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Highlights from the 2015 Black McDonald’s Operators Association Gala

On July 23, the NY/NJ Black McDonald’s Operators Association (BMOA®) hosted the 21st Annual Scholarship Fundraiser Gala at the Crystal Plaza in Livingston, New Jersey. In addition to raising money for the Abyssinian Baptist Church Robert Lee Dunham Scholarship Fund and the RMHC African American Future Achievers (AAFA) Scholarship Fund, the event honored McDonald’s retired Chief Executive Officer Don Thompson with the Robert Lee Dunham True Visionary Award.

Don Thompson is a retired CEO of McDonald’s USA. In this role, Thompson was responsible for the entire McDonald’s US system including 13,700 restaurants and was instrumental in establishing and executing the US strategic growth plan.

At McDonald’s, Thompson held a variety of leadership positions, including Executive Vice President for McDonald’s Restaurant Solutions Group, where he led global innovation orchestration, and President of McDonald’s West Division, where he led an organization of 4,000 restaurants in 16 states. He also served as President of the former McDonald’s Midwest Division, overseeing 2,200 restaurants.  Thompson played a crucial role in setting McDonald’s strategic direction and establishing system alignment around the business plan.

Thompson began his career with McDonald’s in 1990 as a Restaurant Systems Engineer. In 1991, he was promoted to Project Manager and in 1993, was named Staff Director for the Quality Development Department. From there, he became Director of Operations for the Denver Region.

Thompson is a former member of the San Diego Ronald McDonald House Charities Board of Directors.

BMOA operates for the purpose of social, educational, and charitable activities to better the lives of children and their families in the New York and New Jersey communities. It participates in local communities to bring awareness to the many programs and support services that McDonald’s and the Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®) performs in areas of health, education, the arts, civil and social services.

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