GHRA Comes Out On Top

Annual Report Indicates Positive Growth for Houston


HOUSTON – Nov. 20, 2008 – Texas Restaurant Association (TRA) issued its fiscal year-end membership report, and the Greater Houston Restaurant Association (GHRA), a local chapter of the TRA, ranked #1 in annual membership growth compared to the other 22 state chapters.

            The positive growth indicated by this report not only marks Houston as the largest TRA chapter at 1,116 members, it also indicates they are one of the fastest growing in the state. In fact, the GHRA increased membership by 4.7 percent during the last fiscal year.

 “We are very proud of our team and the entire Houston restaurant industry,” said Rene Zamore, executive director of the GHRA. “Presenting positive numbers after all our obstacles really shows how strong we are, and we look forward to continued development.”

 “The other chapters can look to Houston as an excellent example,” said Rick Madden, vice president of membership for the Texas Restaurant Association. “What they have accomplished is not only noteworthy, it is extraordinary.”

            Joining an association like the GHRA not only serves as a fortified alliance for restaurateurs and restaurant suppliers, it also provides a cohesive outlet for political support, education and resources among members. Local chapters of the TRA exist across the state, and membership provides many benefits including monthly news and information from state and local chapters, discounts on products and services, free on-staff general counsel, an active political advocacy group and a unified voice in the industry.

Proud to be 1,116 members strong and growing the Greater Houston Restaurant Association (GHRA) serves as a valuable foundation for restaurants to successfully establish and maintain their businesses. Our mission is to ensure the health of the GHRA and promote the growth of our industry through education, public awareness and governmental affairs. For more information regarding membership with the GHRA or TRA, visit or