Speakers

Check out this year’s line-up of world class speakers you will only see at GRITT Summit!

Alex Merturi

Keynote Speaker, Author, Consultant and Multi-Unit Subway Franchisee Owner/Operator

International Keynote speaker in over 40 territories across the United States, Canada and has spoken to over 10,000 leaders. Corporate trainer

Alexa Lott

Talent Optimization Coach & Director of People Success, Senior Certified HR Professional, Gallup Certified Strengths Coach, Kolbe Certified Consultant

Alexa is an enthusiastic and high energy senior certified HR professional with over 20 years of experience working with

Alexandria Avila

Project Manager - Customer Success at PFSbrands

Alexandria Avila is the Project Manager of the Customer Success team at PFSbrands. Alexandria has lead the launch of

Andrea Anderson Polk

Founder & President at Andrea Anderson LPC, LLC & Associates

Andrea Anderson Polk is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Nationally Board Certified Counselor. She received a Bachelor of Science

Andy Griffith

Business Advisor at PFSbrands

Andy Griffith is a Senior Business Advisor for PFSbrands.  He has personally worked with over 100+ business locations, lead

Anthony Pierce

QSR Nation Co-host & Marketing Expert

As co-host of the QSR Nation podcast, I get to share my insight and experience on foodservice marketing and

Ashley Allen

Employee Recruiter

Ashley is a graduate from the University of Missouri and has been in various retail leadership roles for the

Bill Fonti

CEO, President of Boston FAM

A servant leader with a passion for developing people to reach their optimal potential. Core Values: Continuous improvement, commitment, performance,

Bobby Trujillo

Coach

I have been in the Retail and Wholesale and distribution Business for over 40 years. 1981-1992- Held first Leadership position

Chris Fields

Author of Disrupting for Good: Using Passion and Persistence to Create Lasting Change

In life there are Dreamers and there are Doers. Some people, like Chris Field, are blessed to be both. Born

David Smith

President and CEO of Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc.

David Smith is President and CEO of Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc., a role he assumed in August 2015. Associated Wholesale

Frank Beard

Director, Safe Shop | Director of Special Projects, CStore Decisions

Frank Beard is a Des Moines, Iowa-based consultant, speaker, and writer who currently serves as the director of special

Grant Schulte

Retail Advertising Specialist

After earning my degree in Marketing from Lincoln University, I landed my first job as a marketing consultant with

Jack Daly

Keynote Speaker and Sales Management Expert

Jack Daly is a leading sales speaker and trainer with over 30 years of sales and executive experience. Jack’s

Jennifer Briggs

GBC Partner

Jennifer Briggs brings over two decades of practice in human resources, organizational development, and executive leadership from a variety

Joe Chatman

Vice President of Customer Success & Marketing at PFSbrands

John Bleidistel

Director of Technology at PFSbrands

John Bleidistel has over 22 years in the technology arena.  For the past 12 years at PFSbrands, John has

John Schuster

Core Faculty at Hudson Institute of Coaching

John P. Schuster began coaching in 1988, helping to pioneer the conversation-based development processes that we now know as

Jordan Spencer

Regional Business Development at PFSbrands

Jordan grew up in Zachary, Louisiana and after graduation he went to Nicholls State to receive his Bachelor’s Degree

Jordanne McCoy

Content Marketing Manager at PFSbrands

Jordanne is an experienced marketing professional with a passion for brand strategy, agile content planning, data-driven decision making, and

Keith Johnson

ATD Master Trainer, Corporate Training Specialist

Keith Johnson, ATD Master Trainer, has multifaceted experience within company culture, leadership, efficiency, and soft skills development. His expertise in

Kellie Janssen

President of Henry’s Foods

Kellie Janssen is the President of Henry’s Foods (Henry’s) located in Alexandria, Minnesota. Henry’s is a Minnesota based wholesaler

Kyle Menges

PFSbrands Controller

Kyle Menges has spent more than 5 years in finance roles for two high growth companies in the manufacturing

Lori Kimbrough

Executive Assistant to Shawn Burcham

Lori Kimbrough, a professional with over 20 years of diversified experience, currently serves as Executive Assistant to the Founder

Patrick Carpenter

GBC President

Patrick’s 30-year career includes senior management positions with two global fortune 100 companies and international business assignments in Canada,

Robert M. Sincavich

President of Team Sledd

Robert Sincavich is President of Team Sledd, a Mid Atlantic Regional Distributor founded in 1936 serving approximately 1400

Shawn Burcham

CEO and Author

Shawn Burcham is the Founder & CEO of Pro Food Systems, Inc. (PFSbrands) which he and his

Steve Nicholson

SVP, Corporate Development at Winter-Dent & Company

Steve is a serial entrepreneur who has started, lead and operated several companies in the financial services sector over

Tom Bagwell

Executive Vice President

Tom is the Executive Vice President of an award-winning International Truck dealer, Peterson Trucks, based in California and Oregon. 

Trevor Monnig

CFO

Trevor Monnig has spent more than 15 years in the role of CFO for two high growth companies in