Feb 11, 2020

Wisconsin Restaurant Association Announces New Board Members

The Wisconsin Restaurant Association is pleased to announce Joanne Palzkill from Draganetti’s and ZA51 in Eau Claire/Altoona as the 2020 Chair of the Board.

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

Members of the 2020 WRA Executive Committee include: 
Chair: Joanne Palzkill, Draganetti’s and ZA51, Eau Claire/Altoona
Chair Elect: Chris Wiken, The Packing House, Milwaukee
Treasurer:  Danielle Baerwald, Erv’s Mug, Oak Creek
Kris Larson, Becket’s, Oshkosh
Brad Hammen, Outback Steakhouse, Greenfield
Bob Prosser, Ishnala Supper Club
Immediate Past Chair: Dave Flannery, Apple Holler in Sturtevant

New board members were recently elected to the Wisconsin Restaurant Association on February 4th at the WRA Annual Meeting at the Holiday Inn in Eau Claire.  

Rebecca Kollmann from Society Insurance, Mark McDonald from Marcus Hotels and Resorts, Jill Ruffing from 600 East Café, Paul Bartolotta from The Bartolotta Restaurants and Marlo Ambas from Manila Resto and Algoma Club are new members of the WRA board of directors and will be serving one-year terms.

Michelle Wood from CliftonLarsonAllen, Tony Jalan from Heartland Payment Systems, Jack Holt from Point Burger Bar, Gary Rudy from Rudy’s Drive In, Lars Johnson from Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant, Pat Buckley from Buckley Enterprises LLC dba Subway and Danielle Baerwald from Erv’s Mug 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.

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.

Full List of WRA Board Members