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Supply Chain Management

Thank you for your interest in the Supply Chain Management fall conference. Due to an overwhelming response to attend, the fall conference has officially SOLD OUT!
We hope you'll join us at the spring conference May 16-17, 2019 in Chicago.

Questions? Contact Lo Mittelbronn, Supply Chain Program Director

Conference Highlights  |  SupplyChainScene  |  Agenda  |  Travel  |  Sponsorship  |  Scholarship


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 deal with daily.

Conferences address issues such as distribution challenges, commodity buying strategies, evolution of supply chain departments, emergency preparedness, food safety and cost management, and more — exclusively as they apply to the restaurant industry.

2018 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.

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Announcing the new SupplyChainScene.org website!

  • Greater searchability 
  • Cleaner site
  • New features 

​The Supply Chain Scene is a collaboration between the National Restaurant Association Supply Chain Management Executive Study Group and TCU's Center for Supply Chain Innovation.

The website is designed for foodservice industry managers, students and career seekers to connect through a community that provides up-to-date information on industry happenings, best practices, events and opportunities. 


Tuesday, Oct. 23

4 p.m. Registration Opens
6:30 p.m. Opening Reception

Wednesday, Oct. 24

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. Welcome & Opening Remarks
  Charlie Lousignont, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain Management, Brinker International
8:45 a.m. - 9:35 a.m. Government Affairs Affecting the Restaurant Industry
  Moderator: Sarah Lockyer, Senior Vice President, Content, Winsight, LLC
Clark Davis, Government Relations Manager, Brinker International
Travis Doster, Senior Director, Public Relations, Texas Roadhouse
Jake Kuhns, Director, Federal Government Relations, Cargill
Mark Allen, President & CEO, IFDA

Government Relations leaders from both the operator and supplier side will discuss top policy and legislative issues that affect the restaurant industry at the federal and state levels. Topics include the impact of restaurants tariffs on pricing and product availability, as well as potential legislation regarding sustainable packaging, immigration policies and minimum wage. 
9:35 a.m. - 10:25 a.m. Best Practices & Winning Models of Strategic Distribution Relationships
  Moderator: Brian Walker, Director, Distribution & Logistics, Panera Bread
Brendan Clarke, Chief Operating Officer, Distribution Market Advantage

Scott Muyres, Executive Vice President, International Dairy Queen
10:25 a.m. - 10:55 a.m. Networking Break
10:55 a.m. - 12:10 p.m. GS1 and Blockchain Traceability Collaboration
  Moderator: Mike Schwartz, Vice President, Member Value, International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA)
Angela Fernandez, Vice President, Retail Grocery and Foodservice, GS1 US
Jay Williams, Founder, CTO & Managing Partner, Williams Technology Group
Lucelena Angarita, Director, Supply Chain Traceability, Independent Purchasing Cooperative, Inc. (SUBWAY Franchisee)
Matt Cosson, Senior Vice President, Distribution & Logistics, ARCOP (Arby's Supply Chain Coop)
Jay Overstreet, Director, Supply Chain, Chick-fil-A, Inc. 
12:10 p.m. - 1 p.m. Lunch
1 p.m. - 1:50 p.m. Benefits of Working with Non-Governmental Organizations
  Moderator: Kay Johnson Smith, President & CEO, Animal Agriculture Alliance
Ashley Peterson, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, National Chicken Council
Dallas Hockman, Vice President, Industry Relations, National Pork Producers Council
1:50 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. Breakout Sessions
  You'll have the opportunity to visit one of the three breakout sessions below.
1. Getting Promoted by Learning from your Mistakes
Mistakes give us our greatest learning! Hear from four senior industry leaders as they share their career paths and lessons learned from mistakes they made as they progressed through their careers. They'll share insights into their mentors, mistakes, learnings and career decisions. Participate in an open discussion on career path advice from today's Supply Chain professional. 
Jeff Schroeder, Managing Partner, Kinetic12, LLC
Ron Cegnar, CEO Partners Inc.
David Parsley, President, David R. Parsley & Associates, LLC
George Hoffman, President & CEO, Restaurant Services, Inc.

2. How to Evolve from a Contributor to a Manager to a Leader
The skills that make us successful today may not make us great leaders! We all know individuals who were great contributors, specialists and technicians, but struggled in a leadership position. Hear from four proven leaders as they describe the changing skill sets needed to successfully move to positions of leadership.
Tim Hand, Partner, Kinetic12, LLC
David Cox, President, ARCOP, Inc. (Arby's Supply Chain Cooperative)
Rob Dugas, Chief Procurement Officer/Vice President, Chick-fil-A, Inc.
Carl Mount, Senior Vice President, Logistics and US Retail Supply Chain, Starbucks

3. What Makes a Great Category Leader?
Moving from good to great to awesome! Hear from industry veterans with unique perspectives as they share critical success criteria of great category managers. What are those skills that truly set us apart and make us outstanding at our jobs? Engage in a lively discussion with successful and seasoned supply chain executives.
Art Bell, Partner, Kinetic12, LLC
Charlie Lousignont, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain Management, Brinker International
Janet Erickson, Owner, 48 North Supply Chain Consulting, LLC
Todd Williams, President, KINEXO, Inc.
Brock Furlong, President, Stampede Meat, Inc.
3:20 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Keynote Presentation: Shift Your Brillance: Leading Amidst Uncertainty
  Speaker: Simon T. Bailey, Innovator, Educator & Writer
What you'll learn:
  • Business change is moving at the light of speed. Learn to let go of what is comfortable and convenient in order to embrace the continually evolving economy.
  • Collaborative problem-solving will win over tradition. How you can shift and embrace new methodologies to survive, compete and thrive in a forward-thinking environment.
  • A mindset reset will reposition and revitalize your role. Ways to stay relevant and ensure your company stays competitive as technology continues to automate "traditional" business processes.
4:30 p.m. - 4:40 p.m. Closing Remarks
  Matthew Riddleberger, Vice President, Supply Chain Services, Firehouse Subs

*The Market Vision Reception will follow the close of the conference.
*Agenda & speakers subject to change without notice.

Interested in what was covered at the spring conference? Check out the agenda here.


Hotel Accommodations


1700-1800 Epcot Resorts Blvd.
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

The room block is officially closed. You may book directly with Disney's Yacht Club or Beach Club based on resort and availability, or call the Disney Group Reservations Office at (407) 939-4686.

Airline Discounts

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

To save, book online at United.com/meetingtravel and enter ZZ3J730597 in the Offer Code box. Please ensure MCO is entered as the destination airport. Discounts are available for travel booked between Oct. 19-26, 2018. 

To save, book online here and enter Group Code NMRLY. Please ensure MCO is entered as the destination airport. Discounts are available for travel booked between Oct. 19-26, 2018. You may also call Delta Meeting reservations at (800) 328-1111, Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. CT. 


Platinum Sponsors



The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation 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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