This is the first time we are speaking in 2021 and I am hoping you are all hanging in there. So much has happened since the last time we spoke but I am so excited you decided to join me today for season 2 of the Tech Chef. Those of you joining for the first time, please go ahead and hit the SUBSCRIBE button right now so you don’t miss a single episode. The Tech Chef Podcast has become the best and hottest new place to get all of your restaurant and hospitality technology information and has been doing so since early last year
Looking at this year’s production schedule, I have so many amazing guests lined up for you including some celebrity appearances. Once again, unless you hit the subscribe button, you have a chance of missing some pretty awesome subjects and great giveaways…. That’s right! Anybody listening to this show knows that I love to give things away!
So let’s start of season two with a heavy hitter, shall we?
Tom Bené, President and CEO of the National Restaurant Association
Tom Bené is President & CEO of the National Restaurant Association—the Washington, D.C.-based trade association representing the nation’s restaurant and foodservice industry—and CEO of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation.
Prior to assuming this role in June 2020, Tom served as Chairman, President & CEO of Sysco Corp., the world’s largest foodservice distributor, where he had previously served as COO, President of Foodservice Operations, and Chief Commercial Officer.
Prior to Sysco, Tom served as President of Pepsi-Cola Foodservice and held a variety of senior leadership roles over his 23-year career with the company, including President of PepsiCo North America and SVP of Sales & Franchise Development.
Tom earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Kansas and currently serves as a member of the University of Kansas’ Business School Advisory Board. He is Past Chair of the American Beverage Association and has served on the Executive Committee of the Women’s Foodservice Forum.
Today he is going to give us the status of the state of the industry and what we can expect in 2021, especially from an advocacy point of view. What Tom has to say affects all of us so this is a show you don’t want to skip through.