The Black McDonald’s Operators Association (BMOA) recently held its 3rd Annual Pioneer Awards Luncheon at the multicultural Ensemble Theatre, Houston, TX. Houston Chapter President, Dave J. Moss Jr., took great pride in showcasing the rich history of the Houston BMOA at their annual event.
As we are gathered here today to recognize the Pioneers of the past, we celebrate them and thank them for allowing us to stand on their shoulders. We also celebrate the Trailblazers for ‘Blazing the Trails’ that had not been ventured into before, and for being ‘The 1st of the 1st.’” – Dave Moss, Jr., Houston Chapter President
Among those recognized and honored at this well attended Awards Luncheon was Johnnie (Herriford) Williams the 1st Black Registered McDonald’s Owner / Operator in Houston. Johnnie moved his family from Westland, Michigan to Houston in 1973 after being accepted into the McDonald’s Training program. His tenure with McDonald’s spanned some 27 years from 1973 to 2000.
Johnnie Williams was honored “In Memoriam” as the 1st African American (AA) Male Operator (Houston Region). Other Pioneers / Trailblazers honored at the Awards Luncheon were:
Ben Wilson – 1st AA Multi-Store Operator Honoree (Houston Region)
Marshall Vance – 1st AA 2nd Generation Operator Honoree (Houston Region)
Dave Moss – 1st Streetfighter Award Honoree (Houston Region)
TeRoy Vance – 1st Iron Fist Award Operator Honoree (Houston Region)
Harry Smith (Managed First Million Dollar Restaurant in Houston Region; 27+ years McDonald’s Owner / Operator) – 1st Master Negotiator Honoree (Houston Region)
Samuel Munroe (McDonald’s Operator since 1974 (44 years), 1st AA Operator to receive Larry Zimmerman Legacy Award, and instrumental in the development of 7 crew members to Operators) – 1st AA Legacy Award Honoree (Houston Region)
Gwendolyn Harrison (1st Black Female Certified as an Owner / Operator in the Houston Region; Retired after 18 years) – 1st AA Female Operator Honoree (Houston Region)
Phillip Hagans – 1st AA Wall Street Paper Operator Honoree (Houston Region)
Ernest Redmond (First Black Training Manager for McDonald’s Houston Region; McDonald’s Owner / Operator for 29 years) – 1st AA Operations Trainee Honoree (Houston Region)
Victoria Guster-Hines (Vice President of Operations and Franchising, McDonald’s-Houston Region, overseeing 800+ restaurants) – 1st AA Female QSC-VP Honoree (Houston Region)
James Collins (General Manager, Vice President, for the Greater Southwest Region which consist of nearly 800 McDonald’s restaurants covering 4 states) – Brotherhood Synergy Award Honoree
Francisco “Pancho” Gonzalez – Operators Relationship Award Honoree (Houston Region)
Jolene Oliver – “Broken Heart” Carroll Oliver Award Honoree
To acknowledge the importance of this year’s BMOA Pioneers Awards Luncheon, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner had a special city proclamation presented to the organization.
The 2018 Houston BMOA Pioneers Awards Luncheon culminated with pictures of all the distinguished BMOA Owner / Operators in attendance.