Our team is passionate about foodservice and helping our customers succeed. We are specialists that have diverse expertise in the foodservice industry. We understand restaurant operations, culinary, supply chain, finance, marketing, supplier dynamics, and distributor relationships because we have lived it.
President & CEO
With more than 25 years of experience in the business, Maryanne has led SpenDifference from a mere idea to a company bringing real change to the industry. Her career spans all facets of foodservice. She has overseen strategic supply chain activities for a multi-concept restaurant company as well as led initiatives and teams in operations finance and training. Her breadth of knowledge includes management and executive positions with Rock Bottom Restaurants Inc., VICORP Inc., CA1 Services, and Sky Chefs Inc. She is currently a member of the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) and the Women's Foodservice Forum.
Karl has provided the support needed to build the financial underpinnings for SpenDifference. His expertise includes budget development and management, overseeing accounting operations, analysis, and strategic planning. Prior to joining SpenDifference Karl held director roles with Quiznos in Denver, and Our Children's Homestead in Illinois. Karl holds an MBA in Finance, Accounting, and Strategic Management from the University of Chicago.
VP of Procurement
DeWayne has more than two decades of experience in the retail and foodservice markets, specializing in proteins and commodities. A significant portion of his career was spent with Safeway where he supervised quality assurance and purchasing, ultimately leading the protein purchasing team for the eastern and mid-west divisions. His knowledge of commodities—including component pricing, negotiation and leveraging significant volumes across a breadth of items—makes him an invaluable asset to the SpenDifference team.
VP of Client Solutions
Sherri has logged more than 25 years in the foodservice and consumer packaged goods industries. She spearheads all customer services, business development and marketing efforts for SpenDifference. Her responsibilities include contract negotiations, working with her team to build strong customer relationships and increase customer retention. Sherri’s experience includes stints with companies such as Mobil Chemical (Pactiv), FoodHandler, Pepsico, and Procter & Gamble. Sherri earned her BS from the Kansas State University, and is a member of the Women’s Foodservice Forum and IFMA.
VP of Distribution and Supply Management
With more than 20 years in supply chain management, Jim came to SpenDifference from Darden Restaurants, Inc., where he was Sr. Vice President, Supply Management and Purchasing. He provided the visionary strategy for the creation of Darden Direct Distribution & Logistics, which resulted in a competitive set of advantages in the performance areas of safety, service, cost, quality and growth. Jim serves on the Board of Directors and the governance committee of Second Harvest Food Bank in Central Florida, and is Chair of the Audit Committee and on Board of Directors of Save the Chimps, Inc. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Operations Management from The Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
VP of Human Resources
Carla leads the development of SpenDifference’s people strategy. She also builds organizational capability and employee culture to further promote our growth as a company. She is responsible for all aspects of the HR functions. Prior to joining SpenDifference, Carla was the Director of New Restaurant Openings for Rock Bottom Restaurants and Brewery. Additionally, she worked for 5 years with Applebee’s International as Area Director of Operations, and spent 10 years with Eateries, Inc., in various roles that began with restaurant management, multi-unit operations, franchise consulting, and eventually training and development. Carla holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, and is Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certified.
Sr. Director, Strategic Initiatives
Tom joined SpenDifference as an employee in January 2016 after working with SpenDifference as a consultant managing the FOCUS Brands and Long John Silver’s integrations. He brings extensive experience from outside the foodservice industry as a strategy and operations consultant for IBM, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and EnVision Business Consulting, working with Fortune 50 companies as well as small to medium enterprises. His background also includes working for Coors, MillerCoors and a medical device manufacturing company. His responsibilities include the Prometheus strategy process, program and project management and operational improvements. Tom has a dual-degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an MBA in Finance from Indiana University.