Colorado Restaurant Association Board of Directors

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

Interested in being considered for a leadership role? Reach out to Sonia Riggs, President & CEO @

2020-2021 Leadership includes:

Executive Committee

  • Chair, Scott Engelman, SEAdvisors, Truffle Pig, Carl's Tavern
  • Immediate Past Chair, KC Gallagher, Little Pub Co. 
  • Vice-Chair Government Affairs/Chair ElectBeth Gruitch, Crafted Concepts
  • Vice-Chair Communication, Aileen Reilly, beast+bottle and Coperta
  • Vice-Chair Convention & Events, Daniel Ramirez, Los Dos Potrillos
  • Vice-Chair Membership, Rick Stucy, Wheeler Restaurant Group, LLC (Burger King)
  • Vice-Chair At Large, Dana Query, Big Red F
  • Vice-Chair At Large, Marc Steron, Shanahan's Steakhouse
  • Vice-Chair Colorado Restaurant Foundation, Rich Schneider, Raquelitas Tortillas
  • Treasurer, Christopher Davis-Massey, ChoLon Restaurant Concepts, LLC
  • Controller, Kenneth Monfort, Monfort Companies 
  • Secretary, Adam Deutschmann, Bargreen Ellingson
  • CRA President & CEO, Sonia Riggs


  • Mark Brinkerhoff, Brinkerhoff Hospitality
  • Clay Caldwell, Mo' Betta Gumbo
  • Todd Clark, Matsuhisa Colorado
  • Catherine Cooney, TalentServied
  • Ryan Fletter, Barolo Grill, Chow Morso Osteria
  • Jason Ganahl, GQue BBQ & Ice Cream Farm
  • Troy Guard, TAG Restaurant Group
  • Peter Hoglund, Frasca Hospitality
  • Greg Howard, Patty Jewett Bar & Grill
  • John Imbergamo, The Imbergamo Group
  • Sean Kaiser, Restaurant Outreach
  • Heidi Klein, Southern Glazer's Wiine & Spirits of Colorado
  • Andrea Knight, The Noshery
  • Laura McGinley, Wahoo's Fish Tacos
  • Todd A. Moore, Centerplate - A Sodexo Company
  • Franco Pisani, Paravicini's Italian Bistro / Sopra Antipasto Wine Bar
  • Larry Reinerth, Reinerth Enterprises Inc. 
  • Rayme Rossello, Comida
  • Mark Stanley, Phantom Partners Corp. (Culver's)
  • Chris Weil, FOODMatch Inc.
  • Rachel Skinner, Zuus Workforce

Chapter/Section Presidents

  • Boulder County, Tony Milazzo, Sundown Saloon
  • Breckenridge, TJ Messerschmitt, Twist / Relish
  • Durango, David Woodruff, El Moro Spirits & Tavern
  • Mile High, Ashley Hoffman, Restaurants of America
  • Northern Colorado, Skip Bassett, Culver's
  • Pikes Peak, Greg Howard, Patty Jewett Bar & Grill
  • Steamboat Springs, Nick Sharp, Rex's Family of Restaurants
  • Telluride, Megan Ossola, The Butcher and the Baker 

Past Chairs

  • KC Gallagher, Little Pub Company
  • Tom Carlson, Cool River Coffee House
  • Paul Aylmer, Epicurean Group
  • John Beck, Texas Roadhouse
  • Doug Besant, Zephyr FDB, LLC
  • Rob Dawe, Lansdowne Arms
  • Tom Flanagan
  • Robert Hahn, Asset Sources
  • Rob Haimson, Magnum Properties, LLC
  • Steve Kanatzar, The Airplane Restaurant
  • 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, Zane's Bistro
  • 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. 
  • Tom Walls, Trinity Grille
  • Roland Wayment
  • Richard Weil, National Restaurant Consultants
  • Rich Yoke, Egg & I

Director Emeritus

  • H.A. Andy Divine, University of Denver
  • Tom Garrett
  • Jerry Goodwin
  • Ed McCallum
  • Mike Nemeth
  • Eddie Robinson, Robinson Management
  • Alan Seidenfeld, Parliament Hills Vineyards Ranch

Exchange Directors

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

Colorado Restaurant Foundation Board of Directors


  • Chair, Scott EnglemanSEAdvisors, Truffle Pig, Carl's Tavern
  • Vice Chair, Rich Schneider, Raquelitas Tortillas
  • Fundraising Committee, Sherise Velasquez-Chew, Souther Glazer's Wine & Spirits
  • Education Committee, Robert Grant, Green Point Catering
  • Secretary/Treasurer, Chris Weil, FOODMatch Inc.
  • President, Laura Shunk, Ex-Officio
  • Executive Director, Sonia Riggs, Ex-Officio


  • Justin Adrian, Roadhouse Hospitality Group
  • Melissa Brooks, Breckenridge Wynkoop
  • Christine Chassen, Event Specialists, Inc.
  • Dave Coder, Sysco Denver
  • Mallory Cullen, Outback Steakhouse
  • Jorge de la Torre, Kitchen Network
  • Audra Dunleavy, ProStart Teacher, Grandview High School
  • Jenifer Freeman, Swire Coca-Cola
  • David Goetz, Service Systems Associates
  • Troy Guard, TAG Restaurant Group
  • Greg Howard, Patty Jewett Bar & Grill
  • Steve Kanatzar, The Airplane Restaurant
  • Andrea Knight, The Noshery
  • Nikki Kolakowski, Eclectic Activation 
  • Karen Kristopeit-Parker
  • Amie Mayhew, Colorado Hotel & Lodging Association
  • Lauren O'Brien
  • Anthony Ochoa, Buckhead Beef
  • Maureen Pearman, Skyport Hospitality
  • Lauren Rapp, TwoParts Events
  • Lauren Roberts, Watercourse, City O' City
  • Lauren Feder Rosenberg, Blackbelly Market & Santo

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