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Nationals Legend Ryan Zimmerman Talks Restaurants, Winning Teams at RAMW Annual Meeting

April 10, 2024


Keiristin Wilbert

Nationals Legend Ryan Zimmerman Talks Restaurants, Winning Teams at RAMW Annual Meeting

Washington, DC (April 3, 2024) — Ryan Zimmerman, an investor in Long Shot Hospitality and a key member of the 2019 World Series Champion Washington Nationals, will be the featured speaker at the 2024 Annual Meeting of the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW).

“Mr. National excelled both on the field, as part of a championship team, and off the field, as part of a leading regional hospitality group,” said Shawn Townsend, President and CEO of RAMW. “We are thrilled to welcome him to share his insights at this year's Annual Meeting.”

Zimmerman retired in 2022 after a stellar 17-season career with the Washington Nationals. He is a partner in Long Shot Hospitality, the group behind popular District establishments such as the New Orleans-inspired Dauphine's, The Salt Line (with locations in the District, Ballston, and Bethesda), and the recently opened Tex-Mex restaurant Ometeo in Tysons.

The RAMW Annual Meeting will take place on Wednesday, April 17, 2024 at 9:30 a.m. at The Watergate Hotel. Tickets are $25 for RAMW Members and $50 for the general public. Purchase tickets here.

The Annual Meeting’s agenda will also feature panels about: 

  1. The District’s new Dram Shop law and ABC licensing. 
  2. The future of Streateries.
  3. The new drive to reform Clean Hands laws.

About Ryan Zimmerman

Ryan Zimmerman, who earned the nicknames Mr. National and Employee No. 11, for his longevity and overall impact on the Washington Nationals franchise, spent 17 years in the big leagues and has become the face of a generation for DC sports enthusiasts. A two-time All-Star and 2019 World Series champion, Ryan holds franchise records for games played, hits, home runs, RBI, and runs amongst many others. Ryan debuted for the Nationals in 2005, just a few months after becoming the team’s first-ever draft pick out of the University of Virginia.

Off the field, Ryan’s commitment to the community has been unrivaled since stepping foot in DC. He has been recognized with the Jefferson Award for public service, the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award for character and integrity, while he is also a multi-time Roberto Clement and Branch Rickey Award nominee recognizing his achievements in community accomplishments. Ryan has been instrumental in helping raise awareness and funds in the fight against multiple sclerosis (MS) – and via his ziMS Foundation, has given back more than $4 million to this cause. In 2020 when COVID struck, Ryan became one of the first professional athletes to raise funds for first-responders and health care workers via his “Pro’s for Heroes” campaign, and he continues to look to use his influence in helping others through a number of initiatives to this day. 

At home in McLean, VA, Ryan and his wife, Heather, are proud parents of four (4) while he will continue to work with the Washington Nationals as he moves into retirement.

About Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW)

The Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) is the regional trade association representing restaurants and the foodservice industry in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. Established in 1920, RAMW is an advocate, resource and community for its members. The Association works to promote and sustain the growth and development of the industry while providing its members legislative and regulatory representation, marketing and small business support, programming and events. RAMW strives to serve its members with professionalism and integrity, and provide them the training, education and support they need to grow a successful business.

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