Texas Restaurant Association Adds Leading Voices to 2022 Board of Directors


Posted: October 6, 2021 at 6:00 a.m. EDT|Update: 1 hour ago

AUSTIN, Texas, October 6, 2021 / PRNewswire / – The Texas Restaurant Association (TRA) is proud to announce its officers and new directors. With this group of leaders, TRA will continue to leverage the full strength and diversity of our industry as we work to protect, advance and educate the restaurant and foodservice industry through Texas.

TRA 2022 Board of Directors (LR) officers: Leo Duran (El Paso), president, Jonathan Horowitz (Houston), vice-president, Skeeter Miller (Austin), treasurer, and Gary Johnson (San Antonio), president outgoing.

Leo Duran, owner, L&J Café (El Paso), will serve as chairman of the board of directors of the Texas Restaurant Association, supported by the vice president Jonathan horowitz, founder, Convive Hospitality Consulting (Houston); Treasurer Miller Skeeter, Owner / President, Countyline BBQ (Austin); and past president Gary Johnson, Director of Operations, Frontier Enterprises / Jim’s Restaurants (San Antonio).

“With more than 50,000 entities representing 1.3 million people and sales of more than $ 70 billion Ahead of the pandemic, this is a critical time for our industry as we continue to grapple with the disruption created by COVID-19. We must address the challenges that lie ahead while positioning the industry to recover and rebuild, ”said Dr. Emilie Williams Chevalier, Ed.D., President and CEO of the Texas Restaurant Association. “Our leaders and directors, who represent every region of the state and every part of our evolving industry, will bring their unique expertise to guide the Association in the days to come. The addition of these powerful and diverse voices will assure us to have the strength to defend our members and build on the Association’s record of success. ”

In addition to appointing the new officers, the TRA has added the following newly elected directors, each of whom will serve a two-year term starting January 1, 2022, with the possibility of adding a second two-year term:

Blanca Aldaco, Founder and Owner, Aldaco’s Mexican Cuisine
Amanda case, General Manager, Pelican’s
Alex Eagle, CEO, Freebirds World Burrito
Steve garcia, Owner, Calico Country
Debbie glenn, Owner, Red Brick Tavern
Edgar Guevara, President and CEO, MCrowd Restaurant Group
Julie keith, Owner, Vitek Market
Marc McDougal, Chief Executive Officer, McDougal Companies
Vanessa Miller, Director of Special Events, County Line BBQ
James moore, Managing Partner and Executive Chef, Full Belly Café & Bar
Michel ramirez, Owner, 10 Sports Bar & Grill
Harlan scott, Owner, Industry
Holly scott, owner and general manager, Megg’s Café
Tommy van wolfe, Vice President of Corporate Restaurants, Raising Cane’s
Alicia Voltmer, Of Counsel, Greenberg Traurig LLP

The TRA Board of Directors is made up of 65 voting directors, representing each of the 23 chapters that make up the TRA, as well as the various industry sectors represented by the Association, including independent single / multi unit operations. -unity, the top 100 franchisees in the chain, the 100 largest companies in the chain and the main suppliers to the industry. The Board of Directors provides governance and strategic direction to the Association as it seeks to meet the needs of Texas catering industry.

About the Texas Restaurant Association
Founded in 1937, the Texas Restaurant Association (TRA) is the lawyer for Texas and the indispensable resource for the restaurant industry. As a leading professional association, the TRA represents the $ 70 billion the restaurant industry, which includes more than 50,000 locations and a workforce of 1.3 million employees. Together with the Texas Restaurant Foundation, the workforce development arm of TRA, the Association proudly continues to protect, advance and educate a growing industry as it enters its 85e anniversary year.


The Texas Restaurant Association represents the state's $ 66 billion restaurant industry, which ...
The Texas Restaurant Association represents the state’s $ 66 billion restaurant industry, which includes more than 48,000 locations and a workforce of 1.3 million employees. TXRestaurant.org (PRNewsfoto / Texas Restaurant Association)

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