Karen Bremer, CEO of the Georgia Restaurant Association (GRA), was named as one of Georgia Trend Magazine’s 100 Most Influential Georgians. The list contains Georgia’s business, education and government leaders. Each year, Georgia Trend is tasked with selecting those that make a significant impact on people in the state of Georgia.
With over 35 years in the hospitality industry, Bremer is a founding member of the GRA and the past president of the GRA Board. In 2015, she was inducted into the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB) Hospitality Hall of Fame and she serves on the board of directors for the Council of State Restaurant Associations, the National Restaurant Association, the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau and the DeKalb Convention & Visitors Bureau. She also sits on the Industry Advisory Board of Georgia State University's Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality Administration and is a trustee of the Arby’s Foundation. Furthermore, she has been inducted to Les Dames d'Escoffier International and the International Women's Forum. Bremer was also the former owner of Dailey’s and City Grill restaurants.
Bremer has garnered numerous awards including the ACVB Member of the Year Award in 2002 for her role in founding Downtown Atlanta Restaurant Week. In 2009, Bremer received the Lifetime Achievement GRACE (Georgia Restaurant Association Crystal of Excellence) Award for her outstanding contributions to Georgia's restaurant industry. Bremer has also been listed as a notable Georgian by Georgia Trend Magazine in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Georgia Trend Magazine hosted a luncheon and ceremony honoring the 100 Most Influential Georgians on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at the Ritz-Carlton in Downtown Atlanta.