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4/17/2019 Rep. Craven and Rep. Casimiro honor Brian Casey, owner of Oak Hill Tavern, for being named Treasurer of the National Restaurant Association
STATE HOUSE – Rep. Robert E. Craven (D-Dist. 32, North Kingstown) and Rep. Julie A. Casimiro (D-Dist. 31, North Kingstown, Exeter) honored Brian Casey, owner of the Oak Hill Tavern and Company Picnic Company, with a House of Representatives citation for being named Treasurer of the National Restaurant Association.  Casey is slated to become chairman of the national organization in 2021.

 “To say that we are proud of Brian’s national accomplishment would be a severe understatement.  He has always been a tireless advocate for the restaurant industry in Rhode Island and he is a wonderful small businessman and community partner to the town of North Kingstown.  With our internationally recognized food scene in Rhode Island, it is only fitting that a Rhode Islander possesses a top board seat within the National Restaurant Association and I am looking forward to the recognition Rhode Island’s culinary industry will receive coming with Brian’s new national post,” said Representative Craven, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

“North Kingstown is full of pride that our own Brian Casey has been elevated to such a high position on the national stage.  We could not have a better promoter and supporter of Rhode Island’s culinary community on the board of the National Restaurant Association than Brian and I look forward to working with him to ensure that the restaurants of Rhode Island get the respect and attention that they deserve across the country,” said Representative Casimiro.

“The restaurant industry has been my passion for as long as I can remember and being a part of its fabric in Rhode Island has always given me great pride.  I thank Representative Craven and Representative Casimiro for this recognition and I am quite eager and excited to take on this expanded role with the National Restaurant Association where, rest assured, I will be quite vocal in extolling the virtues of Rhode Island’s restaurants to the rest of my association members,” said Brian Casey.

Brian Casey is the president and owner of the Oak Hill Tavern and the Company Picnic Company, both based in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. He is a 35-year veteran of the hospitality industry and has deep roots within his local community.  Casey is a two-term past chairman of the Rhode Island Hospitality Association. In 2008, he was named its Caterer of the Year. In 2013, he was named Restauranteur of the Year.

He is a lifelong resident of Rhode Island and has a Bachelor of Science degree in political science from Rhode Island College.

Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the leading business association for the restaurant industry, which comprises 1 million restaurant and foodservice outlets and a workforce of more than 15 million employees. They represent the industry in Washington, D.C., and advocate on its behalf by advancing and protecting America’s restaurant and foodservice industry.

Photo: Rep. Robert Craven, left, presents Brian Casey, right, with a RI House of Representatives citation congratulating him for his appointment as Treasurer of the National Restaurant Association

For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903