​Leaders & Staff

2019 - 2020 Texas Restaurant Association Officers

John Gessner
SVM Productions & Fox Rothschild, LLP, Dallas





Gary Johnson
Frontier Enterprises/Jim's Restaurants, San Antonio





Leo Duran
Vice President
L&J Cafe, El Paso





Jonathan Horowitz
Legacy Restaurants, Houston




Jimmy Hasslocher
Immediate Past President
Frontier Enterprises/Jim's Restaurants, San Antonio






Austin Headquarters Staff   


Emily Williams Knight, CEO 

Susan Petty, Chief of Staff

Kenneth Besserman, General Counsel

Anna Tauzin Rice, Chief Revenue and Innovation Officer

Todd Voorhees, Vice President, Exposition & Events

Phil Willis, Director, Training and Products


Metro Leaders

Melissa Stewart, Executive Director, Greater Houston Restaurant Association
Amanda Garcia, Executive Director, San Antonio Restaurant Association
David L. Waddell, Executive Director, Greater Austin Restaurant Association
Jerry Walker, Executive Director, Greater Dallas Restaurant Association