Karen Bremer

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Karen Bremer Georgia Restaurant AssociationKaren Bremer

Georgia Restaurant Association
Executive Director

Years with company: Three years

Education degrees and professional/volunteer organizations:

  •  “Most Notables Georgians” Georgia Trend Magazine 2013, 2014
  • Life Time Achievement Award 2009 Georgia Restaurant Association
  • Member of the Year 2002 ACVB
  • National Restaurant Association 1999-2001State Food Service Leader Recognition
  • Atlanta CitiMag 1999 Hall of Fame Inductee
  • 1997 Food Service Industry Leader of the Year (GHTA)
  • Interim CEO GHTA 2002
  • Treasurer GHTA Host PAC 2000-2002
  • Past President of Georgia Restaurant Association (GHTA)
  • Founding Member Georgia Restaurant Council (GRA)
  • Founder Atlanta Downtown Restaurant Week
  • Founding Member The Essential Economy (TEI)
  • Professional Advisor Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality Georgia State University
  • Professional Advisor to 1996 Atlanta Olympic Organizing Committee
  • Advisor Atlanta Community Food Bank
  • Member Les Dames D ‘Escoffier’
  • Member International Women’s Forum
  • Member Georgia Professional Lobbyist Association
  • Board Member Council of State Restaurant Associations (CSRA)
  • Board Member Team Georgia
  • Board Member Atlanta Convention & Visitor Board (ACVB)
  • Board Member DeKalb Convention & Visitor Board (DCVB)
  • Trustee Arby’s Foundation
  • Former Board Member National Restaurant Association
  • Former Director Rewards Network, Chicago, Illinois

Education/ Certificates:

  •  Hillsborough Community College, Tampa, Florida.
  • Associates Degree – Liberal Arts
  • University Of South Florida, Tampa, Florida – Course Work   Public Relations

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career:

George McKerrow Founder & Partner Ted’s Montana Grill. Founder Long Horn Steaks

Phil Hickey Jr. CEO National Restaurant Association CEO

Both of these gentlemen have served as role models, sounding boards and encouragers. Both have opened doors for me and have supported me through my career. They both understand how to lead others to create a great organization.

Most challenging part of your job: Making sure that the voice of Georgia Restaurants is heard throughout the state.

Advice for upcoming younger executives: Do not be afraid to ask for help, always create an environment of dignity and respect in your work space.

Hobbies: Travel, cooking, reading