Our History

They say all genius ideas start on the back of a napkin, our story is no different. In 1995 an imaginative and committed group of human resource and operating executives from five leading restaurant chains agreed to share; and more importantly, to benchmark the key human resource statistics and workforce metrics that are critical to success and profitability.

In response, Joni Thomas Doolin, a small team of analysts and human resource executives designed and launched the survey that became the foundation for People Report. Today our membership includes hundreds of brands and represents millions of employees. Recognized by the industry as a savvy and trusted research partner, People Report has evolved throughout a period of increasingly competitive business cycles to provide the information, insight and best practices that members need to grow and thrive.

Leadership

Sheryl Coyne-Batson

Director of Business Development

Sheryl Coyne-Batson has more than 15 years of restaurant industry experience, and over 8 years of management and operations experience with Brinker International, Starbucks Coffee Company, Blue Goose Cantina & Chuy’s Comida Deluxe. Sheryl is the Director of Business Development at TDn2K. In this role, she develops new members for White Box Social Intelligence, People Report and Black Box Intelligence, and looks at how we can better serve the restaurant industry through our robust product line.

She spent 6 years in the nonprofit space focused on sales/fundraising, building revenue, strategic planning, communication, marketing and development at Southern Methodist University, The Salvation Army and The Center for American and International Law.

Sheryl has a Bachelor's degree from the University of Texas – Dallas and a Certificate in Fundraising from New York University. Giving back is a huge passion. She’s a member of the Junior League of Dallas, supports DFW RescueMe and is the President and Co-Founder of Ten for 10 | Water for Africa, an all-volunteer non-profit that raises funds for water and sanitation projects in Rwanda.

Hometown: Tulsa, OK

Co-workers describe her as: "Close-that-sale-Sheryl"; Connected; Smart, Go-getter; Guacamole mater; Passionista; Foodie

Off Hours: Philanthropist; Traveler; Foodie; Adventure-seeker; Part-time rebel

These are a few of my favorite things: French fries; Walking in the rain; Sitting on a beach watching the waves roll in; Warrior Dashes; Red wine; Laughing so hard my sides hurt; Helping others have more opportunities

Favorite Quote: “Be the change that you wish to see in the world” - Mahatma Gandhi

Thought My Career would be: Lawyer. (So glad God had a different plan for me)

Best life accomplishment so far: Working to give clean water to communities in Rwanda and watching how it’s a game changer, especially for women and children. I’m constantly in awe of the impact.

Favorite job so far: Stay tuned. This could be the one!

Groups I support: Ten for 10 | Water for Africa, Senior Source, DFW RescueMe, Junior League of Dallas

Heroes in life: My father and anyone who fights to help others who are less fortunate.

Debbie Cobb

Accounting Manager

Debbie joined TDn2K’s Accounting team in 2015 after 20 plus years in corporate accounting management positions in the telecommunications, banking and service industries. She handles financial analysis and reporting, as well as general accounting services.

Debbie holds a M.B.A. degree from The University of Tennessee and a B.S. degree in Business Management from Tennessee Technological University. She is also a licensed CPA in Texas.

Hometown: Shelbyville, TN

Co-Workers describe Debbie as: Crafty; Quiet; Attentive to detail; Dog lover

Off hours: Petting my dogs; Watching too much TV; Multi-media art projects

These are a few of my favorite things: My daughter; My dogs; Anything chocolate

Thought my career would be: Teaching

Groups I support: Operation Kindness

Favorite job so far: Controller

Liz da Silva

Front-End Developer & Designer

Liz joined TDn2K in August of 2016 as a front-end developer and here she works to design, update, and maintain TDn2K’s product and conference sites. She is experienced in UX design, front-end development, search engine optimization, and print design. She graduated from Collin College with a degree in communication design in 2015.

Hometown: Plano, TX

Off Hours?: If I don’t have my nose stuck in a book, I’m probably doing something creative- whether that be cooking, crafting, writing, or illustrating.

These are a few of my favorite things: Traveling, my kitties, nature, crafts, and books

Favorite Quote: “A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other.” - Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

Thought My Career would be: Film- I wanted to produce and direct.

Best life accomplishment so far: This one time a I parallel parked in one move.

Favorite job so far: Here!

Groups I support: SPCA, North Texas Food Bank, YWAM

Heroes in life: Jane Austen & Joss Whedon

David Dietz

Senior Director of Information Technology

David joined TDn2K in July 2016. David manages the software development, system security and product resiliency for TDn2K. He loves working with new technologies and applying his skills with these technologies to help the rest of the organization be successful. He has held various technology roles over his 20+ years of Technology leadership including Director of Software Development, Vice President, Application Development Manager, Senior Java Developer, Solution Architect, Software Developer, Presenter at Users Conferences, Pre-Sales Engineer, Project Manager, Scrum Master, Application Security Champion, Onsite Troubleshooter, Installer, Trainer of customers, sales people, trainers, installers and executives.

David has a Masters of Sciences in Computer Sciences from University of North Texas (Algorithm-focus), a Texas Teaching Certification from University of North Texas (Physics/Secondary Education), and a Bachelors of Sciences in Physics with Math Minor from the University of Texas in Austin.

Hometown: Military brat (meaning no true hometown), but have lived in Texas most of my life either in San Antonio, Austin or for the last 24 years in the Dallas area.

Coworkers describe David as: computer nerd, hardworking, trustworthy, fair, easy going, good listener, positive, biblically driven, process and security oriented.

Interests: family, church activities, volunteering, sailing, biking and programming.

Favorite Quote: Better is a poor person who walks in his integrity than one who is perverse in his speech and is a fool. (Prov 19:1)

Favorite Things: Family, helping others, church activities, programming, tackling a new technology challenge daily, watching sci-fi movies.

Best accomplishment: Marrying my wife and keeping her 24 years and counting.

Favorite job: Husband and Father

Thought my career would be: College Physics Professor or Computer Nerd (I guess I was half right)

Monique Dilonga

Member Services Manager

Monique Dilonga joined the TDn2K family in 2015 as Member Services Manager. She is responsible for maintaining all communications with new and current members. She is dedicated to customer service and providing all members with the support they need. She also manages the on boarding process and ongoing training efforts to make sure members have a working knowledge of People Report, Black Box Intelligence and White Box Intelligence. Monique assists members with understanding their data to best utilize it.

Monique was born and raised in Texas and received her Bachelor's degree in International Development with a minor in Spanish from the University of North Texas.

Hometown: Grand Prairie, Texas

Co-workers describe Monique as: Outgoing; Bubbly; Stylish; Helpful; Wants the best for our members; Really, she is that nice!; Never misses the opportunity to take the initiative

Off hours: Spending time with friends and family; Salsa dancing; Relaxing; Going to the movies; Listening to music; Trying new restaurants; Learning new things; Traveling

These are a few of my favorite things: Animals; Pilates; Zumba; Pasta; The beach; Orange juice

Favorite job so far: This one!

Heroes in life: My parents

How I spend my off hours?: I enjoy spending time with friends and family, salsa dancing, relaxing, going to the movies, listening to music, trying new restaurants, learning new things, and traveling.

These are a few of my favorite things: Animals, pilates, zumba, pasta, the beach, and orange juice

Wally Doolin

Chairman & Founder

Wallace Blair Doolin is a widely recognized and respected leader within the global hospitality industry. Doolin’s unique experience working with multiple concepts on a global basis in a range of circumstances from turn around, start up, high growth, public ownership and private ownership, as well as his commitment to the foodservice industry has established him as a trusted, competent and effective leader.

Doolin is chairman of TDn2K, the holding company of People Report, the leader in human capital business intelligence for the restaurant industry, Black Box Intelligence and White Box Social Intelligence. He is the founder of Black Box Intelligence, a state of the art business intelligence product for the restaurant industry. Additionally, he serves as a trustee of the National Restaurant Association and is a past chairman of the National Restaurant Association's Education Foundation. Other current responsibilities include serving as a board director for SplickIt a mobile technology company, Phasenext Hospitality a non traditional operator/franchisee and Share Our Strength a leading non profit, where he is the lead director. Previously, Doolin served as President of Applebee's, CEO and President of Carlson Restaurants Worldwide, TGI Fridays, Buca, Inc and La Madeleine. Additionally, Doolin has served on the public boards of Buca, Inc., Famous Dave's and Caribou Coffee.

Hometown: Pryor, OK

The TDn2K staff describe Wally as: Relentless; A No Kid Hungry Hero; Heart of gold; Industry icon; Thought leader; Determined; Generous; Our fearless leader

Best Life Accomplishments So Far: Married and in love with my best friend and partner in business and life. The father of 4 wonderful children, grandfather to 10 lovely grandchildren and godfather to 2 beautiful girls. A passionate service leader for Share Our Strength, endowed a scholarship (with my wife) for women + minorities through the NRAEF. Served our country as a captain in the Army. The opportunity to lead several organizations and impact people's lives through a commitment to their development as well as the business results. Traveled the world building a global brand that created jobs and opportunity for thousands of people.

Thought my career would be: Family doctor until my freshman year of chemistry.

Favorite jobs so far: Restaurant manager; VP of Concept Development and Acquisitions; EVP of International; CEO of global company; Lead Director of Share Our Strength, Founder of tech/BI company; Chairman of the NRAEF; Founding Chairman of the NKH Dine Out; Speaker; Dad; Grandfather; Son; Husband; Friend

Joni Thomas-Doolin

Founder & CEO

Joni Thomas Doolin is the CEO and founder of TDn2K and People Report™. TDn2K (Transforming Data into Knowledge) is a leading software and solution provider for the foodservice industry. People Report is the foremost provider of human capital metrics providing benchmarked data on compensation, turnover and diversity. Focused on best in class performance from national to market level, TDn2K currently tracks, analyzes and benchmarks an unmatched database, providing real time insight into the collective work practices and revenue performance.

Since founding People Report in 1995, Joni has established a clear mission of helping member companies "balance people, profits and purpose". Her innovation and thought leadership remains focused on workplaces that make a difference in the marketplace and society. Her work to help business leaders recharge and reinvent themselves and their organizations is most evident in the events produced annually by TDn2K.

The Global Best Practices Conference is widely known as the gold standard in executive-level networking and a showcase for best in class employers achieving best in class marketplace performance. Its social business summit, Summer Brand Camp, broke all of the traditional conference rules, uniting the next generation of leadership to connect employer and consumer brands in a digital and transparent world. Both conferences include community service for attendees, another hallmark of Joni’s passion for giving back.

Joni's extensive industry and community involvement is rooted in her values of conscious capitalism, creative thinking and mentorship to emerging and future leaders. She has served as an advisor to numerous industry associations, media and boards as an expert in workplace and marketplace trends. She received the elite Trailblazer Award from the Women’s Foodservice Forum acknowledging her contributions to the foodservice industry and her work to support the value of diversity in the workplace.Joni and her husband Wallace Doolin have funded an annual scholarship for women and minorities through the National Restaurant Association’s Education Foundation as a commitment to their beliefs.

Joni currently serves on the board of TDn2K, BBIMetrics, LLC, the national board of directors for Share Our Strength, the nation's leading anti-hunger organization; the national board of Coaches Collective International, and is a founding member of Changers of Commerce.

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

The TDn2K staff describe Joni as: A woman ahead of her time; The “Big Boss” with an even bigger heart; Forward thinker; Great decorator; Thought provoker; Ambitious; Courageous; Nurturing

Off Hours: Spending time with family + friends; Avid reader; Anti-hunger activist; Eco-citizen; Animal lover; Political junkie; Kayaker; Dog-walker; Seth Godin groupie

Thought my career would be: Stay at home Mom, Teacher, Labor Attorney (in that order)

Best life accomplishments so far: Still madly in love with my husband, work with a world class team and still love my work, amazing kids, grandkids, goddaughters, foster kids, nieces + one awesome nephew, have served Share Our Strength for 13 years, endowed a scholarship (with my husband) for women + minorities through the NRAEF, lived in Spain, visited all 50 states.

Victor Fernandez

Executive Director of Insights and Knowledge

Victor Fernandez, Executive Director of Insights and Knowledge for TDn2K, is the company's most senior Analyst and Compensation Specialist. He is responsible for creating, developing and delivering products to service sector companies that provide the human capital and financial business intelligence they need to successfully run their businesses in an increasingly competitive landscape. Victor oversees the company's Total Rewards practice as well as its overall product development.

Victor holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. He also has an undergraduate degree in Economics from Rafael Landivar University in Guatemala City, Guatemala, his home town.

Prior to joining TDn2K, Victor worked as a Research Analyst for a consulting firm in Guatemala and along with his wife Antonella, started their own business catering to dog owners. Victor currently lives in Frisco, Texas with his wife and two sons, Diego and Mateo. He enjoys spending time with his family, everything that comes along with the adventure of being a dad, playing music with friends and spending time outdoors.

His co-workers describe him as: The Most Interesting Man, Senor Fernandez, great Dad, Mr. Total Rewards, smart, football "fan”, Rock star with a mini van, reserved, late, uncanny ability to simplify the complex

These are a few of my favorite things: Colts, The Beatles and my family

Thought My Career would be: doctor

On his off hours you'll find him: playing with my his 2 boys, play guitar and watching movies

Favorite job so far: Dad

Michael Harms

Executive Director of Operations and Compliance

A member of the TDn2K team since 2005, Michael is responsible for product and systems development, as well as overseeing the data analysis process that serves as the foundation for both the Black Box Intelligence and People Report.

Michael's insights can frequently be found in various publications, including a co-authored chapter of Dr. Jac Fitz-enz’s latest book, "The New HR Analytics: Predicting the Economic Value of Your Company's Human Capital Investments."

Michael remains the undisputed TDn2K cookie-eating champion and proudly wears the label "Unofficial Office Music Critic".

What you'll hear his co-workers say: Mr. Burns, Missouri Boy, Mr. Gadget, organized, loves his cookies, always has a secret chocolate stash, Mick Jagger in disguise, practical, funny, keeps the trains running on schedule

When I'm not working you'll find me: Reading, Political junkie and tech nerd, Exercising and other activities because I can't sit still, If I'm outside, I'm usually happy, Exploring new music

Hometown: Cole Camp, Missouri.

These are a few of my favorite things: St. Louis Cardinals, The Rolling Stones and Chocolate Chip Cookies

Best life accomplishment so far: I've read a lot of books and eaten a lot of cookies

Favorite job so far: This one!

Groups I support: Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity

Heroes in life: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Keith Richards and Milton Friedman

Sarah Atkinson Higgins

Senior Director of Marketing & Communications

Sarah joined the TDn2K team in 2012. A veteran of the restaurant industry, Sarah brings over 17 years of experience in foodservice, marketing, public relations, advertising, community management, digital media and social media. Prior to joining the TDn2K team, Sarah spent 5 years with FOHBOH, Inc. ("Front of House", "Back of House") a platform that uniquely combines B2B food, tech and media positioned at the intersection of technology and transformation for the foodservice industry.

Sarah earned a BA in Communication and Marketing from Arizona State in 2005. She is an active advocate and Social Council Member for No Kid Hungry, A SIP Board Member, a passionate San Francisco Giants, Golden State Warriors, ASU Sundevil & 49ers fan, and wine enthusiast.

Co-workers describe Sarah as: Hard-working, the communicator, fabulous, loyal, Wine-Oh! best team player ever, avid San Francisco 49ers and Giants fan with gorgeous hair, Fun, Social butterfly

When I'm not working you'll find me: watching baseball or football (or any other sporting event on the TV), playing with my precious puggle Addie, attempting to cook, drinking wine, coloring in my adult coloring book, trying new restaurants and hanging out with friends.

Favorite Quote: "One day your life will flash before your eyes, make sure it's worth watching"

Hometown: San Francisco, California

These are a few of my favorite things: the ocean, baseball, wine, Christmas, my family

Favorite Job so far: friend

Groups I support: No Kid Hungry and Make A Wish Foundation

Heroes in life: my dad

Jennifer Hubert

Senior Business Analyst and Product Manager

Jennifer Hubert is responsible for the collection and analysis of data for member companies. With the help of her team, she ensures that member companies receive their products on time and are able to interpret trends and benchmarks that will aid them in making the right decisions for their business.

Jennifer holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Texas at Dallas. She is a creative and analytical thinker who loves solving problems and helping make the world a better place. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, spending time outdoors and volunteering with nonprofit organizations.

Coworkers describe her as: Unique, talented, super smart, world traveler, prankster, A master of wrestling moves, the leader of claps – slow, single, what’s next??, totally focused, customer-oriented

These are a few of my favorite things: Food, sleep, nature

Favorite Quote: Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known

Best life accomplishment so far: Travel

Heroes in life: Lloyd J. Dumas

Grace Kaucic

Marketing Coordinator

Grace joined the TDn2K team as a Marketing Coordinator in August 2015. She is responsible for managing all media accounts, creating content to promote the company services and implementing marketing strategies to continue driving the company’s success.

Grace recently graduated from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio with a B.A. in Communication and Spanish. She is new to the city of Dallas and enjoys exploring new restaurants and cultural events, as well as meeting new people.

Hometown: Silver Lake, Ohio

Co-workers describe Grace as: Very bright; Always up for a challenge; Brilliant writer; Always willing to pitch in and help; First to be willing to try something new; "Learning curve" does not exist in her dictionary because she can do it all

Interests: Writing, reading, traveling, running, hiking, swimming...really anything and everything outdoors

Groups I support: Humane Society, Ronald McDonald House, CASA

Thought my career would be: Reporter

Melissa Doolin-Koehne

Executive Director, Business Development

Melissa has been part of the TDn2K team since 2003 and currently leads business development identifying and helping our newest members. Prior to joining us, Melissa worked for the National Restaurant Association in sales and communications.

Melissa followed her passion to have a career in the restaurant industry and has a Bachelor's degree from Johnson & Wales University. She is involved in her community and likes to support organizations such as No Kid Hungry, Operation Kindness and sits on the board of the school’s PTA.

Hometown: Dallas, TX

Co-workers describe Melissa as: Unfailingly friendly; Great friend; Great mom; Outgoing; Passionate; Always focused on the best interests of the business

How I spend my off hours?: Spending time with my family and friends; Big time foodie- I love to cook, host dinners and try new restaurants; Volunteering; Live music; Reading

These are a few of my favorite things: Family time; Great meals; Laughing a whole lot; Traveling; Friends; Good wine; Spotify

Thought My Career would be: In the restaurant industry- it's my passion!

Best life accomplishment so far: My family. My husband and kids are my greatest joy.

Favorite job so far: Drive Thru at Carl’s Jr. or working with the Georgia Restaurant Association helping ProStart students get matched with internships

Groups I support: Share our Strength, Operation Kindness

These are a few of my favorite things: Family time! A great meal, laughing a whole lot, our conferences, my friends, good wine, spotify

Thought My Career would be: in the restaurant industry- it is my passion

Best life accomplishment so far: Being a Mom- it is the best job in the world

Favorite job so far: Drive Thru at Carl’s Jr.

Groups I support: Share our Strength, Children’s Defense Fund, Girl Scouts of America, Susan G. Komen

Nan Lan

Associate Business Analyst

Nan joined TDn2K in February 2017 as a data analyst. She enjoys analyzing and interpreting data, and she hopes she can help TDn2K members tell the story conveyed in the numbers and graphs. Nan is very passionate about the food and beverage industry and she is excited to learn more about the sector with TDn2K.

Nan graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. During her spare time she enjoys reading, cooking and exploring Dallas with her husband.

Hometown: Guangzhou, China

These are a few of my favorite things: Trying out new food, watching comedies and cooking shows

Thought my career would be: Opening a restaurant. This job isn’t too far from that, right?

Best life accomplishment so far: Learning to watch American football

Thomas La Piana

Associate Business Analyst

Thomas joined TDn2K in August of 2016. He graduated from UTD with a B.A. in Political Science. Thomas loves diving into datasets to answer meaningful questions and squeezing as much actionable intelligence from data as he can. Thomas is a strong proponent of machine learning, and likes to apply algorithms wherever it will help his customers make more informed and data-driven decisions.

Thomas and his wife enjoy spending time with their newborn son as well as trying new recipes. He also enjoys building computer hardware and software and staying up to date on the latest trends in data science.

Hometown: Kansas City, MO

Heroes in life: Guido van Rossum

Gina Morrison

Executive Assistant & Office Manager

Gina has over 13 years experience as an Executive Assistant. Having held positions in the manufacturing, music, restaurant and IT fields, Gina is able to tailor her skills to meet the needs of her individual executive. She has enjoyed working side by side and gleaning a wealth of knowledge from some of the most innovative, inspiring leaders in their fields.

Gina received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Humanities with an emphasis in print journalism and English literature from the University of West Florida.

Co-workers describe Gina as: the office mom, TDn2K's best dressed

Hometown: Gulf Breeze, FL

Off Hours?:Spending time with friends and family, cooking, reading

These are a few of my favorite things: My kids, of course. Then there’s dark chocolate, travel, theater, movies, politics (well it’s a love/hate thing), trying new recipes and reading a good book

Favorite Quote: “Whatever you are, be a good one.” – Abraham Lincoln

Thought My Career would be: Travel/magazine writer

Favorite job so far: Mom

Groups I support: Wipe Out Kids Cancer and Children’s Health (formerly Children’s Medical Center)

Allyanna Pascone

Business Analyst

Allyanna Pascone joined the TDn2K team in 2013 after completing her Bachelor's degree in Economics. She uses her time focusing on collecting and analyzing data from our member companies while enforcing data integrity by resolving data errors or inconsistencies. She works hard to maintain great relationships with all current and new members by providing any additional services requested.

Allyanna uses her analytical skills and organizational capabilities throughout all aspects of her life. She currently holds down the fort at the "Austin office" at her home in Austin, Texas. She enjoys spending her evenings cooking scrumptious meals and playing with her dog Abby.

Co-workers describe Allyanna as: An Austin girl; Animal advocate; Super smart; Happy; Foodie; Has a smile that will light up a room; Coupon queen; Friendly; Tenacious

Favorite Quote: "If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it. If you never ask, the answer is always no. If you never take a step forward you'll always be the same place."

Hometown: Austin, Texas

When I am not working I like: Cooking/Baking, Walking my dog Abby, Planning ahead

These are a few of my favorite things: Dogs, FOOD, Disney World, shows on ABC (Scandal, Revenge, Grey’s Anatomy), The Notebook

Thought My Career would be: Lawyer

Best life accomplishment so far: Bachelor’s Degree from The University of Texas

Favorite job so far: This one of course!

Groups I support: Humane Society of the United States, Love-A-Bull

Bob Rycroft

Managing Director

Bob originally joined TDn2K as a consultant partner, helping organizations assess performance and identify ways to leverage their human resources and sales data. He soon became involved in other aspects of the business and in 2015 took on the role of Managing Director. He works closely with the team to make sure our products and services continue to deliver best-in-class solutions for our members.

Bob grew up in Chicago and received a BS in Marketing from the University of Illinois – Chicago and an MBA from Northwestern. He’s a restaurant industry veteran with more than 25 years of casual dining experience. He’s held key positions in HR, Finance, Development, Marketing and Operations (eternally grateful his bosses accommodated his short attention span). As a long-time user of the People Report and Black Box products, he has a unique understanding of how companies can use data to gain strategic insights.

Co-workers describe Bob as: Wicked smart; Melissa Rycroft’s dad; Humble; Laid back; Helpful; Great Grandpa; Articulate; Positive

Favorite quote: “Few great men could pass Personnel;” or, "A mind once stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimension;" or, “A critic is a man who knows the way but can’t drive the car.” I have lots of favorite quotes

These are a few of my favorite things: time with family and friends, snow days (kinda rare in Dallas), getting lost in a really good book.

Thought my career would be: Short. But it’s really worked out OK

Best life accomplishment so far: Great wife, great kids, great friends, great career - I've managed to touch all the bases.

Zach Stanford

Associate Business Analyst

Zach joined TDn2K in March of 2016. He graduated from BYU with a B.S. and an M.S. in Accounting and Information Systems. Zach loves driving insights from data and is excited to be working with a team that gets a similar thrill from data analysis. With a strong interest in coding, Zach takes any chance he can get to learn new programming languages and he is always looking for ways to automate his work to allow more time for big picture analysis and innovation.

Originally from Utah, Zach and his wife enjoy exploring the Dallas area. Zach is an avid reader and collector of books. He also enjoys investing in the stock market, playing basketball, discovering new music, writing, hiking, and snowboarding.

Hometown: Mountain Green, UT

Heroes in life: Benjamin Franklin and Theodore Roosevelt

Favorite quote: "A great man shows his greatness by the way he treats little men." - Thomas Carlyle

Nancy Thomas

Controller, Director of Operation Services

Nancy is responsible for the accounting operations of TDn2K. This includes accounts payable & receivables, production of financial reports, maintaining all of accounting records and internal controls. She is also responsible for payroll & benefit administration and office management.

Nancy began her progressive career with American Service Management Resources, Inc. (ASMR) in 1987. Throughout her career with ASMR she held the positions of Hospitality Recruiter as well as Assistant Controller. As a Hospitality Recruiter, Nancy specialized in placement of full service operations management, restaurant accounting and administrative positions. Many clients continue to recognize her commitment to the service industry.

Prior to her impressive tenure with ASMR and TDn2K, Nancy spent seven years in the banking and financial service industry in operations and customer service. Nancy obtained her degree in Business Management from Duff's Business Institute of Pittsburgh, PA.

What her co-workers say: Loves cats and beer, office party organizer, “can I invoice that?”, heart and soul of TDn2k, fearless feline, the backbone, straight forward, resourceful

When I'm not working you'll find me: Hanging out with friends, family and my cats: Earseman and Izzy. I enjoy working on my house & yard, listening to music (INCUBUS RULES), going to concerts, watching football & baseball and drinking a cold beer of course!

Favorite Quote: "Whether on a reservation, a city street, or a suburban cul-de-sac, every woman deserves to be safe from violence," Kim Gandy, President and CEO of National Network to End Domestic Violence.

Hometown: Steeler Country Baby!

These are a few of my favorite things: Music, Cats & Beer

Thought My Career would be: Banking

Best life accomplishment so far: Turning a personal tragedy into a passion to help others in need.

Groups I support: Animal & domestic violence support groups, specifically Hope’s Door & Operation Kindness

Heroes in life: My Mom, Dad, brothers & sister. I come from the best family ever.

Kevin Wheeler

Chief Financial Officer
Kevin joined the TDn2K team in 2016 as the Chief Financial Officer. He has over fifteen years of progressive financial and cost accounting management experience in areas including costing systems, budgeting, strategic planning, acquisitions and internal controls.

Kathleen Buehler

Senior Director of Operations, White Box Social Intelligence

Kathleen Buehler is the Senior Director of Operations for White Box Social Intelligence, a social media analytics tool created by Social Strategy1 and TDn2K.

She is passionate about helping White Box member restaurants find value across Marketing, Operations, HR, Consumer Insights and Finance by combining social and operational data. Previously she worked in marketing across several categories including sports sponsorship and Olympic marketing, CPG brand management, and professional services marketing. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Marketing from the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. Upon graduation, she received the Wesley C. Bender Award presented annually to the student with the highest GPA in Marketing coursework.

She also provides clients with customer care and data analytics and insights, while contributing to the development strategy, sales and marketing of White Box.

Joel Naroff

TDn2K Economist

TDn2K's retained economist, Joel L. Naroff is the President and founder of Naroff Economic Advisors, a strategic economic consulting firm. He advises companies from a wide range of industries on the risks and opportunities that economic developments may have on the organization’s operating environment.

Joel is the author, with veteran reporter Ron Scherer, of “Big Picture Economics: How to Navigate the New Global Economy”, published in April 2014. The book, written for everyone, provides a roadmap for decoding the mysteries of a tumultuous economy. It helps people put the pieces together and form frameworks for future decision-making.

Joel works with firms across the country. He is an economic advisor to the New Jersey Business and Industry Association, TDn2k, Metro Bank, Beneficial Bank, Emerald Asset Management, ATON Financial Management, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, Realtors, Trefoil Properties and Spectrum Alliance.

Joel is the author, with veteran reporter Ron Scherer, of “Big Picture Economics: How to Navigate the New Global Economy”, published in April 2014. The book, written for everyone, provides a roadmap for decoding the mysteries of a tumultuous economy. It helps people put the pieces together and form frameworks for future decision-making.

Joel works with firms across the country. He is an economic advisor to the New Jersey Business and Industry Association, TDn2k, Metro Bank, Beneficial Bank, Emerald Asset Management, ATON Financial Management, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, Realtors, Trefoil Properties and Spectrum Alliance.

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