Meet the Trainer

Phil Willis

Phil Willis is the Director of Training and Products at the Texas Restaurant Association. He has more than 30 years of restaurant management experience including management training positions with Club Corp, General Manager, Flemings Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar/Partner.  His experience includes management recruiting for Club Corp’s home office, as well as a food and beverage director, general manager and vice president of operations experience with conference hospitality group for 8 years. Experiences also include 6 years in fine wine sales class A and class B on premise in Dallas, Texas.

Willis is ServSafe© certified and certified to instruct and proctor ServSafe Food Safety classes. Willis has successfully trained and ServSafe certified more than 200 teachers in Texas and conducted “Train the Trainer” sessions to teach high school instructors more effective ways of instructing high school students in food safety. As a result, high school students benefit by acquiring a nationally recognized certification as well as obtaining state recognition as a Texas Food Safety manager, hence, enhancing their resumes and recognizable job skills.  

Willis has conducted approximately 4-5 Restaurant Management sessions each year from 2013-2016. Each seminar is comprised of 10-24 students ranging from aspiring professionals working toward becoming managers, to those looking to take refresher courses in Restaurant Management, and finally to restaurant owners with newly established restaurants. Willis also was on the Board of Directors for the Texas Restaurant for three three-year terms and chaired various committees during this time.