The Georgia Restaurant Association (GRA) has named Ryan Turner the 2015 chairman of the board for the association. Turner is the current vice chair for the GRA and co-founder and CEO of Unsukay Community of Businesses, the parent company for Muss & Turner’s, Eleanor’s, Local Three and Common Quarter in Metro-Atlanta.
Since college, Turner has worked in every role in a restaurant from dishwasher to bartender. Turner served as the food and beverage manager at East Lake Golf Club prior to opening Muss & Turner’s in February of 2005. He and his partners opened Local Three in late 2010, Eleanor’s in 2012 and Common Quarter in 2013.
In 2011, Turner and his partners received the GRA’s Restaurateur of the Year award at the 5th annual GRACE Awards. In 2013, they received the GRA’s Restaurant Neighbor Award for their involvement in founding and launching The Giving Kitchen. Turner currently serves as board chairman of The Giving Kitchen, a 501c3 serving those in the restaurant community facing hardship and crisis. Additionally, Turner was named the 2014 Business Person of the Year by the Metro Atlanta Chamber and the Atlanta Business Chronicle in the experienced entrepreneur category.
As chairman of the board, Turner will serve as the chief spokesperson for the industry as well as for the association and will lead the GRA board of directors. The chairman of the board also partakes in several GRA functions throughout the year including the Taste of Georgia legislative reception in February, the GRA golf tournament in June, the chairman’s reception and the GRACE awards gala in November.
The GRA’s mission is to serve as the voice for Georgia’s restaurants in advocacy, education and awareness. The GRA is sanctioned by the National Restaurant Association to operate Georgia’s only not-for-profit representing the state’s foodservice industry. The GRA serves as the unified voice for over 16,000 foodservice and drinking places in the state of Georgia with total sales in excess of $16.5 billion which provides more than 405,800 jobs. From large chains to start-ups, the GRA helps make Georgia a better place for restaurants to do business and helps make restaurants better for Georgia.