Michelle Korsmo named president and CEO of the National Restaurant Association; CEO of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation


WASHINGTON, February 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The National Restaurant Association today announced the appointment of Michelle L. Korsmo as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Association and Chief Executive Officer of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, effective May 1, 2022. In this role, Korsmo will be responsible for guiding the Association’s strategic journey towards its vision of a thriving restaurant and foodservice community.

“The search committee conducted an exhaustive search for a people-centered leader with strong business acumen and deep policy experience. We found her in Michelle. She brings – both to our association and to the Foundation – an association leadership experience, including working closely with policy makers on a bipartisan basis. On a personal level, she embodies a warm sense of hospitality,” said Lance TrenaireChairman of the Board of Directors of the National Restaurant Association.

Korsmo is a seasoned trade association executive with extensive public policy experience at the federal and state levels. Since 2018, she has served as President and CEO of Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America, prior to which she served as CEO of the American Land Title Association after being promoted from COO. Additionally, Korsmo served as executive vice president of the Americans for Prosperity Foundation and served in the Bush administration from 2001 to 2004 as deputy chief of staff for labor secretary Elaine Chao.

“Every restaurant – high street restaurants, quick service cafes, fine dining establishments and every dining venue in between – depends on the National Restaurant Association to serve as the primary advocate on their behalf at every level of government, especially given the unprecedented challenges restaurants continue to face due to the impact of COVID-19 on our country,” Korsmo said. “People from all walks of life benefit from the training and education provided by the National Restaurant Association and Educational Foundation, and it will be rewarding to be a part of this important work. In many ways, restaurants are at the heart of our communities. Sharing innovation in how these restaurants serve these communities can better inform policy-making while attracting the next generation of restaurant leaders and employees. It is a huge honor for me to help lead this effort. »

The restaurant industry is the second largest private sector employer in the country with nearly one million restaurant outlets nationwide. By 2022, the industry is expected to reach $898 billion in sales and grow its workforce by more than 400,000 jobs.

The National Restaurant Association strives to create a thriving restaurant and foodservice community, bringing food, opportunity and joy to the United States, working to improve the quality of life for all. Learn more about it and the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation here.

About the National Restaurant Association
Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the leading trade association for the restaurant industry, comprising 1 million food and beverage outlets and a workforce of 15 million employees. We represent the industry in washington d.c., and plead on his behalf. We sponsor the largest trade show in the industry (National Restaurant Association Show); leading food safety training and certification program (ServSafe); unique high school career development program (ProStart from NRAEF). For more information, visit Restaurant.org and find us on Twitter @WeRRestaurants, Facebook and Youtube.

About the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF)
As the philanthropic foundation of the National Restaurant Association, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s public service mission is dedicated to enhancing training and education, career development, and community engagement efforts. Of the industry. The NRAEF and its programs aim to attract, empower and advance the restaurant and catering workforce of today and tomorrow. NRAEF programs include: ProStart® – a high school vocational and technical education program; Restaurant Ready – partnering with community organizations to provide youth and those involved in justice with skills training and employment opportunities; Military – helping military men and women transition their skills into catering and catering careers; Scholarships – financial aid for students pursuing degrees in catering, catering and hospitality; Registered Hospitality Apprenticeship Project – a partnership with the American Hotel & Lodging Association offering a hospitality apprenticeship program for the industry.

For more information on the NRAEF, visit ChooseRestaurants.org

SOURCE National Restaurant Association


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