The Colorado Restaurant Association is led by people actively involved in our industry. The men and women who serve as directors of the Association have not only successfully run their own businesses, but have volunteered countless hours in effective leadership within the Association. The directors of the CRA represent the foodservice industry in Colorado and we thank them for their dedication. 

The 2017-2018 Leadership Includes:

Executive Committee

  • Chair, Mark Rogers, Cheddar's Casual Cafe
  • Immediate Past Chair, Steve Kanatzar, The Airplane Restaurant
  • Vice-Chair Government Affairs/Chair Elect, Tom Carlson, DJTC Corp - McDonalds
  • Vice-Chair Membership, Greg Howard, Garden of the Gods Club and Resort
  • Vice-Chair Convention & Events, Aileen Reilly, beast+bottle and Coperta
  • Vice-Chair Communication, vacant
  • Vice-Chair Colorado Restaurant Foundation, David Goetz, Service Systems Associates
  • Treasurer, Thom Parker, Meadow Gold Dairy
  • Controller, Derek Figueroa, Seattle Fish Company
  • Secretary, KC Gallagher, Little Pub Company
  • Sonia Riggs, CRA President & CEO, Ex-Officio


  • Todd Bass, PepsiCo Foodservice
  • Paul Bestafka, Jim 'N Nicks BarBQ
  • Lee Driscoll, Breckenridge-Wynkoop LLC
  • Scott Engelman, SEAdvisors/Truffle Pig Restaurant
  • John Imbergamo, The Imbergamo Group
  • John Johnstone, The Broadmoor Resort
  • Sean Kaiser, The Egg & I Restaurants
  • Andrea Knight, The Noshery
  • Kenneth Monfort, Monfort Companies
  • Alfonso Nunez, La Cueva
  • Ted Politte, Uno Pizzeria & Grill
  • Laurence Rua, Centerplate
  • Emily Schwartz, Bonanno Concepts
  • Rachel Skinner, Zuus Workforce
  • Lam Vongsakoun, Ameristar Black Hawk
  • Chris Weil, FOODMatch

Chapter Presidents

  • Boulder County, Tony Milazzo, Sundown Saloon
  • Breckenridge, TJ Messerschmitt, Twist/Relish
  • Durango, David Woodruff, El Moro Spirits & Tavern
  • Mile High, Garrett Ladd, Bout Time Pub & Grub
  • Northern Colorado, Clay Caldwell, Mo'Betta Gumbo
  • Pikes Peak, Mark Stanley, Culver's of Colorado Springs
  • Pueblo, Ben Bedard, Twenty-One Steak on Riverfront
  • Steamboat Springs, Nick Sharp, Rex's Family of Restaurants
  • Summit County, Jonny Greco, Greco's Pastaria

Past Chairs

  • Paul Aylmer, Epicurean Group
  • John Beck, Texas Roadhouse
  • Doug Besant, Snarf’s
  • Rob Dawe, Lansdowne Arms
  • Tom Flanagan
  • Robert Hahn, Asset Sources
  • Rob Haimson, Magnum Properties, LLC
  • Chase Kintz, Big Cheese Colorado, Inc.
  • Karen Kristopeit-Parker, The Fresh Fish Company
  • Matt Larson, Kenny’s Steak House
  • Tom Lund
  • Joseph Madril
  • Dennis McCann, J.D.’s Bait Shop & Sports Grill
  • Mark Moses, Outback Steakhouse
  • Ed Novak
  • Brian G. O’Rourke, Modern Real Estate
  • Steve Passow, Steve Passow Agency, LLC
  • Gary Prell, Centerplate
  • Craig Reed, The Broadmoor
  • Mark Valente, Sanborn and Co. Inc. Restaurant Brokers
  • Tom Walls, Trinity Grille
  • Richard Weil, National Restaurant Consultants
  • Rich Yoke, Egg & I

Director Emeritus

  • H.A. Andy Divine
  • Tom Garrett
  • Jerry Goodwin
  • Ed McCallum
  • Mike Nemeth
  • Eddie Robinson, Robinson Management LLC
  • Alan Seidenfeld, The Alan Seidenfeld Marketing Group, LLC

Exchange Directors

  • Colorado Tourism Office, National Restaurant Association, Sonia Riggs, CRA
  • Colorado Hotel & Lodging Association, Amie Mayhew

Colorado Restaurant Foundation Board of Directors


  • Chair, Mark Rogers, Cheddar's Casual Cafe
  • Vice Chair, David Goetz, Service Systems Associates
  • Fundraising Committee, Lauren O'Brien, The Palm
  • Education Committee, Andrea Knight, The Noshery
  • Secretary/Treasurer, Karen Kristopeit-Parker, The Fresh Fish Company
  • Mary Mino, CRF President


  • Justin Adrian, Roadhouse Hospitality Group
  • Christine Chassen, Event Specialists, Inc.
  • Dave Coder, Sysco Denver
  • Jorge de la Torre, Johnson & Wales University
  • Jesse Doerfell, The Farmhouse at Jessup Farm
  • Audra Dunleavy, ProStart Teacher, Grandview High School
  • Robert Grant, Sushi Den and Izakaya Den
  • Troy Guard, TAG Restaurant Group
  • Nikki Haddad, Eclectic Activation 
  • Jenna Johansen, Epicurean Culinary Group
  • Tracy Johnson, Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits
  • Amie Mayhew, Colorado Hotel & Lodging Association
  • Maureen Pearman, Snooze
  • Lauren Rapp, TwoParts Events
  • Ellen Robinson, ERH & Associates
  • Lam Vongsakoun, Ameristar Black Hawk
  • Sonia Riggs, CRF Executive Director, Ex-Officio

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