The Norman Award
This award was developed in memory of the late Norman Brinker to recognize an industry executive, annually, whose leadership philosophy and actions have had a significant impact on their industry peers and have also inspired future industry leaders. Award honoree must be a sterling example of continuing the legacy of selfless leadership and mentoring that the late Norman Brinker was so highly regarded for in our industry. This award winner is selected by an Advisory Board comprised of industry luminaries and Norman Brinker protégés.
John Miller is President and Chief Executive Officer for Denny’s Corporation. He is responsible for leading the strategic direction of the company. Miller joined Denny’s in February 2011 and is an accomplished restaurant industry veteran, bringing more than 30 years of restaurant operations and management experience to the national diner chain.
Prior to joining Denny’s, Miller served as CEO of Taco Bueno Restaurants, Inc. He also spent 17 years with Brinker International where he held numerous management positions, including President of Romano’s Macaroni Grill and President of Brinker’s Mexican Concepts, responsible for overseeing On the Border and Cozymel’s. Earlier in his career, Miller held various operations and restaurant management positions at Unigate Restaurant/Casa Bonita in Dallas, Texas. He is also a member of Denny’s Board of Directors.
Under Miller’s guidance Denny’s has improved the quality of menu items, added more healthful dishes, rolled-out a remodeling plan, enhanced customer service and committed itself to creating a more diverse workplace. The Spartanburg, S.C. based operator has more than 1,700 locations around the world. The 60-year-old franchise’s combined system-wide sales were $2.8 billion in 2016, according to the company.
In fiscal 2016, Denny’s reported a domestic system-wide, same-store sales increase of 0.9 percent, the opening of 50 restaurants and the completion of 240 remodels.
Nation’s Restaurant News has previously named Miller a Golden Chain Award winner in 2015, and a Power List member in 2016.
We will be celebrating Miller's achievements on Monday, October 2 at the Awards Gala at MUFSO starting 6 p.m.