Straight Talk From Successful Black Business Leaders

Feb 24, 2021

Duration: 1 hour


While the restaurant and foodservice industry is one of the most diverse industries in our economy, we know Black people are underrepresented when it comes to ownership. Training and access to capital remain significant barriers for Black women and men who want to own their restaurant.

Gerry Fernandez, President & Co-Founder of the Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance leads a panel of Black professionals as they discuss the obstacles along the way as well as the success achieved in becoming multiunit restaurant owners. Three entrepreneurs will share how their leadership, perseverance and creativity helped them sustain their brands through ups and downs. They share their keys to success in a compelling and “straight talk” fashion.



Gerry Fernandez
President and Founder
Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance (MFHA)

Lewis Rudd
Ezell's Famous Chicken

Warren Thompson
President and Chairman
Thompson Hospitality

Tim Williams
Williams Chicken