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.


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.

Fall Conference

Registration for the Supply Chain Expert Exchange Fall Conference is now open! Mark your calendars for October 8-9 in Orlando and be part of an event where valuable insights, thought-provoking discussions, and lasting connections pave the way for your future success.

With an agenda developed by your industry peers, this is the only conference created by and for restaurant supply chain professionals.

The conference is only open to restaurant operators and those who work in supply chain management for restaurant or hospitality companies.

Register today     

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.

2024 Sponsors 

Thank you to our sponsors for their support.

Silver Sponsors
Bronze Sponsors

2024 Governing Board

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, Restaurant 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 Supply Chain
Bloomin’ Brands, Inc.

Officer Emeriti

Charlie Lousignont
Supply Chain Executive/Industry Consultant
Charles Lousignont LLC

Matthew Riddleberger
Riddleberger Advisory

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

Supply Chain Expert Exchange Group

Janet Erickson  
SCEE Program Director
48 North Supply Chain Consulting, LLC

Brandon J. Ray
SCEE Coordinator
Brinker International

Alicia Hicks
Supply Chain Scene & Marketing Consultant
Hicks Marketing