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Dennis W. Quaintance
CEO & CDO (Chief Design Officer)
Quaintance-Weaver Restaurants & Hotels
324 W. Wendover Ave. Suite 320, Greensboro, NC 27408

Hospitality Career

  • In 1973, he began his hospitality career at age 15 as a housekeeper’s assistant at a hotel in Missoula, Mt. He quickly worked his way up to assistant general manager .
  • For four years after high school, he worked in leadership at several hotels around the Northwest.
  • In 1979, he moved to Greensboro, North Carolina, to help a friend open a restaurant, Franklin’s Off Friendly.
  • Dennis teamed up with Mike Weaver to form Quaintance-Weaver in 1988 and opened Lucky 32 restuarant in Greensboro in 1989.
  • Today, the Quaintance-Weaver family includes Lucky 32 Souther Kitchen in Cary and Greensboro, 131-room O.Henry Hotel and the adjacent Green Valley Grill that opened in Greensboro in 1998, and the 147-room Proximity Hotel and neighboring Print Works Bistro that opened in 2007, just a stone’s throw from the O.Henry.
  • Proximity Hotel was the first in the country to attain the highest level of certification, Platinum, from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.

Family

  • Married Nancy King in 1983.
  • In 1998, they had twin children, Kathleen Troy and Dennis Carlisle.

Affiliations and Awards

  • Recipient of 2011 Brotherhood/Sisterhood Citation Award from the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ) of the Piedmont Triad
  • Johnnetta B. Cole Global Diversity & Inclusion Institute, Board Member, Executive Committee Member, 2007 to Present
  • Center for Principled Problem Solving at Guilford College, Board Member
  • Center for Creative Leadership, 2007 Executive in Residence
  • Recipient of Junior Achievement of the Triad “Spirit of Entrepreneurship” Award, 2006
  • Action Greensboro, Core Group Member
  • City Center Task Force for Action Greensboro Co-Leader
  • Guilford College, Board of Visitors, Member
  • Greensboro College, Board of Visitors , Member
  • Wake Forest University, Babcock Board of Visitors, PastMember
  • Wake Forest University, James N. Farr Chair in Leadership Committee, Executive Committee Member
  • Greensboro Historical Museum, Past Corporate Member
  • NC Restaurant Association, Member, Past Board Member
  • NC Restaurateur of the Year along with Nancy King Quaintance, 2004
  • National Security Seminar, U.S. Army War College, Lay Participant 1994
  • Guilford County Food and Lodging Advisory Board, Member, 1987 to 1999
  • Greensboro Beautiful, Inc., Gardens & Gateways Campaign, Member
  • Forward Guilford II Economic Development Campaign, Member
  • Chaine des Rotisseurs, Past Member
  • Southern Innkeepers, Past Member
  • Weatherspoon Gallery Association, Member
  • Preservation Greensboro, Inc., Member
  • University of North Carolina Greensboro University Associates, Century Spartan, and The Advocate’s Society, PastMember
  • National Conference for Community and Justice of the Piedmont Triad, Past Annual Dinner Board Member (2 years)
  • Young Presidents Organization, Past Member (15 years) and Chair of the 2006 Regional Conference in Chicago
  • Music Academy of North Carolina, Past Board and Executive Committee Member
  • Bennett College UNCF Campaign Committee, Past Member
  • Triad Stage Executive Board, Past Board Member and Current Advisory Board Member
  • Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, Past Board and Executive Committee Member
  • University of North Carolina, Hospitality Department, Past Professional Advisory Board Member

Keynote Speaker

  • Lincoln Financial Business Leaders Forum 2010
  • Southern Colorado Sustainability Conference 2010
  • Greensboro Day School Graduation 2009

Speaker or Panelist

  • TEDx, Wake Forest University, 2012 Winston-Salem, NC
  • Cornell Sustainability Roundtable, 2011 New York
  • Cornell Center for Hospitality Research and SAS Sustainability Webcast, 2010
  • U.S. Green Building Council’s “Green Build”, 2008
  • Conde Nast’s World Savers Congress, New York, 2008
  • Hunter Hotel Investment in Atlanta, 2007 & 2008

Education
Hellgate High School in Missoula, Montana

Early Years Trivia

  • Dennis’ spirit of entrepreneurship started at age seven when he scoured the desert for interesting sedimentary rocks, that he would sell as “wonder stones” along a desolate stretch of Nevada.
  • The youngest of five children, he was born in Spirit Lake, Iowa.
  • His family then moved to the Bitterroot Valley in Western Montana when his father got into the business of legally transporting wild horses and converting them into rodeo stock.
  • Family spent two years (ages 7 and 8) in central Nevada, supporting extended family members who had homesteaded. Father was foreman of a four-section (4 square mile) ranch, plus he was the owner/operator of an irrigation well-drilling company that he accessed by a private plane, landing on public and private roads.
  • Dennis’ childhood schooling in a one room school house in Nevada without electricity made him understand the value of conserving energy at a very early age.
  • Lived in Iowa, Nevada, Montana, California, Colorado, Arizona, Washington, Florida, Minnesota, South Carolina, and North Carolina.
  • Lucky 32 was named for father’s racecar (‘46 Mercury flathead V8, Northwest Iowa, 1957-64).
  • Siblings live in Idaho, Montana, and California; mother in Western Montana and his recently deceased father lived in Southeastern Arizona.

 

 
AAA Four Diamond
Proximity Hotel | 704 Green Valley Road | Greensboro, NC 27408
Phone 336-379-8200 (toll-free 1-800-379-8200) |
proxinfo@proximityhotel.com | Fax 336-478-9123
AAA Four Diamond Award | LEED Platinum Certified by U.S. Green Building Council
Proximity Hotel is part of the Quaintance-Weaver Restaurants and Hotels Family

Print Works Bistro | O.Henry Hotel | Green Valley Grill | Lucky 32
LEED Platinum