President and CEO of Mainstreet Ventures Inc. and long standing restaurant industry advocate, Michael C. Gibbons was elected to Chairman of the Board of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) on January 1, 2014. Gibbons will serve a one year term and will provide leadership, expertise and guidance to the NRAEF, its students and to industry professionals.
The NRAEF is the philanthropic foundation of the National Restaurant Association. The NRAEF’s ProStart program is a career-building high school program that reaches more than 95,000 students at 1,900 high schools in 48 states, Guam and U.S. military bases, at home and abroad. For 15 years, ProStart has been providing high school students with the training they need to be successful and has provided more than $14 million in scholarships for students and educators since 1997. The NRAEF also provides current industry professionals with access to educational opportunities and tools designed to elevate their careers and keep them on top of the latest restaurant and foodservice trends.