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KRHA Year End Snapshot

Posted By Lisa Graham, Monday, December 18, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, December 20, 2017


As 2017 comes to a close, I find myself reflecting on the last two years that I served as the KRHA Chairman.  A college professor spoke about the importance of supporting your trade association.  When I moved to Wichita 30 odd years ago, I sought out the KRHA and became a member.  I am glad I followed that advice which has brought me to where I am today. Serving the industry and being involved in the development of KRHA has been a pleasure. 


Many updates were made to our annual awards ceremony, Hospitality Night Out, resulting in higher attendance, increased revenue, and a great time had by all.  Mark your calendar for October 22, 2018, and join us as we celebrate our industry leaders while raising funds for the KRHA Education Foundation. 


Trusted Table is a new consumer-driven marketing program that will be launching in January.  This program is aimed to set a higher food safety standard and to create public awareness of the industry’s commitment to food safety.  Trusted Table will bring additional membership value to operators, and empower consumers to prioritize food safety as a critical factor when dining out.


The KRHA Education Foundation Board is investing in the future of our industry by approving money to be made available to ProStart schools.  These funds will help connect industry to the classroom.  There are now 31 ProStart schools, up from 28 a year ago. 


Our social media presence continues to grow, providing an opportunity for us to reach a wider audience.  Membership continues to be strong as does our PAC fundraising.  Since Adam has been CEO we have met our National Political Action Committee (PAC) and Restaurant Advocacy Fund (RAF) goal, ensuring our voice will be heard at both the state and national levels of government.  Our industry association is in excellent shape and continues to offer operators great value for their membership investment. 


Having the opportunity to serve as Chairman helped me gain a deeper understanding of the organization and the benefits it brings to our industry.  I can’t put into words how important it is for operators to get involved.  If you are not sure how to get plugged in, give the staff a call and they can help connect you based on your interests.  KRHA membership is like insurance, you don’t know you need it until you do!


Thank you to everyone for the support I received while serving as the KRHA Board Chair.  Happy Holidays to all and a very prosperous New Year!




Les Padzensky

KRHA Chairman

Vice President Food & Beverage, Warren Theaters


Tags:  hospitality workforce  KRHA Board  Les Padzensky 

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