At the invitation of both National Restaurant Association President and Chief Executive Officer Dawn Sweeney and Rhode Island Hospitality Association (RIHA) President Dale Venturini, Michael Sabitoni, department chair and associate professor, College of Hospitality Management, joined the Rhode Island delegation at the National Restaurant Association’s Public Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C.
As the restaurant industry's most important grassroots lobbying event, the conference, held in March, was an opportunity for business experts and leaders to visit congressional offices and educate lawmakers about the top public policy issues affecting the restaurant industry. Sabitoni and the RI delegation concentrated on tip wage, immigration, and equipment depreciation.
Photo left to right: Bahjat Shariff, Panera Bread; Kenneth Cusson, Newport Harbor Corp.; Anthony Bio, Inn at Castle Hill; Antonio Fonseca, Packaging & More; U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI); Michael Sabitoni; Dale Venturini; Sarah Bratko, Esq., RIHA; Burnell Goldman, Omni Providence; William Kitsils, Angelo's Palace Pizza.