Nicole Enearu was born and raised in Inglewood CA. After receiving her BA in Psychology and MA in Educational Psychology, both from UC Berkeley, Nicole worked for 10 years in the area of social services including the Department of Aging, DCFS and the Los Angeles Superior Court.
In 2003, Nicole decided to give up her career and join the family business. Her mother, Patricia Williams, was a McDonald’s Franchisee who owned 8 locations. Nicole successfully completed the McDonald’s Next Generation program and became an approved Owner/Operator in 2006. Nicole became the Owner/Operator of 2 LAX locations in May of 2007 and in November of 2009, purchased her first traditional restaurant in Compton.
After successfully running her 3 locations independently, Nicole joined Patricia in 2012 and they became one organization.
After working 12 years as a labor attorney, Nicole’s sister, Kerri Harper-Howie, joined the Organization in 2012. Kerri successfully completed the McDonald’s Next Generation Program and became an approved Owner/Operator in 2017.
In 2019, Patricia decided to retire and leave the business in the capable hands of her daughters. Currently Nicole and Kerri are business partners who Own and Operate 18 restaurants.
Nicole and Kerri stay close to the restaurants and are involved in operational decisions and actions, with Nicole taking primary responsibility for the Operations and Kerri handling the People aspect of the Organization.
Over the years, Nicole has contributed to the McDonald’s system by taking on leadership positions on the Regional, Division and National level including, Divisional People lead, National Black McDonald’s Operators Board of Directors, Women Operator’s Board of Directors and the National African American Marketing Committee. Nicole currently serves the CET Lead in the Southern California area and serves on the Boards of the Local and National Marketing Organizations.
Outside of the restaurants, the Organization participates in all local Chambers of Commerce and Nicole currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce and has recently been elected to the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles Chapter of the YWCA.
Nicole is dedicated to supporting and improving the lives of the people who work and live in the neighborhoods in which she does business, including hosting numerous “McFundraiser’s” to support local schools, teams, churches and community organizations. In addition, the Organization has been the highest Owner Operator Organization fundraisers for the Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House Charities Walk for Kids, raising over $200K.
Nicole has been recognized by numerous community service organizations including Crystal Stairs, The Regalettes, The Hope Foundation, The National Association of University Women and the National Congress of Black Women. She was featured on the cover of QSR Magazine, participated in a webinar on entrepreneurship, participated in an interview on CNN, has been featured in an article on entrepreneurship in both Black Enterprise and Essence Magazine, and was featured on a K-ABC commercial celebrating Black History Month in 2017.
Nicole is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.