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Supply Chain Management

Conference registration is open to restaurant operators and those who work for restaurant or hospitality companies. If you are a product or service provider, you are welcome to attend the conference as a sponsor.

Advance registration for the spring conference will close on April 20, 2018. After April 20, you will still be able to register on-site at the Swissotel at the same price point.

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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 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 designed to be a place where foodservice industry managers, students, and career seekers join a community that provides up-to-date information on industry happenings, best practices, events and opportunities.


Thursday Programming

11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Registration Open
2 p.m. - 2:10 p.m. Welcome
2:10 p.m. - 2:55 p.m. Distribution Challenges Part One
  Moderator: Bob Sala, Senior Consultant, CEO Partners Inc.
Greg Keller, President, The SYGMA Network, Sysco
Other panelists to be announced soon
  Part one of this panel will explore the implications of the driver shortage on inbound and last mile deliveries. You'll learn about the scope of the problem, industry solution initiatives and individual distributor solutions.
2:55 p.m. - 3:25 p.m. Networking Break
3:25 p.m. - 4:25 p.m. Distribution Challenges Part Two
  Moderator: Bob Sala, Senior Consultant, CEO Partners Inc.
Panelists: Brian Walker, Director, Distribution and Logistics, Panera Bread
Other panelists to be announced soon
  Part two of this panel will explore operator perspectives regarding short and long-term implications to distribution challenges.
4:25 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Day One Wrap-Up

Thursday Evening Event

Reception & Dinner
6:45 p.m. - 9:45 p.m.
Location: Chicago Yacht Club, Monroe Harbor, 400 E. Monroe St.

Mix & mingle with friends old & new while enjoying sweeping views of the Chicago skyline.

Friday Programming

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. Scholarship Awards
8:45 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Regulatory and Legislative Update
  Speaker: Cicely Simpson, EVP, Public Affairs, National Restaurant Association
9:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. IFMA Discussion
10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Networking Break
10:30 a.m. - 11:20 a.m. Emergency Preparedness Panel
11:20 a.m. - 12:05 p.m. Evolution of Supply Chain Departments
  Moderator: Ron Cegnar, Partner, CEO Partners, Inc.
Kristi Kingery Miller, PMP, Sr. Vice President, Supply Chain and QA, Tropical Smoothie Cafe
Roland Ornelas, Chief Commercial Officer, National DCP, LLC (Dunkin' Donuts)
Carl Napiwocki, Vice President, Global Supply Chain, Five Guys Enterprises
12:05 p.m. - 1:05 p.m. Lunch
1:05 p.m. - 1:55 p.m. TBA
1:55 p.m. - 2:25 p.m. Networking Break
2:25 p.m. - 3:25 p.m. Commodity Update
  Moderator: John Barone, President, Market Vision Inc.
Panelists: Eric Meyer, President, HighGround Dairy
Other panelists to be announced soon
3:25 p.m. - 4:25 p.m. Keynote Presentation
4:25 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Closing


National Restaurant Association Member* National Restaurant Association Non-Member
Early-Bird Rate: $199
After March 30, 2018: $349
Early-Bird Rate: $299
After March 30, 2018: $449
Registered operators within the restaurant/foodservice and retail segments are eligible for one (1) complimentary badge to the NRA Show. The NRA Show badge will be included in your Supply Chain Management conference registration packet.

*National Restaurant Association members are entitled to discount registration. Eligible members must complete registration with the email address listed in their member record. To verify your membership, contact membership@restaurant.org

Operator Cancellation PolicyCancellations received by 11:59 PM EST on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 will be fully refunded. Any cancellations between Feb. 24 and April 6, 2018 will be assessed a 50% administration fee. Cancellations after April 6, 2018 will not receive a refund. For more information, contact nrameetings@restaurant.org.

Hotel Accomodations


323 E. Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601
Room Rate: $265/night + tax  single/double
Deadline to Reserve your Room: May 1, 2018

One night's accommodations for the first 110 attendees to make reservations within the hotel block will be paid for by the Supply Chain Management Executive Study Group. Registration for the conference does not guarantee you a room reservation; you are still required to make a reservation via your conference registration confirmation email.
NOTE: While the Swissotel is available through the NRA Show room block, it does not encompass the nights needed during the conference. You must use the link in the registration confirmation email.

Airline Discounts

United and Delta offer discounts up to 10% off published fares based on booking class for Supply Chain Management conference attendees.

To save, book online at United.com/meetingtravel. Enter ZZ3J730597 in the Offer Code box. Make sure ORD is entered as the airport. Discounts are available for travel booked between May 13-25, 2018.

To save, book online here. The Group code is NMRLY. Make sure ORD or MDW is entered as your destination airport. Discounts are available for travel booked between May 13-21, 2018. You may also call Delta Meeting reservations at (800) 328-111, Monday - Friday from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. CT.


Registration is open to restaurant operators and those who work for restaurant or hospitality companies. If you are a product or service provider, you are welcome to attend the conference as a sponsor. For 2018 conference sponsorships, please contact Stephanie Krasner at skrasner@restaurant.org


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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