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November 8, 2017

Restaurant Industry Best Practices Awards to Recognize Outstanding Performance in the Workplace

Black Box Intelligence (formerly TDn2K) has announced the finalists for the 2018 Best Practices Awards. These awards celebrate extraordinary workplaces and operations in the foodservice industry. Winners will be honored January 29th, 2018 at the annual Global Best Practices Conference held in Dallas, Texas.
The 2018 finalists are: Big Boy Restaurants, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, California Pizza Kitchen, City Barbecue, Dave & Buster’s, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House, Del Taco, Denny’s, Donatos Pizza, Eat’n Park, Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse, Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ, Nando’s Peri Peri Chicken, Ninety Nine Restaurants, Olive Garden, Panda Express, Panera Bread, Perkin’s Restaurant & Bakery, Red Lobster, Texas Roadhouse, The Capital Grille, The Cheesecake Factory, The Wendy’s Company and Whataburger. There will be a winner chosen for each of the quick service, fast casual, family dining, casual dining, upscale casual and fine dining segments.
“This group of nominees for the 2018 Best Practices Awards represents an elite group of companies who are ahead of the curve and their competition in the journey to truly balance people and profits. It is an honor to recognize these amazing teams,” said Joni Doolin, CEO and co-founder of Black Box Intelligence (formerly TDn2K).
The finalists for these prestigious awards were evaluated on their retention of both managers and hourly employees, workforce diversity and compensation practices, along with their initiatives in community involvement, corporate responsibility, employee foundations and sustainable business practices.
In addition to the Best Practices Awards, the 2018 Workplace Legacy Award, Heart of the Workplace Award and Diamond Catalyst Award will be announced. The Workplace Legacy Award recognizes a leader in the restaurant industry who has clearly demonstrated success in balancing superior people practices and best-in-class operational results. In addition, their employees, organizations and communities have benefited from their leadership. The Heart of the Workplace Award is presented to the company or person that demonstrates significant commitment to and investment in their employees and communities. Finally, the Diamond Catalyst Award will be presented for the fourth time. The Diamond Catalyst Award is awarded to a member of Workforce Intelligence (formerly People Report) and Financial Intelligence (formerly Black Box Intelligence) that is recognized for excellence in both workforce and operational performance.
“The Diamond Catalyst Award recognizes best workforce practices such as hiring, retention and compensation that enable the winner to define top quartile performance in driving sales and traffic,” said Wally Doolin, co-founder and chairman of Black Box Intelligence (formerly TDn2K). “All of this is measured in our Workforce Intelligence (formerly People Report) data of over 2.5 million employees and Financial Intelligence (formerly Black Box Intelligence) data of over $68 billion annual revenues. To win this remarkable award is to be recognized as a brand and a team that is truly leading the industry.”
All award finalists and winners will be honored at the Global Best Practices Conference hosted January 28 – 30th, 2018 in Dallas, Texas.
About The Global Best Practices Conference
The Global Best Practices conference, now in its 23rd year, is produced by Black Box Intelligence (formerly TDn2K). Held in Dallas, Texas, this event is a gathering of hundreds of c-suite leadership brought together to tackle some of the most challenging obstacles facing the restaurant industry. The event is also the home of the Best Practice Awards, Diamond Catalyst Award, Heart of the Workplace Award and the Workplace Legacy Award presentations. Dates for the 2018 Global Best Practices Conference are January 28 – 30th at the Hilton Granite Park in Plano, Texas. More at
About Black Box Intelligence (formerly TDn2K)
Black Box Intelligence (formerly TDn2K) is the parent company of Workforce Intelligence (formerly People Report), Financial Intelligence (formerly Black Box Intelligence) and Guest Intelligence (formerly Guest Intelligence (formerly White Box Social Intelligence))™. Workforce Intelligence (formerly People Report) provides service-sector human capital and workforce analytics for its members on a monthly basis. Financial Intelligence (formerly Black Box Intelligence) provides weekly financial and market level data for the restaurant industry. Guest Intelligence (formerly Guest Intelligence (formerly White Box Social Intelligence)) delivers consumer insights and reveals online brand health. Black Box Intelligence (formerly TDn2K) membership represents 43,000 restaurant units, 2.5 million employees and $68 billion in sales. They are also the producers of leading restaurant industry events including the Global Best Practices Conference held annually each January in Dallas, Texas.
Want to know the winners? Take a look at “Exceptional Restaurant Workforce Performance Awarded at the Black Box Intelligence (formerly TDn2K) Global Best Practices Conference,” to find out!

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