I received an invite to meet Rob Black, the new executive director for the Golden Gate Restaurant Association (GGRA), and was wondering where Kevin Westlye was off to (he held the position for the past seven years). Ends up he is working as president of High Flying Foods (behind Firewood Grills, Firewood Cafés, and many Peet’s Coffee & Tea locations), which focuses mainly on airports. Westlye will continue to lead SFChefs 2011 (which he launched), and has re-joined the Board of Directors of the GGRA.
Rob Black has served as vice president for Public Policy with the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce for the past four years, and prior to that, he served as legislative aide to then supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier. Rob currently chairs the city’s Workforce Investment San Francisco Board (WISF), overseeing federal workforce training expenditures.