Fred M. Favole, Founder & President
Fred founded Strategic Purchasing in 1994 to provide senior level purchasing and
distribution expertise to emerging chains in foodservice. He has more than 30 years of experience
in the industry with major chains and food companies. Fred was Director of Food Procurement for the
Pillsbury Restaurant Group (Burger King, Steak & Ale, Bennigan's and Godfather's Pizza) and
Vice President of Purchasing & Distribution for A & W Restaurants. He held numerous supply-chain
management positions including Director of International Procurement - Del Monte Corporation.
SPS has provided outsource and contracting services to multi-unit operators engaged in QSR, Contract
Management, Hotels, Restaurants, and in 2007 introduced "The Group Buying Program" for large independant
and local food service operators. An early innovator in commodity price managment, Fred has managed purchasing priorities for more than 5,000 restaurants
worldwide for employers and clients contracting more than $7 billion.
A graduate of Dowling College, Oakdale, New York, and an accredited Certified Purchasing Manager
by the National Association of Purchasing Management (1987) and the American Purchasing Society, Fred
is highly skilled in the contracting of commodities, equipment, supplies, distribution, and service
Fred Favole, the leader in charge of the consulting team, along with Mike Klein and Ron Bay continue
to provide cost-effective programs and are well known in the foodservice industry as experienced senior managers.
Fred's recent article on Chain Negotiations was a
featured editorial of foodservice.com. He has chaired the International Foodservice Manufacturers
Association (IFMA), Supply Chain Purchasing Conference and has been panel moderator at the American
Purchasing Society seminar.
Under his direction the SPS management team has substantially reduced the purchasing, freight, and
distribution costs for more than 30 foodservice chains documenting total savings exceeding $100 million.
Ronald E. Bay, Managing Partner
Ronald Bay is responsible for business development and as senior consultant works directly
with chains and independent restaurants. He also acts as project manager for
company distribution services (bids, program assessments and audits) programs.
Prior to joining SPS in 2007, Ron served as President of the U.S. Food Service branch in Pompano Beach,
FL, where he managed broad line food sales and purchasing. He was responsible for establishing an
innovative and profitable export business and initiated an “in-house” beef cutting program that lowered
prices for restaurant and hotel customers. At Moore Food Distributors, St. Louis, he utilized his
expertise in produce and broadline distributor to expand the business and improve customer service.
Ron’s other executive assignments include Vice President, Sysco Food Services and General Manager, Clark
Foodservice, St. Louis, MO.
Ron’s extensive industry experience enhances the effectiveness of SPS client programs in a wide variety
of food and distribution areas. He is a valuable new member of the consulting management team. Ron is a
graduate of the University of Missouri, St. Louis, MO.