Jan 31, 2019

Wisconsin Restaurant Association Announces New Board Members

New board members were recently elected to the Wisconsin Restaurant Association on January 28th at the WRA Annual Meeting at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee.  

Michelle Wood from CliftonLarsonAllen, Tony Jalan from Heartland Payment Systems and Joe Jackson from Marcus Hotels and Resorts are new members of the WRA board of directors and will be serving one-year terms.

Brad Hammen from Outback Steakhouse, Joanne Palzkill from Draganetti’s and ZA51, Tyson Koput from Ground Round, Kyle Rudin from House of Gerhard, Eric Freund from Sky Club, Tom McGinty from Destination Kohler, Greg Michals from Outback Steakhouse, Scott Shupbach from Gordon Food Service and Erin Vranas from Parthenon Gyros were re-elected to the WRA board of directors for three-year terms.

The Board of Directors is comprised of restaurant operators from around the state and industry supplier representatives. The Board directs the WRA staff and sets the policies of the Association.

Members of the WRA Executive Committee were also elected: 

Chair: Dave Flannery, Apple Holler in Sturtevant
Chair Elect: Joanne Palzkill, Draganetti’s and ZA51, Eau Claire/Altoona
Treasurer: Chris Wiken, The Packing House, Milwaukee
Danielle Baerwald, Erv’s Mug, Oak Creek
Kris Larson, Becket’s, Oshkosh
Brad Hammen, Outback Steakhouse, Greenfield
Immediate Past Chair: Jean Landreman, Landreman’s Family Restaurant in Kaukauna

As the Chair of the Board, Dave Flannery is the key leader for the organization and will set the direction and purpose for the Association during his one-year term. He is responsible for running board meetings and serves as an official spokesperson for the association. As Chair he is also responsible for knowing the financials of the organization and ensuring that board policies for the association are followed.  

The Wisconsin Restaurant Association is one of the largest trade associations in the state with over 7,000 member locations throughout Wisconsin. The mission of the Wisconsin Restaurant Association is dedicated to the success of the Foodservice and Hospitality Industry. The Association advocates on behalf of the restaurant industry, provides a voice for the restaurant industry to consumers and the media and provides access to information and services to help members better run their businesses. WRA represents the entire foodservice industry which includes over 16,000 licensed food service establishments.

WRA membership includes a wide range of foodservice businesses representing virtually every size and style of restaurant in the state. Members include fine dining establishments, mom-and-pop supper clubs, small cafes, quick service restaurants, corporate chain restaurants, institutional food service operations, catering businesses and hotel and motel foodservice among others.