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NRA chair: Career opportunities encouraging in restaurant industry

Women and minorities can find professional success in the restaurant industry NRA Chair Rosalyn "Roz" Mallet recently told the Rhode Island Hospitality Association.

Mallet expressed her optimism in industry's opportunities by pointing out that the number of women-owned operations in the restaurant industry grew 50 percent between 1997 and 2007. In that time, overall, restaurant businesses increased 36 percent, she said.

"In fact, 46 percent of restaurant managers are women — putting us close to directly representing the general population," she said.

In 2011, women foodservice managers accounted for more than 8 percent of all women management occupations in this country, she added.

Mallet has worked in the restaurant industry for 35 years, mostly in human resources, general management or at a corporate office. She said she was proud to outline her experience: "I have been a restaurant cashier and a public company CEO. I have been a corporate geek, and I am currently a multi-unit/multi-brand franchisee. I am a small business owner with experience in casual dining, fast casual and quick service operations."

Mallet said she saw an encouraging future for women joining the industry today.

"Even in a challenging economy we are putting people to work," she said. "And we're putting women to work in an industry that is known for promoting from within."

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