Leadership

Rob Grimes
Rob Grimes Founder & CEO of the IFBTA

The IFBTA was launched at FSTEC (Foodservice Technology Conference and Showcase) 2014 which was founded by Rob in 1996, and is a non-profit professional association promoting and advancing technology and innovation for the global food and beverage industries.

Michael Kasavana
Michael Kasavana IFBTA Director of Research & Education

Michael L. Kasavana, Ph.D., is the Emeritus NAMA Endowed Professor in Hospitality Business, The School of Hospitality Business at Michigan State University having retired from MSU after nearly four decades of teaching and research.

Robin Griffith
Robin Griffith IFBTA Vice President of Chapters & Events

Robin is a long-time hospitality industry executive with expertise in strategic operations and management. She was recently appointed as the Vice-President of Chapters and Events for the International Food & Beverage Technology Association.

Lauren Selman
Lauren Selman IFBTA Director of Member Services & Events

Lauren Selman is the Director of Members Services & Events for the International Food and Beverage Technology Association (IFBTA) with experience in communications and social media marketing.

Don M. Zimmerman — Chairman
Don M. Zimmerman — Chairman CIO, Landry’s

Don Zimmerman is currently the CIO for Landry’s organization based in Houston Texas. In this role he and his team are responsible for all of the technology deployed by the company.

Yoo Jin Yi — Treasurer
Yoo Jin Yi — Treasurer Head of Information Technology, Family Entertainment Group, LLC

Kathy Alcaras (Sy)
Kathy Alcaras (Sy) Director of Business Technology, Jollibee Foods Corporation

Kathy is the Director of Information Technology for Eureka! Restaurant Group, with 26 locations throughout the U.S. Her ultimate purpose is to help create efficiency through technology, and implementing new technology to assist with sales increase and company growth.

Vikram Badhwar
Vikram Badhwar Director of Restaurant Technology & Portfolio Management, KFC UK & Ireland

Vikram Badhwar is an IT executive with over 15 years of experience leading transformation programs for some of the world’s largest hospitality brands.

Sarah Naqvi
Sarah Naqvi Executive Vice President & CIO, HMSHOST

Sarah Naqvi is a visionary leader with 30+ years of proven record as a successful IT executive driving business transformation enabled by technology. With a direct reporting relationship into the office of the President, she is responsible for a yearly budget of over $50 million and management responsibility of a staff of 95+ global IT professionals.

Pankaj Patra
Pankaj Patra SVP & CIO, Brinker International

Pankaj Patra serves as senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Brinker International, Inc., where he oversees information technology and data security for Brinker and its restaurants brands.

Zerrick Pearson
Zerrick Pearson VP of IT, Five Guys Burgers and Fries

Zerrick Pearson is the Chief Information Officer for Five Guys Enterprises, L.L.C., a company that operates more than 1350 franchised or company-operated restaurants domestically and internationally. Zerrick is responsible for developing and implementing information technology initiatives across the Enterprise.

Lou Grande Jr. — Immediate Past Chair
Lou Grande Jr. — Immediate Past Chair

Lou is an Information Technology Executive with over 35 years of experience in creating shareholder value and operational effectiveness through business process reengineering, IT and business alignment, and technology implementation.

Terri Fisher-Berkey
Terri Fisher-Berkey VP of Alliances & Partnership