Individuals influencing the direction of the restaurant industry


Franchisee of the Month: Mario Contreras

Venezuelan native Mario Contreras, 32, heads up his own multi-national company, Elbardi International Management, a Charley’s Grilled Subs franchise.


Get to Know: Jack Crawford

Why Crawford? Some say the NRA has a message problem when it comes to its stance on hot-button topics; they've got a good story to tell but are being beat by unions and lawmakers. Will its newest chairman make a difference? He might, based on his past at Ground Round Grill & Bar, based in Freeport, Maine.

Meet the family dynasties leading restaurants into a new generation.

Check out these teaching moments from operators’ worst managers.

Bruce Lane has been promoted to the position after starting at the company this past June.

Chain’s problems are difficult, which is why it shouldn’t limit its talent pool.

The former McDonald's executive will take the marketing helm at the casual-dining chain.

A former McDonald's exec has joined the casual-dining chain.

Philip Gay previously served as an executive with California Pizza Kitchen and Wolfgang Puck.

The CEO of 7-Eleven could have boasted about the inroads his chain has made into a market that was once owned by attendees of the Restaurant Leadership Conference. Joe DePinto certainly had the sales numbers to support a little braggadocio: $2.7 billion from fresh food, $5 billion from beverages, 1 million cups of coffee, 100 million fountain drinks.

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