August 30, 2012
Scoma’s exec Mariann Costello inducted as chairwoman of the California Restaurant Association Board of Directors
(SACRAMENTO, Aug. 30, 2012) – The California Restaurant Association (CRA) is pleased to announce the induction of Mariann Costello as the CRA Chairwoman of the Board, succeeding Past Chairman Harald Herrmann.
“As a highly respected leader in California’s ultimate restaurant city, Mariann is exceptionally well-equipped to guide the industry into what we hope will be a new era of growth and development,” CRA President + CEO Jot Condie said. “Mariann’s strong forward-thinking philosophy will be invaluable to our members who are working to thrive in the still-shaky economy.”
As vice president of the venerable Scoma’s Restaurants based in San Francisco, Costello has more than 28 years experience in the restaurant industry, including serving as president of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association and president of the San Francisco Taxicab Commission.
At Scoma’s, Costello has built up the company’s reputation for progressive environmental principles and practices, fiercely supporting sustainable fishing practices, as well as integrating highly intricate recycling, composting and biofuel systems.
“Restaurants are unparalleled in their ability to provide opportunities and make a real difference in the communities in which they serve,” Costello said “Whether it’s through environmental practices, philanthropic pursuits or education and job creation, the industry is poised to lead the rest of the business community, and the CRA provides important support to make success possible.”
In addition to the California Restaurant Association Board of Directors, Costello holds positions on the Golden Gate Restaurant Association, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, San Francisco Convention and Visitor’s Bureau boards of directors, as well as a past member of the National Restaurant Association Conserve Action Committee, and a Trustee of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association Scholarship Foundation.
In 2009, she was selected by the San Francisco Business Times as one of the Most Influential Women in Business in the Bay Area, and inducted in the Forever Influential Honor Roll in 2010.