Dear LRA Members,
Happy New Year! It is an honor and privilege to serve as the chairman of the Louisiana Restaurant Association (LRA) this year. For more than 30 years working in the hospitality industry and as much time as a LRA member, service has and continues to be at the core of my professional and personal life. The opportunity to be of service in this capacity to you as a member, to our association and to our industry is truly the highlight of my career.
During my involvement in the LRA, I have served as the LRA Greater New Orleans Chapter President and on the LRA State Board of Directors, chairing several committees. What I have learned is that when our members take an interest in service to the LRA it improves our association and the outlook of our industry—economically and politically. In order to fulfill the LRA’s vision of leading Louisiana’s restaurant industry into a new era of prosperity and prominence, each and every one of us needs to participate in the activities of your association.
Our nine LRA chapters are located across the state and are designed to localize your member experience. The upcoming chapter Meet Your Legislator events are an important way to connect with your fellow members and share your business story with state legislators to further the reputation of our industry. When you renew your investment in the LRA and contribute to the Hospitality Political Action Committee (Hospitality PAC) that provides a valuable tool to support the LRA’s advocacy efforts among our elected officials.
There are also mentoring opportunities with your local LRA Education Foundation ProStart programs. Giving just one hour of your time to these emerging restaurant management and culinary high school students can make a difference in their career choices. You can share your story, conduct a demonstration or an exercise that examines an important aspect of the business. These students are the future leaders of our industry.
The LRA exists to help you build customer loyalty, rewarding careers and financial success and opportunity will avail itself to you through your participation. I’m living proof that the rewards of LRA involvement far outweigh the minimal investment.
2015 LRA Chair
Director of Catering & Events
Hilton New Orleans Riverside