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Food & dining

Legacy of education, good will at trade association

In 1987, Peter Christie was nearing the end of his tenure as a volunteer board member of the Massachusetts Restaurant Association when he confided to his wife that he dreamed of claiming the top job at the organization. At his final event, a dinner at Anthony’s Pier 4, he was approached by the volunteer leader of the association, who said, “Would you be interested in [the outgoing MRA leader’s] job?” Christie recalls. Since then, he has served as president and CEO of the association, a post he held until this week. July 12 will be Christie’s last day at the helm; his longtime friend Bob Luz succeeds him. “It’s been a great career,” says Christie. “It sounds corny, but I really believe that we’re at our best as human beings when we’re helping other people in some way. I just had the good fortune for these past 26 years of helping people in our industry and getting paid to do it.”

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