The Texas Restaurant Association (TRA) has announced the appointment of Joe Monastero to the position of chief strategy and operations officer.
The association was formed in 1937 as an advocate and resource for the state’s restaurant industry.
Monastero brings decades of experience in the restaurant industry and international business to the association’s leadership team.
He has also worked with the association before now, including helping with its crisis management strategy during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In his new role he will lead membership and member engagement, as well as the efforts of the Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation (TRAEF), the not-for-profit workforce development arm of the TRA.
“With his drive, determination, and experience, we’re excited to have Joe join the team, and know he will be a huge asset to the TRA and Texas restaurant industry,” said Dr. Emily Williams Knight, president and CEO of the Texas Restaurant Association and Education Foundation.
She continued: “His tenacity to get things done and passion to support restaurants has already had a big impact through the establishment of the TX Restaurant Relief Fund initiative and the $2.2 million raised so far for Texas independent restaurants and their employees.”