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Executive Director

Melissa Stewart | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A lifelong Houstonian Melissa has 25 years’ experience in a variety of public, private and nonprofit companies in executive leadership, operations, training and program development. Her background includes a wide variety of industries and company types ranging from a start-up to Fortune 1000 companies.

Ms. Stewart joined the Greater Houston Restaurant Association, a chapter of the Texas Restaurant Association in 2013 as their Executive Director. In this role she supports and represents Houston Restaurant members in their goals for advocacy and education to help make their business successful.

Melissa, her husband Richard and their daughter Sallie live in the Champions area of northwest Houston with their four rescue dogs (Jayne, Millie, Buttercup and Vendetta) taking full advantage of the fabulous theatre, museum, and cultural offerings throughout the Houston area.

Favorite Food: You can’t be from Houston and not love Tex-Mex – I would gladly have three meals a day from this cuisine, provided each was served with chips and salsa!
Favorite Recipe: My walnut chocolate chips cookies are my favorite thing to make and eat, while my husband wants to cast his vote for my blackberry cobbler.
Favorite Condiment: While I enjoy wine with most everything I don’t know if that is a qualifying condiment so I would say Sriracha – aka Rooster sauce!

Associate Member Engagement Director

Ty Adams | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Born and raised in Diboll, Texas before transitioning to the greater Houston area in 1996. Ty has over 15 years’ experience in guest services and hospitality in some of the most influential hotel properties in the city of Houston. Ty’s expertise range from Banquets, Events Coordinator, Executive Administration, Executive Concierge and Front Office.Ty is newly wed to Gene Adams! She has two sons Al and Jordan. Ty serves in ministry at New Direction Community of Love Church as well as Director of Beautiful Inspirations Single Women’s Ministry in the South West Houston area.

Favorite Food: I lose control and all sense of discipline regarding bread and potatoes. I’m easily satisfied from one meal to the next as long as the carbs are heavily present in each!
Favorite Recipe: I love to take the time to bake a homemade German Chocolate Cake from scratch.
Favorite Condiment: A bottle of ketchup, this makes any entrée complete! 

Associate Member Engagement Director

Jennifer Milian-Rios| This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Jennifer Rios move to Houston at the age of 7 and she stayed here. She is a graduate of the University of Houston Bauer School of Business with a BA in Business Management with a minor in marketing. After her work as a marketing intern with Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt Jennifer recognized the exciting world of the restaurant industry.  An avid baker, Jennifer hopes to one day open her own bakery with her special sopapilla cheesecake highlighted on the menu!

Favorite Food: I love Italian food! Pasta, pizza, lasagna and risotto it’s all so tasteful but if I have to choose an Italian dish, I would have to say Chicken parmigiana with Fettuccine alfredo.
Favorite Recipe: Tiramisu is one of my all-time favorite desserts. I love making desserts, I use to make homemade tiramisu until I discover Tiramisu cupcake. Since then that became my favorite recipe, who doesn't loves cupcakes!
Favorite Condiment: I love any spicy salsa, it adds a little kick to the food.

Member Relations Manager 

Regina Gibbons | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A Houstonian since 1983, I was born and raised in Northwest Arkansas. I have over 30 years experience in sales and marketing from non-profit to Fortune 500 companies, my background includes a variety of industries from publications, radio advertising, educational travel to residential real estate. I have many interests such as automobile racing, exploring new restaurants, traveling, and cultural exhibits.

Favorite Food: Tex-Mex is good anytime but I savor a delicious filet mignon steak.
Favorite Recipe: Super-Duper Chocolate - I love chocolate with everything. 
Favorite Condiment: Rooster's beak, otherwise known as Salsa

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