Taco Bueno CEO slated as 34th hospitality management executive-in-residence lecturer
September 28, 2010

John Miller, President and CEO for Dallas-based, Taco Bueno Restaurants, will be the speaker at the 34th Executive-in-Residence (EIR) Lecture Series on October 19, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. in the UNT Gateway Center. The EIR Series, established in 1988, is made possible through an endowment from the Ben E. Keith company.  


Miller has over 30 years experience in foodservice and has led a broad spectrum of restaurant companies in executive positions in operations, development, and franchising. He began his foodservice career in 1974 as an Assistant Manager with the Taco Bueno division of Casa Bonita. During his 13-year tenure, he grew within the organization, earning the title of Vice President of Operations, overseeing 128 locations.


In 1987, Miller became one of a handful of QSR executives cross-trained in casual dining when Norman Brinker recruited him to help grow Taco Cabana. Miller then became Vice President, Joint Venture/Franchise in 1988, leading the Franchise and Support Services of Chili's franchisees around the globe. He also served as SVP of New Concept Development, President of Mexican Concepts, and President of Romano's Macaroni Grill.

As President of Macaroni Grill, he grew the concept to over 200 Italian casual dining restaurants. From 1996 through 2000, the concept was named the nation's top dinner house in Restaurants & Institutions' "Choice in Chains" survey.  Miller's career came full circle in 2005, when he accepted the challenge to rejoin Taco Bueno as CEO and an investment partner with the private equity group, Palladium Equity Partners.   


Hospitality management chair, Lea Dopson says, "We are thrilled that Mr. Miller will join the esteemed list of hospitality executives who have shared their success stories with UNT students."  For event details, please contact Megan Hubl at megan.hubl@unt.edu.

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