“Mark Connell and Jeni Edwards”
Restaurant Associates announces promotions and new hires following 18 months of continuous growth. The company has secured major contracts with global partners, leading asset management firms, and technology brands. The exceptional performance is attributed to the skilled and dedicated team at Restaurant Associates, who have nurtured strong relationships with partners, resulting in unprecedented retention rates.
In line with their focus on talent development and long-term careers, Mark Connell, previously Head of Sales, has been promoted to Sales and Retention Director. In addition to this role, Mark will support the growth initiatives of Rapport Guest Services and Chartwells Universities and Colleges.
Joining the team to drive further growth is Jeni Edwards, appointed as Business Development Director. With a background in foodservice operations, Jeni has achieved great success in sales and established her own consultancy in 2013. She is a fellow of the Institute of Hospitality, a past-chair and board member of ACE, and actively contributes to the fund-raising committee for Springboard UK.
Furthermore, Bonnie Taylor has earned a promotion within the Restaurant Associates venues division to the position of Business Development Manager. Bonnie will contribute to new sales proposals and bids. Kate Law and Simon Myatt have been welcomed as new hires in the same role, with both bringing extensive operational and sales experience to the team.
Matt Thomas, Managing Director of Restaurant Associates and Rapport, expresses his pride in the recent promotions and new additions, highlighting the company's commitment to investing in employees and fostering a culture of growth and development. He acknowledges the team's dedication to delivering excellence to clients and believes that the new team members will contribute to further innovation and expansion, ensuring the continued success of Restaurant Associates.