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Supply Chain Management

Advance registration for the Supply Chain Management conference is now closed. You will still be able to register on-site 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.

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.

Spring Agenda

Registration will be in the Zurich Ballroom Foyer. All sessions will be held in the Zurich Ballroom. Roundtable Discussions and Meals will be held in Zurich Ballroom G, F and E.

Thursday, May 18

11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Registration Open
2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Welcome, Scholarship Update & Case Competition
Steve Pattison, Chief Financial Officer & Vice President, Business Analysis & Risk Management, Restaurant Services, Inc.
Sam Khoury, President, Next State Partners and Operating Partner, CIC Partners
Evan Nash, Director of Purchasing, Johnson & Wales University Charlotte
Mark Smith, Chief Procurement Officer, Centralized Supply Chain Services, LLC
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Rapid Fire Industry Updates

Moderator: Ron Cegnar, Partner, CEO Partners, Inc.
Danielle Beck, Director of Government Affairs, National Cattlemen's Beef Association
Tracy Brunner, Former President, National Cattlemen's Beef Association
Dr. Lily Edwards-Callaway, Animal Welfare Advisor,, Arrowsight, Inc.
Dave Donnan, Senior Partner, A.T. Kearney
Bob Sala, Founder and Former CEO, Distribution Market Advantage Inc.(DMA) and Senior Associate, CEO Partners, Inc.

3:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. Networking Break
  Check out the stations in the Zurich Ballroom Foyer to see SupplyChainScene, the NRA's Supply Chain Management Executive Study Group web-based best practices portal.
4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Roundtable Discussions
  CoOps vs. Corporate vs. GPOs - Moderated by: Charlie Lousignont, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain Management, Brinker International
Diverse Supply Chains - Moderated by: Lynne Wildman, Vice President, Supply Chain Management O'Charley's, Inc.
Indirect Sourcing - Moderated by: Les Karel, Senior Vice President, Indirect Sourcing & Canada Supply Chain, ARCOP, Inc.
6:15 p.m. - 7 p.m. VIP Reception
  *Platinum Sponsors and Special Guests Admitted
  Location: HUB 51, 51 W Hubbard, Chicago
7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Dinner
  Location: HUB 51, 51 W Hubbard, Chicago

Friday, May 19

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 9:20 a.m. Industry Regulatory Update
  Speaker: Cicely Simpson, EVP, Policy & Government Affairs, National Restaurant Association
9:20 a.m. - 10:10 a.m. Supply Chain of the Future

Speaker: Andrew Feinberg, US Restaurant & Food Service Consulting Leader, Deloitte

10:10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Networking Break
10:30 a.m. - 11:20 a.m. Global Economic Insights

Speaker: Michael Zerr, Economist, Cargill

11:20 a.m. - 12:10 p.m. Supply Chain Learnings from Outside the Industry

Moderator: Ira Blumenthal, President, CO-OPPORTUNITIES, INC.
Dave Donnan, Senior Partner, A.T. Kearney
Brian Kirkpatrick, Global Technical Director, P&G Professional
M. Dave Malenfant, Director, Center for Supply Chain Innovation, Texas Christian University

12:10 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. - 2 p.m. Embrace the Future: Winning LTO's & Foodservice at Home
  Speaker: Colleen McClellan, Director, Datassential
2 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Best Practices Discussion on Supply Planning & Executing of LTOs and Brand Programs

Jeff Dorr, Chief Customer Officer, ArrowStream
Scott Adams, Vice President, Strategic Supply & Initiatives, CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries, Inc.
Krista Pohlman, Sr. Director, Program Management, Wendy’s Quality Supply Chain Cooperative, Inc.
J. Mitchell Rader, CEO, Consolidated Distribution Corp (CDC)
Michael Snodgrass, Vice President of Sales, Griffith Foods, Inc.

2:45 p.m. - 3 p.m. Networking Break
3 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Third Party Delivery Services

Erik Thoresen, Principal, Industry, Technology & Canadian Insights, Technomic
Stan Chia, Chief Operating Officer, Grubhub
Colleen McClellan, Director, Datassential

3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Crisis Management: Managing Crisis and Activist Groups

Beth Medford, Supplier Quality & Safety, Chick-fil-A, Inc.
David Naranjo, Managing Partner, RockOrange
Michael Dunn, Director, Supply Chain and Brand Safety QC/QA, Five Guys Enterprises
Chirag Bhatt, National Restaurant Association's Quality Assurance Executives Study Group Chair; Owner, CHB Food Safety Consulting
M.J. Shult, Senior Director, Quality Assurance and Food Safety, Brinker International

4:30 p.m. Closing Remarks
  Speaker: Matthew Riddleberger, Vice President, Supply Chain Services, Firehouse of America, LLC


The meeting will be held at the Swissotel in Chicago. You will receive detailed housing reservation information in your confirmation email.




Who's Attending?

Name Company Title
Jay Gordon ARCOP, Inc. (Arby's Supply Chain Coop) Sr. Logistics Manager
Hannah Griffith ARCOP, Inc. (Arby's Supply Chain Coop) Category Manager, Bakery
Stacie Sanders ARCOP, Inc. (Arby's Supply Chain Coop) Category Manager
Kevin Fuss ARCOP, Inc. (Arby's Supply Chain Coop) Sr. Associate Category Manager
Sherri Inoa ARCOP, Inc. (Arby's Supply Chain Coop) Director, Indirect Sourcing
Casey Wright ARCOP, Inc. (Arby's Supply Chain Coop) Communications Manager
Les Karel ARCOP, Inc. (Arby's Supply Chain Coop) SVP, Indirect Sourcing & Canada Supply Chain
Sherri Inoa ARCOP, Inc. (Arby's Supply Chain Coop) Director, Indirect Sourcing
Matt Cosson ARCOP, Inc. (Arby's Supply Chain Coop) Vice President, Distribution and Logistics Management
David Cox ARCOP, Inc. (Arby's Supply Chain Coop) President
Rohil Shah ARCOP, Inc. (Arby's Supply Chain Coop) Sr. Category Manager
Sheila Edwards Brinker International Category Director
Brad Herron Brinker International Director, Non-Food Procurement
Summer Hewitt Brinker International Logistics & Re-Distribution Manager
Joe Hinton Brinker International Sr. Director, Brand Program Management, Distribution & Logistics
Brandon Ray Brinker International Executive Assistant
Kyle Lindelof Brinker International Senior Director, Food & Beverage Procurement
Janet Erickson Brinker International Senior Director, Supply Chain Operations
Charlie Lousignont Brinker International SVP, Supply Chain Management
Jim Ruede Brinker International Senior Category Manager
Jim Swanson Brinker International Senior Category Manager
Dean Bradley Buffalo Wild Wings Director, Protein Supply
Mike Ibis Buffalo Wild Wings Purchasing Manager
Adam Shrif Buffalo Wild Wings Manager, Procurement
Steve Pattison Burger King/RSI Restaurant Services CFO
Jeanne Mangum Cafe Rio Director of Purchasing
Jennifer VanAllen Cafe Rio Purchasing Manager
Dan Tarter Cajun Operating Company Sr. Manager - Purchasing
Mary Kang Cava Grill Supply Chain Specialist
Sarela Herrada Cava Grill Director of Food and Beverage
Trevor Roosien Cava Grill Buyer
Mary Hempfling Centralized Supply Chain Services, LLC Sr. Director, Procurement
Kevin Myres Centralized Supply Chain Services, LLC Director, Protein Procurement
Mike Leikam Centralized Supply Chain Services, LLC President & CEO
Mark Smith Centralized Supply Chain Services, LLC Chief Procurement Officer
Ron Cegnar CEO Partners Inc. President
Kevin Douglas Checkers & Rally's Restaurants Supply Chain Manager
Nick McDuffee Checker's & Rally's Restaurants Distribution & Logistics Manager
Patti DuMars Checker's & Rally's Restaurants Sr. Director, Supply Chain Management
Sammy Goldstein Checker's & Rally's Restaurants Sr. Supply Chain Manager
Mindi Daniels Chick-fil-A, Inc. Sr. Leader, Program Management
Mike Walpole Chick-fil-A, Inc. Director, International Supply Chain
Halie Watts Chick-fil-A, Inc. Supplier Quality and Safety
Austin Bernard Chick-fil-A, Inc. Supplier Quality and Safety
Jordan Lee Chick-fil-A, Inc. Program Manager
Sarah Blackmon Chick-fil-A, Inc. Manager, Supply Chain
Rob Dugas Chick-fil-A, Inc. Chief Procurement Officer/Vice President
Beth Medford Chick-fil-A, Inc. Director, Supplier Quality and Safety
Nick Roth Chick-fil-A, Inc. Supply Chain
Tim Campbell Consolidated Concepts Supply Chain Specialist
Wade Winters Consolidated Concepts Vice President, Supply Chain
Christopher Gaulke Cornell University Lecturer
Stan Frankenthaler CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries, Inc. Chief Officer, Food, Beverage & Supply
Scott Adams CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries, Inc. Vice President, Strategic Supply & Initiatives
Greg Schneider Culver Franchising System, Inc. Vice President, Supply Chain
Timon Zander Culver Franchising System, Inc. Sr. Distribution & Purchasing Manager
David Parsley David R. Parsley & Associates President
John Haugh Del Taco, Inc. Supply Chain Director
Ellen Sasada Del Taco, Inc. Vice President, Supply Chain & Quality Assurance
Jason Eiseman Domino's Pizza, Inc. Manager, Product Management
Pete Jensen Dunkin' Brands International Vice President, Supply Chain International
David Plancon EMPAD Director of Purchasing and R&D
Pablo Labella Firehouse of America, LLC Manager, International Supply Chain
Matthew Riddleberger Firehouse of America, LLC Vice President, Supply Chain Services
Pete Carantza Firehouse of America, LLC Director, Supply Chain Services
Shane Schaibly First Watch Restaurants VP, Culinary Strategy & Corporate Chef
Lilah Rippett First Watch Restaurants VP, Purchasng
Brent Wright Five Guys Purchasing Manager
Chris Eichfeld Five Guys Manager, Distribution and Logistic Services
Jamie Davis FOCUS Brands/Cinnabon Director, Supply Chain
Kathleen Schloth FRIDAYS Sr. Director F&B/Supply Chain Ops, Strategic Sourcing
Pam Bak Friendly's/FIC Restaurants, Inc. Procurement Manager
Justin Ritter Golden Corral Buyer
Chris Webb Green Chef Director of Purchasing
Katie Allen Hilton Manager, Strategic Sourcing F&B
Tyler Bures Hilton Buyer, Strategic Sourcing F&B
Will Dame Hilton Procurement Analyst, Strategic Sourcing F&B
Philip Fasano Hilton Manager, Strategic Sourcing F&B
Chris Jones IMC Margaritaville Director, Purchasing
Richard Buttner Independent Purchasing Cooperative Director of Quality & Supply Chain Risk
Kurt Halstrom International Dairy Queen Director Supply Chain Services
Scott Muyres International Dairy Queen Executive Vice President
Corey Schwitters International Dairy Queen Director, Purchasing
Sarah Stewart-Schultze International Dairy Queen Vice President, Purchasing
Dean Gordon Jack in the Box, Inc. Vice President, Supply Chain
Scott Thaxton Jack in the Box, Inc. Director, Procurement
ULonda Sainz Jack in the Box, Inc. Sr. Manager, Distribution Services & Contract Administration
Evan Nash Johnson & Wales University Director of Purchasing
Aaron Weedy Ledo Pizza System, Inc. CFO
Greg Swafford Logan's Roadhouse, Inc. Supply Chain
Randy Scruggs Logan's Roadhouse, Inc. Vice President, Supply Chain Management
John Barone Market Vision, Inc. President
Daniel Jablow Nando's Peri Peri Restaurant Purchasing Manager
Alan Wollenschlaeger Nando's Peri Peri Restaurant Commercial Director
Manish Patel NDCP (Dunkin' Brands Supply Chain Coop) Director, Strategic Sourcing
Regina Chin NDCP (Dunkin' Brands Supply Chain Coop) Vice President, Strategic Sourcing
Steven Clowney NDCP (Dunkin' Brands Supply Chain Coop) Strategic Sourcing Category Manager
Harrison Leger NDCP (Dunkin' Brands Supply Chain Coop) Strategic Sourcing Category Manager
Dessi Zaneva NDCP (Dunkin' Brands Supply Chain Coop) Director, Strategic Sourcing
Sam Khoury Next Stage Partners/ CIC Partners President/Operating Partner
Mason Citarello Nordstrom Restaurant Division Manager, Purchasing & Product Development
Lynne Wildman O'Charley's Vice President, Supply Chain Management
Deane Gionta Pal's Sudden Service SVP, Supply Chain Management
Pam Park Papa John's International Senior Manager, North America Supply Chain
Steve Miller PF Chang's China Bistro Chief Procurement Officer
Bart McClean Potbelly Sandwich Shop Director, Procurement
Jim Sourek Potbelly Sandwich Shop Procurement Manager
Jeffrey Bromwich Potbelly Sandwich Shop Sr. Director, Supply Chain
Joshua Sallee Potbelly Sandwich Shop Distribution Manager
Wayne Goldman PROcure Advantage Strategic Sourcing Specialist
Daniel Crimmins Purdue University Strategic Sourcing Manager
Katherine Holaday Purdue University Supply Management & Tech Assistant
Erik Dingledine Quality Supply Chain Coop Purchasing Manager - Bakery & Other Foods
Meredith Honaker Quality Supply Chain Coop Purchasing Analyst
Audrey Leach Quality Supply Chain Coop Sr. Manager Commodity Risk Management & Pricing
Steven Soler Quality Supply Chain Coop Purchasing Coordinator
Mike McKinnon Real Mex Restaurants Vice President, Purchasing
George Hoffman Restaurant Services, Inc. President & Chief Executive Officer
Joelle Johnson Restaurant Supply Chain Solutions, LLC Sr. Director of Concept Development
Louis Rose Rose Packing Company Director of Supply Chain
Kathy Smith Ruth's Chris Vice President, Purchasing/Supply Chain Management
Jennifer Williams Ruth's Chris Purchasing Manager
Jeffrey Amoscato Shake Shack Vice President, Supply Chain & Menu Innovation
Megan Scherer Shake Shack Supply Chain Coordinator
Hayley Schall Shake Shack Category Manager - Food
Lisa Kartzman Shake Shack Director, Purchasing
Gary Schwartz Shake Shack Director, International Supply Chain
Ja'nene Musselman Shari's Management Corporation Director of Purchasing
Tim Miller Smashburger Vice President, Supply Chain
Lisa Cole Strategic Supply Chain Consultants Sr. Manager Proteins
Miranda Pulliam Strategic Supply Chain Consultants President
Holly Santos Stategic Supply Chain Consultants Director of Operations
Rosalynn Warren Strategic Supply Chain Consultants Marketing Manager
Jerry Baldwin Sun Capital Partners Chief Procurement Officer, Restaurants Division
Garrett Mar The Cheesecake Factory Category Manager
Donette Beattie Topper's Pizza Inc. Vice President, Supply Chain
Edward Malloy Torchy's Tacos Director of Purchasing
Kristi Kingery Tropical Smoothie Cafe VP, Supply Chain
Cheryl Bauer University of Notre Dame Associate Director of Sourcing & Sustainability
Vanessa Hayslip White Castle Purchasing Manager
William Wilbanks Zaxby's Franchising, Inc. Purchasing Manager
Dennie Sandefer Zaxby's Franchising, Inc. Sr. Director, Purchasing

*As of 3/28/17


323 E Wacker Dr.
Chicago, IL 60601
(855) 516-1090


United Airlines offers up to 10% off published fares to Supply Chain Management attendees based on booking class. To save, book online at United.com/meetingtravel. Choose your flight time, enter "ORD" as the airport and access eligible discounts by inserting code, ZX4F230235 in the Offer Code box. Discount available for travel between May 12-26, 2017.


Thank you to our Platinum Sponsors!



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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