The National Restaurant Association Announces Executive Appointments
Sep 15 16
The National Restaurant Association announced two new executive leaders in their marketing and communications departments. Deb Billow joins the Association as executive vice president of marketing and member engagement and Steve Danon joins as the Association as senior vice president of communications. In their new roles, Billow and Danon will help integrate new technology and analytics, and create a story telling culture into the Association's communications and marketing efforts. In her new role, Billow will oversee the strategy and execution of the Association's key marketing, membership events and industry sponsorship initiatives. Most recently as president of GKIC, Billow established herself as an exceptional leader with a proven track record of achieving results and leading high-performing teams. Danon joins the Association as senior vice president of communications. In his new role, Danon will oversee the Association's media and digital communications efforts. Over his two-decade career, Danon was partner and managing director of the Hudson Park Group, an international public affairs firm specializing in government and media relations, digital communications, coalition development and issue-based campaigns and vice president of strategic communications at DDC, an international public affairs firm based in Washington, D.C.
The National Restaurant Association and National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Announce Election of Officers to its Board of Directors and Board of Trustees
Jan 29 16
The National Restaurant Association and National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation announce election of officers to its Board of Directors and Board of Trustees, respectively. The officers, who serve one-year terms, led their first board meeting this week in Palm Beach, Fla. In addition, the NRA and NRAEF have named several industry leaders to join their boards. The 2016 officers are: Chair:Joseph Kadow is the Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of Bloomin' Brands Inc. Vice Chair: Jeff Davis is chairman of United States Beef Corp., a Tulsa, Okla.-based restaurant group founded by his father in 1969. Treasurer: Jay Stieber is Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises Inc. headquartered in Chicago and operating over 40 different concepts in more than 100 locations. The NRAEF's 2016 officers are: Chair: Lorna C. Donatone is Sodexo Region Chair for North America and CEO Schools worldwide. Vice Chair: Greg Hamer, Sr., FMP, is the owner of B&G Food Enterprises Inc., which includes B&G Food and affiliated companies that are responsible for operations of 94 Taco Bell, Taco Bell/KFC, and Taco Bell/Long John Silver franchise restaurants in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Treasurer: Sam Facchinialong with his cousin and business partner John Arena are the founders, owners, and operators of Las Vegas' Metro Pizza. In addition, the NRA has also added new members to its board. The newly elected directors include: Blanca Cabrera, Founder & President, Sergio's Family Restaurants in Miami, Florida. Kathleen Ciaramello, President, National FoodService and On-Premise, Coca-Cola North America in Atlanta, Georgia. Susan M. Connelly, Senior Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs, Darden Restaurants Inc. in Orlando, Florida. Carol B. Dover, FMP, President & Chief Executive Officer, Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association in Tallahassee, Florida. Anne Fink, Chief Operating Officer, PepsiCo North America Foodservice in Somers, New York. Jeffrey Gates, Partner, The Aquitane Group in Boston, Massachusetts. Stan Harris, President & Chief Executive Officer, Louisiana Restaurant Association, Louisiana Restaurant Association Self-Insurer's Fund in Metairie, Louisiana. Hattie Hill, President & Chief Executive Officer, Women's Foodservice Forum (WFF) in Dallas, Texas. Bob Omainsky, Founder & President, Fried Stewed Nude Inc. in Mobile, Alabama. Sonia Riggs, President & CEO, Colorado Restaurant Association in Denver, Colorado. The newly elected NRAEF trustees include: Robert Black, Culinary Director and Partner, A Good Egg Dining Group in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Roy Jackson, Senior Vice President, Business Development & Industry Affairs, Coca-Cola North America in Atlanta, Georgia. Steve Pattison, Chief Financial Officer & Vice President, Business Analysis and Risk Management, Restaurant Services Inc. (RSI) in Miami, Florida. Scott A. Sonnemaker, Chief Customer Officer, Senior Vice President, Sales, Sysco Corporation in Houston, Texas.