Founder, Adenah Bayoh & Company
Irvington, New Jersey
As a young girl, Adenah Bayoh found her life completely devastated when a civil war broke out in her native country of Liberia. The war forced her and her family to flee to a refugee camp in Sierra Leone. After nearly a year in the refugee camp, she was able to immigrate to the United States with her father and siblings. Through hard work, grit and drive, Adenah is living the American dream as one of the most successful entrepreneurs in her home state of New Jersey.
After she graduated from high school, Adenah worked as a resident advisor and a bank teller to pay her way through college. She then got a job in banking and put her education and natural business savvy to good use, investing in real estate and astutely managing her earnings to build her savings. At 27, she bought her first IHOP franchise, making her one of the youngest franchisees in the IHOP network. Adenah carefully chose the neighborhood for her first business. She built her IHOP in the community she felt needed it most, investing in Irvington, NJ, a city that was struggling economically. When her restaurant opened, it brought revenue and much-needed jobs to the area.
Today, as a successful restaurant owner, landlord and real estate developer, Adenah continues to give back to her community as a business leader and community advocate. She participates in local events and charitable programs like providing free breakfast to children, sponsoring an annual “Breakfast for Dinner” free holiday dinner, organizing book drives for hundreds of deserving families at each IHOP location, hosting a Veteran’s Day dinner giveaway, and regularly allowing local nonprofit organizations to hold charity events at her properties. She recently received the Heart of IHOP Award, bestowed to a franchisee who has demonstrated the greatest amount of love, compassion and care for their community. NJBIZ, the largest statewide business publication in New Jersey, called her a ‘one-woman economic engine’ for the Township of Irvington.
Adenah is a great role model because not only did she achieve success for herself and her family, she did so in a way that lifted others up with her.