Full Name
Joe Tenczar
Job Title
Company Name
Restaurant CIOs
Speaker Bio
Joe is a respected executive and visionary. A proven innovator as well as a problem-solver that is as comfortable in the lab as in the boardroom. Business-first technology leader with a long history of transforming the technology in hospitality and entertainment brands to create stronger top-line and more efficient bottom-line results. A disrupter when the situation calls for it, but innately focused on the core function of information technology to be available, accurate, secure, and to ultimately advance the enterprise goals.

Joe 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 was formerly 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.

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.