I believe that if life gives you lemons, make lemonade....And try to find someone who has been given vodka and have a party.
— Ron White

Tim hackbardt, ceo

Personal Purpose:  To create opportunities for people and organizations that will exceed their own vision of success.

Career Overview

Over 25 years of chain restaurant leadership on both the domestic and international stages resulting in one of the top performance track records in the industry.

Broad Restaurant Category Experience

Strategic brand leadership services provided to 20+ different quick-service, fast casual, family, casual, and polished-casual category chains.

Consistent Long Term Growth Performance

As the brand leader, delivered 15 consecutive years of positive same-store sales including a string of 96 consecutive months across three distinct brand engagements.

Driver of Growth & Value

Increased Rubio’s stock price 148% from $5.10 to $12.65 in 18 months.  Drove strategic plans contributing to a 100% rise in BJ’s stock value within 15 months.  Improved Del Taco average unit volume 33% within 48 months.  Positioned 4 companies for future acquisition. 

Strategic Turn-Around Expert

Led diverse teams through successful turn-around plans in 6 months, or less, for 9 different companies previously experiencing sales declines.

Blue Sky Concept Development

Developer of next generation concepts that breathe life back into legacy brands and also new blue-sky concepts.  Most recently led the creation of a new brand for $40B Olayan Food Division in Saudi Arabia.  The concept was conceived and developed to offer an international expansion and franchising vehicle for Olayan.

Technology Leader

Award winning tech leader who launched the first 360 CRM/Mobile App e-commerce platform in casual dining with over 2MM members.  Currently an industry speaker and consultant to private equity technology firms, as well as advisor/selection committee member to the EvoNexus Incubator.