Restaurant & Delivery Update

It's here! Alcohol delivery in Texas was passed into law with the signing of SB1450. So now what? Come ready to learn about this new beneficial opportunity for restaurants, one that your membership helped get passed in the Texas Legislature. This session will include a dive into available data, critical issues, and big questions, including on logistics, operations design, negotiation tactics, food safety, packaging, and best practices. 


Monday, July 15, 2019


2:30pm - 3:30pm


Silicon Hills Tech Stage


Kenneth Besserman, Texas Restaurant Association
Anna Tauzin, Texas Restaurant Association


Kenneth Besserman

Kenneth Besserman has over 25 years of legal experience in state government and private practice. As General Counsel to the Texas Restaurant Association, Kenneth handles legal and regulatory matters affecting the association and restaurant industry including employment law, tax law, alcohol regulation, hospitality law, administrative law, and health and safety issues. In addition, Kenneth handles government relations and lobbying efforts for TRA at the state capitol.

Prior to becoming General Counsel for the Texas Restaurant Association, Kenneth served as Assistant General Counsel with the Comptroller of Public Accounts and General Counsel and Chief of Staff for Texas State Senator Rodney Ellis. During his legal career, Kenneth’s legal practice has focused on administrative law, legislative matters, state budget and fiscal issues, public finance, unclaimed property, and litigation. Kenneth began his legal career in Houston concentrating in insurance defense and commercial litigation. 

Kenneth received a Bachelor of Arts from Tulane University in 1988; a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Houston Law Center in 1991; and an LLM from the London School of Economics in 1995.

Anna Tauzin

At TRA, Anna leads the evolution of the Association’s innovation and marketing strategies, focusing on membership and partner products to improve member value and Association revenue. Additionally, she is driven to bring more restaurant technology to the state of Texas with unique partnerships and innovative programming. 

Anna is a frequent speaker and serves on multiple boards for startups and industry events, including SXSW Interactive. 

Previous to coming to TRA, she headed up innovation for the National Restaurant Association in Washington, D.C. 

She has worked in several restaurants during her career, including BOH and FOH. Her favorite job was as a Denny's waitress on the graveyard shift. She could tell you some stories.