Senior Client Advisor

Following a 37-year career in the restaurant industry, Larry Smith was an Executive Vice President with Ritchie International Branded Resource Group, an industry leader for taking food products from concept to commercialization. Smith shepherded some of the top names in the food service industry through the brand development process. In his restaurant career, Smith was an Operating Partner for Buckhead Mountain Grill; was part of the founding senior management team for Rally's Hamburgers; and later became a member of the senior management team of Shoney's Restaurants and a franchisee with four restaurants.

During his career Larry has demonstrated tremendous success in efficiently managing supply chain to reduce costs and expand relationships. Most recently Larry joined a national firm, ERA as a licensee. He has been a leader in ERA client acquisition and project management since becoming a licensee and Managing Director for the Kentucky and Tennessee Central Region in 2008. Since then he has overseen savings attained for his clients of well over $1,000,000.