Friend - Joseph K. Fassler

Consultant - Glacier Park, Inc., Viad Corporation

Friend - Joseph K. Fassler

Joseph K. Fassler retired from the Viad Corp as president and CEO of Restaura, Inc., which was a wholly owned subsidiary of the Viad Corp.  He is currently working as a consultant for Viad Corp.

Fassler spent his entire career with Restaura, Inc., which began in 1963.  He held a number of positions in the company which led to president and CEO.

A certified Foodservice Management Professional (FMP), Fassler serves on the board of directors and is past chair of the National Restaurant Association.  He is also a board member and the past chair of the National Restaurant Association’s Educational Foundation as well as past director for the American Hotel and Motel Association.  He sits on the advisory board for Northern Arizona University’s School of Hotel and Restaurant Management, and also the board for Oklahoma State University’s College of Human Environmental Sciences.  He is on the Board of Directors for Sun Orchard, Inc. and the Board of Directors for Metz Enterprises.

He was awarded a 1995 MUFSO Golden Chain Award; the 1996 recipient of the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association’s (IFMA) Gold Plate Award for his innovation, leadership and dedication to the foodservice industry, and also the Educational Foundation’s Thad and Alice Eure Ambassador of Hospitality Award in 2008.

Born in New York, Fassler earned his Bachelor of Science degree in hotel and restaurant administration from Oklahoma State University.