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NRA names director of commerce and entrepreneurship

The National Restaurant Association named Liz Garner its new director of commerce and entrepreneurship. She joins the NRA's policy and government affairs team from the Food Marketing Institute, where she was government relations director.

Garner will be responsible for advancing the Association's tax and profitability priorities. Her credentials will be especially helpful in the NRA's efforts to enhance debit card swipe fee reforms and increase the transparency of credit card fees, says Scott DeFife, the NRA's executive vice president of policy and government affairs. Garner also will be critical in advocating for new payment systems to improve data security.

Her broad legislative experience will serve the restaurant industry in the ongoing tax reform debate, as the NRA works to secure a permanent 15-year depreciation schedule for restaurants and the Work Opportunity Tax Credit, says David Koenig, the Association's vice president of tax and profitability.

AT FMI, Garner helped coordinated legislative efforts of the Merchants Payments Coalition. The coalition of more than 20 national retail trade associations --  including the National Restaurant Association -- represents millions of card-accepting merchants. She will continue that role at NRA.



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