Introducing the 2021-22 MRA Board of Directors
Mike Miller, Patricks
- Owner/operator of Patrick’s for over 15 years and have worked in the industry for over 35 years.
- Past MRA President and Board member 2007-2012
- 2015 MRA Restaurateur of the Year
- 2019 TN State Restaurateur of the Year
- Hired our first MRA Lobbyist
- Re-engaged with state Hospitality Assn Implemented term limits for MRA Board
- Started MRAPAC and began working to build representation with state and local officials as well as influencing industry-related legislation
- Work to rebuild an inclusive membership that shares ideas, communicates, listens, and responds to member needs.
- Continue to build MRAPAC awareness, understanding, and impact
- Update MRA By-Laws to address structural and directional changes Build continuity for the future through clear communication, accountability, and implementation of structural expectations
Shawn Danko, Kooky CanuckI was born in Montreal Quebec Canada and started working in my uncle’s bar at the age of 12. I began working for the Hard Rock Cafe in Toronto and, over 13 years, was promoted from bouncer to Assistant GM to GM. I moved to Memphis in 2000. My wife, Lana, and I opened Kooky Canuck in downtown Memphis in 2005. Kooky has been featured on the Irish Travel Channel, Trailer Park Boys, Gas Monkey Garage, You Gotta Eat Here on Food Network Canada, World Food Championships, Black Ink Crew; New York and was the first restaurant filmed for Man v Food in 2008. In 2014 we opened our second location in Cordova. I have served on the board of directors for Memphis Tourism, Memphis Restaurant Association, Metro Memphis Hotel & Lodging Association, and Hospitality Tennessee. I’m very active lobbying for the hospitality industry at the local, state, and federal levels and am the Chair of the Memphis Restaurant Association PAC.
Lynde Sumrall-Tackett, Half ShellFor as long as I can remember I have been involved in the restaurant industry. My father and late mother have been successful restauranteurs in the Memphis for the past 40 plus years. I have always had a passion to work in the service industry. I spent a good portion of my youth working in many different roles within the restaurant industry. My father instilled the drive to learn the business from every angle. I have navigated positions from a hostess all through Management. This has given me a broad experience of all the expectations required to be successful in the industry. If I am elected to the board I would like to implement the following ideas.
- Improve communications with health Dept and other local governing bodies.
- Work with the health department to safely move past current and future pandemics and stop the bleeding in the industry.
- To help ensure that our industry is at the table and not on the table.