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2009 Restaurant Executive Summit
F.T. "Dusty" Williams
Chief Information Officer, OSI Restaurant Partners, LLC.

Dusty Williams was named Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Outback Steakhouse Inc. (OSI) in April 2003. His role is responsible for all Information Technology related items across all the domestic and international OSI concepts (Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba's Italian Grill, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse, Roy's Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine, and Bonefish Grill). The organization supports all hardware, applications software, network and telecom related activities for approximately 1,400 restaurants around the world.

Prior to the role at Outback, Dusty was CIO for Kforce, Inc. a national staffing company headquartered in Tampa, FL. As a member of the executive management team with responsibility for all company Information Systems activity including establishing strategic direction for applications, hardware, network, data center operation, technical help desk and web ecommerce initiatives.

Dusty was also with Tech Data Corporation, the world's second largest computer distribution company based in Clearwater, Florida. Dusty held multiple Electronic Commerce (EC) related positions at Tech Data with the last being Director of Electronic Commerce with responsibilities for establishing strategic direction for all EC initiatives. This included all Web-related; Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), proprietary client server and other EC tool solutions.

Dusty spent five years with Price Waterhouse as a Manager in the firm's National Utilities and Applied Technology Services groups. He has also worked for Citicorp Services, Florida Power Corp. and Electronic Data Systems in his 30+ years in Information Technology.
Dusty also serves as the Chairman of the CIO Network for the Tampa Bay Technology Forum (TBTF) and is a member of the Board of Advisors for the University of South Florida's ISDS Department.