Mr. Miller, as President and Chief Executive Officer for Denny’s Corporation, is responsible for leading the strategic direction of the Company. Mr. Miller joined the company in February, 2011, and is an accomplished restaurant industry veteran, bringing over 45 years of restaurant operations and management experience to the national diner chain. Prior to joining Denny’s, Mr. Miller served as Chief Executive Officer of Taco Bueno Restaurants, Inc. (2005-2011). He also spent 17 years with Brinker International where he held numerous management positions, including President of Romano’s Macaroni Grill, President of Brinker’s Mexican Concepts, responsible for overseeing On the Border and Cozymel’s, and Vice President, Franchise, for the Chili’s brand. Earlier in his career, Mr. Miller held various operations and restaurant management positions at Unigate Restaurant/Casa Bonita in Dallas, Texas. Effective February 1, 2011, the Board appointed Mr. Miller to serve as a director of Denny’s Corporation.
In keeping with Denny’s Purpose, “We love feeding people”, John has led the charge at Denny’s to partner with Share Our Strength/No Kid Hungry, and active in Denny’s Hungry for Education” program to increase access to scholarships for the underprivileged. John also serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of Wilberforce University, an historically Black College renowned for its work in this regard. John is actively involved with United Way of the Piedmont, Habitat for Humanity, The Spartanburg Academic Movement, a cradle to career model for education, and the One Spartanburg initiative for Spartanburg, SC to become a model town for America to witness.
Miller’s achievements include the TDn2k Best People Practices Award, the IFMA Silver and Gold Plate Awards, the MUFSO Golden Chain Award, the Urban League of the Upstate’s Whitney M. Young, Jr. Humanitarian Award, The Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce Chairman’s Award and The Denny’s 2018 Franchisee Association Chairman’s Award.