New NRA educational foundation chief relishing restaurant challenge

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The National Restaurant Association has announced that Michelle Korsmo will take over as president and CEO of its Educational Foundation from 1 May.

In her role, Korsmo will be responsible for guiding the association’s strategic path towards its vision for a thriving restaurant and foodservice community.

Korsmo is a seasoned trade association executive with extensive public policy experience at the federal and state levels.

Since 2018, she has served as president and CEO of the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America, prior to which she served as CEO of the American Land Title Association after being promoted from COO.

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Additionally, Korsmo was executive VP at Americans for Prosperity Foundation and served in the 2001-2004 Bush Administration as Deputy Chief of Staff to Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao.

Lance Trenary, chair of the National Restaurant Association board, said: “The search committee led an exhaustive search for a people-centered leader with extensive business acumen and deep policy experience. We have found this in Michelle. She brings — to both our Association and Foundation — association leadership experience, including working closely with policymakers on a bipartisan basis.”

The restaurant industry is the nation’s second-largest private sector employer with nearly 1 million foodservice outlets nationwide.

In 2022, the industry is forecast to reach $898 billion in sales, and grow its workforce by more than 400,000 jobs.

Korsmo said that every restaurant — from Main Street eateries and quick-service cafes to fine-dining establishments and all the foodservice locations in between — depend on the National Restaurant Association to serve as the leading advocate on their behalf at each level of government.

“People from all backgrounds benefit from the training and education the National Restaurant Association and Educational Foundation provides, and it will be fulfilling to be a part of that important work. In so many ways, restaurants are the heart of our communities,” she commented. “Sharing the innovative ways these restaurants are serving those communities can better inform policymaking while also attracting the next generation of foodservice leaders and employees. It’s a tremendous honor for me to help lead that effort.”

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