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Individuals influencing the direction of the restaurant industry


Burger King co-founder Dave Edgerton dies at 90

Edgerton was the inventor of the chain charbroiler device.


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.

No one has ever quit, claims this casual chain—and that includes Not Your Average Joe's tenacious founder Steve Silverstein.

Ed Doherty insists his success as a restaurant franchisee is a tale of phenomenal luck, starting with the purchase of his first restaurants in 1985.

Longtime leader Jonathan Segal will focus on contract development.

Tim Ward, formerly of Arby's, has been with the seafood fast casual since 2011.

The top three officers were drawn from the independent community.

The marketing chief will take a sabbatical to spend time with his family.

Attendees of the Restaurant Leadership Conference were treated to a host of aha moments, including these.

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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