RAM Announces New Officers, Members to the Association’s Board of Directors

After a statewide search for candidates, the Restaurant Association of Maryland (RAM) completed the annual nomination process for its board of directors. The following new officers and directors were voted in at the annual RAM membership meeting held at Sysco Baltimore on June 14. Officers hold their post for one year; directors have a three-year term.

Chairman of the Board: Joe Barbera, owner of AIDA Bistro & Wine Bar in Columbia, MD
Vice Chair: Kathie Sewell, Regional VP of Golden Corral
Treasurer: Brian Boston, owner of the Milton Inn in Sparks, MD
Secretary: Rachael Mull, CFO for Victoria Gastro Pub and Manor Hill Brewing Company, both in Howard County, MD

New Directors:
Bob Garner, Glory Days Grill
Geoff Trout, IHOP
Kea Crowder, Applebee’s
Courtney Watson, HUB
International Mid-Atlantic / Rossmann-Hurt-Hoffman

Board members are nominated by peers in the industry. Once nominated, a committee reviews the pool of candidates, looking for individuals with commitment and leadership skills. “We draw upon candidates from different restaurant segments in a variety of areas throughout the state,” said past RAM chairman, Dan Stevens from Houlihan’s.
RAM’s president and CEO Marshall Weston commented, “Each year, our board plays an important part in helping all Maryland restaurants succeed, focusing on initiatives that will benefit the industry. The restaurant and foodservice industry is in good hands with incoming chair Joe Barbera, and I look forward to working with him and our board members.”
RAM promotes its member restaurants through programs such as the Dine out, Maryland! gift certificate program, an online dining guide, and other Dine Out, Maryland! initiatives. The RAM government affairs department protects members by helping them comply with government regulations, while also lobbying against legislation that would have a negative impact on the industry. A host of endorsed service programs, a self-owned workers compensation insurance fund, and an Education Foundation are geared to help restaurants improve their business operations and provide the necessary certifications and training that foodservice employees need.
For more information, visit the RAM website at


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