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November 30, 2017

Iconic Restaurant Industry Leader, Danny Meyer, To Receive 2018 TDn2K Workplace Legacy Award

Danny Meyer is the winner of the 2018 Workplace Legacy Award

Black Box Intelligence (formerly TDn2K) has announced that Danny Meyer, founder and CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group, is the recipient of the 2018 Workplace Legacy Award. This prestigious honor will be presented at the Global Best Practices Conference to be held in late January 2018 in Dallas, Texas.

The Workplace Legacy Award, presented for the first time in 2005, recognizes a leader in the restaurant industry who has 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.

“Working to become an outstanding business leader, also known as an employer of choice, is a never-ending journey. I do believe that path is the single most motivating reason I go to work each day and this honor feels especially gratifying,” said Danny Meyer.

“Danny Meyer is an exceptional leader and a personal hero,” said Joni Thomas Doolin, CEO and founder of Black Box Intelligence (formerly TDn2K). “He is a legend in the industry for his impassioned execution of ‘enlightened hospitality’ in venues as diverse as Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, The Modern, Shake Shack and the newly launched Martina. He has never wavered from his commitment of putting his employees first, including the implementation of no-tipping policies designed to make compensation fairer for kitchen employees. It is truly a privilege to be able to honor him with this award.”

Danny, his restaurants and chefs have earned an unprecedented 28 James Beard Awards, and in 2015, Danny was named to the TIME 100 list of the Most Influential People in the World. Danny’s first business book, Setting the Table (HarperCollins, 2006), a New York Times bestseller, examines the power of hospitality in restaurants, business and life. An active national leader in the fight against hunger, Danny serves on the board of Share Our Strength and has long supported hunger relief initiatives including City Harvest and God’s Love We Deliver. In 2017, he became the first restaurateur to receive the Julia Child Award recognizing an individual who has made a profound and significant difference in the way America cooks, eats and drinks.

Previous winners of the Workplace Legacy Award include: Steve Carley of Red Robin, Sally Smith of Buffalo Wild Wings, John Miller of Denny’s, Greg Creed of Taco Bell, Jerry Deitchle of BJ’s Restaurants and Gene Lee of Darden. These leaders clearly demonstrate commitment to leading people-first cultures that also win in the marketplace.

About the Global Best Practices Conference: This exclusive event, now in its 23rd year, is home to hundreds of restaurant industry senior leadership and c-suite executives who gather to share best practices, network, learn, celebrate and honor the winners of the Best Practices Awards, Diamond Catalyst Award, Workplace Legacy Award and the Heart of the Workplace Award. The 2018 event will be hosted January 28th – 30th in Dallas, Texas at the Hilton Granite Park. For more information, please visit

About Black Box Intelligence (formerly TDn2K): Black Box Intelligence (formerly TDn2K)  (Transforming Data into Knowledge) 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, over 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.

Since you’re here, you should check out this article celebrating extraordinary companies & the incredible best practices they implement every day! Just click, “Restaurant Industry Best Practices Awards to Recognize Outstanding Performance in the Workplace.”  


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