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

The 2014 Faces of Diversity American Dream Award went to three restaurant entrepreneurs. The winners are:

Griselda Barajas, president and CEO, Griselda’s Catering (Sacramento, Calif.)
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Mansour Ghalibaf, owner, Hotel Northampton (Northampton, Mass.)
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Jahangir Kabir, district supervisor, White Castle System Inc. (Woodside, N.Y.)
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The 2014 Thad and Alice Eure Ambassador of Hospitality award, the premiere award bestowed by the NRAEF to an individual who has shown extraordinary achievement and exemplary leadership in the restaurant and hospitality industry, was awarded to Jackie Trujillo, chairman emeritus of Harman Management, a Los Altos, Calif.-based franchise that operates more than 300 KFC restaurants and several others locations cobranded with Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and A&W.

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