Jackie Paris, along with her husband and son, collectively own and operate ten McDonald’s restaurants in Gainesville. Her career in the food industry began in 1980, when she and husband Curtis entered the McDonald’s Registered Applicant Program in the Tampa Bay Region. They decided to become a McDonald’s franchisee, after learning of the industry leader’s reputation for providing ongoing support to its licensees.
In 1982, she and her husband purchased an existing Metro Atlanta McDonald’s restaurant. Jackie and her husband spent the next 18 years in Atlanta. She was elected the first female president of the Greater Atlanta McDonald’s Operators’ Association. She also served on the McDonald’s Regional Leadership Team, the Regional Purchasing Committee, the Ronald McDonald House Charities Board, McDonald’s People Team and an Ombudsman. In 2000, Jackie and her family relocated to Gainesville and purchased six McDonald’s restaurants. They have since opened three new restaurants, of which one is owned and operated by their son.
The Paris Company gives to organizations such as the Gainesville Ronald McDonald House, Shands Eastside Clinic, Gainesville Soccer Alliance, Eastside High School Institute of Culinary Arts, Girls to Young Ladies Inc., and others, totaling to 40 local community organizations.
Jackie is also an active member member of the Gainesville Chapter of the Links and the Mu Upsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. She is a former Board member of the Twenty Pearls Foundation Board of Directors, McDonald’s Regional Leadership Council and Board of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Central Florida. She is a current member of the board of the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce, member of the Women Operators Network and member of the National Black McDonald’s Operators Association.
Jackie earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Tuskegee University. She has been married to Curtis Paris for 41 years and they have one son, Calvin Paris.