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New officers take reins at NRA board

Sally Smith, Roz Mallet and Phil Hickey Jr. take up new roles

Sally Smith, Rosalyn “Roz” Mallet and Phil Hickey Jr. took their posts as new officers of the National Restaurant Association’s board of directors this week at the board’s meeting in Palm Springs, Calif.

Smith is serving as chair of the board, while Mallet is vice chair and Hickey is treasurer, the NRA said Wednesday.

“Sally, Roz and Phil are exceptional individuals and pioneers in our industry, and we are honored to accept their service as officers of the National Restaurant Association board of directors,” said Dawn Sweeney, president and chief executive of the NRA.

“We have a new year of opportunities ahead, and we will continue to work toward a future of prosperity, prominence and participation under their leadership,” she said. “Their commitment to our industry will be instrumental in advancing our mission of enhancing the quality of life for all we serve.”

Smith, who has served as chief executive and president of Minneapolis-based Buffalo Wild Wings Grill and Bar for 13 years, previously was the company’s chief financial officer. Before that, she was with KPMG Peat Marwick. Smith has been on the NRA board since 2002.

Mallet is president and chief executive of PhaseNext Hospitality, a franchise operating company in Plano, Texas. She previously served as president and interim chief executive of Caribou Coffee.

Hickey is chairman of O’Charley’s Inc., based in Nashville, Tenn. He also operates a consulting company specializing in the hospitality industry. Previously, he was chairman and chief executive of Rare Hospitality International Inc. in Atlanta, which operated the LongHorn Steakhouse and Capital Grille brands before selling them to Darden Restaurants Inc. in 2007.

Contact Paul Frumkin at [email protected].


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