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National Restaurant Association Chair Sally Smith loves to visit events such as the University of Delaware's recent hospitality career fair. That way, she can talk to students who are about to make career decisions.

"Choosing to work in the restaurant industry can provide a lifetime of rich experiences and achievement," she said at an industry forum organized by the Hospitality, Restaurant and Institutional Management School. Joe McInerney, president and CEO, American Hotel and Lodging Association, also spoke at the March 6 forum.

"Moving from accounting to restaurant management was the best career decision of my life," said Smith, president and CEO, Buffalo Wild Wings. She acknowledged that students at the fair would have a head start in succeeding in the restaurant industry, thanks to their education.

Smith noted the National Restaurant Association's concern with building the industry's workforce.

"Without future restaurateurs, there is no future restaurant business," she said. "And we’re interested in reaching out to students when they’re getting ready to make decisions about their careers.

Smith encouraged students to take advantage of the networking opportunities with recruiters from about 50 restaurant and hospitality companies, including several National Restaurant Association members.

"Learn as much as you can," she said.

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