The New York State Restaurant
Association has named Melissa Autilio Fleischut has its next president
and chief executive.
Fleischut succeeds Rick Sampson, who served as the
association’s president and chief executive for nearly two decades.
"After 38 years with the association — 19
as president and CEO — I am not retiring, but will be focusing on
growing specific association programs to further add value to
membership,” Rick Sampson said. "The association began 78 years ago and
today is bigger and more relevant than ever. My father, Fred, served as
president for nearly 30 years and we are proud to pass on our legacy to
Melissa — we can think of no one better to continue to lead and grow the