Dumas M. Siméus
Dumas Siméus is the Founder and Chairman of Siméus Foods International, Inc. He is an entrepreneur, global executive, former presidential candidate for Haiti, and philanthropist whose career has included positions in executive management, finance, marketing, and operations.
Siméus Foods was formed when Mr. Siméus engineered two leveraged buyouts in the late 1990s. Today, with revenues in excess of $100 million, Siméus Foods is a major food processing operation with facilities in Texas and North Carolina supporting its customers throughout the United States and Canada.
Mr. Siméus led the successful transformation from an in-house supplier with two customers into a highly competitive enterprise with a diverse customer list that today includes Quizno’s, Burger King, Denny’s, Hardee’s, TGI Friday’s, Sara Lee, 7-Eleven, Olive Garden, Red Lobster, and ARAMARK, among others. Today, Siméus Foods is recognized as the single largest black-owned food processing company in the United States and the largest black-owned business in the state of Texas.
Prior to founding Siméus Foods, Mr. Siméus achieved corporate success in a variety of companies including Atari, Inc., Rockwell International, Bendix Corporation, and KB Homes. He wrapped up his corporate career as President of TLC Beatrice Foods, a $2 billion multinational corporation with operations in 25 countries. During his career, Mr. Siméus earned the reputation of being a cost-cutter and international turnaround executive.
Fluent in Spanish, French, English and Haitian Creole, Mr. Siméus has lived in Paris, France; Caracas, Venezuela; Barcelona, Spain; and Brussels, Belgium.
Past Board Directorships
- TLC Beatrice Foods, a $2 billion multinational food company (1990-1992)
- Savoy S.A. Venezuela, the largest chocolate and snack manufacturer in Venezuela (1987-1990)
- Red Tulips, the largest chocolate manufacturing company in Australia (1987-1990)
- Artic, an ice cream manufacturer and distributor in Belgium (1984-1987)
- Holanda Dairy Products, one of the largest dairy product manufacturers in Mexico (1985-1988)
- Etablissements Baud, one of the largest food distributors in France (1990-1992)
- International Food Manufacturers Association (IFMA) (1998-2000)
- National Organization for the Advancement of Haitians (1998-present)
- New Century Packaging (2006-present)
- ROME Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing underdeveloped countries with medical care (2002-2006)
- New Century Packaging, a packaging distributor in the mid-western U.S. (2006 – present)
In 2005, Mr. Siméus became a leading candidate for the presidency of his native country, the Republic of Haiti. During his campaign, Mr. Siméus was a substantial contender in public opinion polls, either first or second among 15 candidates.
Ultimately, René Préval, a former president of Haiti, won the 2006 election. President Préval has asked Mr. Siméus to help him bring in foreign investment in Haiti in order to create desperately needed jobs.
As a dynamic motivational speaker, Mr. Siméus has shared his journey and philosophy for success with numerous associations and gatherings including the University of Chicago Alumni Association, several Chambers of Commerce, Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business, the University of Nebraska Medical School, and the Haitian Medical Association. Additionally, he was a keynote speaker at the National Restaurant Association, the 7-Eleven Corporation celebration of the Martin Luther King Holiday, and the Dallas/Fort Worth Minority Business Development Conference. He is still a frequent guest on various U.S. and Haitian radio and television stations.
Awards and Community Involvement
Mr. Siméus has received many honors, including Entrepreneur of the Year from Ernst %26 Young LLP, and the 2003 Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business. A number of organizations have honored him for his business success and charitable work including: the National Coalition for Human Rights; the National Organization for the Advancement of Haitians; the Haitian-Canadian Association; and the Dallas/Fort Worth Minority Business Development Council, Inc. He was also a finalist for the Horatio Alger Award and nominated by the Dallas ABC affiliate for Texan of the Year in 2005.
Mr. Siméus served on Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s 2005 Advisory Committee for Haiti’s economic development and has advised various U.S. ambassadors.
Mr. Siméus established Organisation Sové Lavi (Saving Lives) in 1999 to help the less fortunate in the U.S. and Haiti. Sové Lavi operates a full-time medical clinic in the Haitian village where Mr. Siméus was born, treating up to 800 patients a month for the U.S. cost equivalent of 35 cents per patient. In 2005, the charity also initiated a project to bring clean water to over 30,000 people in Haiti. Born in extreme poverty to parents with no formal education, Mr. Siméus believes that “success is a moving target” and that the most important ingredient to the equation of success is giving back.
Mr. Siméus received his Electrical Engineering from Howard University and graduated with honors with an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago.