Full Name
Joe Tenczar
Company
Restaurant CIOs
Job Title
Partner CIO
Speaker Bio
Joe Tenczar is the founding partner of Restaurant CIOs, a strategic advisory company where he and his CIO partners collaborate to help hospitality companies see their restaurant business through the eyes of seasoned CIOs.
Joe Tenczar also acts as the Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Information Officer for Sonny’s BBQ, one of the largest and most popular barbecue restaurant companies in the country. Tenczar has also led the Marketing, Finance, and Purchasing areas for Sonny’s.
Before Sonny’s BBQ, Tenczar was the global CIO for Hard Rock International, where he led the R&D and rollout of many innovative technologies that still affect Hard Rock guests and staff members.
After beginning his career as a programmer and manager for financial software companies, Tenczar was a senior technology leader for the second largest arm of the Marriott Corporation.
His specialties include a strategic focus on emerging technology’s place in hospitality. Tenczar holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Telecommunications and Computer Science from the University of Florida and a Masters of Business Administration from the Crummer Business School at Rollins College. He sits on the executive advisory boards for many industry groups, conferences, and cutting-edge hospitality technology companies.