National Restaurant Association

National Restaurant Association

NRA is a business association for the restaurant industry. NRA's goal is to enhance America's restaurant industry and strives to help every member build customer loyalty, find financial success and provide rewarding careers in food service. Membership: $500-7,500 (Allied); $95 (Faculty); $75 (Student); $195 (Not For Profit); $250 (International).

Organization Type:
National Trade or Professional Association
Tax Exempt Status:
Food And Beverage Industry, Food Industry, Resturants/Catering/Food
Year Founded:
2055 L St. NW, Suite 700
Suite 700 Washington, DC 20036
Toll Free:
500,000 restaurant businesses
Certification Programs:

Other Addresses

233 S. Wacker Dr.
Suite 3600, Chicago IL 60606-6383

Financial Snapshot


Total revenues: $110,192,183

Year - 2017
1st-yr growth
Year by Year
Income from sales of inventory
Program service revenue

Total expenses: $110,619,133

Year - 2017
1st-yr growth
Year by Year
Compensation for non-officers/directors
Other expenses
Other fees

Total assets: $99,425,566

Year - 2017
1st-yr growth
Year by Year
Land, buildings, & equipment (net)
Investments in publicly traded securities
Accounts receivable

Total Liabilities: $54,413,494

Year - 2017
1st-yr growth
Year by Year
Deferred revenue
Accounts payable and accrued expenses
Secured mortgages and notes payabl

Regional/State Affiliation

Alabama Restaurant Association
Alaska Cabaret, Hotel, Restaurant and Retailers Association
Arizona Restaurant Association
Arkansas Hospitality Association
California Restaurant Association
Colorado Restaurant Association
Connecticut Restaurant Association
Delaware Restaurant Association
Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association
Georgia Hotel and Lodging Association
Georgia Restaurant Association
Hawaii Restaurant Association
Hospitality Minnesota
Idaho Lodging and Restaurant Association
Illinois Restaurant Association
Indiana Restaurant and Lodging Association
Iowa Restaurant Association
Kansas Restaurant and Hospitality Association
Kentucky Restaurant Association
Louisiana Restaurant Association
Massachusetts Restaurant Association
Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association
Mississippi Hospitality and Restaurant Association
Missouri Restaurant Association
Montana Restaurant Association
Nebraska Food Cooperative
Nebraska Restaurant Association
Nevada Restaurant Association
New Hampshire Lodging and Restaurant Association
New Jersey Restaurant and Hospitality Association
New Mexico Restaurant Association
New York State Restaurant Association
North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association
North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission
North Dakota Hospitality Association
Ohio Restaurant Association
Oklahoma Restaurant Association
Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association
Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association
Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington
Restaurant Association of Maryland
Rhode Island Hospitality Association
South Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association
Tennessee Hospitality and Tourism Association
Tennessee Restaurant Association
Texas Restaurant Association
Utah Restaurant Association
Virginia Restaurant, Lodging and Travel Association
West Virginia Hospitality and Travel Association
Wisconsin Restaurant Association


Revenue: Amount ($)
Income from sales of inventory 61,810,815
Program service revenue 36,144,068
Royalties 7,839,711
Total contributions 3,127,853
Investment income 757,304
Sales of non-inventory assets 395,112
Net rental income 143,875
Miscellaneous revenue 0
Gaming income 0
Tax-exempt bond proceeds 0
Fundraising income -26,555
Total Revenue:


1-yr growth
Income from sales of inventory
Program service revenue
Total contributions
Investment income
Sales of non-inventory assets


Expenses: Amount ($)
Compensation for non-officers/directors 25,728,493
Other expenses 12,793,936
Other fees 10,426,739
Conferences, conventions, meetings 10,021,357
Other employee benefits 9,707,445
Office expenses 6,789,755
Compensation of current officers, directors, etc 6,168,984
Depreciation, depletion, amortization 5,174,625
Royalties 4,662,373
Occupancy 3,070,466
Travel 2,976,200
Lobbying fees 2,622,866
Payroll taxes 2,536,892
Information technology 2,124,371
Grants to governments/orgs in the US 1,758,537
Pension plan contributions 1,429,435
Advertising and promotion 1,105,634
Legal fees 663,874
Interest expense 313,384
Insurance 227,813
Accounting fees 163,192
Investment management fees 152,762
Professional fundraising fees 0
Payments to affiliates 0
Travel/entertainment expenses to public officials 0
Management fees 0
Compensation of disqualified persons 0
Grants to individuals in the US 0
Grants to orgs and individuals outside the US 0
Benefits paid to or for members 0
Total Expenses:


1-yr growth
Compensation for non-officers/directors
Other expenses
Other fees
Conferences, conventions, meetings
Other employee benefits
Office expenses
Compensation of current officers, directors, etc
Depreciation, depletion, amortization


Assets: Amount ($)
Land, buildings, & equipment (net) 45,846,002
Investments in publicly traded securities 27,374,559
Accounts receivable 10,008,002
Cash -- non-interest bearing 6,073,056
Prepaid expenses or deferred charges 3,485,237
Intangible assets 2,893,098
Other assets 2,689,422
Inventories for sale or use 1,056,190
Investments in other securities 0
Savings and temporary cash investments 0
Receivables from officers, directors, etc. 0
Receivables from disqualified persons 0
Notes and loans receivables 0
Program-related investments 0
Pledges and grants receivable 0
Total Assets:


1-yr growth
Land, buildings, & equipment (net)
Investments in publicly traded securities
Accounts receivable
Cash -- non-interest bearing
Prepaid expenses or deferred charges
Intangible assets


Liabilities: Amount ($)
Deferred revenue 20,855,626
Accounts payable and accrued expenses 20,803,856
Secured mortgages and notes payabl 12,754,012
Unsecured mortgages and notes payable 0
Other liabilities 0
Tax-exempt bond liabilities 0
Escrow or custodial account liability 0
Loans and other payables to officers, directors, etc. 0
Grants payable 0
Total Liabilities:


1-yr growth
Deferred revenue
Accounts payable and accrued expenses
Secured mortgages and notes payabl

   Net Assets:

Net Assets: Amount ($)
Unrestricted net assets 42,909,805
Temporarily restricted net assets 2,102,267
Permanently restricted net assets 0
Total Net Assets:


1-yr growth
Unrestricted net assets
Temporarily restricted net assets

Key Staff

Name Ascending
Add Prospect 
Aaron Frazier Director, Healthcare Policy Government Relations, Senior Executive ...X
Adam Hasley Director, Advocacy Research and Insights Administration, Government Relations, Legal, Research, Senior Executive ...X
Angelo Amador Senior Vice President, Legal Advocacy Government Relations, Legal, Lobby Day Contact, Public Affairs/Corporate Affairs, Regulatory Affairs ...X
B. Hunter Riehle Senior Vice President, Research and Knowledge Group Education, Research ...X
Brendan Flanagan Vice President, Federal Relations Government Relations, Lobby Day Contact ...X
Brian Casey Treasurer Board Member, Finance ...X
Chris Rodgers Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary Administration, Government Relations, Legal, Lobby Day Contact ...X
Dan Roehl VIce President, Federal Government Affairs Government Relations, LDA Contact, Lobby Day Contact ...X
Deb Billow Vice President, Data Governance Government Relations, Marketing, Membership ...X
Hollie Arnold Manager, Executive Office Operations Operations ...X
Jack Frye Coordinator, Political Advocacy Government Relations, Legal, Political Action ...X
James Michael O'Neill Director, Content and Advocacy Engagement Government Relations, Legal, Senior Executive ...X
Jay Stieber Immediate Past Chair Senior Executive ...X
Jeff Solsby Vice President, Advocacy Communications Communications/Public Relations, Government Relations, Legal ...X
Joe Essa Chair Board Member, Chairman of the Board ...X
John Lehmann Director, Member Engagement Programs Membership ...X
Kari Yost Director, Member Experience Membership ...X
Kevin Steele Chief Information Officer Administration, Computer/Information Technology ...X
Kyle Coleman Contact, Government Relations Government Relations ...X
Laura Ann Abshire Director, Food and Sustainability Policy Government Relations, Lobby Day Contact, Senior Executive ...X
Laura Knapp Chadwick Program Director, Membership Development and Industry Relations Administration, Government Relations, Membership, Senior Executive ...X
Lindsey Miller Manager, Grassroots Advocacy Government Relations, Legal, Political Action ...X
Marc Lapides Vice President, Marketing, Communications and Programming Communications/Public Relations, Conventions/Meetings, Marketing ...X
Marvin Irby Interim Chief Executive Officer Chief Executive Officer ...X
Mary Pat Heftman Executive Vice President, Convention Conference Committee Chair, Conventions/Meetings ...X
Matthew J. Walker Vice President, Government Affairs Government Relations, Lobby Day Contact ...X
Meghan Smith Manager, Public Policy Government Relations, Issue Management/Policy Planning ...X
Melvin Rodrigue Vice Chair Board Member, Finance ...X
Pearce Crosland   Government Relations ...X
Rob Gifford President, National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Foundation Contact, Senior Executive ...X
Roy Jackson Executive Vice President, Development and Industry Relations Marketing, Senior Executive ...X
Sean Kennedy Executive Vice President, Public Affairs Government Relations ...X
Shannon Meade Director, Labor and Workforce Policy Director of Government Relations, Government Relations, Senior Executive ...X
Sherman Brown Executive Vice President, Training and Certification Administration, Conventions/Meetings, Education, Senior Executive ...X
Stephanie Childs Contact, Government Relations Government Relations ...X
Steve Danon Senior Vice President, Public Affairs Communications/Public Relations, Government Relations, Public Affairs/Corporate Affairs ...X
Susanne Gibson Executive Assistant Administration, Conventions/Meetings ...X
Terry Erdle Chief Operating Officer Administration, Operations ...X
Vanessa Sink Director, Media Relations Communications/Public Relations, Public Affairs/Corporate Affairs ...X
W. Jeff Clark Director, Conserve Program Government Relations, Senior Executive ...X


Year Descending
Facility Amenities 
2019NRA Show 2019 Chicago , IL , United States McCormick Place May 11 May 21    ...X
2018NRA Show 2018 Chicago , IL , United States McCormick Place May 19 May 22    ...X
20182018 Restaurant Innovation Summit Dallas , TX , United States The Empire Room November 7 November 8    ...X
2017NRA Show 2017 Chicago , IL , United States McCormick Place May 20 May 23    ...X
20172017 Restaurant Innovation Summit Austin , TX , United States Hyatt Regency Austin October 25 October 27    ...X
2016New England Food Show Boston , MA , United States Boston Convention & Exhibition Center March 13 March 15    ...X
2016NRA Show 2015 and Beverage Alcohol for Restaurants (BAR) Chicago , IL , United States McCormick Place May 21 May 24 44000 attendees  ...X
20152015 National ProStart Invitational Anaheim , CA , United States Disneyland Hotel April 18 April 20    ...X
2015Restaurant Innovation Summit San Diego , CA , United States Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter October 27 October 28   Convention Center...X


Restaurant SmartBriefdailyNo...X
Bread and Buttersemi-monthlyNo...X
Bright IdeasmonthlyNo...X
Fast CasualquarterlyNo...X
NRA DailydailyNo...X
Restaurant Advocatebi-monthlyNo...X
Washington WeeklyweeklyNo...X

Recent Lobbying Spending

Source: Lobbying Disclosure Electronic Filings, Office of the Clerk, U.S House of Representatives.

2019 Q4: $0
2019 Q3: $830,000
2019 Q2: $810,000
2019 Q1: $1,050,000
2018: $2,860,000

PAC Details

Name: National Restaurant Association Political Action Committee

FEC ID: C70004700

Last updated: 11/1/2017 12:00:00 AM

PAC Contributions



 Republicans  Democrat  Other

Outside Representation

Firm Name Ascending
Reg/ Term 
BGR GroupTermination 01/01/2012 ...X
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLPTermination 01/01/2017 ...X
Capitol Legislative Strategies LLCTermination 12/31/2018 ...X
Capitol Tax Partners, LLPTermination 10/31/2016 ...X
Ernst and Young, LLPTermination 03/31/2019 ...X
Food Directions, LLCTermination 12/31/2016 ...X
Heather Podesta + Partners LLCTermination 08/30/2019 ...X
Jackson Lewis LLPTermination 03/31/2011 ...X
K&L Gates LLPTermination 01/31/2013 ...X
Kathleen MichaelTermination 11/30/2011 ...X
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Legislative Issue Focus

Source: Lobbying Disclosure Electronic Filings, Office of the Clerk, U.S House of Representatives.

Active Legislation

H.R. 1374 DRIVE-Safe Act
H.R. 1398 Health Insurance Tax Relief Act of 2019
H.R. 1869 Restoring Investment in Improvements Act
H.R. 2474 Protecting the Right to Organize Act of 2019
H.R. 2500 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020
H.R. 2782 Employee Flexibility Act of 2019
H.R. 2827 Keep Food Containers Safe from PFAS Act of 2019
H.R. 582 Raise the Wage Act
S. 150 Raise the Wage Act
S. 1510 Employee Flexibility Act

    View All


Contractor Ascending
Service Category 
Reported Year Descending
Reported Compensation 
Ernst and Young, LLP Lobbying/Advocacy/Legal2019 - ...X
Heather Podesta + Partners LLC Lobbying/Advocacy/Legal2019 $160,000 ...X
Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas Lobbying/Advocacy/Legal2019 $50,000 ...X
Prime Policy Group Lobbying/Advocacy/Legal2019 $50,000 ...X
Urban Swirski & Associates Lobbying/Advocacy/Legal2019 $150,000 ...X
Capitol Legislative Strategies LLC Lobbying/Advocacy/Legal2018 - ...X
Ernst and Young, LLP Lobbying/Advocacy/Legal2018 $50,000 ...X
Heather Podesta + Partners LLC Lobbying/Advocacy/Legal2018 $240,000 ...X
Prime Policy Group Lobbying/Advocacy/Legal2018 $200,000 ...X
Urban Swirski & Associates Lobbying/Advocacy/Legal2018 $200,000 ...X
BEACON HILL STAFFING GROUP LLC Consulting2017 $1,264,952 ...X
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP Lobbying/Advocacy/Legal2017 - ...X
Capitol Legislative Strategies LLC Lobbying/Advocacy/Legal2017 - ...X
Ernst and Young, LLP Lobbying/Advocacy/Legal2017 $60,000 ...X
Expivia Interaction Marketing Group Inc Customer Service2017 $1,150,139 ...X
GES- Chicago Exposition Services2017 $2,401,725 ...X
Heather Podesta + Partners LLC Lobbying/Advocacy/Legal2017 $180,000 ...X
Prime Policy Group Lobbying/Advocacy/Legal2017 $220,000 ...X
RR Donnelley -Chicago Warehouse Services2017 $2,197,179 ...X
UNITED PARCEL SERVICES Shipping2017 $1,146,911 ...X
Urban Swirski & Associates Lobbying/Advocacy/Legal2017 $300,000 ...X
Align Public Strategies LLC Consulting2016 $861,267 ...X
AXA ASSISITANCE, USA Benefits Provider2016 $103 ...X
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP Lobbying/Advocacy/Legal2016 $200,000 ...X
Capitol Legislative Strategies LLC Lobbying/Advocacy/Legal2016 $40,000 ...X
Capitol Tax Partners, LLP Lobbying/Advocacy/Legal2016 $170,000 ...X
Food Directions, LLC Lobbying/Advocacy/Legal2016 - ...X
GES- Chicago Exposition Services2016 $2,576,667 ...X
GIBSON DUNN AND CRUTCHER LLP Legal/Advocacy2016 $1,934,776 ...X
Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas Lobbying/Advocacy/Legal2016 $10,000 ...X
MERRILL LYNCH-PIERCE,FENNER,SMITH Financial Management2016 - ...X
Prime Policy Group Lobbying/Advocacy/Legal2016 $195,000 ...X
Prudential Financial Insurance Provider2016 - ...X
RR Donnelley -Chicago Warehouse Services2016 $1,520,029 ...X
RSM US Audit Services2016 - ...X
UMR Financial Management2016 - ...X
UNITED PARCEL SERVICES Shipping Services2016 $1,014,727 ...X
WELLDYNERX, LLC Financial Management2016 - ...X
WELLS FARGO BANK Financial Management2016 - ...X
ABS Graphics Inc Consulting2015 $475,068 ...X
ASGK Public Strategies LLC Consulting2015 $505,825 ...X
Capitol Legislative Strategies LLC Lobbying/Advocacy/Legal2015 $40,000 ...X
Capitol Tax Partners, LLP Lobbying/Advocacy/Legal2015 $200,000 ...X
Food Directions, LLC Lobbying/Advocacy/Legal2015 - ...X
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