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Tina Lewis

Big Tina LewisBusiness and Community Leader, Activist, Mentor

Tina Lewis has a long history of using her drive, talent and passion to create and run successful businesses as well as to give back to her community. 

Together with her husband Harold, she has owned and operated ten McDonald’s franchises in San Diego, Califorina and is currently president of HRL Group LLC, which owns and operates nine McDonald’s franchises in the Las Vegas, Nevada area.

Since opening their first restaurant more than 23 years ago, the Lewis’ have been recognized by the McDonald’s Corporation with some of the highest honors for excellence in operations and community service.

In addition to her role with McDonald’s, Tina is a talented jewelry designer with her “Designs by Tina” company operating as an approved vendor for MGM Mirage.  Her pieces are also featured at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi, Mississippi.  This work was inspired by her personal journey though cancer – she is a three-time and ten-year survivor of breast cancer – which lead to her desire to create something beautiful.

Her journey is also the motivation behind her volunteer activities.  Tina uses her skills honed as a lifelong businesswoman to mentor and inspire others diagnosed with breast cancer.  She speaks to numerous community organizations and, through the San Diego Chapter of Link’s Inc., has developed a partnership with Scripps and the Susan G. Komen Foundation to present breast cancer awareness workshops for women of color.  She has also served on the Scripps Polster Breast Center Board of Directors.

 Her relationship with Susan G. Komen has grown; she is now a member of their National Speakers Bureau and servers on the Board of Directors for the Susan G. Komen Advocacy Alliance.

Tina is passionate about educating women and raising awareness that breast cancer is a disease that can happen to anybody.  Her motto is “Cancer starts with CAN.  You CAN get it and you CAN survive it.”

Tina’s dedication to her community is not limited to her involvement in breast cancer awareness and advocacy.  She is also the founder of the Visionary and Inspirational Leaders Scholarship, or AVAIL, (now African American Future Achievers Scholarship Program), which to date, has awarded more than $550,000 to help students of African American descent pursue a college education. 

She is the recipient of numerous awards for her leadership and community service, including: the California Legislature Assembly Entrepreneurial Spirit Award; UNCF Frederick D. Patterson Award; Jackie Robinson Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Dignity Award; Urban League Equal Opportunity Award; National Coalition of 100 Black Women Economic Development Award; KPBS Living Legend Award; McDonald’s “Ronald Award” for Community Service, McDonald’s NBMOA Lifetime Achievement Award, WODA 2010 Women of Distinction Award just to name a few..

Tina and her husband Harold have been married for 35 years and have three children – Jeremy, a second-generation McDonald’s franchisee, and twins Jonathan and Jennifer who will also become second –generation McDonald’s franchisees.