Guests: Rick Federico – CEO of P.F. Changs, Brian Grinonneau President of WhizFish, & Betsy Craig, CEO & Founder of MenuTrinfo
Rick Federico – CEO of P.F. Changs
The chain was founded in 1993 by Paul Fleming and Philip Chiang. The first restaurant was opened at the Scottsdale Fashion Square in Scottsdale, Arizona. In 1996, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Inc. was formed from the acquisition of the original four bistro restaurants. On July 2, 2012 Centerbridge Partners completed the purchase of P.F. Changs China Bistro, and the company is no longer publicly held. P. F. Chang’s China Bistro is an Asian-themed US casual dining restaurant chain owned and operated by Centerbridge Partners and headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona. As of January 1, 2012, P. F. Chang’s operated 204 restaurants in the United States, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Canada, Argentina, Chile and the Middle East. It is the largest full service, casual dining Chinese restaurant chain in the United States with countless locations across the country. “P. F. Chang’s” is the namesake of Paul Fleming (P. F.) and Philip Chiang (whose surname is shortened to Chang). “Rick” Federico, chief executive of P.F. Chang’s China Bistro Inc., won the 2012 Nation’s Restaurant News Norman Award. Named for the late Norman Brinker, who founded Steak and Ale, as well as Chili’s Grill & Bar and Maggiano’s Little Italy parent Brinker International Inc., among other accomplishments, the award recognizes extraordinary leadership in a restaurant executive who consistently mentors and inspires future industry leaders. And one of Rick’s messages to the troops….
Brian Grinonneau – President of WhizFish
MOBILE! It is what everyone is talking about (and for a good reason). Smartphones and tablets have changed the way that business can, and should be, connecting with consumers. WhizFish is a full service agency that works with businesses and brands to implement interactive marketing strategies that help drive sales, build loyalty and promote word of mouth referrals. It is done by engaging consumers on the cell/smart phones and tablet devices via Mobile Apps, SMS/MMScampaigns, QR code landing pages, Social Media campaigns.
Betsy Craig – CEO & Founder of MenuTrinfo
Betsy Craig brings twenty + years of food service industry experience and ten years of information technology experience to the growing field of Menu Nutritional Labeling. Every client of her company, MenuTrinfo llc, reaps the reward of her knowledge with a final product that works naturally and efficiently in the actual rhythms of a food service environment. Betsy’s commitment to the betterment of the food industry and her desire to positively inform and affect the dining public are the driving forces behind her company that work to supply any food service establishment with the information needed to comply with the new health care law and to answer the demands of the consumer. MenuTrinfo, LLC is a full service company providing nutritional information derived from recipes for restaurant owners and managers. We utilize an extensive ingredient database that can be adapted for individual restaurant needs. MenuTrinfo is staffed by trained Nutritionists, Dietitians, IT developers and Certified Menu Labeling Specialist, answering the call for menu labeling. MenuTrinfo will be easily accessible via the Internet, through our channel partners as well as the State and National Restaurant Associations.