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COMMUNITIES

Industry Veteran Craig Prusher Is
New Chairman of NCCR
by DAVID FRENCH
David French is senior vice president of government relations for NRF and executive director of
NRF's National Council of Chain Restaurants

T

he National Council of
Chain Restaurants has a
new chairman - and he's a
veteran restaurant executive
who has a long history with
our organization and understands the challenges facing
our industry.
Craig Prusher, executive
vice president and chief legal
officer at Church's Chicken,
was named chairman as the
NCCR Board of Directors
met in New York earlier this
year. He will serve a twoyear term and succeeds
White Castle Vice President
of Government and
Shareholder Relations Jamie
Richardson, whose advice and counsel we continue to value.
Prusher is no stranger to NCCR. Most recently, he has been
vice chairman of the board, and has been an active NCCR
member for more than 15 years, serving in a wide variety
of roles. In 2017, he was the recipient of NCCR's Grassroots
Award in recognition of his work encouraging chain restaurant
franchisees and corporate executives to become more involved
in public policy issues. He has been a senior executive in
the industry for a quarter-century, serving as vice president
and assistant general counsel at Burger King for almost 19
years before joining Church's in 2012. Before that, he was a
corporate law attorney at two Boston law firms.
Our new chairman has been an advocate for restaurants
for many years, and our members will benefit greatly from
his leadership. With his experience in helping run major
restaurant companies, along with his insight as an attorney and
deep knowledge of public policy issues, he brings invaluable
expertise to the table.
He takes office as the long relationship between NCCR and
the National Retail Federation is becoming even closer in order
to better serve our members. NCCR began in the 1960s as the
Food and Lodging Institute. By 1996, it had its current name

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and had moved into office
space at NRF headquarters
in Washington, and in 2000
was officially acquired by
NRF. Since then, NCCR has
continued to operate under
its own name but has been
able to draw on the resources
of NRF to help restaurants
address issues as varied as
tax, trade and labor policy.
When NCCR Executive
Director Rob Green stepped
down last year to return to
Capitol Hill, we took the
opportunity to integrate
NCCR more fully into NRF
by adding that title to my
responsibilities as senior vice
president of government relations for NRF. I have been very
excited to devote more of my time to restaurant issues, and
as NRF's chief lobbyist I can guarantee that our full staff of
policy experts are available to serve restaurant members' needs
equally as well as those of retail members.
The range of issues facing restaurants has expanded
considerably in recent years. NCCR is best known in the public
policy arena for fighting the federal Renewable Fuel Standard,
which has driven up food product prices by diverting corn
into ethanol. But NCCR has recently helped win reversal of
an expanded government definition of "joint employer" that
threatened the independent operation of national restaurant
chains and locally owned franchises. Thanks to its new ties
with NRF, NCCR has been able to authoritatively speak out
on the benefits of tax reform for chain restaurants. And we
are also working on issues such as food imports and how the
government collects data on various types of restaurants.
The restaurant world is changing rapidly, just as is happening
with the broader retail industry. At NCCR and NRF, we are
committed to ensuring that both restaurant and retail members
receive the support needed to grow and prosper as they meet the
challenges of a changing world.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of STORES Magazine - April 2018

Editor’s Page
President’s Page
Retail Politics
NRF News
TRENDS
C2W
Retail People
A Taste for Success
Want It, Need It, Gotta Have It
SUPPLY CHAIN
TECHNOLOGY
FINANCE
Q&A
MERCHANDISING
BUSINESS OPERATIONS Lowe’s expands training program to help communities in need.
BUSINESS OPERATIONS Bloomin’ Brands uses data to save money and improve the customer experience.
BUSINESS OPERATIONS Grove Collaborative reduces delivery times and improves customer satisfaction.
STARTUP SPOTLIGHT IceCream Labs uses machine learning and visual intelligence to drive ecommerce.
THEFT
SECURITY
POV
Communities
End Cap
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STORES Magazine - April 2018 - Editor’s Page
STORES Magazine - April 2018 - President’s Page
STORES Magazine - April 2018 - Retail Politics
STORES Magazine - April 2018 - NRF News
STORES Magazine - April 2018 - TRENDS
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STORES Magazine - April 2018 - C2W
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STORES Magazine - April 2018 - A Taste for Success
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STORES Magazine - April 2018 - Want It, Need It, Gotta Have It
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STORES Magazine - April 2018 - SUPPLY CHAIN
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STORES Magazine - April 2018 - TECHNOLOGY
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STORES Magazine - April 2018 - FINANCE
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STORES Magazine - April 2018 - Q&A
STORES Magazine - April 2018 - MERCHANDISING
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STORES Magazine - April 2018 - BUSINESS OPERATIONS Lowe’s expands training program to help communities in need.
STORES Magazine - April 2018 - 37
STORES Magazine - April 2018 - BUSINESS OPERATIONS Bloomin’ Brands uses data to save money and improve the customer experience.
STORES Magazine - April 2018 - 39
STORES Magazine - April 2018 - BUSINESS OPERATIONS Grove Collaborative reduces delivery times and improves customer satisfaction.
STORES Magazine - April 2018 - 41
STORES Magazine - April 2018 - STARTUP SPOTLIGHT IceCream Labs uses machine learning and visual intelligence to drive ecommerce.
STORES Magazine - April 2018 - THEFT
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STORES Magazine - April 2018 - 45
STORES Magazine - April 2018 - SECURITY
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STORES Magazine - April 2018 - POV
STORES Magazine - April 2018 - Communities
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