Kelli ValadePresident & CEO
“Where your talents and the needs of the world cross; there lies your vocation.” Aristotle’s wisdom has guided Kelli Valade’s career since the tender age of 16, when she landed her first restaurant job as a hostess. It was there Kelli found the same hospitality, the same love of great food and the same connection around the table she’d experienced her entire childhood, cooking and eating Italian food around her grandmother’s kitchen table in New York.
Kelli discovered early where her passion for life intersected with work. She was hooked; and she’s built a career living out that passion, working her way up through Operations, then Human Resources, where she led HR, Recruiting and Compensation for national chains like TGI Friday’s and On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina.
Kelli joined Black Box Intelligence (formerly TDn2K) as President and CEO in early 2019. Prior to Black Box Intelligence (formerly TDn2K) Kelli spent over 20 years at Brinker International in various roles including leading Human Resources then serving as Chief Operating Officer for Chili’s Grill & Bar. As the first female President in the brand’s history, she was responsible for 80,000 + ChiliHeads, more than 1,600 restaurants in 31 countries and two territories.
To give back to the industry, Kelli has served on the boards of Black Box Intelligence (formerly TDn2K), the Multicultural Food & Hospitality Alliance (MFHA), the National Restaurant Association (NRA) and currently serves on the board of Women’s Foodservice Forum (WFF). A compelling and passionate keynote speaker, she frequently speaks to students and professionals across the industry, sharing best practices and lessons from her lifelong journey.
And the industry she loves, loves Kelli back. Nation’s Restaurant News added her to their Top 50 Power List in 2017, The Western Foodservice and Hospitality Expo gave her the Beacon Award in 2016 and Dallas Business Journal named her a Woman Worth Watching in 2013.
Together with her husband Don and their two beautiful children, Morgan (18) & Christian (16), Kelli has lived in Texas long enough to be called a native, but her heart (and her accent) remain firmly rooted in New York. You can connect with her on Twitter @kvpalooza, find her on Facebook or just follow the scent of the homemade meatballs. They’re worth the trip.
Hometown: Syracuse NY
Off hours: spending time with my family & friends, and watching HGTV, especially Fixer Upper (my guilty pleasure).
Favorite things: My kids & my husband, Lululemon and yoga, Anything from Magnolia Homes, traveling, the beach
Favorite Quote: "When given the choice between being right and being kind....choose kind"
Thought my career would be: Teacher or lawyer
Best Life accomplishment: My children
Favorite Job so far: COO of Chili's
Groups I support: St. Jude Childrens' Research Hospital, Allen Outreach/Food Pantry, National Charity League of Allen
Heroes in Life: My dad, Joni and Wally Doolin
Joni Thomas DoolinFounder & Chairwoman
Joni Thomas Doolin is the founder and chairwoman of Black Box Intelligence (formerly TDn2K). Black Box Intelligence is the leading software and solution provider for the foodservice industry. Workforce Intelligence (formerly People Report) is the foremost provider of human capital metrics providing benchmarked data on compensation, turnover and diversity. Focused on best in class performance from national to market level, Black Box Intelligence currently tracks, analyzes and benchmarks an unmatched database, providing real time insight into the collective work practices and revenue performance.
Since founding People Report (now known as Workforce Intelligence) in 1995, Joni has established a clear mission of helping member companies "balance people, profits and purpose". Her innovation and thought leadership remains focused on workplaces that make a difference in the marketplace and society. Her work to help business leaders recharge and reinvent themselves and their organizations is most evident in the events produced annually by Black Box Intelligence.
The Global Best Practices Conference is widely known as the gold standard in executive-level networking and a showcase for best in class employers achieving best in class marketplace performance. Its social business summit, Summer Brand Camp, broke all of the traditional conference rules, uniting the next generation of leadership to connect employer and consumer brands in a digital and transparent world. Both conferences include community service for attendees, another hallmark of Joni’s passion for giving back.
Joni's extensive industry and community involvement is rooted in her values of conscious capitalism, creative thinking and mentorship to emerging and future leaders. She has served as an advisor to numerous industry associations, media and boards as an expert in workplace and marketplace trends. She received the elite Trailblazer Award from the Women’s Foodservice Forum acknowledging her contributions to the foodservice industry and her work to support the value of diversity in the workplace. Joni and her husband Wallace Doolin have funded an annual scholarship for women and minorities through the National Restaurant Association’s Education Foundation as a commitment to their beliefs.
Joni currently serves on the board of Black Box Intelligence, BBIMetrics, LLC, the national board of directors for Share Our Strength, the nation's leading anti-hunger organization; the national board of Coaches Collective International, and is a founding member of Changers of Commerce.
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Off Hours: Spending time with family + friends; Avid reader; Anti-hunger activist; Eco-citizen; Animal lover; Political junkie; Kayaker; Dog-walker; Seth Godin groupie
Thought my career would be: Stay at home Mom, Teacher, Labor Attorney (in that order)
Best life accomplishments so far: Still madly in love with my husband, work with a world class team and still love my work, amazing kids, grandkids, goddaughters, foster kids, nieces + one awesome nephew, have served Share Our Strength for 13 years, endowed a scholarship (with my husband) for women + minorities through the NRAEF, lived in Spain, visited all 50 states.
Wally DoolinFounder & Chairman
Wallace Blair Doolin is a widely recognized and respected entrepreneur and leader within the global hospitality industry. Doolin's broad experience as a Chairman, CEO, and Board Member of multiple restaurant operating brands, coupled with his experience as an innovator and investor in information and technology has positioned him uniquely as an industry expert. His leadership track record includes involvement with rapid growth in operating brands and technology solutions. He has led multiple concepts on a global basis in a range of circumstances from turn around, start up, high growth, public and private ownership. Doolin has staunchly committed to the foodservice industry and its diverse workforce and has consistently been regarded as a trusted, competent and esteemed thought leader.
Doolin is chairman and co-founder of Black Box Intelligence (formerly TDn2K), the parent of Workforce Intelligence (formerly People Report), Black Box Intelligence and Guest Intelligence (formerly White Box Social Intelligence). Black Box Intelligence (formerly TDn2K) provides solutions that help leading restaurant brands win in the marketplace and the workplace by balancing people, profits and purpose. It currently tracks, analyzes, and benchmarks the financial, consumer and people practices for 43,000 + restaurants and 2.5 million employees. Doolin also serves as a trustee of the National Restaurant Association and is a past chairman of the National Restaurant Association's Education Foundation. Other current responsibilities include acting as a board director for Phase Next Hospitality, a non-traditional operator/franchisee, and contributing as the lead director of Share Our Strength, a leading nonprofit. Previously, Doolin has been an investor and board member for several technology startups. He previously served as President of Applebee's, CEO and President of Carlson Restaurants Worldwide, TGI Fridays, Buca, Inc and La Madeleine. Additionally, Doolin has served on the public boards of Buca, Inc., Famous Dave's and Caribou Coffee. He served his country as a Captain in the US Army.
Hometown: Pryor, OK
Best Life Accomplishments So Far: Married and in love with my best friend and partner in business and life. The father of 4 wonderful children, grandfather to 10 lovely grandchildren and godfather to 2 beautiful girls. A passionate service leader for Share Our Strength, endowed a scholarship (with my wife) for women + minorities through the NRAEF. Served our country as a captain in the Army. The opportunity to lead several organizations and impact people's lives through a commitment to their development as well as the business results. Traveled the world building a global brand that created jobs and opportunity for thousands of people.
Thought my career would be: Family doctor until my freshman year of chemistry.
Favorite jobs so far: Restaurant manager; VP of Concept Development and Acquisitions; EVP of International; CEO of global company; Lead Director of Share Our Strength, Founder of tech/BI company; Chairman of the NRAEF; Founding Chairman of the NKH Dine Out; Speaker; Dad; Grandfather; Son; Husband; Friend
Sheryl Coyne-BatsonVice President, Partnerships & Client Success
Sheryl Coyne-Batson has more than 15 years of restaurant industry experience, and over 8 years of management and operations experience with Brinker International, Starbucks Coffee Company, Blue Goose Cantina & Chuy’s Comida Deluxe. Sheryl has been with Black Box Intelligence (formerly TDn2K) since 2014 working in business development and now focused on strategic partnerships.
In 2008 she and her husband founded a nonprofit called Ten for 10 | Water for Africa. It’s an all-volunteer organization that helps provide water, safe restrooms and handwashing education to communities in Rwanda.
Sheryl graduated from The University of Texas –Dallas with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Economics, holds a Certificate in Fundraising from New York University and is a graduate of the T. Boone Pickens Leadership Institute.
She currently lives in Dallas, TX with Bryan, her husband of 13 years and their 9 year old rescue/guard dog named Riley.
Hometown: Tulsa, OK
Off Hours: Philanthropist, traveler, foodie, adventure-seeker, part-time rebel
Favorite Quote: “Be the change that you wish to see in the World” - Mahatma Gandhi
Best life accomplishment so far: Working to give clean water to communities in Rwanda and watching how it’s a game changer, especially for women and children. I’m constantly in awe of the impact.
Groups I support: Ten for 10 | Water for Africa, Senior Source, DFW RescueMe, Junior League of Dallas, No Kid Hungry
Heroes in life: My father and anyone who fights to help others who are less fortunate.
Logan ByrdInfrastructure Technology Architect
Monique DilongaSenior Manager, Client Success
Monique Dilonga joined the Black Box Intelligence (formerly TDn2K) family in 2015 as Member Services Manager. She is responsible for maintaining all communications with new and current members. She is dedicated to customer service and providing all members with the support they need. She also manages the on boarding process and ongoing training efforts to make sure members have a working knowledge of Workforce Intelligence (formerly People Report), Financial Intelligence (formerly Black Box Intelligence) and White Box Intelligence. Monique assists members with understanding their data to best utilize it.
Monique was born and raised in Texas and received her Bachelor's degree in International Development with a minor in Spanish from the University of North Texas.
Hometown: Grand Prairie, Texas
Off hours: Spending time with friends and family; Salsa dancing; Relaxing; Going to the movies; Listening to music; Trying new restaurants; Learning new things; Traveling
These are a few of my favorite things: Animals; Pilates; Zumba; Pasta; The beach; Orange juice
Favorite job so far: This one!
Heroes in life: My parents
Melissa Doolin-KoehneExecutive Director, Sales & Industry Relations
Melissa has been part of the Black Box Intelligence (formerly TDn2K) team since 2003 and currently leads business development identifying and helping our newest members. Prior to joining us, Melissa worked for the National Restaurant Association in sales and communications.
Melissa followed her passion to have a career in the restaurant industry and has a Bachelor's degree from Johnson & Wales University. She is involved in her community and likes to support organizations such as No Kid Hungry, Operation Kindness and sits on the board of the school’s PTA.
Hometown: Dallas, TX
How I spend my off hours?: Spending time with my family and friends; Big time foodie- I love to cook, host dinners and try new restaurants; Volunteering; Live music; Reading
These are a few of my favorite things: Family time; Great meals; Laughing a whole lot; Traveling; Friends; Good wine; Spotify
Thought My Career would be: In the restaurant industry- it's my passion!
Best life accomplishment so far: My family. My husband and kids are my greatest joy.
Favorite job so far: Drive Thru at Carl’s Jr. or working with the Georgia Restaurant Association helping ProStart students get matched with internships
Groups I support: Share our Strength, Operation Kindness
Ana DufrecheAssociate, Client Success
Ana Dufreche joined the Black Box Intelligence (formerly TDn2K) team in June 2019 as a Member Services Coordinator. In her 4 years of experience in the Human Resources industry, she has developed a passion for providing outstanding client services and creative solutions to complex problems. Ana currently works with the Member Services team to ensure that the members of Black Box Intelligence (formerly TDn2K) are on-boarded, trained and communicated with effectively.
Ana was born and raised in Mexico City, moving to Texas in 2007. She graduated from the University of Dallas with a bachelor’s degree in Business and a minor in Spanish. After graduation she served as a Client Services Specialist for some of the world’s leading providers of workforce solutions, partnering with Fortune 500 companies to fulfill their talent and management needs. This experience gave her the skills to service a wide variety of clientele, each with their own unique wants and needs.
When she is not at work, Ana is often pursuing her creative interests, such as painting, graphic design and photo/video editing as well as taking her Cavapoo puppy on hikes. Another passion of Ana’s is traveling; she studied abroad in Italy and has visited over 10 different countries and experienced all their vibrant cultures. One can often find her trying-out new restaurants, breweries, and social events on the weekends with her husband, family and close friends. She also volunteers her time to organize spiritual retreats for her church and supports Dallas Catholic Charities.
Ana is most excited about this job opportunity with Black Box Intelligence (formerly TDn2K) because she is able to express her passion for excellence and client satisfaction every day.
Victor FernandezVice President, Insights & Knowledge
Victor Fernandez is Black Box Intelligence (formerly TDn2K)’s most senior analyst and compensation specialist. He is responsible for creating, developing and delivering insights to restaurant companies. His work provides the human capital and financial business intelligence they need to successfully run their businesses in an increasingly competitive landscape. Victor oversees the company's total rewards practice as well as its product development.
Victor holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. He also has an undergraduate degree in Economics from Rafael Landivar University in Guatemala City, Guatemala, his hometown.
Prior to joining Black Box Intelligence (formerly TDn2K), Victor worked as a research analyst for a consulting firm in Guatemala and along with his wife Antonella, started their own business catering to dog owners. Victor currently lives in Frisco, Texas with his wife and two sons, Diego and Mateo. He enjoys spending time with his family, everything that comes along with the adventure of being a dad, playing music with friends and spending time outdoors.
These are a few of my favorite things: Colts, The Beatles and my family
Thought My Career would be: doctor
On his off hours you'll find him: playing with his 2 boys, play guitar and watching movies
Favorite job so far: Dad
Saverio FerraroVP, Business Development
Mackenzie HastingsAssociate Business Analyst
Mackenzie Hastings joined the Black Box Intelligence (formerly TDn2K) team in February 2018 as an Associate Business Analyst. With a love for story and numbers combined, Mackenzie enjoys interpreting and analyzing data to support and drive business solutions. After graduating from University of North Texas in 2014, Mackenzie worked as a Business Development Manager where she helped over 500 organizations design their children’s area and grow membership through analysis and planning.
Mackenzie is passionate about finding innovative business solutions through data.
Hometown: Pittsburg, TX
Off Hours?: When Mackenzie is not working, you can find her on a trail with her dog, Louie, enjoying the outdoors, or reading.
These are a few of my favorite things: My Golden: Louie, Amy Poehler, Rock Climbing, Live Music, Staycations, Traveling, Korean BBQ, Camp Fires & Craft Breweries
Favorite Quote: “Wherever you go, there you are.” – Confucius
Thought my career would be: Architectural Engineer or Science Teacher
Best life accomplishment so far: Landing my dream job at Black Box Intelligence (formerly TDn2K)!
Favorite jobs so far: My very first job as a Hostess at On The Border and my last as an Associate Business Analyst at Black Box Intelligence (formerly TDn2K)
Groups I support: Gladney Center for Adoption, SafeHaven, Room to Read
Heroes in life: Philosophers Alan Watts, H.D Thoreau & Albert Camus, Painter Gustav Klimt, and my high school Calculus teacher, Rick Lancaster – hi Mr. Lancaster!
Scott HicksChief Information Officer
Scott Hicks is adamant there is a rational explanation for his career path that includes jobs in finance, IT, product, data strategy consulting and a startup founder before joining the Black Box Intelligence (formerly TDn2K) team in May of 2019 as their new Chief Information Officer. Scott attributes his passion for creativity and mentoring to his mother’s career as a teacher and serial entrepreneur. He credits his father, the engineer, for his analytical hardwiring. These seemingly contradictory skills and passions found an ideal outlet in the developing field of Business Intelligence over 20 years ago. Since then he has helped multiple companies and startups accelerate growth and innovation by building infrastructure, processes and products to harness and monetize their data. Before coming to Black Box Intelligence (formerly TDn2K) Scott worked as a fractional CIO advising companies on the data security and data infrastructure. His career has also included the role of data czar at Snag, a SaaS provider in the hourly talent marketplace and vice president of insight for Affinion, a loyalty marketing software company.
Scott was born near St. Louis Missouri (go Cards!) and recently relocated to Dallas from Richmond, Virginia with his wife Heather and two daughters, Gracie and Julia. He is a graduate of Washington and Lee University and has served on the Federal Reserve Economic Roundtable and the board of advisors for the Virginia Commonwealth University Decision Analytics program.
Hometown: Godfrey, IL.
Off hours: By all accounts Scott spends most of his free time traveling to new places where he inevitably tries to kill himself on a bicycle, skiing, swimming, eating strange things or climbing and jumping off something he probably shouldn’t. While recovering he focuses on cooking, music and reading. Lots and lots of reading.
Favorite things: My bicycle (and helmet), my passport, my Sonos music system, my Spurs jersey (Tottenham not San Antonio), my Kindle and my cast iron skillet
Favorite Quote: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around every once in a while, you might miss it” - Ferris Bueller
Thought my career would be: Real estate developer
Best Life accomplishment: 1. Convincing my wife to marry me. 2 Helping advance the careers of those who have worked for me
Favorite Job so far: Whatever I’m currently doing.
Heroes in Life: My parents. Elon Musk
Sarah HigginsVice President, Marketing
Sarah joined the Black Box Intelligence (formerly TDn2K) team in 2012. A veteran of the restaurant industry, Sarah brings over 18 years of experience in foodservice, marketing, public relations, advertising, community management, digital media and social media. Prior to joining the Black Box Intelligence (formerly TDn2K) team, Sarah spent 5 years with FOHBOH, Inc. ("Front of House", "Back of House") a platform that uniquely combines B2B food, tech and media positioned at the intersection of technology and transformation for the foodservice industry.
Sarah earned a BA in Communication and Marketing from Arizona State in 2005. She is an active advocate and Social Council Member for No Kid Hungry, a passionate San Francisco Giants, Golden State Warriors, ASU Sundevils & 49ers fan and wine enthusiast.
When I'm not working you'll find me: watching baseball or football (or any other sporting event on the TV), playing with my precious puggle Addie, attempting to cook, drinking wine, coloring in my adult coloring book, trying new restaurants and hanging out with friends.
Hometown: San Francisco, California
These are a few of my favorite things: the ocean, baseball, wine and Christmas
Groups I support: No Kid Hungry, Ten for 10 and Make A Wish Foundation
Heroes in life: my dad
Philip MaySenior Business Analyst
Philip joined the TDn2k team in the Spring of 2019 as a Senior Business Analysis. This role merges his love of the restaurant industry; passion for data analytics, modeling, visualization, and business recommendations and insights; and background as a data-driven, MBA with broad financial, research and capital market experience. Originally from the New Orleans, LA area, he received an undergrad degree from Louisiana State University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of New Orleans. Continuing to build on his technical skill set, he recently completed a Data Science Certificate from Southern Methodist University. He currently resides in Dallas, TX with his wife and daughters.
Hometown: New Orleans, LA
Off Hours?: Enjoying time with my incredible wife and daughters; gigging as a bass player; cheering on the New Orleans Saints (Who-Dat!) and LSU Tigers (Geaux Tigers!); enjoying live music
These are a few of my favorite things: vacations with my family, particularly in wine country or at the beach; finance and investing; mini-series period dramas; black licorice
Favorite Quote: “slappin da bass, mon” (Paul Rudd in a Leprechaun accent)
Thought my career would be: professional bass player … perhaps in retirement
Best life accomplishment so far: happily married to my wife - the best partner I could have hoped for
Favorite job so far: Summer counselor at Pine Cove
Groups I support: Northwest Community Center at Vickery Meadow, International Justice Mission
Jonathan MeekVP, Finance
Andrew MickaelSoftware Engineer
Andrew joined Black Box Intelligence (formerly TDn2K) in August of 2017. He graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a B.S. in Finance. Andrew loves working with and finding new ways to interact with data, as well as deriving insights from his analysis. He also enjoys learning new programming languages and applying his knowledge to improve and automate his work.
Originally from Houston, TX, Andrew and his wife enjoy traveling around the country and the world. Andrew also enjoys photography, learning about world history, reading, playing video games, and listening to podcasts about technology, finance, and business strategy.
Hometown: Houston, TX
Off Hours?: Learning about whatever piques my interest, photography, reading, playing video games, watching TV with my wife
These are a few of my favorite things: Traveling with my wife, learning programming, reading and listening to podcasts
Favorite Quote: “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”
Thought my career would be: Engineer
Best life accomplishment so far: Getting married!
Favorite job so far: This one!
Groups I support: Rotaract, Habitat for Humanity
Heroes in life: Nikola Tesla, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk
Gerret MontgomeryDirector, Business Analytics & Operations
Gerret Montgomery is the Director of Business Analytics and Operations for Black Box Intelligence (formerly TDn2K). He is responsible for product development, general and custom analysis, as well as support for the analyst group as they work to meet the needs of Black Box Intelligence (formerly TDn2K)’s subscribers. He is also responsible for overseeing the general operational efficiency of the analyst team, providing technical support as needed, and providing strategic insight into the future of the products.
Gerret holds a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University. Prior to joining Black Box Intelligence (formerly TDn2K) in August of 2017, he worked as the Senior Financial Analyst for Mimi’s Café, where he was involved in overall reporting and analysis for a wide variety of groups within the organization. Before working at Mimi’s, Gerret was a Senior Business Analyst here at Black Box Intelligence (formerly TDn2K) for 6 years and played a key role in overseeing the development of Financial Intelligence (formerly Black Box Intelligence) into its current form. Gerret currently lives in McKinney, Texas with his wife and two children, Connor and Emily.
Hometown: Carlsbad, CA
These are a few of my favorite things: Playing with my kids, watching movies, playing games, cycling, softball, working in my yard, and smoking all different kinds of meat for friends and family.
Favorite Quote: “I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” – caption from Invictus, by William Ernest Henley
Thought my career would be: Investment Banker
Best life accomplishment so far: Being a husband and father. Everything else is secondary.
BenJamin MorinDirector, Software Development
Brittany ParkerDigital Marketing and Content Manager
Brittany joined the Black Box Intelligence (formerly TDn2K) team in July of 2018 as a Digital Marketing and Content Manager. She executes Black Box Intelligence (formerly TDn2K)’s digital strategy and creates content to expand the company’s digital footprint.
Brittany graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a B.S. in Marketing and has worked in multiple industries creating and executing content strategies, driving engagement and leads, and implementing digital campaigns. She spends most of her spare time with her family traveling, or sampling craft beers.
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Off Hours?: Craft beer, hiking, experimenting in the kitchen, writing
These are a few of my favorite things: IPAs, textiles, absurd satire, traveling with no agenda
Favorite Quote: “To be is to do” – Socrates | “To do is to be” – Jean-Paul Sartre | “Do be do be do” – Frank Sinatra
Thought my career would be: Testing out my hammock in exotic locations and writing reviews
Best life accomplishment so far: Surviving a long-haul flight with my toddler
Favorite job so far: Black Box Intelligence (formerly TDn2K)!
Groups I support: CraftPAC, Natural Resources Defense Council
Heroes in life: My parents, husband, and son
Allyanna PasconeSenior Business Analyst
Allyanna Pascone joined the Black Box Intelligence (formerly TDn2K) team in 2013 after completing her Bachelor's degree in Economics. She uses her time focusing on collecting and analyzing data from our member companies while enforcing data integrity by resolving data errors or inconsistencies. She works hard to maintain great relationships with all current and new members by providing any additional services requested.
Allyanna uses her analytical skills and organizational capabilities throughout all aspects of her life. She currently holds down the fort at the "Austin office" at her home in Austin, Texas. She enjoys spending her evenings cooking scrumptious meals and playing with her dog Abby.
Favorite Quote: "If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it. If you never ask, the answer is always no. If you never take a step forward you'll always be the same place."
Hometown: Austin, Texas
When I am not working I like: Cooking/Baking, Walking my dog Abby, Planning ahead
These are a few of my favorite things: Dogs, FOOD, Disney World, shows on ABC (Scandal, Revenge, Grey’s Anatomy), The Notebook
Thought My Career would be: Lawyer
Best life accomplishment so far: Bachelor’s Degree from The University of Texas
Favorite job so far: This one of course!
Groups I support: Humane Society of the United States, Love-A-Bull
Sumera PrimuswalaSoftware Developer - II
Sumera joined Black Box Intelligence (formerly TDn2K) in December 2018 as a Software Developer - II. She has earned her master's degree in Computer Science from the University of Texas Arlington in 2015. She is an experienced full stack developer having worked on Web Applications and Web APIs. Coding is her passion.
Hometown: Ahmedabad, India.
How I spend my off hours?: Cooking, spending time with my husband, meeting with friends and playing board games.
These are a few of my favorite things: I love re-watching some bollywood movies (Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge). I like listening to music, I love to travel with my husband to national parks and hike trails and last but not least - Shopping
Favorite Quote: "We Generate Fears While We Sit. We Overcome Them By Action." - Dr. Henry Link
Thought my career would be: Architect
Best life accomplishment so far: Marrying the love of my life.
Favorite job so far: When I worked as a GTA for a professor and got a chance to host a science fair for kids aged 7 to 12. I really enjoyed watching the wide-eyed reaction of the kids as I explained the science experiments to them.
Groups I support: Zakat Foundation of America
Heroes in life: Mom and Dad
Zach StanfordDirector, Insights
Zach's role at Black Box Intelligence (formerly TDn2K) is to extract meaning from the data and to provide companies with targeted insights enabling them to operate their restaurants more effectively. He helps develop new and innovative reports while enhancing current products to provide members with richer data and insights.
Zach received a B.S. and an M.S. in Accounting from Brigham Young University. He started his career doing finance at Goldman Sachs before moving into the world of automation and big data analytics. His favorite tools for analyzing data include Python, SQL, VBA Excel, and Power BI.
Hometown: Mountain Green, Utah
Off Hours?: Reading, long-distance running, discovering new music, learning new programming languages, tracking and investing in stock market, and traveling with my wife
These are a few of my favorite things: Mashed potatoes, basketball, mountains, snowboarding, peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, The Office (mostly referring to the TV show, but the Black Box Intelligence (formerly TDn2K) office might make the list), eating at chain restaurants
Best life accomplishment so far: Read 80 books in a year
Heroes in life: Marcus Aurelius, Benjamin Franklin, Warren Buffet
Nancy L ThomasController
Nancy is responsible for the accounting operations of Black Box Intelligence (formerly TDn2K). This includes accounts payable & receivables, production of financial reports, maintaining all of accounting records and internal controls. She is also responsible for payroll & benefit administration and office management.
Nancy began her progressive career with American Service Management Resources, Inc. (ASMR) in 1987. Throughout her career with ASMR she held the positions of Hospitality Recruiter as well as Assistant Controller. As a Hospitality Recruiter, Nancy specialized in placement of full service operations management, restaurant accounting and administrative positions. Many clients continue to recognize her commitment to the service industry.
Prior to her impressive tenure with ASMR and Black Box Intelligence (formerly TDn2K), Nancy spent seven years in the banking and financial service industry in operations and customer service. Nancy obtained her degree in Business Management from Duff's Business Institute of Pittsburgh, PA.
When I'm not working you'll find me: Hanging out with friends, family and my cats: Earseman and Izzy. I enjoy working on my house & yard, listening to music (INCUBUS RULES), going to concerts, watching football & baseball and drinking a cold beer of course!
Favorite Quote: "Whether on a reservation, a city street, or a suburban cul-de-sac, every woman deserves to be safe from violence," Kim Gandy, President and CEO of National Network to End Domestic Violence.
Hometown: Steeler Country Baby!
These are a few of my favorite things: Music, Cats & Beer
Thought My Career would be: Banking
Best life accomplishment so far: Turning a personal tragedy into a passion to help others in need.
Groups I support: Animal & domestic violence support groups, specifically Hope’s Door & Operation Kindness
Heroes in life: My Mom, Dad, brothers & sister. I come from the best family ever.
Rhea ThurmanExecutive Assistant
Amy ValentineManager, Client Success
Amy Valentine joined the Black Box Intelligence (formerly TDn2K) team in June 2018 as an Associate Business Analyst. She loves looking at the data and finding the story it tells. In the age of big data, these stories become actionable solutions and strategies for businesses. As an analyst, Amy works with our members to analyze and document data distributions as well as isolate and resolve data errors and inconsistencies.
Amy is a native-born Texan and received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Texas Tech University. She has spent the last 10 years of her career as a secondary mathematics teacher in the Richardson and Plano areas and currently lives in Rowlett, Texas with her husband and two children, Kate and Drew.
Hometown: Waco, Texas (BEFORE it became and national sensation)
Off Hours?: Spending time with my family and friends; attending my children’s sporting events, piano recitals and band concerts; watching countless reruns of Friends and Big Bang Theory; Reading
These are a few of my favorite things: March Madness, Podcasts, NPR, Traveling, Sweet Potato Fries, Dessert, Coffee, cuddling with my dog Percy, sending the perfect GIF
Favorite Quote: “My mission in life is not to merely survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” Maya Angelou
Best life accomplishment so far: Marrying my best friend, raising 2 amazing kids with him, and finding the courage to follow my passion and take the leap into a new career mid-life.
Favorite job so far: Plano East Senior High School held that spot for many years and will always hold a special place in my heart, but Black Box Intelligence (formerly TDn2K) is my new favorite!
Groups I support: Human Rights Campaign, Texas Freedom Network, PTSA, NPR
Heroes in life: Teachers. The teachers that taught me, encouraged me, inspired me, and passed down the love to learn. The teachers I have worked beside and left behind to continue the calling of educating and inspiring our next generation, and the teachers that motivate my own children every day to be smarter, work hard, and treat others with kindness and respect.