Innovation Forum Speaker

Larry Lynch

SVP Health, Safety & Regulatory Services
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Larry Lynch is Senior Vice President, Health, Safety and Regulatory Services for the National Restaurant Association. His primary role is to represent the Association in efforts related to food safety and science as well as the development and delivery of the association’s broad array of accredited credentials. He is responsible for program accreditation, food safety compliance coordination at the state level, food safety and science thought leadership, health and safety product management, and food safety instructor quality. He also oversees business operations for the Orlando, FL office.

In his role supporting the Association’s Food Science and Industry Relations team he serves as a liaison with the food industry and regulatory bodies to ensure the industry retains a policy and science voice as it relates to food science and food safety.

Larry is also president of National Registry of Food Safety Professionals (NRFSP) which, through acquisition, became a wholly owned subsidiary of the association in 2016. National Registry continues to offer food safety manager certifications accredited by the ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB) under multiple standards.

He currently is a member of the board of directors of the American National Standards Institute as well as ANSI’s affiliate, WorkCred.

Larry’s focus on food safety and certification includes 17 years of active participation in the Conference for Food Protection where he has served for 14 years on the Food Manager Certification Committee and 3 terms on Council II overseeing Conference administration. He has been active in the Global Food Safety Initiative and is a subject matter expert for the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) helping to develop ISO 22003 which includes the rules applicable for the audit and certifications of a food safety management system.

Prior to NRFSP and NRA Larry was Director of the Disney Institute.

He earned his BA in Political Science at Rutgers University where he continued graduate studies toward a Masters in Public Administration. He earned a Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurial Management from Rollins College in Florida.

He has served on numerous industry and charitable boards of directors during his career. He is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) and was recognized as a Fellow by the American Society of Association Executives in 2002.