McDonald's honors local franchise owner

DOWNEY -- Paul Tulaphorn, who owns and operates seven McDonald's restaurants in Downey, Bellflower and Paramount, has received the Golden Arch Award, McDonald's USA's most prestigious honor for McDonald's franchisees.Annually presented to less than one percent of McDonald's owners/operators, Tulaphorn was acknowledged for "demonstrating outstanding business operations that highlight McDonald's core values: quality, service and cleanliness, and for exhibiting excellent customer service and significant community involvement. Tulaphorn, a Bellflower resident, began his McDonald's career as a crew person in 1976 in Monterey Park and continued to work for the company while pursuing his degree at Woodbury College. He worked his way up the corporate ladder and in 1994 became a McDonald's owner/operator. "I'm so shocked and honored to receive such an amazing award," he said. "I've won numerous awards in the past, but this one is just incredible. I always dreamed of becoming an owner/operator one day, and this award is an acknowledgement that I made the right decision. It's a dream come true."

********** Published: March 08, 2012 - Volume 10 - Issue 47