The National Restaurant Association and the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) have elected new officers to their board of directors and board of trustees. They took office  Jan. 1 and led their first board meeting late last month in Phoenix.

The National Restaurant Association's 2012 officers are:

Chair: Rosalyn "Roz" Mallet is president and CEO of PhaseNext Hospitality, a franchise operating company focused on quick casual brands in non-traditional venues. She also is a member of the NRAEF board of trustees.

Vice chair: Phil Hickey currently serves as chairman of the board of O'Charley's Inc., a multi-concept public restaurant company based in Nashville, Tenn. He previously served as chairman of the board/chief executive officer of RARE Hospitality International Inc.

Treasurer: Marshall L. "Ken" Conrad is chairman of Libby Hill Seafood Restaurants, a nine-location company based in Greensboro, N.C. A former chairman of the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association, Conrad served on its board for more than 20 years. He has been a member of the NRA board of directors since 2004.

The NRAEF's 2012 officers are:

Chair: Xavier Teixido is president of Harry's Hospitality Group in Wilmington, Del. A seasoned operator and owner, Teixido has served as the chairman of the NRA (2002-2003) and is former president of the Delaware Restaurant Association.

Vice chair: Denise Marie Fugo, FMP, is chairman and CEO of Sammy's in Cleveland, specializing in banquet, concession and restaurant management. The NRAEF named her to its distinguished College of Diplomats in 2010. Fugo is a past chairman of the board of the NRA.

Treasurer: Michael Gibbons is president and CEO of Mainstreet Ventures Inc. in Ann Arbor, Mich. Gibbons was the 2009-2010 chairman of the NRA and is a former president of the Michigan Restaurant Association.

The newly elected directors to the NRA's board are:

  • Louis Basile, CEO/president of Wildflower Bread Company in Scottsdale, Ariz.
  • John Campbell, general manager of La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club in La Jolla, Calif.
  • Bill Caskey, VP of strategic business development of ConAgra Foods in Omaha, Neb.
  • George Ebinger, president/CEO of GTE Enterprises LLC in Barnegat, N.J.
  • Michael Hickey, president, Institutional, Ecolab Inc. in St. Paul, Minn.
  • Chris O'Herlihy, executive vice president, ITW Food Equipment Group in Glenview, Ill.
  • Bret Stewart, president of Centertwist Inc., in Woodinville, Wash.
  • Jay L. Stieber, executive vice president, CFA and general counsel of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises in Chicago, Ill.

The new directors will serve on the association's board through Dec. 31, 2014.

The newly elected trustees of the NRAEF's board are:

  • Dr. Jerald Chesser, interim dean, College of Extended University, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona in Pomona, Calif.
  • Jaime González, owner, Keso Mexican Grill in Johns Creek, Ga.
  • Michael Hickey, president, Institutional, Ecolab Inc. in St. Paul, Minn.
  • Peter Meersman, president and CEO, Colorado Restaurant Association in Denver, Colo.
  • Sally Smith, president and CEO, Buffalo Wild Wings Inc. in Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Joseph Taylor, vice president, Corporate Affairs, Brinker International Inc. in Dallas, Texas
  • Steven Watson, chief operating officer/general manager, Mendakota Country Club in Mendota Heights, Minn.

The new trustees will serve on the NRAEF's board through Dec. 31, 2014.

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