STAFF DIRECTORY

CRA staff comprised of association professionals dedicated to supporting the Colorado restaurant industry. With expertise in everything from political advocacy to membership benefits, CRA staff stands ready to assist you.

Executive Staff

Colorado Restaurant Association Sonia Riggs Sonia Riggs
President and CEO
(303) 830-2972 ext. 113
Lobbying and government affairs activities, board relations, staff administration, and overall association management.
First Job: Target
First Restaurant Job: Chart House, Genessee
Colorado Restaurant Association Peter Meersman Pete Meersman
Chief Strategy Officer
(303) 830-2972 ext. 310
Advises the CEO and the Executive Committee on regulatory and other industry-related and association issues as needed.
First Job: Newspaper delivery at 7 yr.

Finance and Operations

Michael Reed Michael Reed
Chief Operating Officer
(303) 830-2972  ext. 122
Accounting, budgeting, financial services and HR oversight.
First Job: Elitch Gardens Foodservice
Emily EwingEmily Ewing
Office Manager and Executive Assistant
(303) 830-2972  ext. 110
General office management, facilities management and accounting/executive assistance.
First Job: A&W Restaurant

Colorado Restaurant Association Nina Whyte Nina Whyte
Administrative Assistant/Receptionist
(303) 830-2972 ext. 124
Administrative support and special projects.
First Job: Bressler's Ice Cream

Membership

Colorado Restaurant Association Devany McNeill Devany McNeill
Membership Director
(303) 830-2972 ext. 133
(303) 717-0939 mobile
Responsible for member satisfaction and all member-related services.
First Job: Jack in the Box
Colorado Restaurant Association Debi Arone Debi Arone
Territory Manager, Northern Colorado
(303) 830-2972 
(970) 449-3727 mobile

Serves members in Northern Colorado.
First Job: Mangrove Bicycle Rental, Key Biscayne, FL
Colorado Restaurant Association Molly MulderrigMolly Mulderrig
Territory Manager, Denver Metro
(303) 830-2972 ext. 118
(203) 940-1515 mobile
Serves members in the Denver Metro Area.
First Job: Pasta Jay's
Colorado Restaurant Association Amiee Nagel Aimee Nagel
Territory Manager, South Metro Denver
(303) 830-2972 ext. 123
(970) 227-6789 mobile
Serves members in the South Denver Metro area.
First Job:
Colorado Restaurant Association Emily Rickert Emily Rickert
Membership Services Representative
(303) 830-2972 ext. 123
Member inquiries and support.
First Job: Bridgeman's Ice Cream

Communication & Public Relations

Colorado Restaurant Association Carolyn Livingston Carolyn Livingston
Communication Director
(303) 830-2972  ext. 117
(484) 802-5424 mobile

Public relations, marketing and communication activities for the association and its subsidiaries.
First Job: Kentucy Fried Chicken

Government Affairs

Colorado Restaurant Association Nick Hoover Nick Hoover
Manager of Government Affairs
(303) 830-2972 ext. 119
State and local government affairs activities. Provides help with regulatory, code, and enforcement questions.
First Job: Anton's Steakhouse, MN

Programs and Sponsorship

Colorado Restaurant Association Nicolle ThompsonNicolle Thompson
Director of Sponsorship & Event Strategy
(303) 830-2972 ext. 147
Build and enhance Annual Conference and the sponsorship program, and support event strategy.
First Job: Baskin Robbins

Colorado Restaurant Foundation

Colorado Restaurant Association Mary Mino Mary Mino
President
(303) 830-2972 ext. 127
State Director of Colorado ProStart, Scholarship program, fundraising, mentoring and special events.
First Job: McDonald's, Pueblo, CO
Colorado Restaurant Association Emily Zajicek Emily Zajicek
Program Manager
(303) 830-2972 ext. 149
Coordinates activities and relationships associated with ProStart, and administers ServSafe.
First Job: Stawberries Catering
Colorado Restaurant Association Courtney Baylie Courtney Baylie
Grant Administrator
(303) 830-2972 ext. 151
Administering grant requirements for CRF and ProStart, and administers ServSafe.
First Job: Trail Dust Steakhouse

Colorado Restaurant Insurance 

Colorado Restaurant Association Sean Pechan Sean Pechan, AAI, CIC
CEO
(303) 830-2972 ext. 116
Agency operations, agency management, insurance sales.
First Job: DJ's Pizza, Forest Park, IL
Colorado Restaurant Association Kirk Bamesberger Kirk Bamesberger, CIC
Vice President
(303) 830-2972 ext. 150
Insurance sales.
First Job: Owner of yard care/landscaping business
Colorado Restaurant Association Jason VanGotten Jason VanGotten
Specialty Lines Producer
(303) 830-2972 ext. 112
Insurance sales.
First Job: Dairy Queen
Colorado Restaurant Association Julie Fitzgerald Julie Fitzgerald, CIC
Account Executive
(303) 830-2972 ext. 115
Account underwriting, policy coordination, claims servicing and risk management.
First Job: Van Gildar Insurance

Colorado Restaurant Association Samantha Elmore Samantha Elmore, CISR
Account Manager
(303) 830-2972 ext. 129
Account servicing, billing and certificates of insurance.
First Job: Elmore Insurance, WY
Colorado Restaurant Association Kayla TateKayla Tate
Account Manager Assistant
(303) 830-2972 ext. 126
Account servicing and billing.
First Job: Walmart

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