The Texas Restaurant Association has announced the addition of 30 new directors as well as four officers to its board for 2021.
The current board met in San Antonio last week and approved 30 new directors, which it said represent every facet of the restaurant, food, and beverage industry.
Gary Johnson, director of operations for Frontier Enterprises, will serve as chairman of the board, supported by vice chair Leo Duran, owner of L&J Café in El Paso.
Meanwhile, Jonathan Horowitz, founder of Convive Hospitality Consulting, will act as treasurer and John B. Gessner of SVM Productions and Fox Rothschild will stay on as immediate past chair.
New directors will include senior staff from companies like Google, Coca-Cola and UberEats.
“With more than 50,000 entities employing 1.3 million people, and with sales of more than $70 billion prior to the pandemic, this is a critical time for our industry as we continue to navigate the crippling impact from the COVID-19 pandemic, said Emily Williams Knight, president and CEO of the association.
“We must tackle the challenges before us while positioning the industry to recovery and rebuild,” she continued. “Our officers and chapter leadership, joined by this incredible group of industry leaders, will bring their knowledge and expertise to guide the association through the days ahead.
“Additionally, this group will be deeply involved in the 87th Texas Legislative Session that is just a few months away. Adding these powerful voices will ensure we have the strength to advocate for our members and position the industry for a strong and sustained recovery.”