Eric Grundmeier, a seasoned supply chain professional, has been named Chief Supply Officer of REGO Restaurant Group—the fast-casual restaurant platform backed by High Bluff Capital Partners that includes Quiznos and Taco Del Mar. The news comes on the heels of the recent appointments of President and CEO Tim Casey and Chief Brand Officer Mark Lohmann, as REGO eyes continued expansion through strategic acquisitions.
Grundmeier, who previously served with PepperJax Grill and Qdoba, will oversee all supply chain systems and processes, including sourcing and quality control across the platform and for individual brands through a shared services model.
“The supply chain is the lifeblood of restaurant operations. Our goal is not only to establish a shared services model to drive efficiencies; we are aiming to create a true center of excellence that greatly improves the franchisee experience by minimizing complexity, enhancing the economic model and ensuring we are consistently serving their needs,” says Casey. “Eric brings a wealth of experience across the supply chain spectrum, understands the unique challenges facing individual brands and, perhaps most importantly, has a deep appreciation of being part of a change-oriented culture.”
“REGO presented a tremendous opportunity to be part of a dynamic, growing platform,” says Grundmeier. “Supply chain is a critical support function that has a significant impact on franchisees’ day-to-day operations. By leveraging our platform, we are able to be nimble and scalable, to significantly enhance culinary development and to create seamless processes for our restaurant partners that allow them to devote their focus to what matters most: serving their customers and creating memorably good dining experiences.”
Previously, Grundmeier served as a vice president of Supply Chain and Quality Assurance (QA) for PepperJax Grill and a senior vice president of Manufacturing and Supply Chain for Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, where his initiatives resulted in significant, system-wide cost savings and increased supply chain efficiency. Earlier in his career, he served as Vice President of Supply Chain and QA with Qdoba Restaurant Corporation, where he worked during a fourteen-year period of rapid growth, building up the supply chain and QA departments as the number of restaurant locations grew from 23 to 629.
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