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From the editor: Destination Denver

Big changes ahead for MUFSO’s 60th year

You can expect a lot of exciting changes this year at MUFSO, Nation’s Restaurant News’ annual conference.

For starters, MUFSO is moving to Denver. I’m just back from a trip there, and I can’t wait to host our show in the city of big mountain views and awesome food.

If you aren’t familiar with MUFSO, you should be. It’s where leading restaurant executives meet for education, conversation and inspiration. 

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This year, MUFSO’s 60th anniversary, we promise more collaboration between restaurant executives, their supplier partners and thought leaders who will challenge the way you approach today’s disruptive environment.

From Oct. 14 to 16, the show will sit in the middle of things in downtown Denver, right on the 16th Street pedestrian mall, which features local shops and restaurants. The city will play an important role in the shape, and taste, of the program. The food scene in Denver has been well documented and you should come explore it with your industry peers.

As always, you’ll also be able to enjoy the innovative food and beverages from NRN’s Hot Concept winners. You’ll also hear from five leading CEOs who will be given Golden Chain Awards.

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MUFSO is also introducing a new advisory board. The group, listed below, represents the broad scope of the restaurant industry with representatives from large chains, emerging brands, suppliers and culinary experts. The board, which met in Denver in March, is working in tandem with the NRN team to develop a program that is relevant, informative and fun.

It’s not too early to secure a spot and register with early bird rates at You’ll be glad you did. 

Meet the MUFSO advisory board:
•    Frances Allen, CEO, Boston Market
•    Michael Buchmeier, vice president of operations, standards & talent, Red Robin International
•    Jack Butorac, CEO, Marco’s Franchising
•    Jodie Conrad, vice president of marketing, Fazoli’s
•    Randy DeWitt, CEO, Front Burner Restaurants
•    Rick Findlay, vice president of fresh, Fresh Thyme
•    Mike Fogarty, founder & CEO, Choice Market
•    Jim Goggin, senior vice president, Ventura Foods
•    Phil Greifeld, president & CEO, Captain D’s
•    Andrew Gruel, founder & CEO, Slapfish
•    John Hostetler, regional vice president of corporate accounts, Ecolab
•    Brian Ingram, chief development officer, Williston Holding Company
•    Owen Klein, vice president of global culinary innovation, CKE Restaurants
•    Nancy Kruse, president, The Kruse Company
•    Fred LeFranc, founding partner, Results Thru Strategy
•    Kim Lopdrup, CEO, Red Lobster
•    Peter Newlin, president, Park Burger
•    James Park, CEO, Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh
•    Dennis Pierce, executive director of dining services, University of Connecticut
•    Dan Plunkett, vice president of foodservice, TW Garner
•    Sonia Riggs, president & CEO, Colorado Restaurant Association
•    Claudia San Pedro, president, Sonic Drive-In
•    Cammie Spillyards-Schaefer, vice president of culinary & menu strategy, Cracker Barrel
•    Scott Taylor, president & chief operating officer, Walk-Ons Bistreaux & Bar
•    Tony Treadway, president & CEO, Creative Energy
•    Bonnie Yatkeman, brand manager, Koala Kare Products

Jenna Telesca Nation's Restaurant News editor-in-chief MUFSO DenverEmail Jenna Telesca at [email protected]

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