“Kevin’s conscientiousness will drive our efforts to protect and promote the industry in what continues to be an embattled economic environment,” CRA President + CEO Jot Condie said. “With so many major legislative and regulatory issues on the horizon, I believe his expertise and leadership will serve our membership well.”
McCarney is founder and president of Poquito Mas Inc., a fresh Mexican quickservice concept based in Los Angeles. As a teenager growing up in Hollywood, he started working his way up in the industry, first as a janitor, and over time serving as a waiter, manager, trainer, general manager and district manager for national chains.
McCarney left the corporate world in 1984 to launch his company, which would grow to 11 locations serving more than 4,000 guests each day. He also has invented and holds three patents for a NSF International-listed corn tortilla press.
“I’m proud to represent an industry that not only provides meaningful opportunities for millions of Californians, but also sustains a strong commitment to the communities in which we do business,” McCarney said. “The CRA supports these efforts, while ensuring that the voice of restaurant operators is heard, and providing practical resources to ensure business owners have what they need to thrive.”
McCarney has served on the board the Burbank Arts in Education Foundation and as a past president of the Boys and Girls Club of Burbank and the Universal City-North Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, as well as past chairman of the Los Angeles County Food Safety Advisory Council.
His work workers’ compensation reform in the 1990s led to an appointment by Gov. Pete Wilson to the board of directors of the California State Compensation Insurance Fund.
McCarney lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Nina. Their two daughters attend universities in California.