Wallace Blair Doolin is a widely recognised and respected entrepreneur and leader within the global hospitality industry. His broad experience as a Chairman, CEO and Board Member of multiple restaurant-operating brands, coupled with his experience as an innovator and investor in information and technology, has positioned him uniquely as an industry expert.
With a track record including involvement with rapid growth in operating brands and technology solutions, Wallace has led multiple global concepts in a range of circumstances from turnaround and start-up to high growth, public and private ownership. He is staunchly committed to the foodservice industry and its diverse workforce, and has consistently been regarded as a trusted, competent and esteemed thought leader.
Wallace is Chairman and Co-Founder of TDn2K, the parent of People Report, Black Box Intelligence and White Box Social Intelligence. TDn2K provides solutions that help leading restaurant brands win in the marketplace and the workplace by balancing people, profits and purpose. It currently tracks, analyses and benchmarks the financial, consumer and people practices for 43,000+ restaurants and 2.5 million employees. Wallace also serves as a trustee of the National Restaurant Association, and is a past Chairman of its Education Foundation.
Other current responsibilities include acting as a Board Director for Phase Next Hospitality, a non-traditional operator/franchisee, and contributing as the lead Director of Share Our Strength, a leading nonprofit. Previously he has been an investor and board member for several technology start-ups. He served as President of Applebee’s, and CEO and President of Carlson Restaurants Worldwide, TGI Fridays, Buca, Inc. and La Madeleine. He has also served on the public boards of Buca, Inc., Famous Dave’s and Caribou Coffee.