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OCA Laments Death of Restaurant Mogul Norman Brinker
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OCA Laments Death of Restaurant Mogul Norman Brinker

25 June 2009

Sarah Smith Nester | Communications Manager
202 223 5500 | 

Norman Brinker, founder of Brinker International and a long time supporter of OCA, recently passed away at the age of 78. Brinker was a restaurant entrepreneur who popularized the salad bar and started a line of successful restaurant chains like  Romano's Macaroni Grill and Chili's. The company now has 1,700 restaurants in 27 countries, according to the Brinker Web site.

Brinker International has been a part of the OCA Business Advisory Council for many years and has generously participated in OCA's annual National Convention. The OCA's Business Advisory Council (BAC) is a vital link between OCA and the business community, providing financial, professional and corporate guidance to the organization.

"We at OCA are saddened to hear of Norman Brinker's passing and offer our condolences to his family and friends," said OCA National President Ken Lee. "Mr. Brinker and his staff have been very important to us, having given us financial and professional support and we are deeply appreciative."

Founded in 1973 as the Organization of Chinese Americans, OCA is a national organization dedicated to advancing the social, political and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans. 
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