Bob began his professional career as an Attorney becoming a partner with then Bone, Langford & Armistead based in Nashville, Tennessee. In 1980, he began an association with Shoney's Inc., first serving in various legal and functional capacities including development issues and involvement with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Food Service and Lodging Institute and the National Restaurant Association. In 1985, he became a Shoney's franchisee. Shoney's, Inc., purchased Bob’s franchise in 1990 and asked him to join the company as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary. In 1996, the Board of Directors of Shoney's, Inc., appointed Bob Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. In 2000, Bob was appointed Chairman of the Board and CEO of Phoenix Restaurant Group, a restaurant company overseeing 180 units based out of Scottsdale, Arizona. He led the move of the company headquarters to the Nashville area in 2001.

Bob furthered his balanced career in Franchisor /Franchisee structures and relationships serving in the Office of the Chairman with Denny’s Inc. and  by Co-Chairing as Franchisee with the CEO/President of Denny’s Inc. the Denny’s Steering Committee integrating the operational, marketing and development components of the Denny's brand.  With more than 30 years of national food and beverage and franchisee experience, Bob returns to private practice serve the clients at Bone McAllester Norton.

Professional Recognition and Activities


  • Inaugural Recipient of Denny’s Inc. Presidents ’ Guiding Principles’ Award
  • Recognized as ‘Large Business of the Year’ by Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce


  • The Denny’s Franchisee Association, 2006-2016
    • Board Member
    • Legal Committee Chair
  • American Association of Franchisors and Dealers   
  • Tennesse Bar Association



Community Involvement

  • Jason Foundation
  • Young Life
  • Full Count Ministries
  • Samaritan Association
  • Hendersonville Pastors Association
  • Crime Stoppers Foundation of Hendersonville TN

About Bob

Bob enjoys spending time with his family, golfing with his daughter,  pontooning on Old Hickory lake, going to his nephew’s baseball games. He takes pride and speaks frequently about his Mom and Dad’s Music Row ministry (1951-1982)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

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