COLORADO RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Colorado Restaurant Association is led by people actively involved in our industry. The men and women who serve as directors of the Association have not only successfully run their own businesses, but have volunteered countless hours in effective leadership within the Association. The directors of the CRA represent the foodservice industry in Colorado and we thank them for their dedication. 

The 2018-2019 Leadership Includes:

Executive Committee

  • Chair, Tom Carlson, Cool River Coffee House
  • Immediate Past Chair, Mark Rogers, Cheddar's Casual Cafe
  • Vice-Chair Government Affairs/Chair Elect, KC Gallagher, Little Pub Co.
  • Vice-Chair Membership, Scott Engelman, SEAdvisors/Truffle Pig
  • Vice-Chair Convention & Events, Aileen Reilly, beast+bottle and Coperta
  • Vice-Chair Communication, Greg Howard, Sopra
  • Vice-Chair Colorado Restaurant Foundation, David Goetz, Service Systems Associates
  • Treasurer, Chris Weil, FOODMatch Inc.
  • Controller,Thom Parker, 
  • Secretary, Sean Kaiser, The Egg & I
  • Sonia Riggs, CRA President & CEO, Ex-Officio

Directors

  • Todd Bass, PepsiCo Foodservice
  • Brent Berkowitz, Sage Restaurant Group
  • Clay Caldwell, Mo'Betta Gumbo
  • Chris Clark, Sheraton Denver Downtown
  • Catherine Cooney, The Palm Restaurant
  • Lee Driscoll, Breckenridge-Wynkoop LLC
  • John Imbergamo, The Imbergamo Group
  • John Johnstone, The Broadmoor Resort
  • Dan Klehm, Illegal Pete's
  • Andrea Knight, The Noshery
  • Kenneth Monfort, Monfort Companies
  • Alfonso Nunez, La Cueva
  • Ted Politte, Uno Pizzeria & Grill
  • Daniel Ramirez, Los Dos Potrillos
  • Laurence Rua, Centerplate
  • Emily Schwartz, Bonanno Concepts
  • Rachel Skinner, Zuus Workforce
  • Taylor Sommer, RNDC
  • Mark Stanley, Phantom Partners Corp
  • Rick Stucy, Wheeler Restaurant Group
  • Lam Vongsakoun, Ameristar Black Hawk
  • Leonid Yuffa, Dazbog Coffee Company

Chapter Presidents

  • Boulder County, Tony Milazzo, Sundown Saloon
  • Breckenridge, TJ Messerschmitt, Twist/Relish
  • Durango, David Woodruff, El Moro Spirits & Tavern
  • Mile High, Garrett Ladd, Bout Time Pub & Grub
  • Northern Colorado,Skip Bassett, Culver's
  • Pikes Peak, Greg Howard, Sopra
  • Pueblo, TBD
  • Steamboat Springs, Nick Sharp, Rex's Family of Restaurants
  • Summit County, Jonny Greco, Greco's Pastaria

Past Chairs

  • Paul Aylmer, Epicurean Group
  • John Beck, Texas Roadhouse
  • Doug Besant, Snarf’s
  • Rob Dawe, Lansdowne Arms
  • Tom Flanagan
  • Robert Hahn, Asset Sources
  • Rob Haimson, Magnum Properties, LLC
  • Steve Kanatzar, The Airplane Restaurant
  • Chase Kintz, Big Cheese Colorado, Inc.
  • Karen Kristopeit-Parker, The Fresh Fish Company
  • Matt Larson, Kenny’s Steak House
  • Tom Lund
  • Joseph Madril
  • Dennis McCann, J.D.’s Bait Shop & Sports Grill
  • Mark Moses, Outback Steakhouse
  • Ed Novak
  • Brian G. O’Rourke, Modern Real Estate
  • Steve Passow, Steve Passow Agency, LLC
  • Gary Prell, Centerplate
  • Craig Reed, The Broadmoor
  • Mark Valente, Sanborn and Co. Inc. Restaurant Brokers
  • Tom Walls, Trinity Grille
  • Richard Weil, National Restaurant Consultants
  • Rich Yoke, Egg & I

Director Emeritus

  • H.A. Andy Divine
  • Tom Garrett
  • Jerry Goodwin
  • Ed McCallum
  • Mike Nemeth
  • Eddie Robinson, Robinson Management LLC
  • Alan Seidenfeld, The Alan Seidenfeld Marketing Group, LLC

Exchange Directors

  • Colorado Tourism Office, National Restaurant Association, Sonia Riggs, CRA
  • Colorado Hotel & Lodging Association, Amie Mayhew

Colorado Restaurant Foundation Board of Directors

Officers

  • Chair, Tom Carlson, Cool River Coffee House
  • Vice Chair, David Goetz, Service Systems Associates
  • Fundraising Committee, Lauren O'Brien, The Palm
  • Education Committee, Andrea Knight, The Noshery
  • Secretary/Treasurer, Karen Kristopeit-Parker, The Fresh Fish Company
  • President, Mary Mino, Ex-Officio
  • Executive Director, Sonia Riggs, Ex-Officio

Directors

  • Justin Adrian, Roadhouse Hospitality Group
  • Tyler Ashton, Jim 'N Nicks BarBQ
  • Christine Chassen, Event Specialists, Inc.
  • Dave Coder, Sysco Denver
  • Jorge de la Torre, Johnson & Wales University
  • Jesse Doerfell, The Farmhouse at Jessup Farm
  • Audra Dunleavy, ProStart Teacher, Grandview High School
  • Robert Grant, Green Point Catering
  • Troy Guard, TAG Restaurant Group
  • Nikki Haddad, Eclectic Activation 
  • Jennifer Jessep, Swire Coca-Cola USA
  • Jenna Johansen, Culinary Innovator & Chef
  • Tracy Johnson, Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits
  • Steve Kanatzar, The Airplane Restaurant
  • Amie Mayhew, Colorado Hotel & Lodging Association
  • Maureen Pearman, Skyport Hospitality
  • Lauren Rapp, TwoParts Events
  • Ellen Robinson, ERH & Associates
  • Lauren Feder Rosenberg, Blackbelly Market & Santo
  • Rich Schneider, Raquelitas Tortillas
  • Diana Underhill, Big Red F Restaurant Group
  • Lam Vongsakoun, Ameristar Black Hawk

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