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Meet the 2017 Power List Top 10

NRN presents The Power List 2017, our fourth annual list of the most powerful people in foodservice.  The Top 10 on the list are leading the restaurant industry today, and shaping its future.

10. Sally Smith, president & CEO, Buffalo Wild Wings Inc.

Leading a casual-dining powerhouse amid a challenging environment

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9. Neal Aronson, founder & managing partner, Roark Capital Group

Growing his business through buying — and holding — investments

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8. Andrew & Peggy Cherng, co-chairs & co-CEOs, Panda Restaurant Group Inc.

Identifying and investing in hot, emerging restaurants

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7. Steve Easterbrook, president & CEO, McDonald's Corp.

Rethinking the foundations of McDonald's operations

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6. Andy Puzder, nominee, U.S. labor secretary; CEO, Hardee's and Carl's Jr.

Representing restaurant operator interests

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5. Dawn Sweeney, president & CEO, National Restaurant Association; Cicely Simpson, executive vice president of policy & government affairs, National Restaurant Association

Shaping restaurant industry policy

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4. Greg Flynn, founder, chairman & CEO, Flynn Restaurant Group LP

Building a franchise empire from eight units to more than 850 locations

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3. Howard Schultz, chairman & CEO, Starbucks Corp.; Kevin Johnson, incoming CEO, Starbucks Corp.

Crafting the chain's future with a premium coffee experience

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2. Ron Shaich, founder, chairman & CEO, Panera Bread Co.

Playing the long game with tech innovation

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1. J. Patrick Doyle, president & CEO, Domino's Pizza Inc.

Dominating digital

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