National Restaurant Association, Educational Foundation Announce 2022 Boards

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(Left) Lance Trenary, president and CEO of Golden Corral, will serve as chair of the association's board of directors, and (right) Kent Walrack, retired executive vice president and chief strategy officer of Lyons Magnus, will serve as chair of the educational foundation's board of trustees. Courtesy of LinkedIn.

The National Restaurant Association and the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation today announced board officers and directors for 2022. Each officer will serve a one-year term.

National Restaurant Association

Heading up the National Restaurant Association’s board of directors as chair is Lance Trenary, president and CEO of Golden Corral. Scott Redler, co-founder and COO of Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers will serve as vice chair, and Jeff Lobdell, president and founder of Restaurant Partners Management, will serve as treasurer.

The association also added several new members to the board. The newly elected directors include:

  • Mark Bucher, Medium Rare
  • Ashley Coneff, Inspire Brands
  • Dana Faulk Query, Big Red F Restaurant Group
  • Amanda Grimmer, Darden Restaurants
  • Scott Kammerer, SoDel Concepts
  • Cathie Koch, Bloomin’ Brands
  • Adam Mills, Kansas Restaurant and Hospitality Association
  • Lynn Minges, North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association
  • Grace Shea, Lebanese Taverna Group
  • Pamela Stewart, The Coca-Cola Co.
  • Chris Wiken, The Packing House Restaurant
  • Alex Williams, Moe’s Southwest Grill

National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation

Serving as chair for the educational foundation’s board of trustees is Kent Walrack, retired executive vice president and chief strategy officer of Lyons Magnus. James Fripp, the chief equity and inclusion officer of Yum Brands, will serve as vice chair, and Shaun Beard, senior vice president of Savor Hospitality, will serve as treasurer.

New board trustees also were introduced. They include:

  • Hector Gallardo, The Coca-Cola Co.
  • Kristine Hillmer, Wisconsin Restaurant Association

“The industry has had a challenging yet remarkable two years facing the pandemic, and the tenacity and resilience of the industry has been reflected across all sectors. Lance’s unique experience and comprehensive knowledge, along with Kent’s experience leading a specialty foodservice supply company, bring together key perspectives from across the industry during this time of rebuilding,” says Marvin Irby, interim president and CEO of the National Restaurant Association and CEO of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, in a press release.

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