Texas Border Business
Laredo, Texas – Juan Francisco Ochoa, better known by family and friends as “Pancho,” had the grand opening of El Pollo Loco in 1975 in Guasave, Mexico. Because of his big success, in 1980 El Pollo Loco opened its first door in Los Angeles, California.
In 1987, his passion and commitment led him to create a second unique concept of Mexican cuisine like never before tasted in the United States: Taco Palenque.
Through all the years of dedication, passion, and support from his family, he built a successful business and the popularity of the eateries translated to multiple Taco Palenque locations in several cities of Texas. Today, Taco Palenque has fifteen hundred employees, whom Pancho likes to call hosts.
It is with a great honor that the founder of Palenque Group received The Race Award in the Executive Management Category on Monday, December 3, 2018, at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, MA.
The Race Award is an international competition that rewards initiatives that positively affect ecosystems to create a culture of equality of gender, entrepreneurship strengthening, health through prevention and educational programs; the winners are those showing greater strength due to the feasibility of their projects. The nomination was made by the Executive Global System Academy in Mexico, the leader in the Harvard Global System Tools™.
“Pancho” Ochoa also received a Ph.D. Honoris Causa by the Charisma University, an institution that seeks to deliver educational programs and high-value services grounded upon the principles of truth, established practice and founded science for the end goal of producing a new breed of self-directed, competent business and educational leaders.
“Pancho” is the ultimate portrait of business wisdom, passion, and family values.
Palenque Group continues to thrive by its Founder principles: respect, kindness, and courtesy to provide the best food to its guests and a family ambiance experience.