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Nov 29, 2017

WRA Names NEW President & CEO

Kristine Hillmer Named President & CEO of the Wisconsin Restaurant Association 

The Wisconsin Restaurant Association (WRA) announces Kristine Hillmer as its new President & CEO after an extensive nationwide search. Earlier this year, WRA’s longtime President & CEO, Ed Lump, announced that he will retire at the end of March, 2018. Hillmer will assume the President & CEO position full-time starting on April 1, 2018.

Hillmer, who holds an MBA and Certified Association Executive credentials, has over 24 years’ experience working with associations, including both trade and professional societies.

Hillmer has previously worked with the Metropolitan Builders Association of Greater Milwaukee (MBA); MRA-The Management Association (MRA); the Association for High Technology Distribution (AHTD); the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA); Executive Director, Inc (EDI); the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI); the Illinois Physical Therapy Association (IPTA) and the Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association (WPTA). She also previously served as President for the Wisconsin Society of Association Executives (WSAE).

“The Wisconsin Restaurant Association is one of the most prestigious associations in Wisconsin and I am honored to be joining their team as the next President & CEO,” says Hillmer. “I look forward to working on behalf of the thousands of WRA members and continue the great work of the WRA staff and volunteer leaders. As an advocate for the foodservice industry, WRA leads the way in supporting thousands of foodservice businesses representing 271,600 people employed in the industry with an economic impact to the state of Wisconsin of $8.6 billion in sales.”

Lump congratulates Hillmer on being selected as his successor. “Her qualifications speak for themselves,” says Lump. “She is a visionary and a proven leader. I look forward to working with her over the next few months to ensure a smooth transition.”

Hillmer has great respect for the Association’s current reputation under Lump’s leadership. “I would like to offer congratulations to Ed Lump on his retirement after his many years of service to the Wisconsin Restaurant Association,” says Hillmer. “His great work has helped to make the WRA a leading advocate on behalf of members and businesses around the state. Best wishes to Ed, his wife Susan and his entire family as they begin the next chapter after the WRA.”

According to WRA’s current Chair of the Board, Susie Patterson, owner of Al & Al’s Stein Haus in Sheboygan, “I would like to congratulate both Ed and Kristine. It was a great search and I feel WRA will be in good hands. While respecting the legacy Ed has given us, we are excited to have Kristine with us for the future.”
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