The National Restaurant Association renewed the contract for association president and CEO Dawn Sweeney:
"We are pleased to report that at last week's joint NRA Board of Directors/National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Trustees meeting, we announced that Association and Educational Foundation President and CEO Dawn Sweeney's contract is being extended for five years, beginning Jan.2015," says Jack Crawford, chairman of the board of the NRA.
"Dawn has been an outstanding CEO for the past seven years, and we know that she will continue to provide vision and impactful leadership on behalf of the industry for the foreseeable future."
Since becoming CEO in late 2007, Sweeney has increased the advocacy profile and success of the organization in a challenging political and business environment and built the industry's high school ProStart program to include more than 100,000 students.
Under her leadership, revenues have grown by more than 40 percent, bolstered in part by the continued success of the ServSafe program, which recently hit a milestone with its six millionth food safety manager certification.
“We will continue to find ways to advocate and help the industry continue to thrive and grow, as a critical part of the fabric of communities across the country, and a significant component of our nation's economy,” Sweeney says.