Houston Chapter of the NBMOA (National Black McDonald’s Operators Association) recently hosted the Association’s 47th Biennial Convention. The local chapter rolled out the red-carpet showcasing H-town throughout 5-days of assembly, business, exhibits, networking, recreation and fun.
Mary Redmond, Houston BMOA Vice-president, in representing the local chapter offered a warm welcome to convention attendees by stating, “On behalf of the Houston BMOA, we’re excited to welcome this incredible group of black entrepreneurs to our city as we light the arches for the next generation of black McDonald’s owner/operators.”
Redmond noted that NBMOA is the largest organization of established African-American entrepreneurs on the planet. The organization represents more than 200 independent companies that own and operate over 1,300 McDonald’s restaurants nationwide. She also shared that this year’s Convention was focused on listening to and sharing members’ strengths, looking at where McDonald’s is heading in 2020, and discussing how they can continue supporting their communities and each other.
“The National Black McDonald’s Operators Association (NBMOA) is a 47-year-old organization dedicated to ensuring that African-American McDonald’s owners are fully engaged in all of the benefits associated with owning McDonald’s restaurants.” – Larry C. Tripplett, Chairman and CEO NBMOA. The organization’s Biennial Convention is a distinctive event, where owners and leaders gather to discuss the most important issues impacting their businesses and communities.
This year’s Biennial was marked as a “GOLDEN CELEBRATION” in recognition of McDonald’s 50 years of partnerships with African-American franchisees. McDonald’s and NBMOA saw this year’s Convention as the ideal occasion for highlighting that Herman Petty was the first African-American franchisee welcomed into the McDonald’s system fifty years ago.
NBMOA’s 2019 theme was Standing STRONG. Staying STRATEGIC & STELLAR. It is a mantra that embodies the spirit of the organization’s membership and how they operate as a body. NBMOA officers noted that today’s members stand on the shoulders of heroes who were strong in their convictions to civil rights and determination to live the American Dream.
In addition to conducting Biennial Convention assembly business, attendees from across the nation were treated to a host of activities that included a Houston Astros baseball game at Minute Maid Park, Houston Galleria tour, numerous networking sessions and a pool party, an Ensemble Theatre dinner and Evening to Remember and an Evening at The Cotton Club.
The dinner, entertainment and awards ceremony in Midtown Houston at The Ensemble Theatre (An Evening of Artistic Persuasion) was a Convention high point among many. The man himself, Ronald McDonald – McDonald’s Corporation Chief Happiness Officer, was in attendance and dressed to perfection. Following a 1st class cocktail hour and dinner, attendees were treated to a stellar evening of artistic performances by the gifted Ensemble Theatre cast under the phenomenal directorship of Eileen J. Morris.
The dinner occasion also served as an opportunity to recognize the 2019 NBMOA Telly Awardees for Leadership. Distinguished recipients included:
Roland Parrish – Advisory Board
Rita Mack – Advisory Board
Ernie Adair – Advisory Board
Craig Welburn – Advisory Board
Frances Jones – Advisory Board
Tanya Hill-Holliday – NBMOA Vice-Chairwoman
Larry Tripplett – NBMOA Chairman
Adrian Smith – Advisory Board
Elias Asfaw – President, West-Zone Region
The Houston BMOA was commended by the NBMOA Chair, Larry Tripplett, and recognized as excellent Biennial Convention hosts having set a very high bar.
Photo Credit: Mary Redmond & Empower Magazine, Inc.
NBMOA Biennial Convention – A GOLDEN Celebration