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.


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.

2023 Sponsors 

Thank you to our sponsors for their support.

Gold Sponsors
Silver Sponsors

2023 Governing Board

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

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

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

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

Kyle Lindelof
Vice President, Food & Beverage Procurement
Brinker International

Charlie Lousignont
Senior Vice President & Chief Supply Chain Officer
Brinker International

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

Chris McNutt (Treasurer)
Vice President, Strategic Supply
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
Vice President, Operational Excellence
Wendy’s Quality Supply Chain Co-op, Inc.

Matthew Riddleberger (Chairman Emeritus)
Senior Vice President, Supply Chain Services
Firehouse Restaurant Group

Solandre (Sol) Rypin
Director, Supplier Quality and Safety
Chick-fil-A, Inc.

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

Dessi Zaneva
Vice President, Global Strategic Sourcing & Commodity Risk Management
Panera Bread

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