Welcome to the Supply Chain Expert Exchange Conferece

Welcome to the National Restaurant Association's Supply Chain Expert Exchange – the ultimate hub for restaurant and hospitality supply chain professionals. Our community hosts two face-to-face conferences annually, with one taking place in Spring and the other in Fall. Consider our events as anchors for our year-round community to unite.

The Spring Conference, carefully designed by professionals in foodservice supply chain, features valuable educational sessions and a dynamic space for networking. Our commitment is to deliver practical and actionable content that adds real value. Join us in shaping the future of supply chain excellence in the foodservice industry!

Who Attends

The conference is only open to restaurant operators and those who work in supply chain management for restaurant or hospitality companies. Join us and forge valuable connections with professionals from diverse chains, including:

ARCOP, Inc (Arby's Supply Chain Co-op)     Brinker International     Centralized Supply Chain Services, LLC     Chick-fil-A     FAT Brands Inc.

Five Guys Enterprises LLC     Hissho Sushi     Insomnia Cookie      International Dairy Queen     Jersey Mike's Subs 

    NDCP (Dunkin' Supply Chain Coop)     Noodles & Company     Nothing Bundt Cakes     Out of the Box Brands     Panda Restaurant Group

Texas Roadhouse     Tropical Smoothie Café     Whataburger

Year-round Network

More than an event, the Supply Chain Expert Exchange Conference is an opportunity to join a year-round network of experienced supply chain professionals. Join a community of professionals who understand your industry, ready to collaborate and share insights. Attending the Spring Conference isn't just a one-time event; it means joining a year-round network you can tap into whenever challenges arise.

Governing Board

Meet our dynamic governing board, the architects behind the event agenda.

Kristi Kingery (Chair)
Senior Vice President, Supply Chain
Tropical Smoothie Cafe


Dessi Zaneva (Vice Chair)
Vice President, Strategic Sourcing
Jersey Mike’s Franchise Systems, Inc.


Joelle Johnson (Secretary)
Senior Director & General Manager, Supply Chain
Restaurant Supply Chain Solutions, LLC


Chris McNutt (Treasurer)
Senior Vice President, Supply Chain
GoTo Foods


Stephen Hawrylik
Vice President, Commodities Management
Inspire Brands


Les Karel
Executive Vice President, Equipment Solutions
National DCP, LLC (Dunkin’ Supply Chain Cooperative)


Kyle Lindelof
Vice President, Food & Beverage Procurement
Brinker International


Anissa Mandell Chance
ARCOP, Inc. (Arby's Supply Chain Cooperative)


Kirsten Michulka
President and CEO
Independent Purchasing Cooperative


Carl Mount
Chief Supply Chain Officer
Zaxby’s Franchising LLC


Joel Neikirk
Chief Executive Officer
Restaurant Services, Inc


Roland Ornelas
Chief Supply Chain Officer
Panda Restaurant Group


Krista Pohlman
Vice President, Operational Excellence
Wendy’s Quality Supply Chain Co-op, Inc.


Steven Rodgers
Vice President, Product Supply & Distribution
Restaurant Supply Chain Solutions, LLC


Randy Scruggs
Vice President of Procurement
Bloomin’ Brands, Inc.


Advisory Council

John Barone
Market Vision, Inc.


Ron Cegnar
CEO Partners


Jeff Dorr
Division President - SaaS
Buyers Edge


Brock Furlong
President & CEO
Stampede Meat


Greg Keller
Senior Vice President, National Accounts Sysco, SYGMA, and Guest Worldwide
Sysco Corporation


James Kennedy
JHK Advisory LLC


Joyce Mazero
Polsinelli PC


Heidi York
Director of Foodservice Sales


Dhamu Thamodaran


Officer Emeriti

David Cox
Cox Supply Chain Management Advisors


Charlie Lousignont
Supply Chain Executive/Industry Consultant
Charles Lousignont LLC


Matthew Riddleberger
Riddleberger Advisory




Stay in the know

Operator? Join the mailing list to be updated on all things Supply Chain Expert Exchange Spring Conference.

Supplier or consultant? Contact partnerships@restaurant.org for more information about the event.