​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
Joe Monastero, Chief Strategy and Operations Officer
Anna Tauzin, Chief Revenue and Innovation Officer
Craig Riley, Controller
Kelsey Erickson Streufert, Vice President, Government Relations and Advocacy
Todd Voorhees, Vice President, Exposition and Events


Metro Leaders

Melissa Stewart, Executive Director, Greater Houston Restaurant Association
Dawn Larios, Executive Director, San Antonio Restaurant Association
David Waddell, Executive Director, Greater Austin Restaurant Association
Jerry Walker, Executive Director, Greater Dallas Restaurant Association