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2011 Multi-Unit Restaurant Technology Conference
Jeff Gengler
Vice President, Business Technology
Papa Murphys

Jeff Gengler has over 17 years experience in directing, architecting, and implementing various operational support systems for several high-profile telecommunication and hospitality companies on the leading-edge of technology. He’s known for his superior ability to analyze a company’s business objectives and subsequently provide robust solutions to assist the organization in achieving those objectives.

As the vice president of business technology at Papa Murphy’s, reporting to the chief financial officer, Gengler is responsible for all technology aspects impacting the entire organization. He serves as the expert resource for the technological innovation and developments, while directing, planning, and managing internal operations for the technology department and the Franchise Advisory Board’s Finance & Technology Committee, as well as developing and implementing the Company’s technology strategic roadmap throughout the organization.

Prior to Papa Murphy’s, Gengler held the position of vice president of information technology at Rock Bottom Restaurants, Inc. for over six years, and was responsible for all technology spanning the entire organization. He established and directed the strategic long-term goals, policies, and procedures for the information technology department. He also determined the organization’s long-term technology needs and hardware acquisitions to accomplish the organization’s business objectives, and was a member of the Help Our People in Emergencies (HOPE) Committee.

Gengler’s diverse background also includes other key roles and leadership positions within hospitality and high growth telecommunications organizations such as Champps Entertainment, Convergent Communications, and ICG Communications. Those roles and responsibilities broadened his knowledge within the areas of business and systems analysis, process and system engineering, application integration, outsourcing, mergers and acquisitions, and project and vendor management.

Gengler received his bachelor of science in information systems from Iowa State University. He is a founding and active member of www.cxo.org and the CXO Technology Review Board, as well as the program chair of the National Restaurant Association’s Information Technology Executive Study Group. Gengler currently resides in Vancouver, Washington, and in his free time, enjoys listening to music, playing hockey, riding motocross, and snowboarding.

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