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Does Your Restaurant Need a GPO?

John Csukor and Louella Burch of Entegra talk with Nation’s Restaurant news about the benefits of working with a group purchasing organization, or GPO, and how to know if a GPO is right for your business. Learn how Entegra leverages $36 billion in purchasing power to help its customers navigate inflation and sourcing challenges with a full suite of purchasing, operations, analytics and menu development offerings.

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John Csukor
Head of Culinary for North America, Entegra

Chef has lived the space between creating delicious food and developing cutting-edge marketing strategies for small businesses and global conglomerates for over 35 years.

Chef has influenced the breakfast, lunch and evening meals of millions of people around the world through product development, operational and marketing leadership. While classically trained at Johnson and Wales University, culinary training extends beyond to The Culinary Institute of America and the United States Marine Corps School of Food Service.

Having owned a successful international marketing agency for 13 years, John brings a unique combination of strategic marketing experience, food service business acumen and industrial food product development to the Entegra team.

Louella Burch
Sr. Director of Business Development, Entegra

Louella serves as Sr. Director of Business Development at Entegra Procurement Services, the world’s largest global foodservice Group Purchasing Organization (GPO), where she plays a pivotal role in fostering strategic partnerships and driving growth for member restaurants. Her expertise lies in identifying and implementing innovative solutions that optimize operational efficiency, reduce costs, and enhance the overall dining experience.

Prior to joining Entegra, Louella was Director of Contract Sales at a leading foodservice distributor. In this role, she developed strong relationships with clients, earning their trust through exceptional service and unparalleled dedication, while managing a sales team who serviced approximately fifty percent of the region’s sales.

With a strong passion for the restaurant industry and an unwavering commitment to excellence, Louella Burch continues to make a significant impact on the success of her clients. Her exceptional business development skills, combined with her extensive knowledge of the foodservice landscape, position her as a valuable asset in driving growth and profitability for restaurants in the ever-evolving hospitality sector.

Marlon Gordon
Founder & CEO, NxtGen Network

Marlon is Founder & CEO of NxtGen Network, a creative marketing agency that’s passionate about relationships, telling stories, and empowering others through innovation. He partners with those in Child Nutrition, Hospitality, Food & Beverage, and also has an international philanthropical project called NxtGen Cares. Marlon is the co-creator and co-host of First Taste TV™, a show dedicated to connecting companies with their audience through video. Creator and host of Next Up, a talk show that focuses on thought leadership, lead generation, and live engagement. Creator of Ignite, a live hybrid networking and educational event. Host of the Next Up Podcast and Urban School Food Alliance Podcast, And co-creator of digital publications such as Served Digizine and Indulge. Marlon is a visionary, a team builder, and is fueled by a faith that helps him do things others think are impossible.

Entegra is a business performance and procurement services company with bold initiatives, creative solutions and a driven advisory team ready to partner with hospitality-driven businesses to propel them forward and achieve more than ever.  As the largest food group purchasing organization in the world, we deliver the industry-specific savings solutions, digital tools, advisory services and corporate social responsibility support to help clients improve customer experiences — and achieve their goals. Explore our unmatched purchasing solutions at: