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Foodservice Distribution & Non-Commercial Forum

Join CRC’s Foodservice Team as we host our Foodservice Distribution & Non-Commercial Forum in Denver.

Our annual fall event brings together industry leaders to learn fresh insights and participate in high-level conversations about the future of foodservice. This year’s fall event will concentrate on the changing landscape and future trajectory of the foodservice distribution and non-commercial foodservice businesses.

At the Forum, we aim to create an atmosphere for robust dialogue centered on hot topics within the distribution and non-commercial foodservice industries including disruptive technologies, the challenges and opportunities from eCommerce, impact of GPOs in foodservice, and our outlook on freight/transportation costs to better equip attendees to face the challenges of tomorrow.

This event will have a special emphasis on two areas: 1) the contract management/GPO business and 2) foodservice distribution.

We are excited to announce that John Coker, SVP of Supply Chain Management at Compass Group USA will join us as a keynote speaker.

In addition, we will host a panel discussion with two executives from Creative Dining and Parkhurst Dining to round out our insights into non-commercial foodservice.

Hotel Accommodations

Westin Westminster
10600 Westminster Blvd, Westminster, CO 80020
(303) 410-5000

Reservations can be made by calling (303) 410-5000 or by clicking here.

Schedule of Events

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Steven Gojak

Foodservice Sector Lead & Partner, Cleveland Research Company

Steven is the Foodservice Sector Lead and Partner at Cleveland Research Company. His coverage includes the Foodservice industry specializing in generating proprietary research with a goal to identify trends and inflections that impact the financial performance and outlook across the food industry. Recently, Steven expanded Cleveland Research’s coverage to increase its impact on helping institutional investors and suppliers make more informed decisions. He is frequently invited to speak at numerous industry events and leadership conferences over the years both domestically and abroad.

Steven is a 2006 graduate of Miami University and currently lives in Concord Township, Ohio with his wife Jessica, and their two young children, Natalie and Evan.

Adrienne Moncrief

Market Research Associate, Cleveland Research Company

Adrienne Moncrief is a Market Research Associate on the Foodservice team at Cleveland Research Company, focused on writing research and hosting events. Adrienne is responsible for industry trend analysis and product development across the restaurant, distribution, and non-commercial foodservice channels, with the goal of providing business intelligence and actionable insights for manufacturers. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Professional Writing and Strategic Communication and graduated summa cum laude from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Nick Fischietto

Research Associate, Cleveland Research Company

Nick is a Market Research Associate at Cleveland Research Company. He covers the foodservice industry, specializing in gathering channel insights to identify key inflections and trends within the industry. His focus is on helping both investor clients and manufacturer partners navigate the dynamic foodservice industry to make better strategic decisions and smarter investments. Nick holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from The Ohio State University. He is an avid Cleveland and Buckeyes sports fan.

Mark Herbek

Founding Partner & Executive Director, Cleveland Research Company

Mark is a founding partner and the Executive Director of Home Improvement at Cleveland Research Company. He has spent the last 15 years analyzing the home improvement and building products industry (Pro, DIY, and eCommerce path to purchase), specializing in identifying inflections to help vendors grow more profitably and better navigating the constantly evolving customer purchase decision process. Mark has been invited to speak at dozens of industry events including key conferences, industry tradeshows, and distributor and association meetings.

Mark graduated with a BA in Biology from Hastings College and has earned the right to use the CFA designation. Mark lives in Denver, Colorado with his wife Suzanne and their two children, Benjamin and Elise

Chris Johnson

Transportation Analyst, Cleveland Research Company

Chris Johnson leads the Transportation Team for Cleveland Research Company – focusing on market trends and best practices across transport modes (international airfreight/ocean shipping, domestic US trucking, rail, and parcel). The team helps shippers understand real-time transport market trends to improve supply chain efficiency. Cleveland Research has been following the transportation + logistics markets for over 10 years.

Chris graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2008 with a degree in Economics and Political Science.

Daniel S. Wilson

Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Eat’n Park Hospitality Group, Inc.
Dan Wilson is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Eat’n Park Hospitality Group, Inc. (EPHG). In addition to overseeing EPHG’s financial and strategic planning functions, he is responsible for the company’s information technology, purchasing, distribution, legal, government affairs, and risk management departments. Dan is also a member of the EPHG Board of Directors and Executive Committee.

Eat’n Park Hospitality Group provides distinct culinary experiences to more than 140 locations throughout the mid-Atlantic region. The company’s brand portfolio includes Eat’n Park Restaurants, a full-service, family restaurant chain; Parkhurst Dining, a provider of contract dining services to private colleges/universities and corporations; The Porch at Schenley and The Porch at Siena, a casual dining concept featuring fresh ingredients from local purveyors and farms; Hello Bistro, a fast casual salad and grill concept; and SmileyCookie.com, the B2C website that makes available Eat’n Park’s iconic Smiley cookies throughout the nation.

Dan first joined EPHG in 1989 as Director of Corporate Development. He was elected Senior Vice President of the company in 1993 and was elected to the company’s Board of Directors in 1995. In 1995, he led a team that developed the Parkhurst Dining business plan aimed at diversifying the company’s core commercial restaurant operations into the non-commercial contract foodservice segment. He served as Parkhurst Dining President until 1999.

In June 1999, Dan joined FreeMarkets, Inc. (a global B2B online auction platform for buyers of industrial parts and services) as Chief Operating Officer-European Operations. In this role, he had overall responsibility for developing and building out all aspects of FreeMarkets’ European operations. To support a growing European presence, Wilson developed full business support functions in FreeMarkets’ European headquarters, Brussels Belgium; sales and account management offices in London, Paris, Zurich and Frankfurt; and a research and supplier outreach office in New Delhi, India.

In 2002, Dan returned from Europe to join the Allegheny Conference on Community Development as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. During his three-year tenure with the Conference, he worked closely with board leadership to reorganize the governance and operating structure of this important regional economic development organization. In February 2005, Dan rejoined Eat’n Park Hospitality Group, Inc. in his current role as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

A graduate of Bucknell University with a BSBA in Accounting, Dan also has an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh-Katz School of Business.

Jim Eickhoff

President & CEO, Creative Dining Services
Jim Eickhoff was named President and CEO of Creative Dining Services in February of 2015 upon the retirement of the company founder. As President and CEO, Jim’s responsibilities include providing strategic leadership to help ensure the long-term sustainability of the organization while maintaining a management philosophy that holds true to the company’s culture and core values. He oversees all aspects of the company, and is tasked with reporting to the Board and leading the Executive Committee in all phases of planning, budgeting, reporting, and analysis relating to the activities of the company.

Prior to joining Creative Dining Services, Jim lead a national team that focused on partnering with business, school districts and community colleges around corporate education and professional development at Apollo Education Group (University of Phoenix). He introduced groundbreaking solutions in healthcare support management circles while at The ServiceMaster Company in Chicago, Illinois. During his tenure at HOSTS (Help One Student To Succeed) Corporation in Vancouver, Washington, Jim built and sustained a national sales and marketing division focused on assisting K-12 schools beat the cycle of academic failure for their most at-risk students. As Executive Vice President and later, President/CEO, of Student Loan Funding in Cincinnati, Ohio, Jim led innovative strategies and product development that significantly increased revenues prior to merger/acquisition by Sallie Mae. Finally, while at Sallie Mae, he managed several subsidiaries and helped guide companies acquired by Sallie Mae through the transition.

Jim received his B.A. in English and Secondary Education from Hope College, Holland, Michigan.

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Oct 3, 2018

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