Former MRA President Joins Toast as Industry Consultant

Oct 01, 2014

Peter Christie to Consult the Restaurant Management Software Company

Peter Christie, former president of the Massachusetts Restaurant Association and 50-year veteran of the foodservice industry, has signed on as a key advisor for Toast, the all-in-one restaurant software platform. Christie will act as an experienced industry consultant and product evangelist.

“I’m so excited about the Toast platform because it addresses so many of the challenges that restaurant owners have faced for decades,” says Christie. “Point-of-sale technology has historically been a huge pain - expensive and difficult to use. It’s refreshing to see Toast’s commitment to user experience, customer service, and cutting-edge technology.”

Christie served as President of the MRA for 25 years. Prior to his tenure with the MRA, Christie owned three casual full-service restaurants in Middlesex County, MA and was active in local politics and legislature. He served as the Director of Membership Services at the MRA before being appointed President and CEO in 1989.

“Peter brings an incredible amount of experience and knowledge to the table,” says Toast President Aman Narang. “The restaurant industry is notoriously competitive and difficult. Peter knows how to be successful. His insights and guidance will help us deliver an experience to our customers that drives them toward the same success.”

Christie was a long-time industry representative to the Board of the National Restaurant Association, served as CEO of the MRA Educational Foundation, and acted as president of the International Society of Restaurant Association Executives. In 2000, Christie was named one of America’s “Top 50 Industry Power Players” by Nation’s Restaurant News.

Christie retired from the MRA in 2013. He lives in Needham, MA with his wife Dorene.

About Toast: Toast is an all-in-one restaurant software platform. Built specifically for restaurants on an affordable cloud-based platform, Toast offers advanced functionality including tableside ordering, quick menu modifications, real-time enterprise reporting, online ordering, and labor management on an easy-to-use interface. Toast’s full-featured platform is used nationwide by restaurants, cafes, nightclubs, and enterprise franchises. Learn more about Toast at

About Toast

Toast [NYSE: TOST] is a cloud-based, all-in-one digital technology platform purpose-built for the entire restaurant community. Toast provides a comprehensive platform of software as a service (SaaS) products and financial technology solutions that give restaurants everything they need to run their business across point of sale, payments, operations, digital ordering and delivery, marketing and loyalty, and team management. We serve as the restaurant operating system, connecting front of house and back of house operations across service models including dine-in, takeout, delivery, catering, and retail. Toast helps restaurants streamline operations, increase revenue, and deliver amazing guest experiences. For more information, visit