The focus on supply chain and foodservice operator challenges will continue on the second full day of programming for the 2021 FEDA Annual Conference.
The morning will kick off with a keynote address from Jeff Sinelli, founder, CEO and chief vibe officer of Sinelli Concepts International, the company behind restaurant concepts such as Which Wich? Superior Sandwiches, Genghis Grill, Paciugo Gelato & Café, Burguesa Brands and Supernova Coffee. Taken together, those brands represent more than 1,000 domestic and international locations. Sinelli will tap into his experience of creating new concepts during the keynote, which will focus on his operations leaderships, new initiatives at Which Wich? and his insight into how the foodservice equipment and supplies industry can provide more value and support to operators.
Attendees will have a chance to learn even more about Sinelli’s outlook for the industry during a Q&A segment following the keynote. FEDA Chairman Michael Keck, president of Concept Services, will moderate the keynote and share questions from the audience submitted through the conference platform.
While Sinelli will share the perspective of a global and fast-growing chain, the Thursday general session will give a voice to smaller restauranteurs. The Operator Spotlight session will focus on emerging foodservice models and will feature two Nashville restauranteurs: Claire Crowell, founder and CEO of Hatti Jane’s Creamery, and Kechelle Williams, founder and owner of Early Eats Food Truck. The moderator for the Operator Spotlight will be Jamie Arguello, president of Grady’s Foodservice Equipment, a dealer that specializes in designing and equipping food trucks.
The morning will end with a deep dive into the ongoing supply chain crisis by Dr. Andrea Sordi of the Global Supply Chain Institute, part of the University of Tennessee’s Haslam College of Business. Sordi will provide an overview of the ongoing supply chain challenges impacting industries across the globe, include foodservice equipment and supplies. Following his presentation, Sordi will moderate a special panel to recap the prior day’s supply chain discussion from the Partner Exchange Roundtables. That panel will include Gene Clark, CEO of Clark Associates, Kirby Mallon, president of Elmer Schultz Services and Tim Fitzgerald, CEO of Middleby Corp.