Hispanics Honored for Work in Food Service, Hospitality

Providence, R.I. — Sept. 17

Each year, The Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance (MFHA) honors distinguished leaders of diverse background whose achievements have contributed to the advancement of the food and hospitality industry. In September, during Hispanic Heritage Month, MFHA is celebrating successful leaders of Hispanic/Latino descent by releasing its third annual Tribute to Hispanic Leadership in Foodservice & Hospitality campaign. Hispanics/Latinos are a dominant force in food service and hospitality, making up 19.6 percent of the U.S. hospitality workforce, according to the Department of Labor. As the largest ethnic minority, totaling 50.2 million people, Hispanics/Latinos are a growing group in food service and hospitality.

The tribute not only recognizes senior-level individuals who exhibit excellence in their fields, but also aims to communicate the industry’s efforts to advance multicultural talent to executive levels. Participating corporate members of MFHA for this tribute include: The Coca-Cola Company; Ecolab Inc.; McDonald’s Corp.; Morrison Management Specialists; Sodexo North America; Yum Brands Inc.; Aramark; Hyatt Hotels Corp.; PepsiCo; The Wendy’s Co.; Burger King Corp.; Choice Hotels International; Kellogg Co.; MGM Resorts International; Heinz North America and Oakwood Worldwide.

The leaders in this year’s tribute rank among the country’s elite in food service and hospitality. Among the 20 profiled Hispanic/Latino leaders, there are five chief officers. Seven of the featured individuals are women, including three chief officers.

MFHA has honored multicultural leaders with the release of multicultural tributes in 2012: to black leadership in February, to Asian/Pacific-American leadership in hospitality in May and most recently, to multicultural allies in hospitality in July. MFHA will continue to honor these leaders with the Wall of Leaders campaign highlighting profiles of selected leaders featured in these tributes.

The 2012 Tribute to Hispanic/Latino Leadership in Foodservice & Hospitality can be found at www.mfha.net/files/ads/MFHA-Hispanic-Tribute-2012-FINAL1.pdf.

Source: The Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance