General Session Speaker

Terry Erdle

Chief Operating Officer
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National Restaurant Association

As chief operating officer, Terry Erdle helps the Association set the table for new ways to grow.

Erdle has more than 25 years of leadership experience in cyber security, online learning and trade associations. He most recently was executive vice president of business development for Knowledge Factor, where he substantially grew revenue by building innovative go-to-market strategies.

Previously, Erdle led the certification and learning division of CompTIA, the largest global IT certification body. He was chairman of the Cybersecurity Credentialing Collaborative, where he led initiatives to advocate for vendor-neutral credentials in information security, privacy and related IT disciplines.

Erdle has held senior executive positions at Sun Microsystems, IHS Group and Mattel Toys. In each of those roles, he established a track record for advancing service and training solutions, while developing and growing sustainable revenue streams.



The longtime marketer was cited for the innovation and boldness he has fostered at Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut

More than 2,000 restaurant industry executives will attend the 20th annual Restaurant Leadership Conference, April 15-18 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, in Phoenix, AZ.

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