2017 Minority Business Enterprise of the Year

Presented to a minority business enterprise that has exceeded industry standards and has had significant growth through additional creation of jobs, while showing a commitment to social responsibility and exemplifying strong community involvement, while also achieving an overall impressive business performance.

Minority Business Enterprise of the Year is presented to Parrish McDonald’s Restaurants Ltd. After graduating from Purdue University, Roland Parrish began a 13-year career at Exxon before the entrepreneurial bug bit. After being rejected as a McDonald’s franchisee, he persisted and bought his first store in 1989 with 43 employees and sales of about $522,000. Today, the company operates 27 restaurants with over 1,000 employees and sales over $63 million. The Dallas Business Journal ranks the organization the 9th-Largest Minority Owned Business in north Texas. Through Parrish’s generosity, Purdue University’s Management and Economics Library received a $2 million donation and was renamed the Roland G. Parrish Library of Management and Economics. Parrish sponsors McMiracle on Highway 67, an annual event held that provides Dallas area fifth graders with brand new 26-inch bicycles. Parrish also constructed and established the John H. and Marie Parrish Medical Center in Fort Portal, Uganda in honor of his parents. The clinic provides treatment to patients with treatable ailments and cares for orphans whose parents have died due HIV/AIDS.

Roland Parrish, President and CEO
Dallas, Texas