Join us for our next luncheon meeting on October 8 when Karen Bremer, CEO of the Georgia Restaurant Association, discusses the topic: The Impact of Georgia Restaurant Association in the Franchise Community.
3368 Peachtree Road
Atlanta, GA 30326
Karen Bremer, CAE
Georgia Restaurant Association
With over 45 years in the hospitality industry, Bremer is the CEO of the Georgia Restaurant Association (GRA), representing one of the largest industries in the state. The GRA serves as the unified voice for over 18,400 eating and drinking place locations in the state of Georgia with total sales in excess of $22 billion. Georgia’s restaurants provide their communities with more than 488,000 jobs statewide. Bremer is the former owner of Dailey’s and City Grill restaurants and was a top executive with the Peasant Restaurant Group, starting out as a manager and ultimately being named its president is a founding member of the GRA and the past president of the GRA Board. She serves on the advocacy committee for the National Restaurant Association, board of directors for the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB), and serves as president for the Council of State Restaurant Associations (CSRA). She also sits on the Industry Advisory Board of Georgia State University’s Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality and is a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI). Bremer has garnered numerous awards including the ACVB Member of the Year Award in 2002 for her role in founding Downtown Atlanta Restaurant Week. In 2015, she was inducted in the ACVB Hospitality Hall of Fame. In 2009, Bremer received the Lifetime Achievement GRACE (Georgia Restaurant Association Crystal of Excellence) Award for her outstanding contributions to Georgia’s restaurant industry. In 2016, 2017 and 2019, Bremer was named one of Georgia Trend Magazine’s “100 Most Influential Georgians of the Year” in addition to being listed as a notable Georgian by Georgia Trend Magazine in 2013, 2014 and 2015. She was also named as one of the Top Registered Lobbyists in 2017 and 2018 by James Magazine.