Flight YPO member Nafees Alam receives award from National Restaurant Association

The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) announced its 2015 Restaurant Neighbor and Faces of Diversity American Dream award winners. The winners were honored at a gala on April 14, 2015, during the National Restaurant Association’s Public Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C.

Flight YPO member and CEO of Dallas-based DRG Concepts was awarded with one of the few Diversity American Dream awards.

Alam, who came to the U.S. from Bangladesh at age 17, entered the restaurant industry right out of college as an executive with Waffle House. As a leader, he joined DRG Concepts, a restaurant operations brand that has helped revitalize Downtown Dallas. Alam and his staff have been incredibly involved with various charities, including: The Bridge, a homeless recovery center; Vogel Alcove, which provides free childhood development services for children in poverty; and 6 Stones, a non-profit that provides a variety of services to help those in need.

The Faces of Diversity American Dream award, sponsored by PepsiCo, is given to diverse members of the restaurant industry who have, through hard work and perseverance, achieved the American Dream.

“The recipients of the 2015 Restaurant Neighbor and Faces of Diversity awards tell the story of opportunity and community engagement within the restaurant industry. More than three-quarters of America’s restaurant owners started their careers in an entry-level position and charitable contributions in the industry exceed $3 billion annually,” said Rob Gifford, executive vice president of strategic operations and philanthropy for the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. “We congratulate these restaurateurs and applaud their immense passion for what they do for their communities.”

The Flight YPO board congratulates Alam on his achievement.