Texas Restaurant Association inducts three restaurateurs into the TRA Hall of Honor | Texas News


AUSTIN, Texas, June 30, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Restaurateurs Charlie geren, owner of Railhead Smokehouse at Fort worth, Mark Davis Bailey, owner of the Original Pancake House DFW in Dallas, and Creed Ford III (posthumously) of the Ford restaurant group in Austin will be inducted this year into the TRA Hall of Honor. The inductees will be among those recognized at the Texas Restaurant Awards at Lone Star Party at Sunday July 11 at the Brisco Western Art Museum in San Antonio. The Lone Star Bash is part of a weekend of events surrounding TRA market, the largest trade fair and educational conference in the southwest United States which regularly attracts 5,000 or more attendees. It is also the only national in-person catering trade show of its kind in 2021.

Induction into the Hall of Honor is the most prestigious recognition that the association can bestow. Qualifications are rigorous – applicants must have been an active TRA member for at least 15 years and demonstrate superior business ethics and leadership within the industry. The nominees must also have contributed to building the image of the Texas the restaurant industry as a whole.

Charlie geren is a barbecue chef, breeder and representative for the State of Texas. He and the Geren family are proud residents of Tarrant County, where he is chairman of Railhead Smokehouse, a staple of Fort worth. First elected at Texas House of Representatives in 2000, Charlie is currently chairman of the Local Calendars and Consent Committee. He has long been a supporter of small businesses and the positive impact they have on the local economy. Throughout his legislative career, he has also championed issues of public safety, property rights and natural resources. Charlie also serves his community as an administrator of Texas Christian University and as vice president of the Southwestern Exposition & Livestock Show.

Mark Davis Bailey, owner of the Original Pancake House-DFW, got his first taste of dining while working in student cafeterias in Texas University of Technology, eventually becoming the student director of the largest unit on campus. As an undergraduate student, Mark founded an investment club with an investment in the Original Pancake House, opening his second restaurant in 1989. In 2001, Mark became President and CEO of OPH-DFW. The group now has eight locations, and each has a staff that boasts of Mark’s generosity and leadership. Mark is a practitioner and evangelist of conscious capitalism and believes that higher vocation restaurants can impact their communities and the world. He is a past president of the Greater Dallas Chapter and the State Board of the Texas Restaurant Association and continues to be emeritus.

shoutd Ford III was a restaurateur with a long history of leadership and mentoring in the industry. Prior to his untimely death in 2018, he was Co-Managing Director of Fired Up, Inc. and President of Ford Restaurant Group. During his 43-year career, Ford has been involved in numerous restaurant concepts either as an owner, as an operator or as an investor. Being part of restaurant startups, public offerings, acquisitions, re-branding and restructuring, Ford has seen the industry go through many stages and situations. He is a past president of the Texas Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (now the Texas Restaurant Foundation) and has served on the board of directors of Nolan Ryan Beef Company, TC4 Restaurant Company and Little Woodrow’s Inc. His son, Creed Ford IV, also a restaurateur, will accept the award on his behalf.

“This year’s three award winners exemplify leadership and hospitality,” said Dr. Emilie Williams Chevalier, President and CEO of TRA. “It is a tremendous honor for the Texas Restaurant Association to recognize these distinguished leaders for their contributions to their communities, their families and the industry at large. Please join me in recognizing their efforts and impact.”

In addition to the Hall of Honor inductees, other awards presented at the event include the Texas Restaurateur of the Year, the Rising Star Award presented by the Savory Restaurant Fund, the Deep in the Heart Award, the Educator Excellence Award presented by the Texas Beef Council, and the Carmelo Mauro Spirit of Generosity Award. The winners are chosen by a mix of employees, board members, sponsors and TRA members, and will be announced during the Lone Star Bash. The finalists for these awards were announced in June and can be viewed at TXRestaurant.org/TRAFinalists. Tickets to attend can be purchased at TXRestaurant.org/LSB. TXRestaurant.org/LSB.

About the Texas Restaurant Association

The Texas Restaurant Association was formed in 1937 to serve as an avocado in Texas and the indispensable resource for the restaurant industry. Today, as a leading professional association, the TRA represents the $ 70 billion the restaurant industry, which includes more than 50,000 locations and a workforce of 1.3 million employees. Along with the Texas Restaurant Foundation, the workforce development arm of TRA, the Association protects, advances and educates the growing industry.

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