The Louisiana Restaurant Association Education Foundation is pleased to announce the election of a new Chair and Board Member to its Board of Directors, who oversee the mission and goals of the LRAEF. They assumed their new roles January 1, 2020, each for a two-year term.
Matt Massey of Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers will serve as the new Chair of the Foundation. Massey is the company’s Regional Vice President and responsible for nearly 100 restaurants throughout Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas and Texas. He has worked with the company for more than 12 years.
“As the Chair of the LRAEF, it is an honor to promote the restaurant industry and make a meaningful difference in the lives of others,” said Massey. “Our education and training programs support and inspire students to discover a passion for foodservice – and it is through this investment in tomorrow’s leaders that we can ensure a robust and vibrant industry for generations to come.”
Craig Dennison of Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots in New Orleans will serve as the Foundation’s new Secretary/Treasurer. Dennison has been at the Fair Grounds since 1990 and oversees its food and beverage program.
The LRAEF, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was founded in 1995 and is governed by a Board of Directors made up of restaurants, industry experts and educators in the hospitality industry.
The Board of Directors is responsible for overseeing the LRAEF programs, including ProStart and the LRAEF Scholarship Fund. ProStart is a nationwide, two-year program for high school students that develops the best and brightest talent into tomorrow’s industry leaders. The Board of Directors also awards LRAEF scholarships annually to students pursuing a culinary education. Since 2010, the LRAEF has awarded nearly $500,000.
The LRAEF is appreciative of the support of the nine LRA chapters who support its mission throughout the year and its annual partners: Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, Acme Oyster House, Auto-Chlor System, National Restaurant Association, Louisiana Hospitality Foundation, Baton Rouge Epicurean Society, Performance Foodservice, Emeril Lagasse Foundation, Fore!Kids Foundation, McIlhenny Company, PJ’s Coffee, B&G Food Enterprises, Atmos Energy, Sysco and Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.