Advisory Council

Our trusted advisers who help shape the FSTEC known today

Karen Bird

Vice President, Information Technology
Buffalo Wild Wings

Ron Blum, M.S.

Associate Professor
Johnson & Wales University - School of Hospitality

Jack Clare

SVP, Chief Information & Strategy Officer
Dunkin Brands International

Baron Concors

Global Chief Digital Officer
Pizza Hut, YUM! Brands

Jeff Dinard

On The Border

John Doyle

VP, Retail Systems and Support
Sonic Corp.

Mehmet Erdem, Ph.D., CHTP

Associate Professor of Hotel Ops. & Technology
Hotel College of University of Nevada Las Vegas

Louis Grande

SVP, Information Technology
Red Lobster Seafood Company

Rohit Kapoor

Vice President of Information Technology
Pizza Hut, YUM! Brands

Frank Liberio

Senior Vice President, Global CIO
McDonald’s Corp.

Tom Litchford

Vice President, Retail Technologies
National Retail Federation

Toby Malbec

Managing Director
ConStrata Technology Consulting

David Matthews

General Counsel
National Restaurant Association

John Metz Jr.

President, Co-Founder & Executive Chef
Sterling Hospitality

Darla Morse

Arby's Restaurant Group

Peter Nyheim, Ph.D.

Senior Instructor in Hospitality Management, School of Hospitality
Pennsylvania State University

Zerrick Pearson

VP of Information Technology
Five Guys Enterprises LLC

Peter Romeo

Winsight Media

Karen Sammon

President & CEO

Steve Schell

Vice President, Retail Technology & Enterprise Collaboration
Starbucks Coffee Co.

Brian Smith

Vice President, Operational Systems

Joe Tenczar

Executive Vice President
Sonny’s BBQ

Darren Tristano

Chief Insights Officer
Winsight, LLC

Rick Van Warner

The Parquet Group

Michael Verdesca

Vice President & CIO
Focus Brands

Rob Watkins

Chief Information Officer
Compass Group North America

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