Rich Panner



Advisors, Here to Serve.




About Me

Hello Iron Nation!!- My name is Rich Panner. I am married to my beautiful wife Shanna. She and I have 4 kids and are now officially empty nesters. They are Sarah (29), John (26), Emily (24) and Hanna (23). We are very proud of all of them.

I recently entered the next season of my life after a 35 year with PepsiCo. Shanna also recently retired after 30 years in the Gwinnett school season. We both have blessed with great careers and the ability to finish with the same employer we started with. Through God’s provision- I was introduced to Gary/ Barry through Richard Buckley at Corporate Chaplains and have enjoyed my experience at Iron Forums immensely.

Iron Forums has been great for me in this next chapter of my life as I have met so many like minded professionals whose desire is to serve the Lord. As an advisor- I have received much more than I have given. That said, I hope to be able to share with other business leaders and learn from some of the mistakes I have made along the way. I am happy at any time have a conversation or just be a listening ear and help any way I can.


Business Expertise

35 Year with PepsiCo Inc. Primary experience in Sales Operations and Selling Excellence. Job responsibilities

  • VP Sales- PBNA South Division
  • RVP/ GM- Southeast Division
  • GM- Carolinas and Tennessee
  • Business Development Manager- Florida
  • Director of Sales- Georgia
  • Key Account Manager- Alabama and South Carolina
  • Front Line Merchandiser – Most valuable time in my career


Operations- managed DSD operation across Southeast US. 24/7 operation

Sales- Managed professional sales force calling on key retailers across Southern portion of US (all Retail channels)

Business objectives: Deliver results/ Build relationships/ Develop People


I can help you

Images of my Family and Interests

Fun Facts


“Do what’s right, do the best you can, treat people the way you want to be treated”

Favorite Book

• The Bible
• Whisper by Mark Batterson
• Winning the War in your Mind by Craig Groeschel (Thank you 12 Stone Small Group- you know who you are)

Things I'm Working On

My work now is currently focused on the 4 “F’s)
Faith - Growing spiritually through more intentional time with the Lord through my church, small groups, and time in the Word.
Family - More quality time with family whether here in GA or going to visit them in Florida and NYC.
Friends - Reconnecting with friends that I have lost touch with (College in OH-IO) or HS (Baylor School- Chattanooga TN)
Fitness - Working on my health and taking time to exercise


• UGA football (Home or Away - Go Dawgs)
• Travel, Shanna and I love the beach
• Visiting NGA Mountains
• Golf
• Pickleball

#1 Business Accomplishment

Privileged to work 35 great years at an outstanding organization at PepsiCo. It is a fast-paced environment with many great people. I am most proud of any impact and development I had on the future leaders of the organization.

Bucket List

• The ability to use this “4th Quarter” to share my testimony in hopes young leaders can learn from my mistakes.
• Serve others- Live with Humility


Orlando Business Journal

Profile- August 2012

Central Florida Christian Chamber of Commerce

Profile- Fall 2017

Reach Out if I Can Serve You