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August 28, 2013

Associate Dean at MATC Honored with Salute to Excellence Award

Richard Busalacchi, Ed.D., Associate Dean of Hospitality programs for Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC), is honored as the college educator recipient for the 2013 Salute to Excellence Awards, presented by the Wisconsin Restaurant Association Education Foundation. The College Educator Award is given to Richard Busalacchi for his dedication and commitment to the future of the foodservice industry.

Busalacchi is passionate about culinary education, and is well-respected by students and instructors for his enthusiasm and expertise. For the past seven years, Busalacchi has served as an Associate Dean for hospitality programs in the School of Business at MATC. In this role, he has been a leader in the development of the physical spaces required to deliver six different hospitality and culinary programs at the college and has also been responsible for district-wide catering and foodservice operations.

In addition to his work at the college, Busalacchi holds a seat on the WRA Education Foundation’s Board of Directors and is very active with the ProStart® programs at Washington High School in and Heartlove Place, both in Milwaukee. He has also worked on adding additional credits toward the ProStart Certificate of Achievement. ProStart is a college prep, two-year curriculum designed to teach high school students the skills needed for a career in the restaurant and foodservice industry and is administered by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation and state restaurant associations.

“Busalacchi’s enthusiasm for education really motivates and inspires students and instructors to strive and achieve great things in foodservice and hospitality,” said Bryan Mowry, Managing Director of the WRA Education Foundation.

The WRA Education Foundation proudly presents Richard Busalacchi with the 2013 Salute to Excellence College Educator Award for his contributions to education, the community and the foodservice industry.

Each year, the WRA EF recognizes five individuals and one company for dedication and commitment to education in the restaurant industry as Salute to Excellence honorees. Other 2013 Salute to Excellence honorees include: Marie Collins (Badger High School, Lake Geneva); Peter Gebauer, GMC (Potawatomi Bingo Casino, Milwaukee); Mark and Jean Landreman (Landreman’s Family Restaurant, Kaukauna); Liz Moehr (Pulaski High School, Pulaski) and New Era Marketing. Each honoree creates opportunities for people interested in foodservice industry careers. They have worked in a variety of roles, in different parts of the state, but they share an enthusiasm and optimism for the future of the restaurant industry.

The Salute to Excellence awards are presented at the 2013 Celebration of Excellence on Sunday, October 13 at Jefferson Street Inn in Wausau. More information on the event is available at www.wirestaurant.org.

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The WRA Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has been in existence since 1987 and is one of the nation’s largest state restaurant association foundations. The Foundation vision is to advance professionalism through education, scholarships and community involvement to ensure the future success of the foodservice industry.

The ProStart® program, administered by National Restaurant Association Solutions, LLC and state restaurant associations, is a college-prep, two-year curriculum designed to teach high school students the skills needed for a career in the restaurant and foodservice industry. Students also have the opportunity to participate in paid internships where industry managers mentor them.

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