The Illinois Restaurant Association (IRA) named Everett Rand, president and chief beverage officer of Midway Wholesalers Inc., the 2010 chairman of the board on Feb. 16 during its annual meeting and installation of officers dinner. Midway Wholesalers Inc. is the only African American-owned spirit distribution company in Illinois.

In addition to his role at Midway Wholesalers, Rand also serves on the boards of the Better Boys Foundation, Sinai Hospital, Chicago State University, Chicago Gateway Green and is the founder and organizer of the Chicago Football Classic.