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Advisory Council

Meet our trusted advisers who help shape the RLC known today.

Susan
Adzick

Senior Vice President, Sales & Strategic Relationships
McLane Foodservice, Inc.

John
Allegretto

President & CEO
The Rock Wood Fired Kitchen – Pizza, Burgers and Spirits

Doug
Allison

VP of Industry Relations
PepsiCo Foodservice

Jeff
Baker

Group Vice President - Foodservice
Hormel Foods Corp.

Daniel
Beem

President, International
Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation

Peter
Boylan

President
Ballard Brands, LLC

Steve
Bradley

Corporate VP of Sales
Wilbur Curtis

Nick
Cole

EVP, Group Head: Restaurant Finance, Gaming, Hotel Franchise
Wells Fargo & Co.

Chris
Cramer

CEO & Co-Founder
Karl Strauss Brewing Company

Craig
Culver

Chairman and Co-Founder
Culver's

Steve
DeSutter

CEO
FOCUS Brands

Gerry
Fernandez

President & Founder
Multicultural Foodservice and Hospitality Alliance

Don
Fox

CEO
Firehouse Subs

Philip
Friedman

CEO
Salsarita’s Fresh Mexican Grill

Anand
Gala

Managing Partner
Gala Capital Partners

Eric
Greenwald

President & COO
Grimaldi’s Pizzeria

Steve
Hammel

Dining Services Program Director
U.S. Navy, Southwest Region

Glen
Helton

CEO
Kuwait Food Company (Americana)

Steve
Hester

Senior Director, Corporate Procurement
Chick-fil-A, Inc.

Hattie
Hill

President & CEO
Women's Foodservice Forum

Paul
Hinemen

CFO
First Watch Restaurants, Inc.

Paul
Hitzelberger

President & CEO
Utah Del Taco

Steve
Huse

CEO
Huse Inc.

Chuck
Knudsen

VP Sales, National Accounts
Georgia-Pacific Professional

Paul
Mangiamele

Chairman & CEO
Legendary Restaurant Brands

Mike
Manzo

COO
Jersey Mike's Franchise

David
McCullough

Managing Partner
Freepour Beverage Management

Jeff
Moosa

President
Circle M Brands, LLC.

Navin
Nagrani

Executive VP & Principal
Hilco Global

Chris
Newcomb

Co-Founder and CEO
Newk’s Eatery

Gerrine
Pan

Founder
Relevant Mobile

Michael
Phalen

Managing Director and Head of Retail Investment Banking
Wells Fargo Securities

Steve
Romaniello

Managing Director
Roark Capital

Doug
Sutton

President
Steritech

Ware
Sykes

VP, Restaurant Strategy
Yelp

Ward
Usmar

President
PAVILION

Terry
Varner

Vice President
Herman/Stewart Construction and Development, Inc.

Don
Zimmerman

General Manager, Global Hospitality Group
NCR Corporation

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