Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance Appoints New Advisory Board Members

WASHINGTON, September 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance (MFHA) has named five new members to its Advisory Boardpositioning the organization for future growth and continuing its mission to promote diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in the foodservice, restaurant and hospitality industry.

New members join a established group of leaders of the nation’s leading restaurant and hospitality companies, with expertise in diversity, sales, training, human resources, supply chain and communications. They understand:

  • Adolfo Aguirre, Inclusion and Diversity Partner, Darden Restaurants
  • Debbie Cottrell, Vice President, Operations, Cura Hospitalityan Elior North American company
  • Andrea Flatt, National Customer Group Manager, American Express
  • Richard ObayagbonaMarket Partner, Texas Roadhouse
  • Heather Trotter, Senior Vice President, Customer Leadership Foodservice, The Coca-Cola Company

“The MFHA is thrilled to welcome these new advisory board members and the brands they represent, who include the industry’s most accomplished champions of diversity, equity and inclusion,” said Gerry A. Fernandez, Founder and President of MFHA. “We look forward to their active engagement in advancing our DCI mission and growing our membership.”

Continuing their leadership roles as Chair and Co-Chair, respectively, are Max LangenkampSenior Vice President of Human Resources, Cintas Corporation and Martha Tomas FlynnSr. Director Global Development Services of Dunkin’ Brands.

About the MFHA
The Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance (MFHA), as an affiliate of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF), is dedicated to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in the industry catering, catering and hotel industry. More than 14.5 million people work at nearly one million restaurant locations in the United States. Founded in 1996, the MFHA is a premier resource for companies large and small looking to improve DEI and cultural competency in their organizations. The MFHA provides tailored solutions and advice that draws on a wide range of best practices, research, DEI partnerships, and expertise on current and emerging social issues. For more information, please visit

SOURCE National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation

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