Chairman's Message 2022

William Kitsilis

The overall theme of 2022 was certainly about rebuilding and strengthening our industry. We have navigated one of the most difficult times in recent history and thankfully, all signs are pointing towards a more normal state of business operations. As we flip the page on the year, there were so many positives for our industry like:

  • RIHA's new 40l(k) program available to all our members to institute in their own businesses to not only attract, but retain our valued workforce
  • the extension of the moratorium on outdoor dining,
  • and the permanence of Alcohol To Go.

But, there is one area where I know we can do better - and that is in the expansion of our membership to be more inclusive. We are so fortunate to live in a melting pot of different backgrounds, cultures and ideals - quite frankly, it's what makes hospitality so great!

A huge segment of our industry encompasses owners and entrepreneurs who are immigrants or first-generation Americans doing their best to make their dreams a reality. Hospitality offers on-the-job training, the ability for advancement, and with hard work and determination, it can be a gateway to success. So many business owners, general managers, and directors started out as bussers or dishwashers and were able to work their way up to ownership and take control of their own destiny.

One of my ongoing goals for RI HA is to be a place to nurture this entrepreneurial spirit and provide the tools and resources to help even more folks achieve their own version of the American dream. I'm proud to be Chairman of such an incredible association with the most dedicated and hard-working staff in the business.

We are fortunate to have some of the best, most talented and motivated members in the industry and we would not be where we are today without you. As you talk to colleagues, encourage them to learn more about RI HA and all that we provide; from advocacy, to workforce development, to training and education. Thank you all for your continued support.

Here's to a successful 2023!

Bill Kitsilis
Chairman of the Board
Angelo’s Palace Pizza and Antonio’s Pizza by the Slice