John Miller, president and CEO of Denny's Corporation, was named the 2015 Gold Plate Award winner by the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association.
Miller, part of the Chain Full Service/Multi-Concept category, was one of seven foodservice operator executives who were eligible for the award this year after receiving the 2015 IFMA Silver Plate award earlier this year.
Miller began his career more than 30 years ago as a busser and then a cook before joining the corporate ranks of Casa Bonita Enterprises. He was then recruited by Norman Brinker of Brinker International where he held numerous management positions over 17 years, including president of Romano's Macaroni Grill and president of Brinker's Mexican concept brands that included On the Border and Cozymel's.
The Gold Plate Award recipient was determined through secret ballot by a jury of past Silver Plate winners, national trade press editors and foodservice experts.