Elite Restaurant Brands to be Recognized with the Best Practices Awards

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Finalists for the 2020 Best Practices Awards honoring best-in-class performance in the hospitality industry have been announced. Winners will be honored on January 30th, 2020 at the annual Global Best Practices Conference hosted by TDn2K™ in Dallas, Texas.

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“Our employee-first culture is our differentiator, and we are honored to be a finalist for a recognition that reflects that.” - Laura Sorensen, CPO at First Watch

Finalists for the 2020 Best Practices Awards honoring best-in-class performance in the hospitality industry have been announced. These awards recognize extraordinary workplaces and workforce operations. Winners will be honored on January 30th, 2020 at the annual Global Best Practices Conference hosted by TDn2K™ in Dallas, Texas.

The 2020 finalists are: BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse, Boddie-Noell Enterprises, Doherty Enterprises, Eat n' Park Restaurants, Eddie V's Prime Seafood, El Pollo Loco, First Watch, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Jason's Deli, LongHorn Steakhouse, Ninety Nine Restaurant & Pub, NORMS Restaurants, Olive Garden, Panda Express, Panera Bread, Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen, Portillo's, Ruth's Chris Steak House, Seasons 52, Silver Diner, The Capital Grille, The Cheesecake Factory Inc., Wendy's and Whataburger.

“Delivering the best steak house experience requires a special kind of person,” said David Hyatt, chief people officer of Ruth’s Hospitality Group, Inc. “Our people are the heart and soul of Ruth’s Chris brand and we are delighted to be a finalist for a Best Practice award.”

“Our managers set an example of servant leadership, autonomy and accountability that builds a team full of brand ambassadors in every First Watch, and we’re proud to support their personal and professional growth,” said Laura Sorensen, chief people officer for First Watch. “Our employee-first culture is our differentiator, and we are honored to be a finalist for a recognition that reflects that.”

There will be six winners chosen, one from each segment of quick service, fast casual, family dining, casual dining, upscale casual and fine dining.

The finalists for these coveted 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 2020 Workplace Legacy Award will also be celebrated at the annual conference. The Workplace Legacy Award recognizes leaders in the restaurant industry who have 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 2020, TDn2K will present the Workplace Legacy Award to David Gordon, president and Dina Barmasse, SVP of human resources from The Cheesecake Factory Inc.

The final honors to be awarded are the Heart of the Workplace Award and the Diamond Catalyst Award. The Heart of the Workplace Award is presented to the company or person that demonstrates a 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 achieve top quartile performance in sales and traffic.

All award finalists and winners will be honored at the Global Best Practices Conference hosted January 28 – 30th, 2020 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 2020 Global Best Practices Conference are January 28 - 30th at Westin in Irving, Texas.

About TDn2K: TDn2K (Transforming Data into Knowledge) is the leading insights & knowledge provider of restaurant industry human resources, financial performance and consumer insights data through their products People Report™, Black Box Intelligence™, White Box Social Intelligence™ and Consumer Intelligence. TDn2K allows organizations to leverage benchmarked data to achieve best-in-class performance results. TDn2K currently tracks, analyzes and benchmarks the largest database of real restaurant data in the US that includes over 300 companies, over 2.8 million employees and $72 billion in annual revenue.

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