The Arkansas Restaurant Association is committed to representing, educating and advancing the goals of the restaurant industry in our state. All members of the Arkansas Restaurant Association are automatically enrolled as members of the National Restaurant Association. Upon joining the Arkansas Hospitality Association, restaurant members are eligible for free or discounted services, education and training programs, insurance and more.
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America’s Restaurants: Industry of Opportunity
As the second largest private-sector employer in the country, America’s restaurants are an economic force, but that statistic doesn’t fully tell the story of the millions of individuals who are living the American Dream by working in our industry. This eight-minute video captures a few poignant stories that help tell the ‘Industry of Opportunity’ story.
The restaurant industry prides itself on being an industry of opportunity. New research from the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation shows exactly how much opportunity is available within the industry: transferrable work skills, upward mobility and long-term careers are all around.
Arkansas Restaurant Association Officers and Board Members for 2019
President – Chef Rob Nelson, Tusk & Trotter American Brasserie, Bentonville
Vice President – Ryan Hamra, Potbelly Sandwich Shop, Little Rock
Secretary/Treasurer – Rob Apple, RopeSwing Group, Bentonville
ARA Board of Directors – Terms to Expire 2023
Ed David, Faded Rose, Little Rock
Tom Gordon, Slim Chickens Restaurants, Fayetteville
Tim Janssen, Janssen’s Lakefront Restaurant & Janssen’s at the Bay, Greers Ferry
Don Neal, Neal’s Café, Springdale
John McNamara, Mike’s Place, Conway
Mike Selig, 42 Bar & Table, Little Rock
Megan Tyree, Penguin Ed’s B&B, Fayetteville
Al Watkins, The Butcher Shop, Little Rock
ARA Board of Directors – Terms to Expire 2022
Casey Copeland, The Avenue, Hot Springs
Crystal Dear, Allsopp & Chapple Restaurant & Bar, Little Rock
Brandon Douglas, Green Leaf Grill, Little Rock
Jeremy Gardner, TGI Friday’s, Conway & Fort Smith
Chad Hammontree, Hammontree Grilled Cheese, Fayetteville