About the Supply Chain Expert Exchange

The National Restaurant Association’s Supply Chain Expert Exchange is a community of restaurant and hospitality supply chain professionals who gather in-person and virtually for networking, relationship building, education and mutual exchange of information relative to supply chain best practices. Our educational programs are designed to promote our members’ supply chain knowledge, promote supply chain management as a professional pursuit within our industry, and promote the ethical conduct and practices of supply chain professionals across the foodservice industry.

For a full list of the 2021 Supply Chain Expert Exchange governing board and advisory council members, please click here.

Join us in October

Join us October 10-11, 2022, in Orlando, Florida for the National Restaurant Association Supply Chain Expert Exchange Fall Conference. Our agenda, built by supply chain professionals, is focused on the skills and knowledge needed to go from resilience to results. Learn from industry leaders, share your own experience, and grow your network so you’ll be ready to face the industry’s most pressing challenges.

We’re excited to once again be hosting the event prior to the Market Vision Fall conference giving the restaurant supply chain community the opportunity to network with and learn from leaders in the foodservice industry.  

Don’t miss the ONLY event created by people that run restaurant supply chains.

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We hold two conferences each year, one in Chicago immediately prior to the National Restaurant Association show and one in Orlando in October immediately prior to the Market Vision conference. Our conferences are developed by foodservice supply chain executives to provide attendees relevant educational sessions and an environment conducive for networking, relationship building and mutual exchange of information relative to supply chain.

Supply Chain Scene

Supplychainscene.org connects the foodservice supply chain community with the latest news and information on best practices, industry events and job opportunities. It is a service of the National Restaurant Association’s Supply Chain Expert Exchange (formerly SCM/ESG). 

Supply Chain Scene produces a monthly interview feature called Executive Spotlight in which a foodservice supply chain professional engages with questions about their career path, current job role, technology insights and advice for others in the industry.  Along with providing a website platform as a resource exclusively for foodservice supply chain, Supply Chain Scene distributes a compilation of information in a weekly via email that is released each Wednesday morning to thousands of subscribers. 


Contact meetings@restaurant.org for more information.

2022 Sponsors 

Thank you to our sponsors for their support.

Gold Sponsors

2022 Governing Board

Keith Anderkin
Chief Supply Chain Officer
Zaxby's Franchising LLC

Anissa Mandell-Chance (Vice Chairman)
Senior Vice President, Supply Chain
Focus Brands

David Cox
ARCOP, Inc. (Arby's Supply Chain Cooperative)

Joelle Johnson
Senior Director, Supply Chain
Restaurant Supply Chain Solutions, LLC

Les Karel
Executive Vice President, Equipment Solutions
National DCP, LLC

Sam Khoury
President & Operating Partner
Next Stage Partners

Kristi Kingery (Treasurer)
Senior Vice President, Supply Chain
Tropical Smoothie Café

Charlie Lousignont (Chairman Emeritus)
Senior Vice President & Chief Supply Chain Officer
Brinker International

Chris McNutt
Vice President Brand Programs
Centralized Supply Chain Services

Carl Mount
Senior Vice President, Logistics &
United States Retail Supply Chain

Starbucks Coffee Company

Joel Neikirk
Chief Executive Officer
Restaurant Services, Inc.

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

Matthew Riddleberger (Chairman)
Senior Vice President, Supply Chain Services
Firehouse of America, LLC

Solandre Rypin
Sr. Principal Team Leader, Supplier Quality and Safety
Chick-fil-A, Inc.

Rif W. Wiguna
Vice President, Supply Chain Management
Panda Restaurant Group, Inc.

Dessi Zaneva
Director, Strategic Sourcing
Panera Bread

2022 Advisory Council

John Barone
Market Vision, Inc.

Ron Cegnar
CEO Partners

Greg Keller
Senior Vice President, National Sales Sysco & President, SYGMA
The SYGMA Network and Sysco Corporation

James Kennedy
Senior Executive Director, Restaurant COE
P & G Professional

Joyce Mazero
Polsinelli PC

Jerry Murphy

Steven Rodgers
VP, Business Development - Analytics, Supply Chain, Promotions