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Harold Lewis

Resturant owner and operator Harold Lewis and his wife, Tina Lewis, have managed twenty McDonald’s resaturant franchises since 1987. Lewis’s father was the sole-proprietor of one of the largest African American-owned contracting firms in Los Angeles, California. Following the death of his father at age seven, Lewis’ and his mother kept the business going along with an uncle.

In 1972, Lewis met his wife, Tina Lewis, while working in the airline industry. Lewis was employed with United Airlines in management positions in sales and human resources; Tina worked as a flight attendant and an in-flight services instructor with United Airlines and Continental Airlines, respectively. In 1982, Lewis and his wife 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. He and his wife 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 his wife 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, he has contributed numerous hours and resources to a variety of community organizations and causes. In 1993, Lewis and his wife founded The African American Visionary and Inspirational Leaders (AVAIL) Scholarship Program, which has awarded more than $550,000 to graduating high school seniors in the San Diego County. In addition, Lewis and his wife have provided scholarships through the Trumpet Foundation in Atlanta, Georgia.

The McDonald’s Corporation has recognized Lewis’ contributions by bestowing upon him the distinguished “Ronald Award” which honors operators for outstanding service to the community. Lewis is also a recipient of the McDonald’s “Outstanding Store Award,” one of the companies highest regarded achievements.

Lewis lives in Las Vegas, Nevada with his wife, Tina Lewis. They have three children: Jeremy Lewis (a second generation McDonald’s restaurant franchise owner and operator), and twins, Jonathan Lewis and Jennifer Lewis.

Harold Lewis was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on November 23, 2013.

Accession Number

A2013.324

Sex

Male

Interview Date

11/23/2013

Last Name

Lewis

Maker Category
Marital Status

Married

Middle Name

Roscoe

Schools

Sixth Avenue Elementary School

Los Angeles High School

Admiral Arthur W Radford High School

Los Angeles City College

California State University, Los Angeles

First Name

Harold

Birth City, State, Country

Los Angeles

HM ID

LEW17

Favorite Season

Summer

State

California

Favorite Vacation Destination

Acapulco, Mexico

Favorite Quote

To whom

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Nevada

Birth Date

10/8/1947

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Las Vegas

Country

United States

Favorite Food

Liver, Onions

Short Description

Restaurant owner and operator Harold Lewis (1947 - )

Employment

HRL Group, LLC

Sir Speedy Printing

United Airlines

Favorite Color

Blue