Wade Allen | Episode 108
Wade Allen is the Senior Vice President and Head of Innovation for Brinker International and has extensive knowledge in restaurant and hospitality innovation. Brinker International is the company behind Chili’s Grill & Bar and Maggiano’s Little Italy restaurant brands and has recently launched a virtual-only brand called It’s Just Wings. Wade joined Shandee to converse about drone delivery, ghost kitchens, virtual brands, and autonomous vehicle delivery. He talks about innovation from vision to design and why he operates with black and white benchmarks. He shares the brainchild he is most proud of and why he thinks it will change the landscape of hospitality. He measures Brinker International to their competitors and discusses where they lead, and opens up about potential gaps. Wade also serves on the Digital Innovation Advisory Council for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® and shares the inspiring work they are doing together.