Restaurant Unstoppable with Eric Cacciatore

Emily Williams Knight Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast

With excitement allow me to introduce today's guest, CEO of the Texas Restaurant Association, Emily Williams Knight.

With excitement allow me to introduce today's guest, CEO of the Texas Restaurant Association, Emily Williams Knight.

Knight has more than 20 years of experience and success in national and global leadership positions and is the current President and CEO of the Texas Restaurant Association.

Previously, she was the Managing Director of Higher Education North America at Study Group, a leading provider of international education. Her career includes senior leadership roles at Laureate Education and serving as President of Kendall College, a leader in hospitality and culinary arts education. During her time as Kendall’s president, Knight expanded access to culinary education throughout the Midwest, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Check out episode 638 with Larry & Jessica Delgado as mentioned in today's episode!

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite success quote or mantra:

  • "When you pass someone, make sure you smile because it might be the only smile they see that day."

In today's episode with Emily Williams Knight we will discuss:

  • Restaurant associations in general
  • The role of restaurant associations
  • How to re-haul your restaurant association FOR THE BETTER
  • How the TRA lead its members through COVID
  • Supply chain challenges
  • Career paths/professional development within the industry
  • Virtual brands and ghost kitchens
  • Models for the future of the industry
  • Digital franchising
  • Third-party delivery and how we make it work for the restaurants
  • Membership models?

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Contact info:

TRA website

Instagram: @txrestassoc

Thanks for listening!

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Huge thanks to Emily Williams Knight for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!


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