October 13, 2009 // Franchising.com // EDGEWATER, Md. – Robert J. Barry Jr., Chief Operating Officer of The Greene Turtle, is one of five new members named to a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the Restaurant Association of Maryland (RAM). The appointment was effective July 27.
As a board member, Barry joins an elite group of about two dozen Maryland-based restaurant and foodservice executives in helping to plan, implement and support efforts by the association, which boasts more than 2,000 members statewide. Meeting quarterly with fellow Board members and convening monthly in person or by teleconference with individual committees to which he is assigned, he will be involved in establishing, approving, supporting and defending the Association's policies and positions, advising and assisting its officers in carrying out their assigned duties, and promoting the industry and the advancement of the Association. Barry will occasionally participate as the Association's representative in panel discussions, hearings and speaking engagements and engage in industry-related political activity on the state and national levels.
Barry has been a member of the Restaurant Association of Maryland for 15 years, and has been part of the Maryland restaurant and foodservice community for 25 years. Before joining The Greene Turtle as COO in June 2007, he was CEO of BMCKJ, LLC, an independent, business-to-business custom food manufacturing company based in Laurel, Md., from 2003 to 2007, CEO of Bakery Resources Group - Ms. Desserts in Baltimore from 1997 to 2003 and earlier was Chief Operating Officer of The Great Cookie, Ltd. and Director of Marketing for Grace Culinary Systems, a division of W.R. Grace & Co. He also served on the American Heart Association's Board in 1999 and 2000.
"Several members of the RAM Board felt that I and my fellow new appointees would bring some additional leadership to help develop clear goals. I know I will bring a 'Can Do" attitude and passion to this Board and will work with them to help the association," Barry says.
Barry also expects his appointment to provide even greater exposure for The Greene Turtle in Maryland, where it currently operates 21 restaurants, and in other states along the Eastern Seaboard, where it is currently seeking franchisees to help it expand to 150 locations.
First opened in Ocean City, Md., in 1976, The Greene Turtle Sports Bar and Grille today covers markets across Maryland and extends into Washington, D.C. and Delaware. Combining comfort food, a casual atmosphere and a sports bar theme marked by big screen TVs broadcasting local and national events, "The Turtle" is a popular year-round destination for families and friends of all ages. Franchise opportunities are available throughout the Eastern United States to qualifying investors.
The Restaurant Association of Maryland (RAM) has remained relevant to restaurateurs for over 80 years by maintaining core principles born out of the first national financial crisis. In 1927 a small group of Baltimore area restaurateurs met to deal with the challenges facing the economy and the foodservice industry. Today, RAM is a 2,000-member-strong statewide trade association operated for the purpose of promoting, protecting and improving the foodservice industry in the State of Maryland. Since the very beginning, the Association has been run by restaurateurs and suppliers working not only for the benefit of dues paying members, but also for the restaurant industry as a whole. For more information about the restaurant industry in Maryland please visit our website at www.marylandrestaurants.com.