Need some inspiration or new ideas? Or want to keep up with what’s going on in the industry? These 7 restaurant industry experts are thought leaders and power Twitter users, and thus worthy of a follow. Whether you’re a restaurant owner, looking to open a restaurant, or just want to know what’s going on in the industry, these guys and gals have it going on.

ron ruglessRon Ruggless

If something is going on in the restaurant world, Ron is tweeting about it. He’s also a writer for National Restaurant News.

paul barronPaul Barron

Paul is the Ryan Seacrest of the restaurant industry. He’s got a billion projects going on, most of which aim at helping restaurants with digital marketing and operating tools.

jim sullivanJim Sullivan

Jim is kind of an industry icon – aka, he’s a pretty big deal. He’s an expert on restaurant and retail leadership.

denise lee yohnDenise Lee Yohn

Denise is a marketing & branding expert who has a restaurant heavy client list. Her tweets are often filled with informative goodies on industry giants.

dan kimDan Kim

Founder of the frozen yogurt concept, Red Mango, Dan is an example of how to use Twitter to effectively monitor and market a restaurant brand.

nate riggsNate Riggs

Nate is an expert in digital marketing with an emphasis on restaurants. He also writes for

kat coleKat Cole

Kat is the president of Cinnabon, and uses Twitter to thank and interact with her customers.

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Matt Thompson

CEO of ShiftNote
Matt has let his lifelong passion of food and people lead him to 15 amazing years as a restaurant manager and another 9 years working as a Director with a major food service distributor. He has channeled this passion to help create and run ShiftNote. When he's not dominating the food service industry, he's spending time with his 4 children and cheering on the Tigers as a Mizzou Alumni.