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The National Restaurant Association announced on Tuesday that it has appointed franchisee Atour Eyvazian as its Restaurant Hotel-Motel Show convention chairman for 2017. Eyvazian is a multiunit owner of 107 Jack in the Box restaurants in Houston and San Antonio.
In 1984 Eyvazian fled war-torn Iran and Turkish prison to arrive in Los Angeles. Not speaking any English, the new immigrant started his first American job – a janitor at Jack in the Box. After he learned English, he became a Jack in the Box restaurant manager. Taking advantage of a tuition reimbursement program that the Jack in the Box company offered its employees, he earned a baccalaureate degree and then a master of business administration.
In 2005, he bought 10 Jack in the Box restaurants in Sacramento, California, and has expanded his restaurant empire over ten-fold.
"Eyvazian's 25-year journey from his arrival to the United States, unable to read or speak in English, to now owning 107 Jack in the Box restaurants is a real life story about the achievement of the American dream and will serve as inspiration and provide insight for our attendees," said Dawn Sweeney, president and CEO of the National Restaurant Association.
The NRA Show 2017 is scheduled from May 20 to 23, 2017 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.