Black execs talk about racial equity in America

October 29, 2020
A New York Federal Reserve report found that in 30 counties deemed vulnerable to Black business closures, in most of those counties, only 15% to 20% of the businesses got PPP loans.

We will remember 2020 for many things, chiefly the pandemic and the election. 

But, perhaps, the most enduring challenge this year is racism, and the way it's affected lives, livelihoods, and even the future. 

After George Floyd's, Breonna Taylor’s, and Ahmaud Arbery's deaths, among others, plus the protests that followed, the conversation has taken center stage across America. 

The restaurant industry is one of our country's most diverse, but racism still exists. It can be overt or inadvertent, but it shouldn’t be ignored or denied. 

The industry must take steps to ensure everyone has access to the resources and opportunities that enable them to reach their full potential. 

We are sharing seven stories of Black industry executives: IHOP franchisee Adenah Bayoh, Jack’s Family Restaurants’ Sean Landrum, Union Square Hospitality Group’s Chip Wade, the Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance’s Gerry Fernandez, Universal CityWalk’s Damion Davis, Fired Pie’s Fred Morgan, and celebrity chef Jerome Grant, co-owner and operator of the new restaurant, Jackie, in Washington, D.C. We hope these profiles lead to more discussion and opportunities for people of color.


Adenah Bayoh
The Adenah Bayoh and Companies
Irvington, N.J.
Damion Davis
Universal CityWalk
Los Angeles
Gerry Fernandez
Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance
Providence, R.I.
Jerome Grant
Jackie, Dacha Navy Yard
Washington, D.C.
Sean Landrum
Jack’s Family Restaurants
Birmingham, Ala.
Fred Morgan
Fired Pie
Chip Wade
Union Square Hospitality Group
New York City