Patricia became a McDonald's Owner/Operator in the early 1980's. At that time, the opportunity arose to purchase restaurants in "prime" areas in Los Angeles. Patricia jumped at the opportunity, and soon began to run extremely successful restaurants. By the mid-1990s, Patricia was ready for a new challenge. At the time, she traded in her "prime" location restaurants for five restaurants in what some consider less desirable neighborhoods. Patricia was undaunted! Through hard work, commitment to the McDonald's system and a fundamental belief in the communities she now operated in, Patricia drove her new restaurants to become top selling restaurants who hired people in the community to serve the community they live in. Together with her daughter, Nicole, she has seen the Organization grow to 13 restaurants strong!
Outside of the restaurants, Patricia is an ardent supporter of neighborhood enterprise and has been actively involved in McDonald’s charitable programs, both locally and nationally. She is a member of the Los Angeles and National Black McDonald’s Operator’s Association, 100 Black Women, NAACP, Black Women’s Network, several Chambers of Commerce, Los Angeles County Nutrition Committee, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and numerous other business and civic organizations.
For all of her hard work, Patricia has been recognized by federal, state and local government agencies for her dedication to community and public outreach. In 2014, McDonald awarded Patricia with the highest honor an Owner/Operator can achieve: the Golden Arch Award.
Nicole is a graduate of UC Berkeley, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology. She spent 10 years working in the field of Social Services including the Departments of Aging; Children and Family Services; and the Superior Family Court, where she worked as a Child Custody Evaluator before joining the family business full-time in 2003. She completed McDonald’s Next Generation program in 2006. In 2007, Enearu became an official McDonald’s Owner/Operator with the purchase of her first restaurants, located at LAX (terminal 1 & 2). In 2009, she purchased her first traditional McDonald’s restaurant and has continued to successfully expand. Enearu has been recognized for contributions as a next-generation owner/operator and received numerous outstanding store and outstanding manager awards. She’s been honored by McDonald’s national and regional associations, particularly; two Rising Star Awards and Building the Business through People & Quality Service Experience Award.
Kerri Harper-Howie became an approved McDonald’s Owner/Operator in 2017. Her career with McDonald’s started four years prior, when in 2013 she decided to trade in her successful law career to join the family business. She purchased her first three restaurants in 2018, and with her mother and sister operates 18 restaurants in the LA Metro Area.
Before her McCareer began, Kerri attended the University of California, Berkeley where she double majored in Political Science and Rhetoric. After graduating, she headed straight to the NYU School of Law achieved her dream of becoming a lawyer. Kerri's 13-year attorney career focused on employment law. In 2002, Kerri had her first son. His birth triggered her decision to leave the law full time a join her mother and sister in business.