Why Black Lives Matter

RTS Partners has been working with people of color for years, however, our relationship and dialog has mostly been employer to employee, with RTS Partners being the employer. After witnessing the killing of George Floyd on TV, we felt compelled to do something that could help us and our industry raise awareness and to be better people, so we enlisted industry veterans Gerry Fernandez and Karim Webb to start a dialog.

Gerry founded the Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance, a non-profit organization that promotes cultural intelligence in the workplace. Karim is a Buffalo Wild Wings franchisee and community activist in Los Angeles. They and RTS Founder Fred LeFranc talk about race in restaurants in the must-watch video immediately below.

We’re also including a roundtable discussion among Charlotte, N.C., restaurant operators, and RTS Partners that again features Gerry Fernandez. Gerry explains the impact on employees of the recent riots and the police shooting in the parking lot of an Atlanta Wendy’s restaurant. He offers ways to ameliorate the emotions Gen Z and Millennial workers may now be feeling.

The RTS team is diverse and during our weekly call, we asked Brenda Parker, a woman of color to share her view. It was a powerful moment. We decided to share that conversation as well.

We also invite you to watch Emmanuel Acho in action. The former NFL linebacker has created a powerful YouTube series called “Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man.” It has received millions of views, deservedly so.

We hope you find time to watch these insightful videos and to see how you can be better in your workplace.

Black Lives Matter in Food Service with Gerry Fernandez & Karim Webb

RTS Partner Juneteenth Discussion on Race

CLT Restaurateur Mastermind June 15, 2020

Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man

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Work with Fred LeFranc

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