Dennis W. Quaintance

CEO & CDO (Chief Design Officer)
Quaintance-Weaver Restaurants & Hotels
324 W. Wendover Ave. Suite 320, Greensboro, NC 27408
t: 336-370-0966 | f: 336-370-0965 | e: dq@qwrh.com

 

Hospitality Career

ESOP announcement
Dennis Quaintance announces that QW is now owned by QW staff members! November 17, 2016
  • In 1973, he began his hospitality career at age 15 as a housekeeper’s assistant at a hotel in Missoula, Montana. 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 restaurant in Greensboro in 1989. Lucky 32 was named for Dennis’ father’s racecar (‘46 Mercury flathead V8).
  • Today, the Quaintance-Weaver family includes a second Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen in Cary. The four-diamond, 131-room O.Henry Hotel and the adjacent Green Valley Grill opened in Greensboro in 1998. The four-diamond 147-room Proximity Hotel and neighboring Print Works Bistro opened in 2007 and are the first hotel and restaurant to gain Platinum certification with the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.
  • In 2016, he facilitated the transfer of ownership of QW to a trust that provides retirement benefits for staff members.

Family

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

Affiliations and Awards

  • Board Member, Center for Principled Problem Solving, 2011- 2015
  • Recipient of the 2011 Brotherhood/Sisterhood Citation Award from the National Conference for Community and Justice of the Piedmont Triad (NCCJ).
  • Speaker at the Association of Managers of Innovation (AMI) 30th Anniversary Celebration, 2010
  • Center for Creative Leadership, Executive in Residence, 2006/07
  • Johnnetta B. Cole Global Institute for Diversity and Inclusion, Executive Committee 06–Present
  • Triad Stage Executive Board, Past Board Member and current Advisory Board Member
  • Guilford College Board of Visitors, Past Member
  • Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, Past Board and Executive Committee Member
  • Recipient of Junior Achievement of the Triad “Spirit of Entrepreneurship” Award 2006
  • Restaurateur of the Year 2004 by the NC Restaurant Association (Along with Nancy King Quaintance)
  • Young President’s Organization, co-leader with Nancy of the Southern U.S. Conference 2006
  • Chaine des Rotisseurs, Past Member

Family

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

Early Years

  • The youngest of five children, he was born in Spirit Lake, Iowa.
  • By age 7, his family moved to central Nevada to support family members who had homesteaded.
  • Dennis’ childhood schooling in a one room school house in Nevada without electricity or running water helped him understand the value of conserving energy at a very early age.
  • Dennis’ spirit of entrepreneurship started at age eight when he operated a rock stand in the dessert along a desolate stretch of a Nevada
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Graduated Hellgate High School in Missoula, Mt.
  • For four years after high school, he worked in leadership at several hotels mostly in the Northwest but also Palm Beach Florida.
  • In 1979, he moved to Greensboro, North Carolina, to help a friend open a restaurant, Franklin’s Off Friendly.

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