Highly acclaimed as a forward-thinking leader in the hospitality industry, Dennis oversees an impressive employee owned family of upscale hotels and restaurants in the Triad while continually enhancing an already stellar reputation for exemplary guest experiences and a leading-edge commitment to best practices in sustainability.
The four-diamond, 147-room Proximity Hotel and neighboring Print Works Bistro in Greensboro, which opened in 2007, are the first hotel and restaurant to gain the highest level certification, Platinum, with the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. Complementing those signature properties is the four-diamond, 131-room O.Henry Hotel and the adjacent Green Valley Grill in Greensboro.
Dennis began his 45-year hospitality career at age 15 as a housekeeper’s assistant at a hotel in Missoula, Mt. After managing hotels around the country, he moved to Greensboro in 1979 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. They now have a second Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen in Cary.
“Dennis has distinguished himself nationally as a bold visionary who is always on the leading edge of innovation,” says Jane K. Fernandes, president of Guilford College. “He embodies both the ideals of our seven Core Values and the creative savvy we wish to engender in all of our graduates. Inspiring the Class of 2018 with a powerful message is just one of the many ways Dennis continues to selflessly share his many gifts with Guilford College.”
Dennis and his wife, Nancy, co-founder and Vice President of Hotels for Quaintance-Weaver, are active supporters of Guilford College. Nancy has served on Guilford’s Board of Trustees since 2009 and Dennis was a board member for Guilford’s Center for Principled Problem-Solving from 2011 to 2015. Dennis is also prominently involved in the innovative restoration of Binford Residence Hall, which is set for completion this summer.
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