September 6, 2016
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California Restaurant Association elects Joe Gatto chairman
(Sacramento, CA) – Longtime restaurateur Joe Gatto, an unwavering advocate for the restaurant community and for culinary arts education, has been named Chairman of the Board of the California Restaurant Association.
Gatto is a restaurant veteran known for leading the T-Bird Restaurant Group, Inc., a franchisee of Outback Steakhouse. Gatto joined Outback in 1990 as a managing partner and became the Joint Venture Partner in California in 1997. Prior to his relationship with Outback, Gatto was a manager and general manager of Houston’s Restaurant after studying hotel and restaurant management at Penn State University.
In addition to managing the very real challenges of running a restaurant business, Gatto has devoted countless hours to the overall success of the industry as a board member of CRA for the last 15 years. With an eye on the future of the profession, Gatto has also been a member of the Board of Advisors of the Collins College of Hospitality Management at Cal Poly, Pomona.
“We’re very excited to welcome Joe as our chairman,” said Jot Condie, President + CEO of the California Restaurant Association. “Joe is walking proof that persistence pays off. People take different paths into this business, but Joe knew early on that he wanted to be a restaurateur. And now, he’s helping others get there and helping lead an entire industry into the future.”
Gatto began his chairmanship on August 28.
About the California Restaurant Association: The California Restaurant Association provides ultimate access to the resources and support restaurant professionals need to lead thriving businesses, while serving as conscientious, contributing members of an unparalleled industry. California is home to more than 90,000 eating and drinking places that ring up more than $72 billion in sales and employ more than 1.6 million workers, making restaurants an indisputable driving force in the state’s economy.