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Subject Matter Experts

Leverage Technomic’s seasoned staff members to speak on a wide range of foodservice topics for audiences of all sizes including food industry trade shows, franchise conventions, executive and board meetings, training sessions, strategy workshops and mass media.

Industry Experts


Donna Hood Crecca, Associate Principal, Convenience, Adult Beverage Insights

Donna leads Technomic’s Convenience Store Practice and is active in the adult beverage industry, providing thought leadership and developing insight programs


Kathryn Fenner, Principal, K-12, Natural & Organic Insights

Kathryn leads proprietary and multi-client studies across all foodservice channels in Technomic’s Advisory Practice with her expertise in innovation, convenience stores and K–12.


Wade Hanson, Principal, Supermarket Insights

Wade leads Technomic’s efforts in supermarket foodservice, covering the segment from all angles including consumer behavior and demands.


David Henkes, Senior Principal, Beverage Insights

David is Technomic’s expert in beverage and is responsible for directing consulting and research assignments for the food and foodservice industries.


Sara Monnette, Vice President, Innovation

Sara excels at new product ideation, with skills in identifying, building and launching successful information products to help the company reach its growth potential.


Patrick Noone, Executive Vice President, Business Development

Patrick is integrally involved in the platforms that provide clients with actionable industry data to support their strategic and tactical business planning processes.


Joe Pawlak, Managing Principal, Supplier and Trade Insights

Joe is the head of Technomic’s Advisory Practice, with expertise covering the industry landscape, forecasting, trade issues and beverage.


Rich Shank, Director, Consumer Insights

Rich is an experienced consumer researcher, specializing in brand positioning analysis, menu development and customer segmentation.


Erik Thoresen, Principal, Industry, Technology & Canadian Insights

Erik’s work at Technomic includes industry forecasting, emerging markets, new technology and innovation for hospitality. Erik also heads up coverage in the Canadian market.


Darren Tristano, Chief Insights Officer, Restaurant Industry Insights

Darren is the head of Technomic’s Restaurant Operator Practice. He helps put the firm’s research findings into context for clients and speaks globally on industry trends.


Kelly Weikel, Director, Consumer Insights

Kelly leads Technomic’s syndicated consumer research. She is an expert in consumer trends with a special focus on health and wellness and flavor trends.


Melissa Wilson, Principal, Operator, Off-Premise & Catering Insights

Melissa works closely with senior restaurant leadership teams and private equity firms on identifying strategic opportunities for restaurants including the firm’s Off-Premise Practice and Catering Insights Program.

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