The annual elections for the Asheville Independent Restaurant Association (AIR) were held this morning. Not an overly exciting process except for the fact that these folks are committing to this role for the next two years of their life. Meeting at least twice per month and sometimes more, chairing at least one committee and sometimes more, assisting with AIR events and leading a non-profit organization successfully in the worst economy in recent times. By the way, when I say leading an organization - I'm talking about leading around 45 independent restaurants (and growing) with entrepreneurial owners and chefs - all with their own ideas and their own businesses to run - and keep them all heading within the organization in the same direction and with the same purpose. Oh . . . and the Directors do this while running their own business successfully as well!
As I was saying when I began this post . . . the annual elections were this morning. AIR has another strong Board of Directors to take the organization into and through 2010.
The new Directors are:
Michel Baudouin, Bouchon
Craig Peters, City Bakery
Chantal Saunders, Burgermeister's
Kevin Schwartz, The Grove Park Inn
Randy Talley, The Green Sage
Sandy Waldrup, Grovewood Cafe
Kevin Westmoreland, Corner Kitchen
Jane Anderson, Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce
Rick Jackson, McGuire, Wood & Bissette
Sheila Tillman, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
From those who have served before . . .
Cheers to the 2010 Board!