Stan Harris, President and CEO of the Louisiana Restaurant Association

GNOEA met via Zoom on Tuesday February 9, 2021 for organization updates and to learn how COVID-19 has impacted the restaurant business. Guest speaker, Stan Harris, President and CEO of the Louisiana Restaurant Business gave an in depth look at how the LRA is helping to create opportunities to open restaurants safely. He shared steps taken during the early stages of COVID and the blueprint for restaurant revival keeping food safety, hygiene and cleaning practices, in mind.

Harris provided an overview of what will strengthen the recovery such as broad vaccine distribution, access to new capital, rebuild leisure and business travel, re-open events and corporate meetings, re-build guest confidence in travel and dining out. He encouraged all to reach out to elected officials and to consider dining out or utilize take out/delivery.

More about the speaker: Stan Harris was selected as the Louisiana Restaurant Association President and CEO in August 2010. Harris spent 27 years in progressive roles in the restaurant industry with TJM Restaurant Management, the largest franchisee of Ruth’s Chris Steak House operating 14 locations in 10 states with over 2500 associates. As CEO of the Louisiana Restaurant Association, he has responsibility for all association activities including legislative affairs, local, state and federal regulatory policy, media relations and member program development.

S. Harris bio – LRA

Recording and presentation will be in meeting archives

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Upcoming Meeting Schedule

February 16 – No meeting (Happy Mardi Gras)

February 23 – Zoom – TBA

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