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(Sacramento, Calif) – The California Restaurant Association (CRA) announced Tuesday the induction of new chapter presidents in Fresno, Los Angeles and San Diego. Chapter presidents serve a two year term, following a two year term as vice president.
“We pride ourselves in having the best and the brightest restaurant industry talent on our chapter boards,” CRA President + CEO Jot Condie said. “We welcome the incoming chapter presidents and look forward to their leadership.”
Fresno welcomes Haley Wagner, Sales and Catering Manager for Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Wagner succeeds Roman Cota, General Manager of Wedgewood Wedding & Banquet Center. Wagner has been instrumental in many Fresno chapter activities and outreach. She is a New York native that came to Fresno State for school and has been a Fresno resident ever since.
Ashley Robey, VP of Loteria Grill Restaurant Group takes over for Scott Ponchetti, Director of Operations for Hard Rock Café. Robey has been on the LA chapter board for many years and is heavily involved in the government affairs aspect of the industry.
The San Diego chapter welcomes in Jim Wendler, CEO of Fish Market Restaurants, Inc., which operates six seafood restaurants in California. Wendler is preceded by Ed Powers, Area Director of Chili’s. Wendler has also served as the chair for the San Diego chapter’s education committee.
Three chapter presidents have one year remaining on their term;
· Sacramento: Chris Jarosz (Broderick’s, Saddle Rock, Localis)
· Orange County: Kyle Simpson (Vine, Ironwood)
· Central Valley: Rick Evans (Visalia Country Club)
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.
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