The Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance (MFHA), which recognizes Black/African American, Asian Pacific American, and Hispanic/Latino leaders every year through its Multicultural Advertising Tribute Series, announced its first release for 2013: the 5th Annual Tribute to Black Leadership in Hospitality.

The Tribute featured nine Black/African American women executives, including Teresa Sebastian, senior VP, general counsel and secretary of Darden Restaurants. Additionally, the thirty Black/African American leaders, included a number of CEOs: Harvey Brownlee of Bob Evans Restaurants, Walter Charles of Kellogg Company,  Steve Davis of Bob Evans Farms, Rick Frazier of The Coca-Cola Company, Phillip Holloman of Cintas Corporation, Phyllis James of MGM Resorts International, Shannon Johnson of KFC, Roger McClendon of Yum! Brands, Jerrell Moore of Burger King Corporation, Clarence Otis of Darden Restaurants, and Don Thompson of McDonald’s Corporation.

With record participation numbers by MFHA member companies, the full-page advertising features showcase outstanding individuals and communicate the industry’s commitment to supporting and advancing multicultural talent while motivating young talented individuals to follow in their footsteps.

Following the release of the 5th Annual Tribute to Black Leadership in Hospitality, MFHA will release the Asian Pacific American Tribute in May and the Hispanic/Latino Tribute in September. MFHA also plans to release the second edition of the Multicultural Allies Tribute, which features white senior leaders who have displayed exceptional support and made accomplishments toward multicultural initiatives in the industry, later this year.

The Tribute to Black Leadership in Hospitality can be found at: 

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