2013 Awardee: Adenah Bayoh, Liberia, Owner, Irvington International House of Pancakes
Adenah Bayoh came to Newark at age 13 with her family from the war-torn African nation of Liberia. From an early age she set high goals for her future and applied herself to achieve them. Working as many as three jobs at one time, she put herself through college, graduating from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2001 with a degree in Business Management.
In 2002, she started Homeland Mortgage, which has secured mortgages for more than 60 clients, and employs seven people. Tired of having to go to Newark or Union to find a good clean restaurant where she could meet with friends and colleagues, Bayoh decided to open an IHOP in Irvington in 2004, Ms. Bayoh transformed Irvington’s landmark Kless Diner into an IHOP franchise, today employing more than 100 full- and part-time workers.
Bayoh is very committed to serving the community. She believes in providing employment first for the people of Irvington and the surrounding communities, and she invests in the professional skills development of her staff to ensure that the customer service standards she wants for her business are maintained Bayoh also mentors unemployed and underemployed women. In addition, she introduced a program for free breakfast in her IHOP for elementary children so that they could come and eat breakfast every morning before going to school. She is also involved with leadership and philanthropic work within the West African and Liberian community here in both New Jersey and Liberia. Due to her success, IHOP has invited her to consider opening more stores in Passaic to serve the low and moderate income communities there.
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