(June 18) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Restaurant Association announced the election of a new chairman of the board of directors during the organization’s annual convention in late May in Chicago.

Xavier Teixido, the 1999 Delaware Restaurateur of the Year and owner of the 175-seat, casual-fine dining steak and seafood restaurant Harry’s Savoy Grill in Wilmington, assumes the volunteer position for the 2002-03 term, according to a news release.

Teixido was elected chairman based on his level of involvement in board activities, his leadership skills and his stature and involvement in leadership activities.

“Xavier’s dedication and motivation to represent the restaurant industry makes him an ideal leader,” said Steven Andersen, president and chief executive officer of the association, in the release. “His unique perspective is a tremendous asset to the $408 billion restaurant industry, its 11.6 million employees and the association, and we look forward to working with him in the coming year’s endeavors.”

Elected to the board of directors in 1991, Teixido climbed the officer ranks by serving as treasurer and, most recently, as vice chairman of the board.

He also has led numerous NRA committees, including the government affairs and public policy committee.

In 1997, he became a member of the board of trustees of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation.

The board also selected Regynald Washington, vice president and general manager of Disney Regional Entertainment, Burbank, Calif., as vice chairman, and Burton “Skip” Sack, chairman of Classic Restaurant Concepts, Longboat Key, Fla., as treasurer.