Leveraging Your Suppliers to Cut Costs and Increase Profits

Restaurants obviously can’t run without proper services and equipment, but many brands unknowingly leave money on the table by not leveraging their relationships with suppliers and partners.

From tapping suppliers’ in-house chefs to help you with menu development to empowering your supplier to help you design your kitchen flow, this panel will show you how to squeeze as much out of your partnerships as possible.


Bob Andersen | CEO | Jimboy’s North America

Bob Anderson has developed a blueprint for restaurant growth success by combining leadership, team building, and a simple strategy with a focus on execution to create breakthrough results. He has served as CEO of Jimboy’s North America since 2015. His previous experience includes two years as president of MOOYAH Burgers & Fries and four years as managing director of franchise development for Boston Pizza International.

John Inwright | President | Quality Supply Chain Cooperative (Wendy’s)

John Inwright led the launch of QSCC in January 2010. He works closely with QSCC’s Board of Directors and Wendy’s senior leadership to ensure his team exceeds Member and Brand expectations. John’s range of executive experience – including supply, distribution, procurement, and operations – gives him powerful insight into every link of the supply chain and a keen understanding of how they interact. Prior to joining QSCC, John served in the supplier and manufacturing community as EVP for the Commercial Division of Nice-Pak/PDII. John also served as Chief Procurement Officer of U.S. Foodservice as well as SVP of Purchasing, Distribution, and Logistics for Unified Foodservice Purchasing Co-op.

Peter Riggs | President & CEO | Pita Pit

Peter J. Riggs has more than a decade of experience in the franchising business, both as a franchisee and a franchisor. While attending the University of Idaho for his undergraduate degree, he became familiar with Pita Pit when the second U.S. location opened in July 1999. Mr. Riggs then became a Pita Pit franchisee in 2003, was part of the team that took the reins of Pita Pit USA in the spring of 2005, and has since earned his MBA from the University of Idaho. He is active with the International Franchise Association through their Legislative Action Group and Franchise Action Network. Peter also participates locally on the Board of Directors for the Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce and the Coeur d’Alene Downtown Association.

Larry D. Kruguer | President of International | Wingstop

Larry D. Kruguer joined the company as President of International on June 11, 2015. Prior to joining Wingstop, Larry was at Wendy’s International, where he served as Vice President, International Joint Ventures and Key Markets from October 2014 to June 2015, Vice President, International Business Development and Finance from January 2010 to October 2014 and Vice President, International Marketing from October 2007 to January 2010. Prior to that, he was the President and Managing Partner of Prontowash USA, a global car wash services company, from January 2002 to October 2007. From October 1998 to August 2001, he served as Vice President, Marketing and Strategic Alliances for, a CBS Sports affiliate. Larry has also held management positions with Alamo-Autonation and American Express. He received an MBA in Business Management from University of Miami School of Business Administration in 1992.


Melissa McCormick | SVP, Global Sales, Service & Marketing | Taylor

Melissa McCormick has worked in the foodservice industry for over 30 years at the Taylor Company. Taylor Company is the manufacturer of frozen dessert, frozen beverage and cooking equipment. Her Taylor experience includes roles with international sales, marketing, and strategic account management of large and medium sized Quick Service Restaurants. As with most people in the foodservice industry, this is her passion. Working with customers who serve ice cream, margaritas & burgers….who wouldn’t be passionate? She has lived in Spain & Ecuador and loves to travel wherever she can. She’s dedicated to mission work, her family, and Taylor.

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