The RI Hospitality Association (RIHA) announced the appointment of Providence resident Craig Burkhardt as Business Development Manager. Burkhardt will oversee the association’s new membership initiatives, as well as existing member relationships. Burkhardt brings decades of sales and marketing experience to RIHA, working extensively in the field throughout his 20-year career in the communications industry. “We are pleased to welcome Craig as our business development manager,” said Dale J. Venturini, President and CEO of RIHA. “His background, experience and knowledge of making meaningful connections with people will be an invaluable asset to our organization.” With more than 750 foodservice and hospitality members in the state, RIHA has served the hospitality industry in the state since 1982.