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5 Ways to Improve Business Performance Through Better Purchasing

Nation’s Restaurant News talks with Jana Williams of global group purchasing organization Entegra, who shares practical tips for how restaurants can streamline operations, boost their purchasing power, cut waste and drive better business results. Hear how leveraging the expertise of a procurement specialist can help restaurants navigate today’s supply chain challenges and rising costs.

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Jana Williams
Director of Marketing, Restaurants, Entegra

With over 30 years in the food service and marketing industries, Jana has experience that runs deep and wide. Starting out in bank marketing, she moved into the food service world as Director of Marketing at Arthur Treacher's Fish & Chips. After many years there, she transitioned to the agency world where she spent time creating campaigns for clients such as Sam's Club, Zales and other B2C companies. Jana joined Sodexo in 2007 marketing in the on-site services side in Universities before moving over to Entegra to focus exclusively on restaurants in 2012.

At Entegra, Jana is responsible for developing restaurant segment marketing strategies, digital content and communication and improving business performance for clients. Every day she enjoys bringing hospitality to life for clients.

Marlon Gordon
Chief Executive Officer, 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.