentations: Click here to access the presentations

2016 Fall Presentations: Click here to access the presentations

2016 Spring Presentations: Click here to access the presentations

Note: You will need a username & password to access the presentations. To receive a username & password, please email meetings@restaurant.org. Presentations are only open to past Supply Chain Management conference attendees.


SupplyChainScene is a collaboration between the NRA's Supply Chain Management Executive Study Group and Texas Christian University's Center for Supply Chain Innovation (CSCI).

The website is a "one stop shop" for supply chain managers and students who want to understand trends, opportunities, and best practices in restaurant supply chain management.


Tuesday, October 17

3 p.m. On-Site Registration Open
  Location: Regency Ballroom O-P Foyer
6:30 p.m. Opening Reception & Grazing Dinner
  Location: Upper Pool Deck

Wednesday, October 18

Meals will take place in Regency Ballroom Q. General Session will take place in Regency Ballroom O-P.

7 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. Breakfast
8:15 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Welcome & Introductions
  Steve Pattison, CFO, Restaurant Services Inc.
8:30 a.m. - 9:20 a.m. Food Marketing Technology - What's Legal, Meaningful, Trendy or just Fluff
Joyce Mazero, Partner, Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP
Chris Phylactou, Senior Director, Global Licensing, Strategy Sourcing & Brand Protection, TGI Fridays
Cicely Simpson, Executive Vice President, Public Affairs, National Restaurant Association
9:20 a.m. - 10:05 a.m. Supply Chain Analytics
Armand Tesserot, Senior Director, Business Analytics, Restaurant Services, Inc.
Ken Shearer, SVP, Sales & Business Development, HAVI
Ron Cegnar, Partner, CEO Partners Inc.
10:05 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Networking Break
10:45 a.m. - Noon Final Mile Distribution
  Speaker: Terry Walsh, President, Southwest Traders
Noon - 1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. - 2:05 p.m. Best Practices in Collaborative Business Planning
Jeff Schroeder, Managing Partner, Kinetic12
Tim Hand, Partner, Kinetic12
Beth Gambrell, Sr. Purchasing Manager, Independent Purchasing Cooperative
Steven Rodgers, Vice President, Business Development - Analytics, Supply Chain, Promotions, HAVI
Cullen Andrews, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Dot Foods
Jeff Pierce, Sr. Director, Business Development, Kagome Inc.
2:05 p.m. - 2:55 p.m. Supply Chain Evolution and Revolution
David Parsley, President, David R. Parsley & Associates
Jerry Baldwin, C.P.M., CPO, Much Obliged! Supply Chain Services
Rob Dugas, Chief Procurement Officer & Vice President, Chick-fil-A, Inc.
Michele Varian, Vice President, Supply Chain & Purchasing, Sonic Drive-In
2:55 p.m. - 3:40 p.m. Networking Break
3:40 p.m. - 4:25 p.m. Restaurants under Attack - Defending your Position in a Digital World
  Speaker: Warren Solochek, President, Foodservice Practice, The NPD Group, Inc.
4:30 p.m. Closing Remarks
6:30 p.m. Market Vision Reception

Fall Pricing





9801 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819


Company First Name Last Name Title
Andre Boudin Bakeries Anne Kimball Chief Supply Officer
ARCOP, Inc. - Arby's Supply Chain Coop. Les Karel SVP, Indirect Sourcing & Canada Supply Chain
ARCOP, Inc. - Arby's Supply Chain Coop. David Cox President
Armada Norm Dick SVP, Supply Chain Development
Armada Joe Dominijanni President and COO
Armada Loraine Yalch SVP, Client Solutions & Business Development
Armada Kate Scott VP, Client Solutions Group
ArrowStream, Inc. Mitch Rader CEO
Basic American Foods Randy Young National Account Manager
Brinker International Sheila Edwards Category Director
Brinker International Janet Erickson Senior Director, Supply Chain Operations
Brinker International Brad Herron Director, Non-Food Procurement
Brinker International Adam Hing Category Manager
Brinker International Joe Hinton Sr. Dir., Brand Prog. Mgmt, Distribution/Logistics
Brinker International Charlie Lousignont SVP, Supply Chain Management
Brinker International Brandon Ray Executive Assistant
Brinker International Jim Swanson Senior Category Manager
Buffalo Wild Wings Ryan Anderson Manager, Distribution and Logistics
Buffalo Wild Wings Miah Boerner International Supply Chain Manager
Buffalo Wild Wings Katie Horn Senior Supply Chain Analyst
Buffalo Wild Wings Mike Ibis Purchasing Manager
Buffalo Wild Wings Erin Kvittem Sr. Supply Chain Professional
Buffalo Wings & Rings LLC Tera Keller-Garmon Purchasing & Logistics Manager
Burger King/RSI Restaurant Services Steve Pattison CFO
Café Rio Jeanne Mangum Director of Purchasing
Cafe Rio Jennifer VanAllen Purchasing Manager
Cargill, Inc. Scott Dattalo Group Vice President
Carla's Pasta Georgia Robbie Director National Accounts West
CEO Partners Inc Ron Cegnar President
Checkers / Rally's Restaurants, Inc. Kevin Douglas Supply Chain Manager
Checkers / Rally's Restaurants, Inc. Patti DuMars Sr. Director, Procurement & Distribution
Checkers Drive-In Restaurants Sammy Goldstein Sr. Supply Chain Manager
Chick-fil-A, Inc. Rob Dugas Chief Procurement Office, Vice President
Chick-fil-A, Inc. Beth Medford Director, Supplier Quality & Safety, Supply Chain
CKE Restuarants Ryan Cox Agent
CraftWorks Restaurants and Breweries, Inc. Scott Adams VP, Strategic Supply & Initiatives
CraftWorks Restaurants and Breweries, Inc. Mike McMahon Distribution Manager
David R. Parsley & Associates, LLC David Parsley President
DMA (Distribution Market Advantage) Brendan Clarke COO
DMA (Distribution Market Advantage) Ralph Smith SVP, Business Development
Dow AgroSciences Dave Booher Group Leader - Oils
DPI Dedicated Logistics Richard DiStasio President
DPI Dedicated Logistics Ben Escobar VP of Operations
Essity Professional Hygiene Kristen Duperre Key Account Manager
F.W. Bryce Inc. Joseph Lis Director of Sales, National Accounts
FIC Restaurants, Inc. Pamela Bak Procurement Manager
FIC Restaurants, Inc. Kellie Barnes Purchasing Generalist
Firehouse Subs Matthew Riddleberger VP, Supply Chain Services
Five Guys Brent Wight Purchasing Manager
Five Guys Chris Eichfeld Manager Distribution and Logistic Services
Friendly's/FIC Restaurants, Inc. Kyle Hauser Director of Purchasing
Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP Len MacPhee Partner
Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP Joyce Mazero Partner
Genpak, LLC Robb Sherrod National Account Manager - Southeast
Georgia-Pacific Professional Jamie Ralston Manager National Accounts
Green Chef Christopher Webb Director of Purchasing
Hard Rock International Barbara Kaiwi Sr Director, Procurement & Global Supply Chain
HAVI Sherry Davenport Director, Marketing & Communications
HAVI Steve Rodgers VP, Business Development
HAVI Ken Shearer SVP, Sales and Business Development
Hiller & Associates George Hiller CEO
Hooters of America, Inc. Kevin Vandiver VP, Supply Chain
Hooters of America, Inc. Joel Pounds Director Logistics & Distribution Operations
Hooters of America, Inc. Jay Ross Director of Strategic Sourcing
Houlihan's Restaurant, Inc. Murray Meikenhous VP, Purchasing
Houlihan's Restaurant, Inc. Karenina Walls Purchasing and Distributon Manager
Huhtamaki, Inc. Paul Huckins Vice President, Foodservice
Johnson & Wales University Evan Nash Director of Purchasing
Ken's Foods, Inc. Nick Spanos Vice President National Accouts
Ken's Foods, Inc. Jeff Wagers Director, National Accounts
KINEXO, Inc. Greg Taylor Senior Director Customer Solutions
KINEXO, Inc. Sarah Hill Director, Strategic Accounts
KINEXO, Inc. Todd Williams President
LBP Manufacturing, LLC. Bob Pasquella Director of National Accounts
Little Caesars Enterprises, Inc. Tom Cono Dir., Commodity Risk, Replenishment, Analytics
McLane Foodservice Mark Luttrell VP, Customer and Supplier Development
Nando's Peri Peri Restaurant Dan Jablow Purchasing Manager
NDCP (Dunkin' Brands Supply Chain Coop) John Kugler Senior Category Manager
NDCP (Dunkin' Brands Supply Chain Coop) Stephen Hawrylik Senior Commodity Manager
NDCP (Dunkin' Brands Supply Chain Coop) Manny Patel Director, Strategic Sourcing
NDCP (Dunkin' Brands Supply Chain Coop) Regina Chin Vice President, Strategic Sourcing
NDCP (Dunkin' Brands Supply Chain Coop) Steven Clowney Strategic Sourcing Category Manager
NDCP (Dunkin' Brands Supply Chain Coop) Uriah Ellis Commodity Analyst
NDCP (Dunkin' Brands Supply Chain Coop) Dessi Zaneva Director, Strategic Sourcing
Nordstrom Restaurant Division Mason Citarello Manager, Purchasing & Product Development
Novolex Rick Brown Vice President - Foodservice
Novolex Mark Wilcox Vice President - Foodservice
P&G Professional Bruce Bykowski Regional Executive Director
P&G Professional James Kennedy Senior Exec Director
Pal's Sudden Service Deane Gionta SVP, Supply Chain Management
Panera Bread Glenn Douglas VP, Sourcing
Panera Bread Brian Walker Director, Distribution & Logistics
Papa John's International Valarie Giovenco Sr. Purchasing Manager
Pat and Gracie's Lynne Wildman President
Potbelly Sandwich Shop Bart McClean Director, Procurement
Procter & Gamble Professional Ola Idzikowska Sr. Exec., Foodservice Market Strat. & Planning
PROcure Advantage Wayne Goldman Strategic Sourcing Specialist
Real Mex Restaurants Mike McKinnon VP, Purchasing
Restaurant Services, Inc George Hoffman President & Chief Executive Officer
Restaurant Services, Inc. John Sutton Sr. Director, Purchasing & Supplier Diversity
Restaurant Supply Chain Solutions Garrett Bohuslav Program Manager II
RSCS Steven Amigh Program Manager II
Ruth's Hospitality Group Inc Kathy Smith VP, Purchasing and Supply Chain Management
Ruth's Hospitality Group, Inc. Jennifer Williams Purchasing Manager
S & D Coffee & Tea John Buckner Senior VP - National Account Sales
S & D Coffee & Tea Jim Edmonson VP, Food Service Division
S & D Coffee & Tea Jerry Murphy VP, Food Service Division
SCA Americas Dan Schibig Director Foodservice National Accounts
SCA Technologies Dan Gorsky Executive Vice President - Food Sector
Supply Management Services, Inc. (Popeye's) Michael Boyer SVP of Procurement & COO
SWS Re-Distribution Company, Inc. Camille Fournier C.E.O.
SWS Re-Distribution Company, Inc. Susan Sharpe Business Development Administraton
Ted's Montana Grill Jeff Darby Vice President
TGI Friday's Inc. Chip Bundick Managing Attorney
TGI Friday's Inc. Chris Phylactou Senior Director of International Sourcing
The Honey Baked Ham Company, LLC Susan Harrison Sr. Supply Chain Manager
The Multi Unit Group Spencer Peterson President
The SYGMA Network, Inc. John Lewis Senior Vice President Sales
The SYGMA Network, Inc. Jeff Jeppesen Vice President, National Accounts
The Sygma Network, Inc. Greg Keller President
Torchy's Tacos Edward Malloy Director of Purchasing
Tropical Smoothie Cafe Kristi Kingery VP Supply Chain
Turano Baking Company Giancarlo Turano II VP National Sales
Turano Baking Company John Wojcik Director of National Sales
Very Good Eats Douglas Pearce President
White Castle System, Inc. Timothy Murrin Director of Supply Chain
White Castle System, Inc. Michael Smith VP, Manufacturing & Supply Chain Management
Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill Corporate Gordon Klass Director of Purchasing
Zaxby's Franchising, Inc. Dennie Sandefer Sr. Director, Purchasing

*As of 9/12/17

United Discount

United Airlines offers discounts up to 10% off pubished fares based on booking class to Quality Assurance attendees. To save, book online at United.com/meetingtravel. Enter ZX4F230235 in the Offer Code box. Make sure you enter MCO as the airport. Discounts are available for travel booked between Oct. 14-21, 2017.


Questions about Sponsorship? Contact Stephanie Krasner at SKrasner@restaurant.org or (202) 973-5398.

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The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) has created the David R. Parsley Endowed Scholarship Fund for Supply Chain Management to encourage students to pursue higher education towards furthering their career in food service supply chain management. Read more about the scholarship.

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