From the boardroom to the backroom, few executives know the ins-and-outs of the restaurant industry as well as Maryanne Rose. Having spent more than 25 years in both commercial and non-commercial foodservice, she is now on a mission to transform how growing restaurant companies manage their all-important supply chains. After serving in leadership positions at such companies as Rock Bottom Restaurants Inc., VICORP Inc., CA1 Services, and Sky Chefs Inc., in 2008 she created SpenDifference to meet a need few in the chain restaurant industry even realized existed. Today, SpenDifference works hand-in-hand with such well known restaurant chains as Sizzler, Taco John’s, Zoe’s Kitchen, McAlister’s Deli and RealMex Restaurants. With a growing staff of more than 20, SpenDifference oversees nearly $1 billion dollars annually in purchasing.