DOVER — The Delaware Restaurant Association announces a new slate of Executive Committee officers that will lead the Board of Directors in industry initiatives and advocacy in 2023.
Inductees were chosen during a selection process and will be sworn in during a bi-annual board meeting on Jan. 31. Board members serve a three-year term and the slate of Executive Officers advances each year, ascending from Treasurer to Vice-Chair and Chairman of the Board.
Gianmarco Martuscelli of the Martuscelli Restaurant Group (La Casa Pasta, Klondike Kate’s and The Chesapeake Inn) will serve as Chairman of the Board of the DRA, with previous Chairman Carl Georigi (Platinum Dining Group) now serving as Immediate Past Chair.
Joining the DRA Board of Directors are Jose Lopez (La Tolteca), Jillian Bruce-Willis (Brew Ha Ha!), Marc Ashby (Ashby Hospitality Group) and Paul Ruggiero (N.K.S. Distributors).
The DRA Board of Directors is comprised of restaurant operators from business locations throughout the state, as well as industry supplier representatives.
Board members are chosen to represent their industry and workforce, upholding the mission and vision of the Association and its philanthropic Educational Foundation (DRAEF) - to advocate and advance the restaurant industry in Delaware, while also developing ongoing training, educational and workforce development initiatives that provide valuable pathways to success for all communities.
The Delaware Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (DRAEF) has also named Tom Hannum (Buckley’s Tavern and Goober’s Diner) as the 2023 Chairman of the Board.
Three new Directors have also been added to the Foundation’s Board — Michelle Souza (Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits), Hank Rosenberg (Harrington Raceway & Casino), and Corey Harrison (Ecolab). Kelly O’Hanlon, (Harry’s Hospitality Group), previous Chair of the DRAEF will now serve as Immediate Past Chair.
For a full list of DRA/EF Board Members, visit www.delawarerestaurant.org/board-directors.