National Restaurant Association Elects New Officers

(Washington, D.C.) The National Restaurant Association  <> today announced the election of its new officers during the Association's September Board meeting in the nation’s capital.  Michael Gibbons, president and CEO of Mainstreet Ventures, Inc., was elected chairman of the Board of Directors. Sally Smith, president and chief executive officer of Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc., in Minneapolis, Minn., was elected vice chair; and Rosalyn “Roz” Mallet, president and CEO of PhaseNext Hospitality in Plano, Texas, was elected treasurer. Each will serve until January 2011.

Gibbons is the president and CEO of Mainstreet Ventures, Inc., in Ann Arbor, Mich., a regional restaurant chain that began as a single restaurant venture. The portfolio currently features several diverse restaurant concepts operating in Ohio, West Virginia, Michigan, Maryland and Florida, including Real Seafood Co., Ristorante Gratzi, Blue Pointe Seafood, Palio Ristorante, La Dolce Vita, Tidewater Grill, Ciao, Chop House, Zia’s, Carson’s American Bistro and Carson’s Steakhouse. Read more here.

“We are excited to continue to grow membership and strengthen the National Restaurant Association’s services under Mike’s leadership,” said Dawn Sweeney, President and CEO of the Association. “He will be instrumental in advancing the Association’s new strategic plan and promoting an expanded portfolio of member benefits that will strengthen the restaurant and foodservice industry as a whole. Mike’s passion for the industry and vast experience will be extremely valuable to supporting our mission.”

Smith is president and chief executive officer of Buffalo Wild Wings Grill and Bar, headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., and has served in that capacity for more than 13 years.  Buffalo Wild Wings includes more than 610 restaurants in 41 states. Smith formerly held the position of chief financial officer with the company. Read more here.

"We are pleased that Sally will continue to play an important role in the National Restaurant Association’s leadership, bringing her unique experience and extraordinary talent to our member services and priority issues," said Sweeney.  "As we continue our work to advance the restaurant and foodservice industry on Capitol Hill and in the public eye, Sally will play a critical role in our efforts."
Mallet is currently changing her career track to move to the entrepreneurial side of business as President and CEO of PhaseNext Hospitality – a franchise operating company.  PNH’s mission is to deliver fresh, high quality quick casual restaurant brands that meet the public’s ever-increasing demand for higher quality food, service, hospitality and convenience to airport concessions programs, and other non traditional venues. Read more.
“We welcome Roz to her new leadership role and are confident in her abilities to help advance the National Restaurant Association and guide the restaurant industry into the future,” said Sweeney.  “A great addition to an already strong leadership team, Roz’s expertise and innovative thinking is sure to spur new ideas on how to serve our members.”

The chairman, vice chair and treasurer are volunteer positions held by members of the Association's Board of Directors who are exceptional leaders in the restaurant industry. When electing officers, directors consider the individual's level of participation in Board activities, his or her leadership skills, stature and involvement in industry activities.

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