Harris’ decision to leave comes after Steve Barber, vice-president of Expositions, left the association a few weeks ago, and former president and CEO Doug Needham stepped down last year.
Harris joined CRFA as director of Communications in 1979, overseeing CRFA operations, including membership, tradeshows, finance and IT during that time.
“David’s dedication to CRFA and the foodservice industry over the past 31 years is truly commendable,” said CRFA president and CEO Garth Whyte. “Under his stewardship, CRFA was able to significantly expand and strengthen its work on behalf of foodservice operators from coast to coast. On a personal note, I am grateful for the knowledge he has shared and the support he has provided during my first year with the association.”
Harris noted that leaving was “a difficult decision. But having reached a certain age, needing to address some family issues, needing a break and not wanting to leave part-way through the tradeshow cycle, I determined that the time was right for me to depart. The association is in good hands with the Board’s leadership and the staff committee of management with Garth Whyte at the helm. The association is also blessed with an outstanding group of bright, dedicated and focused individuals delivering day-to-day service to the industry.”