Airport Restaurant & Retail Association Announces Changes to Board of Directors

Industry veteran Brian Quinn elected as new Board Chair

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Morton Grove, Il., February 24, 2022 - The Airport Restaurant & Retail Association (ARRA) today announced changes to its board of directors for 2022, led by the election of Brian Quinn to serve as new board chair. Quinn is executive vice president and deputy chief executive officer of Hudson, where he has worked for more than 30 years in roles of growing responsibility for the travel retailer. Quinn succeeds Patrick Murray, deputy chief executive officer of SSP America, who will now serve as immediate past chair for ARRA. 

“We’re thrilled to have Brian guide ARRA in his new role as chair,” said Andy Weddig, executive director of ARRA. “He has committed decades to shaping the retail experience in airports and will be invaluable in guiding our mission to support airport concessionaires and the millions of passengers we serve each year.”

The association board also voted to re-elect three sitting officers. Judy Byrd, president and CEO of Byrd Retail Group, will continue to serve as vice chair. Nick Crews, president and chief executive officer of Crews Hospitality, will continue as the association’s secretary. Bryan Loden, vice president of business development for HMSHost, will continue to oversee the financial transactions and records as treasurer.

Two new directors were elected to the board as well, including Greg Plummer, chief executive officer of Enjoy Repeat, Inc., and Kevin Westlye, president and chief operating officer of High Flying Foods.

“As we look ahead to the future of ARRA, I want to especially thank Pat for his outstanding contributions as chair during the formation of the association, as well as outgoing members George Tinsley II and Kirk Weiss who played important roles in the growth of the association,” said Weddig. “Our board has always featured the most distinguished executives within our industry, and our new group will continue to lead our association in innovating a sustainable and resilient future for the airport restaurant and retail business.”

 

About Airport Restaurant & Retail Association 

The Association’s mission is to work collaboratively within the aviation industry on business, operational, and policy matters affecting U.S. airport restaurant and retail operators. As an organization comprised of operators of all sizes and ownerships, we are uniquely equipped to address issues that arise by bringing experienced-based analyses and best practices to the forefront. Working in partnership with airport and airline stakeholders, our goal is to promote the success of concessions businesses within the complex financial and operational environment of the aviation industry. Our belief is that this will greatly enhance the travel experience for years to come. For further information, please visit www.ARRA-airports.com.

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