Brian Quinn, executive vice president and deputy chief executive officer for Hudson, has been elected the new board chair of the Airport Restaurant & Retail Association (ARRA). He succeeds Patrick Murray, deputy chief executive officer of SSP America, who will now serve as immediate past chair for ARRA.
“We’re thrilled to have Brian guide ARRA in his new role as chair,” said Andy Weddig, executive director of ARRA. “He has committed decades to shaping the retail experience in airports and will be invaluable in guiding our mission to support airport concessionaires and the millions of passengers we serve each year.”
The association board also voted to re-elect three sitting officers. Judy Byrd, president and CEO of Byrd Retail Group, will continue to serve as vice chair; Nick Crews, president and chief executive officer of Crews Hospitality, will continue as the association’s secretary; and Bryan Loden, vice president of business development for HMSHost, will continue to oversee the financial transactions and records as treasurer.
Two new directors were elected to the board as well. They are Greg Plummer, chief executive officer of Enjoy Repeat, Inc.; and Kevin Westlye, president and chief operating officer of High Flying Foods.
“As we look ahead to the future of ARRA, I want to especially thank Pat for his outstanding contributions as chair during the formation of the association, as well as outgoing members George Tinsley II and Kirk Weiss who played important roles in the growth of the association,” said Weddig. “Our board has always featured the most distinguished executives within our industry, and our new group will continue to lead our association in innovating a sustainable and resilient future for the airport restaurant and retail business.”