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Each year in January, the Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association honors its incoming president and newly elected slate of officers with the President’s Inaugural Ball. In addition, the event recognizes the restaurateur and company of the year award winners, two of the highest honors in the Kansas City hospitality community.

GKCRA Past Presidents

Each year in January, the Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association honors its incoming president and newly elected slate of officers with the President’s Inaugural Ball. In addition, the event recognizes the restaurateur and company of the year award winners, two of the highest honors in the Kansas City hospitality community.

YearName
2017
2016James Eddy
2015David Brown
2014Bart Hickey
2013Zach Doerfler
2012Bill Teel
2011Buddy Lahl
2010Al Hinman
2009Jason Pryor
2008John Cassell
2007Bill Birchfield
2006Eric Parrinello
2005Victor Allred
2004Michael Bay
2003John Geiger
2002Avery Murray
2001Nassy Saidian
2000Solomon Melesse
1999Todd Hulse
1998Forbes Cross
1997Ed Holland
1996Ron Barkley
1995Carl Brandt
1994Clark Fletcher
1993Steve Cole
1992George Cascone
1991Greg Hunsucker
1990Manny Lopez
1989Avery Murray
1988James Regan, Jr.
1987Thom Bear
1986Bonnie Kellenberg
1985Vince Totta
1984Ron Regan
1983Steve Greer
1982Bill Rauschelbach
1981Paul Sterner
1980Gary Berbiglia
1979Dorothy Muck
1978Richard Arey
1977Clifford Bath
1976Richard May
1975Bruce McMullan
1974Steve White
1973Carl DiCapo
1972Kenneth Hill
1971Ned Eddy, Jr.
1970Lloyd Stephenson
1969John Foster
1968Ken Baker
1967Al Cutcliffe
1966James Regan, Sr.
1965Joe Ross
1964Jack Webb
1963Dan Sander
1962Robert Kenedy
1961Richard Harman
1960C.M. Hayman, Jr.
1959James T. House
1958Paul Robinson
1957W.G. Fielder
1956Hugh Wallace
1955Irwin Holzmark
1954Ray Shannon
1953Charles E. Glenn
1952Ned G. Eddy
1951R.L. Thomas
1950Harry Roe
1948-49J.W. Putsch
1947S.L. Wolfberg
1946Anna Peterson
1945Fredd Ott
1944Marcel Compte
1943Sydney Ginsburg
1942Mrs. J.B. Dowd
1940-41A.W. Bixby
1939Frank Lipari, Jr.
1938R.G. Thomas
1937Unknown
1936Joe Gilbert
1935S.L. Wolfberg
1934C.M. Hayman
1933R.G. Thomas
1932Tim Templin
1931Watson Green
1925-30Unknown
1923-24Frank Valerius
1922Myron Green
1921H.E. Stiles
1920F. C. Templeton
1919R.T. Smith
1916-18Guy Taylor

Restaurateur of the Year

In 1976, the Board of Directors of the Missouri Restaurant Association voted to establish the Restaurateur of the Year award. Each of the MRA Chapters annually honor a local restaurateur who continually demonstrates their dedication to the industry and to their community. This award has become the most prestigious and meaningful honor given from the association:

YearNameBusiness
2017
2016James Westphal & Mark Kelpe Beer KC Restaurants, Inc.
2015Kevin Timmons Nick and Jake’s
2014Bart HickeySeasons 52
2013 Alan GaylinBread & Butter Concepts
2012Chris SuttonKC Hopps
2011Jason & Shannon Pryor Pizza 51
2010Steve Greer & Bill Teel The Golden Ox
2009Vic AllredJazz, A Louisiana Kitchen
2007Jimmy FrantzéJJ’s
2006John GeigerAnderson Restaurant Group
2003Ollie GatesGates BBQ
2001Michael Garozzo Garozzo’s
2000Joe Bisogno Mr. Goodcents
1999Ed HollandTreat America
1998Manny LopezManny’s Restaurant
1996Jack FiorellaJack Stack BBQ
1995Greg Hunsucker V’s Restaurant
1994Steve ColeCafé Allegro
1990Ron Regan
1980Ken Hill Gilbert Robinson
1979Carl DiCapo Café Italia

Company of the Year

In 2007, the Board of Directors voted to create the Company of the Year award. Allied companies are nominated by members of the GKCRA and then a committee of industry representatives selects the recipient.  This annual Chapter award is given to recognize member companies for their selfless service and contribution to the community and association as a whole.

YearCompany
2017
2016Pepsi Beverages Co.
2015Excel Linen Supply
2014USFoods
2013AJ Goss
2012Major Brands
2011The Roasterie
2010Liberty Fruit Company
2009Boulevard Brewing Company
2008American Food Service
2007Osage Marketing

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