Daniel Smith, is a veteran of the hospitality industry, having worked in all facets of the restaurant business throughout his career. From Senior Management positions in the quick-service industry overseeing 200+ units in the Northeast for Domino’s Pizza and leading their growth internationally from offices in Germany, to developing new concepts and products worldwide with KFC, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut (under Pepsico ownership), to becoming President of an upscale, full-service dining and Boutique Hotel food and beverage management company with Turntable Restaurant Group; a division of China Grill Management. Dan also has casual dining, sports bar, gaming, entertainment, and concert promotion experience with industry leader, Jillian’s Entertainment, where he was
CEO/President and awarded Regional Entrepreneur of the Year by NASDAQ, Ernst and Young, and USA Today as well as Bar and Nightclub Operation of the Year. Mr. Smith has current restaurant operations in Austin,TX with Scholz Garten, Trudy’s, and South Congress Café where he is CEO/Co-Owner. Dan is interested in pursuing and managing iconic businesses with strong brand equity in their communities. Mr Smith believes that by implementing proven systems, branding disciplines, and consistent high quality operations that many of these legacy businesses can be restored to greatness.