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.”
Legacy of education, good will at trade association
By Glenn Yoder| Globe Staff July 09, 2013
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