2016 TDn2K Workplace Legacy Award to Honor Buffalo Wild Wings’ CEO Sally Smith; Celebrating Commitment to Balancing People and Profits

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TDn2K (Transforming Data into Knowledge) to honor Sally Smith, President and CEO of Buffalo Wild Wings with the 2016 Workplace Legacy Award at the 21st annual Global Best Practices Conference in Dallas Texas January 17-19, 2016. TDn2K is the parent company of People Report, Black Box Intelligence and White Box Social Intelligence and report on 32,000 restaurant units, 1 million employees and $55 billion in annual sales revenue.

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“Sally exudes a unique combination of business acumen, integrity, discipline and "Minnesota Nice" that has positioned her as one of our industry's exceptional and most admired leaders." commented Wally Doolin, Chairman and Founder of TDn2K.

With great respect and excitement, TDn2K™ (Transforming Data into Knowledge) will honor Sally Smith, President and CEO of Buffalo Wild Wings with the 2016 Workplace Legacy Award. The award will be presented at the annual Global Best Practices Conference produced by TDn2K (parent company of People Report™, Black Box Intelligence™ and White Box Social Intelligence™) in Dallas, January 17 – 19, 2016.

The 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.

"We are delighted to honor Sally Smith with this very special Workplace Legacy Award. Sally and her brilliant management team have been working quietly for decades to create a culture and business model that continues to grow and thrive” said Joni Thomas Doolin, CEO & Founder of TDn2K. “Her financial results are widely known in the marketplace and her steady vision and leadership have been fundamental to creating a great place to work for over 50,000 employees,” she added.

“Sally exudes a unique combination of business acumen, integrity, discipline and "Minnesota Nice" that has positioned her as one of our industry's exceptional and most admired leaders." commented Wally Doolin, Chairman and Founder of TDn2K.

“It’s truly an honor to receive this prestigious award from TDn2K,” stated Sally Smith. “With over 1140 restaurants, we are proud to provide opportunities for our dedicated team members as well as be active in the local communities we serve. It’s a privilege to work in the restaurant industry and winning this award is a tribute to the service our team members provide guests every day.”    

The Workplace Legacy Award was given for the first time in 2005 and has honored incredible industry leaders such as Greg Creed, CEO of Taco Bell, Doug Brooks, Chairman & CEO of Brinker International, Gene Lee, President & CEO of Darden Restaurants and most recently in 2015, John Miller, President and CEO of Denny’s Restaurants.

About the Global Best Practices Conference: The Global Best Practices Conference is produced by business intelligence firm TDn2K in Dallas Texas. The 21st conference will take place at the Omni Mandalay January 17 – 19, 2016. The event brings together hundreds of restaurant industry senior leadership and c-suite executives. The event honors industry excellence with the presentation of The Workplace Legacy Award, The Best Practices Awards, The Heart of the Workplace Award and The Diamond Catalyst Award.

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 on a monthly basis. Black Box Intelligence provides weekly financial and market level data for the restaurant industry. White Box Social Intelligence delivers unparalleled consumer insights and reveals online brand health. Together they report on over 32,000 restaurant units, over one million employees and $55 billion in sales. They are also the producers of two leading restaurant industry conferences: Summer Brand Camp and the Global Best Practices Conference, each held annually in Dallas, Texas.

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