SCA Technologies to Sponsor The NRA’s Upcoming Supply Chain Executive Study Group in Orlando

We are thrilled to once again sponsor the NRA’s Supply Chain Executive Study Group.  At this event, our CTO, Vishy Visweswaran will get the opportunity to connect with our community – our customers, partners and colleagues to dive deeply into the issues that face the food service industry from distribution challenges to commodity strategies to assured supply and safety.  It is the perfect mixing bowl to stir innovation and blend best practices from experts in the field.  We listen, we share and always leave motivated to solve the pain points facing restaurant supply chain today!

This year’s agenda has something for everyone. We hope to see you there!


Tuesday, Oct. 23

4 p.m. Registration Opens
6:30 p.m. Opening Reception

Wednesday, Oct. 24

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Welcome & Opening Remarks
8:45 a.m. – 9:35 a.m. Government Affairs Affecting the Restaurant Industry
Clark Davis, Government Relations Manager, Brinker International
Travis Doster, Senior Director, Public Relations, Texas Roadhouse

Government Relations leaders from both the operator and supplier side will discuss top policy and legislative issues that affect the restaurant industry at the federal and state levels. Topics include the impact of restaurants tariffs on pricing and product availability, as well as potential legislation regarding sustainable packaging, immigration policies and minimum wage.
9:35 a.m. – 10:25 a.m. Best Practices & Winning Models of Strategic Distribution Relationships
Moderator: Brian Walker, Director, Distribution & Logistics, Panera Bread
Panelists: TBA
10:25 a.m. – 10:55 a.m. Networking Break
10:55 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. GS1 and Blockchain Traceability Collaboration
Moderator: Mike Schwartz, Vice President, Member Value, International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA)
Angela Fernandez, Vice President, Retail Grocery and Foodservice, GS1 US
Jay Williams, Founder, CTO & Managing Partner, Williams Technology Group
Rick Buttner, Director, Quality & Supply Chain Risk, Independent Purchasing Cooperative (SUBWAY)
Matt Cosson, Senior Vice President, Distribution & Logistics, ARCOP (Arby’s Supply Chain Coop)
Jay Overstreet, Director, Supply Chain, Chick-fil-A, Inc. 
12:10 p.m. – 1 p.m. Lunch
1 p.m. – 1:50 p.m. Benefits of Working with Non-Governmental Organizations
Moderator: Mark Smith, Chief Procurement Officer, Centralized Supply Chain Services, LLC
Bill Herzig, Vice President, Global Aquaculture Alliance
Other Panelists TBA
1:50 p.m. – 2:20 p.m. Breakout Sessions
You’ll have the opportunity to visit one of the three breakout sessions below.
1. Common Supply Chain Mistakes to Avoid
2. The Journey of Leadership
3. Skills you need to Succeed as a Category Manager
3:20 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Keynote Presentation: Shift Your Brillance: Leading Amidst Uncertainty
Speaker: Simon T. Bailey, Innovator, Educator & Writer
What you’ll learn:

  • Business change is moving at the light of speed. Learn to let go of what is comfortable and convenient in order to embrace the continually evolving economy.
  • Collaborative problem-solving will win over tradition. How you can shift and embrace new methodologies to survive, compete and thrive in a forward-thinking environment.
  • A mindset reset will reposition and revitalize your role. Ways to stay relevant and ensure your company stays competitive as technology continues to automate “traditional” business processes.