The Massachusetts Restaurant Association (MRA) has named restaurant veteran Bob Luz as president and CEO. After 24 years, Peter Christie is retiring.

Luz most recently held the position of chief human resource officer of American Blue Ribbon Holdings LLC, based in Nashville, Tenn.

"I am both humbled and very excited with the opportunity the MRA Board has afforded me," Luz said. "The MRA is well known and respected as one of the preeminent state restaurant associations in the country. I look forward to a seamless transition with Peter and to continue to build upon the services and information that we provide our members."

Luz brings many years of experience in the food and beverage industry to the MRA. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a degree in Hospitality Management and then moved into restaurant operations with Stouffers before transitioning into Human Resources & Training. In his early career, Luz was part of developing the Applebee's of New England market. Luz then became vice president of Human Resources for Applebee's and moved to Kansas City, Mo. Wanting to return to New England, he then joined the then 45-unit Ninety Nine Restaurants as executive vice president of Human Resources and a member of the executive team. When publicly traded O'Charley's Inc. purchased the Ninety Nine Restaurants in 2003, Luz began commuting from Boston to Nashville and was named chief HR Officer for the company's three brands: O'Charley's, Ninety Nine Restaurants and Stoney River Legendary Steaks.

Most recently, in 2012 Fidelity National Financial Inc. completed the purchase of O'Charley's, Inc., and merged it into their restaurant division, American Blue Ribbon Holdings LLC. Luz was promoted to chief human resource officer.

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