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Global Strategic Advisory Council

Roland Parrish

Roland Parrish
President, CEO and Owner
Parrish McDonald’s Restaurants Ltd.

A McDonald’s franchisee since 1989, Roland Parrish currently serves as Chair and CEO of the National Black McDonald’s Operators Association (NBMOA). As chair of the 39-year-old organization, he leads a team of McDonald’s Owner/Operators dedicated to ensuring the success of McDonald’s African American franchisees, while advocating for expanding opportunities for African Americans in the McDonald’s System and empowering the communities their restaurants serve.

Mr. Parrish’s career and success is founded upon his passion for education and supporting the community. He currently owns 25 McDonald’s restaurants in North Texas with sales of more than $50 million annually. For the last six years his company, Parrish McDonald’s Restaurants, Ltd., has been named to Black Enterprise magazine’s BE 100, as one of the Top 100 Black Owned Businesses in the U.S., based on sales volume. Previously, Mr. Parrish worked his way through the ranks of Exxon Co. USA for 13 years before leaving the company as an award-winning district manager, overseeing three states for retail operations.

Mr. Parrish earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Management from Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management. He lettered four years and served as team captain for the track and field team. He was named to the Hammond, Indiana, Sports Hall of Fame in 1993.

Mr. Parrish gifted $2 million to support the university’s Management and Economics Library renovation project. The library was renamed the Roland G. Parrish Library of Management and Economics. It bears distinction as Purdue's first major campus facility named in honor of an African-American alumnus.