General Session Speaker

Carin Stutz

President & CEO
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Native Foods

Carin Stutz is the President and CEO of Native Foods, the original 100% plant-based fast casual eatery.  Stutz previously served as the EVP/COO of Red Robin overseeing operations across the US and Canada.  Prior experience includes the President of McAlister's Deli,  CEO and President of Cosi, and President of Global Business Development for Brinker International, leading all operations and franchise development for Chili's and Maggiano's restaurants around the globe.

Prior to joining Brinker, Stutz was EVP of Operations for Applebee's International, the Pacific Division Vice President for Wendy's International, served as Regional Operations Vice President for Sodexo, U.S.A., and was Vice President of Corporate Operations for NutriSystem, Inc. 

She serves on the board of directors for Checkers and Rally’s and Kura Sushi, as well as the board of trustees for Western Illinois University.  She is a member of the Fast Casual Industry Council, the treasurer for the Illinois Restaurant Association and a founding board member and treasurer of the GLEAM Network, a mentoring platform for the foodservice industry.

She is a Past Chair of the Women's Foodservice Forum; recognized in Chicago's top 100 Women to Watch and Women Making a Difference; Texas Women Worth Watching award; received the distinguished alumni award from WIU, and national judge for ProStart, NRA Education Foundation.  

Stutz holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Illinois University and an MBA from Mid America Nazarene University. 

Stutz and her husband Rodger have two adult sons, two wonderful daughters-in-law and four grandsons.  They enjoy music, theater, golf and travel.