Texas Restaurateur Honored with 2015 Faces of Diversity American Dream Award

Feb 23

Nafees Alam, CEO, DRG Concepts (Dallas, Texas) is one of three winners of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation's (NRAEF) 2015 Faces of Diversity American Dream award. The winners will be honored at a gala on April 14, 2015, during the National Restaurant Association's Public Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C. "It is an honor to be recognized with the other Faces of Diversity recipients as colleagues in the amazing, great restaurant industry in America that creates such infinite opportunity for all of us," said Alam. "I am grateful to my colleagues at DRG for helping me on my path in the American dream, a journey we are on together as professionals in our community every day, to make life better." The Faces of Diversity American Dream award, sponsored by PepsiCo, is given to diverse members of the restaurant industry who have, through hard work and perseverance, achieved the American Dream. "Nafees Alam is a dedicated restaurant entrepreneur and industry leader who has built DRG Concepts into one of Texas' and the Southwest's most successful restaurant operations," said Richie Jackson, CEO of the Texas Restaurant Association. "He exemplifies opportunity, achievement and community investment and is a most deserving recipient of this prestigious award." Alam, who came to the U.S. from Bangladesh at age 17, entered the restaurant industry right out of college as an executive with Waffle House. As a leader, he joined DRG Concepts, a restaurant operations brand that has helped revitalize Downtown Dallas. Alam and his staff have been incredibly involved with various charities, including: The Bridge, a homeless recovery center; Vogel Alcove, which provides free childhood development services for children in poverty; and 6 Stones, a non-profit that provides a variety of services to help those in need. The other 2015 Faces of Diversity American Dream Award recipients are Carlito Jocson, executive chef & partner, Yard House (Irvine, Calif.) and Pamela Patton, Patton's Restaurant & Catering, (Des Moines, Iowa). "The recipients of the 2015 Faces of Diversity awards tell the story of opportunity and community engagement within the restaurant industry. More than three-quarters of America's restaurant owners started their careers in an entry-level position and charitable contributions in the industry exceed $3 billion annually," said Rob Gifford, executive vice president of strategic operations and philanthropy for the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. "We congratulate these three restaurateurs and applaud their immense passion for what they do."


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