Executive Director’s Message: HRA Annual Membership Meeting

“Thank you” to all of the HRA members that attended this year’s Annual Membership Meeting.

This year we had 10 new restaurant members join the HRA Board of Directors; Don Murphy of Murphy’s Irish Pub, Kahau Manzo of Pacific Beach Hotel, Jayson Lum of Moena Cafe, Amanda Kullman – Kipp of BLT Market, Taryn Silva of Luibueno’s, Scott Mackenzie of Wolfgang Pucks Express, Rede Eder of Hard Rock Cafe, Harold Watanabe of Yokocho Waikiki, Frank Nagamine of Jamba Juice and Jack in the Box and Kim Kakuchi of Sushi Sho.

The Allied Members that remained on the HRA Board are Doug Harris of the Harris Agency and Naomi Azama of AB&A, Exclusive General Agent for HMAA. The two new additions to the Allied Member Board of Directors are Jason Wong of HFM and Matt Rose of Sanikleen USA.

A special Thanks goes out to two of our long standing Board members that have retired from the HRA Board; Tom Frigge of TOBE Co. food Safety and Len Delekta of Image Apparel Hawaii. Mahalo for your years of support.

The Hawaii Restaurant Association, like many other non-profit associations, relies greatly on the members and the Board of Directors. There are many things that are needed to truly support an Industry, and the food service Industry is one of the biggest. We can accomplish much with the continued and growing support of those in the industry; Legislative Issues, Educational Programs, Networking, Special Events and Discounting Opportunities are just the starting point of what we are focused on.

We would also like to thank the Kahala Hotel and Resort for allowing us to have our HRA Annual Meeting there last Wednesday, May 10th. As usual, everything was perfect and the staff couldn’t be better. Thank you Michele Brumblay and Gerald Glennon for your continued support.

We look forward to seeing everyone at the 10th Annual Golf Tournament on June 8th and then again at the Hawaii Lodging, Hospitality and Food Service Expo on July 12th & 13th.

Mahalo,

Gregg Fraser

Executive Director

Hawaii Restaurant Association

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