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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Restaurant Owner and Operator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Creole Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere With Family
Favorite Quote:
To Whom Much Is Given, Much Is Required.$

Birthplace

Born:
6/23/1948

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Restaurant Owner and Operator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Creole Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere With Family
Favorite Quote:
To Whom Much Is Given, Much Is Required.$

Birthplace

Born:
6/23/1948
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Biography

Restaurant owner and operator Tina Lewis and her husband, Harold Lewis, have managed twenty McDonald’s restaurant franchises since 1987. Lewis met her husband met in 1972 while working in the airline industry. Harold was employed with United Airlines in management positions in the sales and human resources departments; Tina worked as a flight attendant and an in-flight services instructor with United Airlines and Continental Airlines.

In 1982, Lewis and her husband embarked on their first business venture when they purchased a Sir Speedy Printing franchise in Los Angeles. Lewis co-managed the business for four years and assisted in winning a printing contract with the U.S. Olympics Committee. They sold the Sir Speedy Printing franchise in 1986 and began the process of becoming McDonald’s restaurant franchise owners and operators. In 1987, Lewis and her husband established HRL Group, LLC and opened their first McDonald’s restaurant franchise in Sand Diego, California. From 1987 to 2011, HRL Group, LLC operated twenty McDonald’s restaurants.

Lewis has been a leader in the San Diego County McDonald’s Operators Association. As a community leader, she has contributed numerous hours and resources to a variety of community organizations and causes. In 1993, Lewis and her husband founded the African American Future Achievers Scholarship Program, which has awarded more than $550,000 to graduating high school seniors in the San Diego County. In addition, Lewis and her husband have provided scholarships through the Trumpet Foundation in Atlanta, Georgia.

Lewis is a member of the Susan G. Komen Cancer Foundation’s national speaker’s bureau, and the San Diego Chapter of The Links, Inc. She has also served on the board of directors for the Susan G. Komen Advocacy Alliance, and on the board of directors for the Scripps Polster Breast Center.

Lewis has received numerous awards for her leadership and community service including the California Legislature Assembly Entrepreneurial Spirit Award, the United Negro College Fund Frederick D. Patterson Award, the Urban League Equal Opportunity Award, and the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Economic Development Award. She also received the McDonald’s Corporation “Ronald Award” for Community Service, the McDonald’s Corporation NBMOA Lifetime Achievement Award, and the 2010 Women of Distinction Award.

Tina Lewis was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on November 22, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Tina Lewis' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Tina Lewis lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Tina Lewis describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Tina Lewis talks about her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Tina Lewis talks about her Creole identity
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Tina Lewis lists her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Tina Lewis describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Tina Lewis describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Tina Lewis talks about her relationship with her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Tina Lewis describes her neighborhood in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Tina Lewis talks about her early experiences of religion
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Tina Lewis remembers her home life
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Tina Lewis describes the St. Francis Xavier Catholic School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Tina Lewis talks about her family's move to Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Tina Lewis remembers Los Angeles High School in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Tina Lewis describes her awareness of the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Tina Lewis remembers her involvement in the black student movement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Tina Lewis talks about her time as a flight attendant for United Airlines
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Tina Lewis remembers meeting her husband, Harold Lewis
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Tina Lewis recalls her transition to the tobacco and pharmaceutical sales industry
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Tina Lewis remembers working as a flight attendant instructor for Continental Airlines
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Tina Lewis recalls purchasing a franchise of Sir Speedy, Inc.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Tina Lewis talks about her business strategy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Tina Lewis recalls her start as a McDonald's franchisee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Tina Lewis remembers meeting Hiawatha Harris
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Tina Lewis talks about meeting Reginald Webb
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Tina Lewis talks about Reginald Webb
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Tina Lewis talks about the McDonald's Corporations criteria for franchisees
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Tina Lewis recalls opening a McDonald's franchise in San Diego, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Tina Lewis remembers building her first McDonald's restaurant
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Tina Lewis talks about the history of black McDonald's franchisees
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Tina Lewis remembers the opening day of business at her first McDonald's franchise
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Tina Lewis talks about the failure of her second McDonald's franchise, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Tina Lewis recalls the birth of her twins
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Tina Lewis talks about the failure of her second McDonald's franchise, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Tina Lewis remembers receiving support from Reginald Webb and Gerald Newman
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Tina Lewis talks about David Rowe
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Tina Lewis describes the expansion of her McDonald's franchise business
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Tina Lewis talks about balancing her family and career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Tina Lewis remembers serving grits in her McDonald's restaurant in San Diego, California
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Tina Lewis describes organizing the first McDonald's GospelFest in San Diego, California
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Tina Lewis talks about the expansion of her McDonald's restaurant holdings
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Tina Lewis remembers moving to Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Tina Lewis talks about the National Black McDonald's Operators Association
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Tina Lewis talks about her relationship with McDonald's executive Donald Thompson
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Tina Lewis recalls acquiring McDonald's franchises in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Tina Lewis talks about her children and her philanthropic activities
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Tina Lewis talks about passing her business to her children
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Tina Lewis remembers her cancer diagnoses
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Tina Lewis describes her experiences during cancer treatment
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Tina Lewis talks about her support for breast cancer patients
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Tina Lewis describes the changes in cancer treatment
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Tina Lewis remembers suffering a heart attack due to chemotherapy complications
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Tina Lewis reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Tina Lewis describes her lessons to her children about segregation
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Tina Lewis describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Tina Lewis talks about the challenges of entrepreneurship
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Tina Lewis reflects upon her legacy and how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Tina Lewis narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Tina Lewis narrates her photographs, pt. 2