Stan Briggs, president of Utah Food and Catering Co., has been elected president of the Utah Restaurant Association, succeeding Max Fillmore of the Flying J Corp., who was named to the group's board of directors.

Other officers selected to serve the 1988-90 term are Robert Kimsey, Sizzling Platter Inc., vice president; C. J. Santoro, Marriott Corp., secretary; Kay Freeman, Utah State University, treasurer; and Ron Morgan, executive vice president.Board members elected were Jean Glenn, Landures Produce; Bill Mouskondis, Nicholas & Co.; and Reid Steenblik, Restaurant Store and Equipment.

Re-elected to the board were Jay Alexander, Harman's Management Corp.; Neil Cohen, Snowbird; Gil Craig, Taco Maker; Cula Ekker, Sun Glow Cafe; Bryan Gray, Shades of Gray Communications; Tom Guinney, Gastronomy Inc.; Dan Harrison, J.B's Restaurant; Mel Melcomian, Casa Melinda Restaurant; Randy Pearson, Pearson Enterprises; and Dave Williams, Burger King Restaurants.

Briggs, who started his food service career with Lagoon Corp., said food service sales in Utah total $2 billion annually so it's a vital part of the state's economy. He said the outlook for the future is good, with the trend toward more service-oriented businesses.

At the same time restaurant sales are increasing, employment is rising and Briggs said the industry needs to attract bright and well-educated people. "The portrayal of restaurants as a low-wage group is inaccurate. While it's true that many young people receive their initial job training in restaurants, good, stable incomes are available for those remaining in the industry and perfecting management skills," Briggs said.

Briggs started with Lagoon as a roller coaster operator and later became manager of Lagoon's food and beverage operations. He eventually became director of merchandising and purchasing and in 1987 purchase the Utah Food and Catering operation from the Lagoon Corp. and continues to have exclusive concession contracts with the Salt Palace and the Elko, Nev., Convention Center.