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Geta Asfaw, Addis and Company/Ababa and Company

Geta Asfaw is a native of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He moved to the United States at age 18 to attend the
University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. He has earned three college and post-graduate degrees, including an A.A., B.A., and M.A. He has been married to his wife Janice for over 30 years and has three grown children named Elias, Desta and Abraham.

Today Geta is the owner of eight McDonald’s restaurants and has a number of real estate investments throughout the Denver metro area. He has sponsored a number of activities with schools and non-profit organizations. Geta is a member of the “Global Hunger Project,” which is an organization dedicated to ending world hunger. This organization is active in over 24 countries. His achievements have been highlighted in the Colorado Black Leadership Profiles, and he has been named as a “Who’s Who among Colorado’s Outstanding Leaders.”  

Geta has recognized the need to help the community, the city and beyond. He created the Asfaw Family Foundation to serve as a vehicle to give back to the communities in which he has served for over the past 20 years. One of these programs is, the “Arches of Hope Bicycle Giveaway,” which provides over 300 new bicycles and helmets to worthy elementary school students every Christmas season. The Foundation also provides tuition and other important benefits to school children in East Africa. In addition, the “Aim High” scholarship program provides financial assistance to African American male students. This program is designed to help increase the number of African American males on college campuses. Geta always believes that it is the responsibility of every business person to be involved and give back to the community – A strong community means a strong business and a win-win result for everyone. 

Geta has been honored to receive numerous awards and to be recognized by a variety of organizations. Some of these recognitions include:

• The Colorado Council of Mediators and Mediations, “Peace in the Community” award.
• The Denver NAACP, “Caring and Sharing” award.
• The American Red Cross, “Volunteer in Foreign Language Interpreter” award.
• The Denver City Council, “Outstanding Community Service” award.
• The Urban Spectrum News, “An African American Who Makes a Difference” award.
• 100 Black Men of America, “Entrepreneur of the Year” award.
• The Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce, “Entrepreneur of the Year” award.

Geta has also lent his time to be involved with non-profit organizations, as well as board member and advisory positions.  Some of these organizations include:

• The Ronald McDonald’s House Charity
• University of Colorado Boulder – Athletic Mentor Program
• Denver/Boulder Better Business Bureau
• Denver Kids, Inc.
• City Park Alliance
• Urban Peak
• The Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce