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Is Your Supply Chain Broken?

The supply chain is one of the most important aspects of a successful operations model, but too often restaurants make mistakes, which end up losing them money. This session will reveal several ways that attendees may save those dollars, including tips on supply chain management, master distribution agreements, managed produce and contracts.

They’ll learn how to identify overcharges, maximize contract utilization, upgrade management reporting and maximize rebate dollars.


Zaid Ayoub | Founder & CEO | SAJJ Mediterranean

Zaid Ayoub is the founder and CEO of the Bay Area-headquartered, rapidly expanding fast-casual concept SAJJ Mediterranean. As SAJJ has grown in the last 9 years, Zaid never took his eyes off the product: high-quality, fresh food that is also approachable and transparent. He realized that people want convenience and speed without sacrificing a culinary experience, which is why SAJJ uses a customize-your-own service model. Under Zaid’s strategic leadership, SAJJ Mediterranean has grown from that single brick-and-mortar location into a growing network of 12 restaurants and three food trucks offering catering and event services.

Nour Rabai | Founder & CEO | PITA Mediterranean Street Food

Pita Mediterranean Street Food was founded in 2012 by Nour Rabai. Menu features include traditional and chicken gyros, street pitas, mezza spreads, rice bowls, salads and desserts. As founder and CEO, Nour oversees the operations of Pita’s corporate locations and is involved in development and design of new locations. Negotiating with vendors, collaborating with the R&D team, engaging with marketing, overseeing the distribution team, along with being involved with every aspect of the franchising process, has helped Pita grow to 38 locations. Serving authentic food and culture with a goal of moving into every major city in the U.S., he lives in Peachtree City with his wife Carol and their three children.

Samir Wattar | COO | Layne’s Chicken Fingers

Samir Wattar is a veteran of the restaurant industry with 30+ years experience in restaurant operations and management with established high growth and start up companies. Samir is progressive, decisive, innovative and is highly valued for expertise in interpreting corporate vision and strategy, translating objectives into actionable plans, and providing leadership to multi-functional, cross cultural teams. His past roles include Senior Director of Operations at Pollo Campero, Vice President of Franchise Development & Supply Chain at MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes, Vice President of Supply Chain at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop and currently the Chief Operating Officer at Layne’s Chicken Fingers.


Zach Goldstein | Founder & CEO | Thanx

Zach Goldstein is a die-hard Sacramento Kings fan; it was through many losing seasons where he first learned the value of loyalty. He founded Thanx in 2011 with the goal of helping merchants identify, reward and retain their best customers / die-hard fans. Previously, Zach worked with retail and tech giants at Bain and Company, where he focused on customer satisfaction and retention. He received his MBA from Stanford and shivered his way to a BA at Dartmouth.

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