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Strengthening our Efforts

Posted By Dale Schmitt, Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Updated: Monday, January 29, 2018


Greetings KRHA members and friends.  As a member of the KRHA Board of Directors since 2008, I have witnessed the incredible growth of our association and its mission as the leading advocate for the restaurant and lodging industry in Kansas. This year, I am honored to serve our membership as Chairman of the Board. I plan on working to continue strengthening our efforts, programs and influence in the areas of legislation, education and member benefits.


 I had the opportunity to serve on the committee for our newest member benefit, the Trusted Table program. The committee was excited to get this program going, as KRHA is always looking to bring additional value to the industry.  Trusted Table will provide the opportunity for restaurants and hotels with food service to shape the conversation around the industry’s ongoing commitment to food safety and will provide a valuable difference when marketing your operation.  If you haven’t heard about the Trusted Table program, I strongly encourage you to go to to find out how easy it is to get involved…and it’s FREE! Created by industry for industry; thank you to the committee and KRHA Board for their guidance in creating a valuable industry program.    

Of the many industry areas that the KRHA addresses, the Education Foundation and Workforce Development are of specific interest to me. As government regulations, consumer expectations and uncertain economic conditions continue to mount, the need for operators to attract educated, skilled and career-oriented employees increases significantly.


Employers need to recognize and adapt to the continued changing face of the workforce. Flexible scheduling, enhanced compensation, benefits and job mobility are driving forces for a widely diverse  labor pool.  Millennials, Gen X, Boomers, and seniors now entering or re-entering the workforce are all important segments of the hospitality labor market and each has their own deal of variation from one individual to another within any generational cohort.


Proactively addressing these challenges as a trade association through member training, school to career programs and scholarship opportunities can ensure a productive workforce for the future of our businesses. I would urge all members to consider the importance of getting involved in preparing the next generation of hospitality managers and workers. One way you can get involved is by volunteering your time and expertise during our Kansas ProStart Invitational.  This is a great experience, and a time to give back to the future of our industry.  I have been volunteering my time to this event for the last several years.  It is exciting to see the students present what they have worked so hard on.  Their time, effort and passion for the industry is evident. It is very rewarding to be part of such a great group of students and I thoroughly enjoy waiting for the winning teams to be announced. The student competition will be held on March 6th this year at the Marriott Wichita.  It is a premier high school competition focused on restaurant management and culinary arts. This exciting event brings high school students from around the state together to compete for scholarships and state-wide recognition. Winning teams from each competition will be awarded first, second and third place medals.  The first-place teams in the culinary and management competitions also earn the right to represent Kansas at the National ProStart Invitational, April 27-29, in Providence, RI.  


Where ever your particular interest may be, there is a way for you to get involved in the association, which ultimately benefits our industry.  I look forward to serving you this coming year.


Dale Schmitt

KRHA Chairman

Owner, The Sweet Nook & Remote Video of Kansas City




Tags:  Dale Schmitt  hospitality mentors  hospitality workforce  Kansas ProStart Invitational  KRHA Board  mentoring 

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