2019 Global Best Practices Awards FinalistsTDn2K has announced the finalists for the 2019 Best Practices Awards honoring best in class performance. These awards celebrate extraordinary workplaces and workforce operations in the foodservice industry. Winners will be honored January 29th, 2019 at the annual Global Best Practices Conference hosted by TDn2K™ held in Dallas, Texas.

The 2019 finalists are: Boddie Noell, The Wendy’s Company, and Whataburger in quick service; City Barbeque, The Habit Burger, La Madeleine and Portillo’s in fast casual; Norms, Eat ‘n Park, Silver Diner and First Watch in family dining; Ninety Nine Restaurants, Olive Garden, LongHorn and Outback Steakhouse in casual dining; BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, Kings Seafood and The Cheesecake Factory in upscale casual; and Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse, The Capital Grille, J Gilbert’s and Fleming’s in fine dining. There will be a winner chosen for each of the quick service, fast casual, family dining, casual dining, upscale casual and fine dining segments.

“It is our distinct honor and privilege to recognize the work of this incredible group of nominees for the 2019 Global Best Practices awards,” said Joni Doolin, CEO and co-founder of TDn2K. “These companies are leading the industry in their people practices, and their commitment to elevate the lives of their employees and their communities. They are real examples of truly balancing people and profits.”

The finalists for these prestigious awards are evaluated on their retention of general managers and hourly employees, workforce diversity and compensation practices. In addition, their initiatives and efforts in community involvement, corporate responsibility, employee foundations and sustainable business practices are considered.

The 2019 Workplace Legacy Award, will also be awarded at the annual conference.  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. In 2019, Steve King of Dave and Buster’s will be celebrated as the recipient of the Workplace Legacy Award.

TDn2K's Wally Doolin presents Steve Carley, past CEO of Red Robin, with the prestigious Workplace Legacy Award

TDn2K’s Wally Doolin presents Steve Carley, past CEO of Red Robin, with the prestigious Workplace Legacy Award

The final awards to be celebrated are the Heart of the Workplace Award and Diamond Catalyst Award. 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. The Diamond Catalyst Award honors a member of People Report™ and Black Box Intelligence™ that recognizes superior workforce practices such as hiring, retention and compensation that enables the winner to define top quartile performance in driving sales and traffic.

All award finalists and winners will be honored at the Global Best Practices Conference hosted January 27 – 29th, 2019 in Dallas, Texas.

About The Global Best Practices Conference

The Global Best Practices conference is produced by TDn2K™. Held in Dallas, Texas, this event is a gathering of hundreds of restaurant industry senior 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 2019 Global Best Practices Conference are January 27 – 29th at the Hilton Granite Park in Plano, Texas.

About TDn2K

TDn2K™ (Transforming Data into Knowledge) is the parent company of People Report™, Black Box Intelligence™ and White Box Social Intelligence™. People Report provides service-sector human capital and workforce analytics for its members monthly. Black Box Intelligence provides weekly financial and market level data for the restaurant industry. White Box Social Intelligence delivers consumer insights and reveals online brand health. TDn2K membership represents 43,000 restaurant units, 2.5 million employees and nearly $71 billion in sales.