Scott Carlson, owner of Court Avenue Restaurant and Brewing Co. and Americana Restaurant & Lounge in Des Moines, has been elected to the National Restaurant Association board of directors.

Carlson is currently chair-elect of the Iowa Restaurant Association board, which he has served on since 1996.

"Scott regularly represents Iowa's membership and serves as a spokesperson with media, regulators and legislators on issues ranging from minimum wage and tip credit, to taxes, health care, and PCI (payment card industry) compliance," Ken Conrad, National Restaurant Association chairman of the board, said in a release. "We anticipate that he will be a 'go-to' spokesperson for the association in the coming years."