The Collins College Of Hospitality Management

Steve Burns


Vice President of National Operations
Sysco Specialty Meat Group

Steven Burns is a proven supply chain leader with over 25 years of broad business and leadership skillsets. Highly experienced with multi-channel retail, wholesale, contract, and dotcom distribution operations, Steve has held key leadership roles in industry leading organizations to include CVS I Caremark Corp, Office Depot Inc., Nike Inc., Sysco Foods of Los Angeles and currently with Sysco Specialty Meat Group. He brings a motivational management style with a successful record of developing and retaining highly successful talent in the Supply Chain discipline. His broad scope of skill sets include cultural transformations, start up, merger and acquisition assignments, strategic financial planning, and large project management. Steve carries a proven ability to develop a collaborative culture of teamwork, accountability and employee development that yields increased business unit performance. 

Proven areas of expertise include: Cross Functional Collaboration ~ Motivational Leadership ~ Executive Management ~ Multi Site - Multi-Channel Distribution ~ Financial Planning ~ Relationship Building ~ Training/Mentoring/Team Building ~ Change Agent ~ Start-Ups, Mergers and Acquisitions ~ Union Negotiations/Avoidance Expert ~ Complex Transportation Models ~ Lean Six Sigma ~ Systems Integration ~ Organizational Development and Growth ~ Process Improvement ~ Sales Leadership ~ WMS Design and Deployment

Company Profile 

Sysco is the global leader in selling, marketing and distributing food products to restaurants, healthcare and educational facilities, lodging establishments and other customers who prepare meals away from home. Its family of products also includes equipment and supplies for the foodservice and hospitality industries. With over 65,000 associates, the company operates approximately 300 distribution facilities across the globe and serves more than 500,000 customer locations. For fiscal year 2017 that ended July I, 2017, the company generated sales of more than $55 billion.