National Restaurant Association Announces Terry Erdle as Chief Revenue Officer

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Newly created role will focus on expanding the Association’s show and solutions offerings

Today the National Restaurant Association announced the addition of Terry J. Erdle, as Chief Revenue Officer for the Association. In this newly created role, Erdle will oversee the Association’s revenue-generating activities, including the NRA Show, ServSafe, National Registry, sponsorships and strategic alliances.

Terry J. Erdle
Terry J. Erdle

“As the nation’s leading foodservice trade association, we are constantly looking to develop and expand our innovative solutions for America’s one million restaurants,” said Dawn Sweeney, President and CEO of the National Restaurant Association. “As Chief Revenue Officer, Terry will help the Association continue to set the table for new ways to grow. We are thrilled to welcome Terry to our organization.”

Erdle joins the Association this month and will be primarily based in its Chicago office. With more than 25 years of leadership experience in cyber security, online learning, and trade association leadership, Erdle most recently served as executive vice president of business development for Knowledge Factor, where he successfully and substantially grew revenues by building innovative go-to-market strategies for this leading brain science based learning platform.

Previously, Erdle led the Certification and Learning division of CompTIA, the largest global IT certification body. Additionally, he acted as chairman of the Cybersecurity Credentialing Collaborative, where he led cross industry initiatives to raise awareness of and advocate for vendor-neutral credentials in information security, privacy, and related IT disciplines. Erdle has also held senior executive positions at Sun Microsystems, IHS Group, and Mattel Toys. In each of these roles, he established a track record for advancing service and training solutions, while developing and growing sustainable revenue streams in short-time frames by utilizing advanced technology products, training and innovative market approaches.

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Terry earned his M.S. from Oxford University, and his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Philosophy from Colorado State University.


Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the leading business association for the restaurant industry, which comprises more than one million restaurant and foodservice outlets and a workforce of 14.4 million employees. We represent the industry in Washington, D.C., and advocate on its behalf. We operate the industry’s largest trade show (NRA Show May 20-23 2017, in Chicago); leading food safety training and certification program (ServSafe); unique career-building high school program (the NRAEF’s ProStart); as well as the Kids LiveWell program promoting healthful kids’ menu options. For more information, visit Restaurant.org and find us on, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram