The Chain Gang

The Purchasing Council of Southern California was created by John Hogan in 2003 as a way for chain restaurant executives to socialize, network and share information on purchasing and R&D topics. The first meeting was in 2003 at Monterey Park with 8 restaurant chains and 9 members represented.

In 2006 the group officially shortened its name and incorporated as “The Chain Gang.” In just 10 years, The Chain Gang grew from that modest start in 2003, to 181 restaurant chains and 287 members by 2013.

The Chain Gang now meets four times per year (February, May, August & November) at The Reef Restaurant in Long Beach, CA. Meetings generally run from 2:00-7:00pm and consist of a small food show (29-31 suppliers) and roughly 35- 45 attendees from the customer side – representing chain restaurant purchasing , R&D, operations and marketing functions.

The Chain Gang supports its members with post-meeting newsletters and with its annual Preferred Purchasing Guide, a compilation of products from suppliers who have participated in Chain Gang meetings. The Chain Gang has an advisory board of 12 members and two major sponsors: Sugar Foods and Family Tree Produce.

John Hogan, CEO and Founder of The Chain Gang has had a long and illustrious career in the foodservice industry, holding purchasing positions with Denny’s, CFS Continental/Sysco, Rykoff-Sexton and Specialty Restaurants. The success of The Chain Gang is a testament to John’s long-accumulated “legion” of friends across the foodservice industry.

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