Dennis W. Quaintance

CEO & CDO (Chief Design Officer)
Quaintance-Weaver Restaurants & Hotels
324 W. Wendover Ave. Suite 320, Greensboro, NC 27408

Hospitality Career

  • In 1973, he began his hospitality career at age 15 as a housekeeper’s assistant at a hotel in Missoula, Mt. He quickly worked his way up to assistant general manager .
  • For four years after high school, he worked in leadership at several hotels around the Northwest.
  • In 1979, he moved to Greensboro, North Carolina, 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 restuarant in Greensboro in 1989.
  • Today, the Quaintance-Weaver family includes Lucky 32 Souther Kitchen in Cary and Greensboro, 131-room O.Henry Hotel and the adjacent Green Valley Grill that opened in Greensboro in 1998, and the 147-room Proximity Hotel and neighboring Print Works Bistro that opened in 2007, just a stone’s throw from the O.Henry.
  • Proximity Hotel was the first in the country to attain the highest level of certification, Platinum, from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.


  • Married Nancy King in 1983.
  • In 1998, they had twin children, Kathleen Troy and Dennis Carlisle.

Affiliations and Awards

  • Recipient of 2011 Brotherhood/Sisterhood Citation Award from the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ) of the Piedmont Triad
  • Johnnetta B. Cole Global Diversity & Inclusion Institute, Board Member, Executive Committee Member, 2007 to Present
  • Center for Principled Problem Solving at Guilford College, Board Member
  • Center for Creative Leadership, 2007 Executive in Residence
  • Recipient of Junior Achievement of the Triad “Spirit of Entrepreneurship” Award, 2006
  • Action Greensboro, Core Group Member
  • City Center Task Force for Action Greensboro Co-Leader
  • Guilford College, Board of Visitors, Member
  • Greensboro College, Board of Visitors , Member
  • Wake Forest University, Babcock Board of Visitors, PastMember
  • Wake Forest University, James N. Farr Chair in Leadership Committee, Executive Committee Member
  • Greensboro Historical Museum, Past Corporate Member
  • NC Restaurant Association, Member, Past Board Member
  • NC Restaurateur of the Year along with Nancy King Quaintance, 2004
  • National Security Seminar, U.S. Army War College, Lay Participant 1994
  • Guilford County Food and Lodging Advisory Board, Member, 1987 to 1999
  • Greensboro Beautiful, Inc., Gardens & Gateways Campaign, Member
  • Forward Guilford II Economic Development Campaign, Member
  • Chaine des Rotisseurs, Past Member
  • Southern Innkeepers, Past Member
  • Weatherspoon Gallery Association, Member
  • Preservation Greensboro, Inc., Member
  • University of North Carolina Greensboro University Associates, Century Spartan, and The Advocate’s Society, PastMember
  • National Conference for Community and Justice of the Piedmont Triad, Past Annual Dinner Board Member (2 years)
  • Young Presidents Organization, Past Member (15 years) and Chair of the 2006 Regional Conference in Chicago
  • Music Academy of North Carolina, Past Board and Executive Committee Member
  • Bennett College UNCF Campaign Committee, Past Member
  • Triad Stage Executive Board, Past Board Member and Current Advisory Board Member
  • Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, Past Board and Executive Committee Member
  • University of North Carolina, Hospitality Department, Past Professional Advisory Board Member

Keynote Speaker

  • Lincoln Financial Business Leaders Forum 2010
  • Southern Colorado Sustainability Conference 2010
  • Greensboro Day School Graduation 2009

Speaker or Panelist

  • TEDx, Wake Forest University, 2012 Winston-Salem, NC
  • Cornell Sustainability Roundtable, 2011 New York
  • Cornell Center for Hospitality Research and SAS Sustainability Webcast, 2010
  • U.S. Green Building Council’s “Green Build”, 2008
  • Conde Nast’s World Savers Congress, New York, 2008
  • Hunter Hotel Investment in Atlanta, 2007 & 2008

Hellgate High School in Missoula, Montana

Early Years Trivia

  • Dennis’ spirit of entrepreneurship started at age seven when he scoured the desert for interesting sedimentary rocks, that he would sell as “wonder stones” along a desolate stretch of Nevada.
  • The youngest of five children, he was born in Spirit Lake, Iowa.
  • His family then moved to the Bitterroot Valley in Western Montana when his father got into the business of legally transporting wild horses and converting them into rodeo stock.
  • Family spent two years (ages 7 and 8) in central Nevada, supporting extended family members who had homesteaded. Father was foreman of a four-section (4 square mile) ranch, plus he was the owner/operator of an irrigation well-drilling company that he accessed by a private plane, landing on public and private roads.
  • Dennis’ childhood schooling in a one room school house in Nevada without electricity made him understand the value of conserving energy at a very early age.
  • Lived in Iowa, Nevada, Montana, California, Colorado, Arizona, Washington, Florida, Minnesota, South Carolina, and North Carolina.
  • Lucky 32 was named for father’s racecar (‘46 Mercury flathead V8, Northwest Iowa, 1957-64).
  • Siblings live in Idaho, Montana, and California; mother in Western Montana and his recently deceased father lived in Southeastern Arizona.