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NRAEF Board Officers & Senior Leadership

NRAEF Board Officers & Senior Leadership

Dawn Sweeney

Dawn Sweeney

President and Chief Executive Officer
National Restaurant Association and National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation

Sam J. Facchini, FMP

Sam J. Facchini, FMP

Metro Pizza
Las Vegas, NV

Geoff Hill

Geoff Hill

Vice Chair
Roark Capital Group

Stan Harris

Stan Harris

Louisiana Restaurant Association

Rob Gifford

Rob Gifford

Executive Vice President
National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation

NRAEF Board of Trustees

Vic Allred

Jazz, a Louisiana Kitchen

Shaun Beard

SAVOR and Premier Brands

Robert Black

A Good Egg Dining Group

Susan Connelly

Darden Restaurants, Inc.

Tommy Cvitanovich

Drago's Seafood Restaurant

Jessica Dunker

Iowa Restaurant Association

John Eastman

Auto-Chlor Services LLC

Joseph Essa

Wolfgang Puck Worldwide

Marilou Halvorsen

New Jersey Restaurant Association

Roger Kaplan


Emily Williams Knight

Study Group

William B. Kohl

Greenwood Hospitality Group

Rosalyn Mallet (Roz)

PhaseNext Hospitality

Ivan Matsunaga

Madi Ty, Inc.

Melvin Rodrigue

Galatoire's Restaurants

Kevin Settles

Bardenay Restaurants and Distilleries

Kent Walrack

Lyons Magnus

Curtis Wilson

American Express

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This week, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) kicks off its first annual Restaurant Ready Forum to share best practices for training and employing “opportunity youth” at local restaurants.  The three-day Forum brings together community based organizations, State Restaurant Association (SRA) partners and key business leaders that see restaurant jobs as a pathway to independence for unemployed and/or out of school youth.

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