National Restaurant Association
The National Restaurant Association is a restaurant industry business association in the United States, representing more than 380,000 restaurant locations. It also operates the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. The association was founded in 1919 and is headquartered in Washington, D.C.
The National Restaurant Association/NRAEF mission is: "We will lead America’s restaurant industry into a new era of prosperity, prominence, and participation, enhancing the quality of life for all we serve." The National Restaurant Association's mission is: "We exist to help our members - the cornerstone of their communities - build customer loyalty, rewarding careers and financial success." 
Dawn Sweeney is President and CEO of the National Restaurant Association. The 2012 Chair of the Board is Roz Mallet of PhaseNext Hospitality. Recent association chairs included Sally Smith of Buffalo Wild Wings, and Edward R. Tinsley of New Mexico, the franchisor of K-Bob's Steakhouse restaurant chain, who served from 2006-2007.
The National Restaurant Association develops food safety training and certification program for restaurant employees. It also offers scholarships to foodservice and hospitality management and culinary students through NRAEF, and runs a national program for high school students. The NRA also presents a series of awards, including the Faces of Diversity; American Dream Awards, and the Restaurant Neighbor Award 
It runs an annual restaurant and hospitality industry trade show in the U.S. in Chicago and conducts research about the restaurant industry in the U.S. For instance, it states that the restaurant industry in the United States is growing rapidly and now employs 12.9 million Americans in 970,000 locations—with sales in 2012 expected to reach $632 billion.
The National Restaurant Association also helps restaurant owners increase their environmental sustainability efforts.
In addition, the National Restaurant Association's Kids LiveWell program helps restaurants increase healthful options on kids' menus - and makes it easy for parents to find those options when dining out.
The association works closely with its state restaurant and hospitality association partners and provides its members with tools and solutions to improve their business. It also organizes conferences and networking events for its members. There are six membership categories: Restaurant, Allied, Faculty, Student, Nonprofit and International.
The association lobbies for the restaurant and foodservice industry and represents the industry on Capitol Hill. It was the largest food and beverage political action committee contributor to both the U.S. Democratic and Republican Parties in the 2004 election cycle.
The association is actively opposing the lowering of the federal blood alcohol content limit from .08% to .05% 
- Ransom M. Callicott, association president, 1949
- Herman Cain, President from 1996-1999.
- Steven C. Anderson, President, 1999-2007
- Dawn Sweeney, President and Chief Executive Officer 2007-current
See also 
- About the National Restaurant Association National Restaurant Association
- National Restaurant Association President and CEO Dawn Sweeney, President & CEO bio
- National Restaurant Association Chair 2012
- ServSafe Food Safety ServSafe Food Safety website.
- ProStart ProStart website.
-  Industry Awards Website.
- NRA Show NRA Show website
- Conserve: Solutions for Sustainability Conserve: Solutions for Sustainability website.
- Kids LiveWell Kids LiveWell website.
- State restaurant associations.
- State restaurant associations State restaurant associations.
- National Restaurant Association Advocacy & Representation
- "Food & Beverage PAC Contributions to Federal Candidates, 2003-2004". The Center for Responsive Politics. Retrieved 2008-03-13.
- Cain, Herman. This Is Herman Cain!: My Journey to the White House, Appendix B (2011)
- (22 July 2007). NRA names Sweeney president, CEO, Nation's Restaurant News