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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
t: 336-370-0966 | f: 336-370-0965 | e: [email protected]

 

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 1978, 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 with a flathead V8).
  • Today, the Quaintance-Weaver family of businesses includes a second Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen in Cary. The four-diamond, 130-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.
  • QW is 100% employee owned! In 2016, Dennis facilitated the transfer of ownership of the QW operating businesses to a trust that provides retirement benefits for QW staff members. Dennis remains President and CEO.

Affiliations and Awards

  • Guilford College Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters and commencement speaker, 2018
  • Brotherhood/Sisterhood Citation Award recipient in 2011 from the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ) of the Piedmont Triad
  • Center for Creative Leadership, Executive in Residence, 2006/07
  • Commencement Speaker, Greensboro Day School, 2009
  • 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
  • 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 his colleague and wife, Nancy)
  • 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.  Nancy is VP of QW and focuses on hotel marketing and operations plus she is a member of the culinary team.  She was an executive with two different hotel companies prior to joining QW.  She started her career at age 15 with Disney and she graduated with honors from Cornell University School of Hotel Administration.
  • Children: Kathleen Troy and Dennis Carlisle born in 1998
    • Kathleen is at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York and spending her junior year at Wadham College at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom focused on Art History and Literature.
    • “New” Dennis is at Reed College in Portland, Oregon focused on Physics and Literature.

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 attended a one room school house in Nevada that didn’t have electricity or running water …and that might have helped him understand the value of energy and water at an early age.
  • Dennis’ spirit of entrepreneurship started at age eight when he sold rocks and desert artifacts at a stand along a desolate stretch of a Nevada highway.
  • His family then moved to the Bitterroot Valley in Western Montana when his father got into the business of transporting legally captured 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, Montana. He quickly worked his way up to assistant general manager.
  • Graduated Hellgate High School in Missoula, Montana in 1975.
  • For four years after high school, he worked in leadership at several hotels mostly in the Northwest but also Palm Beach, Florida and Phoenix, Arizona.
  • In 1978, he moved to Greensboro, North Carolina, to help a friend open Franklin’s Off Friendly, a restaurant in the Guilford College neighborhood.

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