Allen Norman, Jr.
Cortesia Nichols came into Al's life in 1967 when they both had summer jobs in the kitchen at Mt. Vernon Hospital. Summer love bloomed into marriage eight years later in 1975. They were blessed with two sons - Nicholas and Christopher -whom they raised with enormous care and pride. The family moved from Mt. Vernon to New Rochelle in 2001.
In 1992, Al and Cort became McDonald's Owner of Operators under the mentorship of Lee Dunham (Lee opened the first McDonald's restaurant in NYC). Working as a team, the Normans created a family business that has thrived. The Normans earned McDonald's "Outstanding Restaurant Award in 2004, McDonald's top organization "Building Business" Award in 2009, and McDonald's Pioneer Award in 2015. Allen served as the national representative for the National Black McDonald's Operators Association from 2011 - 2015, and a member of the McDonald's Co-op Board from 2005 - 2007. Al was pleased to witness Nick join the ranks of Owner Operator and Chris is on track to do the same.
Allen believed in giving back to the community. He invested his time and resources in countless charitable and educational organizations, such as The Boys & Girls Club of Mt. Vernon, Project Genesis, Exodus Management Consulting for Mt. Vernon School District, Ronald McDonald House Charities, and the New Rochelle Police Foundation where he served as a member of the board of directors. He frequently visited schools to share his experiences as a businessman and eagerly lent a helping hand to any business owner who sought assistance. He received numerous honors and recognitions for his civic activities, including a proclamation from the Mayor of the City of Mt. Vernon.
Allen is survived by his wife Cort; son Nicholas, daughter-in-law Suri, and grandson Lucas; son Christopher and Chris' fiancee Samantha; sisters Claudia, Lora, Wanda and Deidra; close family members Aunt Betty, Ev & Carolyn, Rodney & Donna, Jaye & Yvonne, Sharon & daughters, In-laws Matthew, Valerie, Denise, Gerald, Mel, Barbara, niece Lorin, grandniece Mia, nephews Enis, EJ, Adam, Brian, Matt, Ephriam and literally countless cousins around the country.
Allen "Butch" Norman was widely admired for his warmth, generosity, good humor and business savvy. He will be dearly missed.
The first of five children, Allen Norman, Jr. was born in Mt. Vernon, New York, to Allen and Eva Norman on September 16, 1949. His independence and tough-mindedness moved his mother to nickname him "Butch" at an early age - a name that stuck and that family and longtime friends continue to use when referring to him. As the only brother to four sisters, Allen developed a keen sense for protecting, nurturing and assisting his family, attributes which he also generously extended to friends.
Allen, being rooted in Mt. Vernon, attended the Mt. Vernon public schools. He graduated from Mt. Vernon High School, where he was a skilled football player, in 1968. Capitalizing on his interest in business and commerce, Allen continued his education at Oneonta State College (SUNY), majoring in Economics. He subsequently completed the Executive Marketing Program at Fordham University. Following graduation from Oneonta, he put his degree to use immediately at Xerox Corporation where he crafted a stellar career in sales and marketing. During his 15 years at Xerox, Allen was awarded numerous Xerox President's Club awards for outstanding marketing and sales achievements. His standout performance earned him several promotions including to the position of Branch Sales Manager.
Al had a penchant for friendship, fellowship and camaraderie as represented by his membership in Zeta Boule, Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and various circles of friends dedicated to playing cards, tennis and golf. He was a man of faith and communed with Mt. Vernon Alliance Church for over 20 years.
Following are a few of Allen’s many contributions to BGCMV.
Rest in peace.