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Ray Masters

Ray Masters

Executive Vice President, Operations

Pieology Pizzeria

Executive Vice President, Operations at Pieology Pizzeria

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Pieology Pizzeria

Executive Vice President, Operations

Pieology prides itself on providing the best tasting, healthiest Kustom pizza in the world. Using only the freshest ingredients, Pieology provides smoking hot pizzas in less than 5 minutes. Our energy efficient restaurants are not only comfortable, but also adhere to the philosophies of our corporate mission statement. We are inspired to make a difference in our communities by producing "Kustom Pies” that will exceed your expectations. Let our skilled Pieologists create your "Kustom Pie" today!

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Wheelhouse Supply Chain Consulting, LLC

Partner

Ray Masters is the Principal Partner at Wheelhouse Supply Chain Consulting, LLC; a company formed to provide supply chain solutions to the foodservice industry with expertise from farm to fork. Wheelhouse Supply Chain Consulting possesses a seasoned capability of commodity management, commodity forecasting, agricultural commodity cycles, raw cost inputs and derivative based hedging expertise. Its additional services include distribution and logistical support with customized cost and product variance reporting. Ray Masters has over 27 years of supply chain experience, negotiating all food and beverage requirements, including, small-wares, FFE, LED lighting, power and apparel. Wheelhouse provides customers with raw material product development focusing on sustainable procurement and social responsibility.

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El Pollo Loco

Vice President of Supply Chain Services

Recruited by Trimaran Partners to bring senior level guidance, direction and depth to El Pollo Loco's Supply Chain Team.
Provided expertise to secure and hedge poultry costs for poultry needs thru 2013. Secured optimal pricing before drought and commodity increases became apparent; providing El Polo Loco with stable and reduced pricing on key items including annual fresh poultry.
Delivered annual cost savings in excess of $1M in four months

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Johnny Rockets

Senior Vice President, Purchasing, Distribution, QA, R&D

Senior Vice President, Purchasing, Distribution, Quality Assurance January 2011- Current
Promoted to SR VP, Purchasing, Distribution and Quality Assurance in January 2011 after completion of distribution consolidation, supplier consolidation, and the implementation of price and product compliance models.

Vice President, Purchasing, Distribution, Quality Assurance May 2010-January 2011
Recruited by Red Zone Entertainment to restructure and enhance supply chain systems. Price compliance, product compliance, distribution and supply chain systems not effective for planned growth.

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RED ROBIN INTERNATIONAL

Vice President, Purchasing, Distribution

Part of a core team of executives that dramatically turned around and grew a national restaurant chain through brand redevelopment, enhanced food quality, operations streamlining, cost controls and process improvement. Integral member in expanding from original 36 units to today's 440 while maintaining brand identity and product quality. Noted as a strong mentor and leader of managerial talent. Developed key quality assurance benchmarks, as well as imaginative, fun new products.
Achievement Highlights
Key in expanding chain from 36 stores to almost 440 in fourteen years.
Helped increase sales to $1.1B in 2010.
Reduced food costs from 34% of sales to under 25% while improving quality, for a saving of $46M over eight years.
Championed Red Robins “clean food initiative”, responsible for the removal of preservative, trans fats and MSG in all food items.
Developed benchmark food safety processes and illness-crisis plans well before the industry to position Red Robin as "best of class" in food safety and food-borne illness outbreak containment.

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JOHNSONVILLE FOODS, INC

National Account Sales Coach

Family owned supplier of pork products and ethnic foods for the international market, with 1,000 employees and revenues of some $300M.

National Foodservice Sales Coach
Joined company to deepen knowledge of supply chain. Led brand development, marketing and sales for 16-state area in mid-west and Rocky Mountain areas. Hired and trained territory managers, developed marketing and distribution programs with brokers and distributors. Promoted to Western Region Sales Coach within nine months of hiring and four months later to National Sales Coach. Led strategic planning team for launch of very successful Romance Pasta division and quickly obtained market share in the food service industry..

Achievement Highlights
In less than 12 months increased region's sales by 45% to 1,093,000 lbs.
Opened up five new markets in first 12 months.
Promoted from Sales Coach to Western Region Coach to National Coach in fewer than 12 months.

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SYSCO FOOD SERVICES CO

National Account Executive

Division of Sysco, the largest food distributor in North America with 2008 revenues of $37.5B and 50,000 employees.; Hired to manage national accounts in a 5 state territory. Managed all aspects of day-to-day distribution for 220 high-profile customers including Sonic, Red Robin, Boston Market and Ruby Tuesdays. Considerably expanded product lines with all end users to dramatically increase sales, drop size and profit margins. Trained new multi-unit account executives.

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Texas A&M University

Business Administration & Economics