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Mark Nureddine Receives Donna H. Myers Barbecue Leadership Award

Mark Nureddine Receives Donna H. Myers Barbecue Leadership Award

Mark Nureddine, CEO and founder of Bull Outdoor Products (Rialto, California), was this year’s recipient of the Donna H. Myers Barbecue Leadership Award at HPBExpo. Bull is a leader in the manufacture of prefabricated outdoor kitchen appliances and equipment, providing products to 900 dealers and distributors in North America, as well as in Europe, the Philippines, Costa Rica, and Panama.

Jack Goldman, president and CEO of the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association, says, “Mark championed and popularized the concept of outdoor kitchens with his development of sophisticated barbecue equipment and accessories. Doing so helped to widen the barbecue market, which other manufacturers have since followed.”

Nureddine launched his career in the spa industry, where he gained valuable insights into the concept of outdoor living. His exploration led him to believe that homeowners would embrace broadened outdoor-cooking experiences, as well as equipment that exceeded the capabilities of the standard barbecue grill of the day. In 1993, he and his former business partner founded Bull. Since then, it has grown into an international corporation with its development and manufacturing of an extensive inventory of innovative grills, islands, and accessories that are fully assembled and delivered to the consumer.

Nureddine and his wife, Barbara, also established the Grill for Good fund in 2014 in support of For a Reason, which coordinates a longterm effort to accompany Haitian students on their educational journeys. More than simply providing tuition, For a Reason builds relationships with students and their families for the duration of a student’s education— from elementary school to university. “The personal support and financial commitment that Mark and his wife are making in the lives of children is outstanding,” Goldman says.

Now in its seventh year, the award recognizes innovative leaders who have contributed to the growth of their companies and the overall industry. Recipients combine distinguished professional achievement and community service with problem-solving skills and an unwavering commitment to the barbecue industry. Donna H. Myers was a leading barbecue-industry advocate who died in January 2011.

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