Board of Directors Election: Meet Candidate Kris Rudolph
Today is the fourth in our series of blog posts introducing you to the six IACP Board of Directors candidates for the 2013-15 term.
A Message from Kris Rudolph
As a member of IACP since 1997, I’m excited about running for the board and contributing to the organization that has enhanced my life. I’ve formed many friendships and made many important contacts through the years and would like to help others do the same.
I’ve served as Chair of both the Entrepreneurs and Culinary Tourism sections, as well as organized the conference’s Forum on Wheels for six years. Recently I led the revitalization of the Culinary Experience, revamping it into a series of IACP-only culinary tours run by our own members. I wanted to bring value and community back to the organization by providing us with the opportunity to meet and share our common interests more than just at the yearly conference.
I’m a native of Houston; however, I moved to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico in 1991 and opened a restaurant and catering business. This was after completing graduate studies in Hotel and Restaurant Administration at the University of Massachusetts. At the time, all I could think about was getting out of the cold.
A few years later I opened my cooking school, La Cocina. This led to organizing culinary tours in the area. Then, at an IACP conference, I met a wonderful group of people working in Italy and decided I had to spent time with them. So, now I do culinary tours to Europe as well, where I can blend my love of food, travel, and languages (I speak English, Spanish, Italian, and German).
I’ve written three cookbooks: Recipes and Secrets from El Buen Café, Savoring San Miguel, and Mexican Light: Healthy Cuisine for Today’s Cook. My current literary project is a humorous memoir about moving to Mexico and opening a restaurant, full of quirky stories and pretty good recipes. I also write about food and travel on my blog--Delicious Expeditions.
If elected to the board, I hope to enhance the value of IACP’s membership by initiating more regional activities: dinners, lectures, one-day culinary tours--events that would bring members together throughout the year. Building a stronger community is paramount to my vision. These IACP-sponsored activities would provide important networking and educational opportunities, which would most likely lead to an increase in membership.
As a non-US resident, I believe more attention needs to be paid to the “I” in IACP and hope to make the organization truly international with meetings and events taking place in different countries. I think providing additional support to foreign members is essential to getting the word out about IACP. I would also like to see a higher level of education to the annual conference, providing even long-time professionals the chance to learn something new.
Given the opportunity, I hope to bring value, higher education, community, and fun to IACP.
About the Election
The election will be held online between February 8-March 8. You will be sent the link to the ballot along with your username and password on February 7.
We thank you in advance for participating in this important process. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Shani Phelan at firstname.lastname@example.org.