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Dinova’s Vic Macchio Named Among Corporate Travel’s 25 Most Influential Executives

First-Ever Executive Tied to Restaurant Industry to be Named to Prestigious List

ATLANTA – December 15, 2014 – Business Travel News (BTN), a leading travel industry trade publication, named Dinova CEO and founder Vic Macchio to its 25 Most Influential Business Travel Executives list for 2014. Citing five-year-old Dinova’s progress in “achieving critical mass and securing one-third of America’s highest travel-spending companies as clients,” BTN honored Mr. Macchio, along with other industry executives, at an event in New York City earlier this month.

Mr. Macchio’s inclusion is noteworthy as it marks the first time in the 30-year history of BTN that an executive linked to the restaurant industry has been named to the Most Influential list.

Dinova connects the 12,000-plus restaurants in its network with a growing roster of corporate clients. By helping companies steer their road warriors and event planners to Dinova network restaurants, Dinova helps travel programs gain previously unattainable value and savings from their dining spend. Restaurants in Dinova’s network gain from increased traffic from its corporate clients; sales driven by Dinova clients at network restaurants have increased by eight percent this year. Dinova’s clients cumulatively spend more than $2 billion on dining annually.

Dinova CEO Vic Macchio, right, receives a plaque from Business Travel News publisher Louis Magliaro, highlighting Mr. Macchio’s selection to BTN’s 25 Most Influential Business Travel Executives of 2014 list.

“This honor is a testament to several years of hard work by the Dinova team, as we’ve successfully introduced and proven a new business model to both corporations and restaurants,” said Mr. Macchio. “It also is a milestone for the many Dinova clients who grasped the new concept of corporate dining spend management, and are continually taking steps to educate their travelers and event planners about the benefits of using preferred Dinova network restaurants.”

Mr. Macchio launched Atlanta-based Dinova in 2009 after a successful period as a travel industry consultant. Before his consultancy, he held a variety of executive roles during a 17-year career with American Express. Mr. Macchio, a New York native, is a graduate of Queens College and holds an MBA from Villanova University. He lives with his wife and two sons in John’s Creek, GA.

ABOUT DINOVA:

Dinova LLC (www.dinova.com) connects restaurants and corporations in a nationwide network, driving valuable business dining to restaurants and enabling corporations to reduce travel and entertainment expenses. Automation makes the process seamless to both diner and restaurateur, with no loyalty cards or key entries required. Dinova is headquartered in Johns Creek, GA, a suburb of Atlanta.

 

In the News

VIC MACCHIO NAMED AMONG THE 25 MOST INFLUENTIAL BUSINESS TRAVEL EXECUTIVES

Posted: DEC 8th, 2014

Dinova joins a distinct and respected collection of global brands in the prestigious BTN Top 25 list. Executives from Delta Air Lines, Hilton, Marriott, SAP, Oracle and Uber are among the other recipients.  Read more…

 

RESTAURANT MANAGERS SHARE TIPS ON WHAT BUSINESS DINERS LOOK FOR

Posted: DEC 8th, 2014

Restaurant Hospitality magazine discusses the multiple elements corporate travelers and event planners consider as they consider a restaurant for a business meal. Read more…

 

RESTAURANTS CITE GROWING TRAFFIC FROM BUSINESS TRAVELERS; DINOVA METRICS HIGHLIGHTED

Posted: DEC 3rd, 2014

Restaurant Hospitality magazine kicks off a series on business dining by focusing on the growing traffic restaurateurs are seeing from corporations. Dinova CEO Vic Macchio is quoted, and Dinova performance statistics are included in the story. Read more…

 

DINOVA REPORTS CORPORATE DINING SPEND UP 7.1 PERCENT IN 3Q; FORECASTS GREATER INCREASE FOR HOLIDAYS                                                                  

Posted: DEC 2nd, 2014

Dinova’s third quarter results continued a trend seen in the first half of 2014; corporate travelers are dining out more often, and spending more when they do. Read more…

 

BUCA DI BEPPO & PHILIPS SHARE CORPORATE TALES OF DINING SUCCESS

Posted: OCT 9th, 2014

Dinova invited a restaurant partner (Buca di Beppo) and a corporate client (Philips) to share their success stories with Business Travel News, a leading business travel trade publication. The article also discusses Dinova’s growth over the past five years. Read more…

 

DINOVA LISTS TOP NETWORK RESTAURANTS FOR CORPORATE DINING
POSTED: SEP 18TH, 2014

For the first time, Dinova shares three “Top 10” lists, detailing which of its nationwide network restaurant partners–including national chains, independents, and regional restaurant groups–are earning the most business from Dinova's growing roster of corporate clients. Read more…

 

CHICAGO BUSINESS JOURNAL SHARES THE GOOD NEWS; CORPORATE DINING UP 8.3% IN SECOND QUARTER
POSTED: JUL 21ST, 2014

The leading business-focused publication in Chicago shares Dinova’s news, showcasing the surge in corporate dining by Dinova clients in the second quarter and the positive trends CEO Vic Macchio sees for the rest of 2014. Read more…

 

MOBILE REAL ESTATE ZONE TOUTS DINOVA'S ENHANCED APP; DRAWS CONNECTION BETWEEN RESTAURANT AND REAL ESTATE SEARCH TECHNOLOGIES
POSTED: JUL 16TH, 2014

This article makes a relevant correlation between two industries where “location, location, location” is frequently the key component of eventual success. Read more…

 

BOSTON.COM HIGHLIGHTS DINOVA'S ENHANCED MOBILE APP; HELPING ROAD WARRIORS FIND PREFERRED RESTAURANTS
POSTED: JUL 16TH, 2014

The Boston Globe’s website picks up Dinova’s press release, sharing details about how the enhanced app makes it easier than ever for business travelers and event planners to locate Dinova network restaurants in their immediate vicinity or close to the location of their next corporate meeting. Read more…

 

RESTAURANT NEWS.COM FEATURE FOCUSES ON CORPORATE DINING AND DINOVA'S ATTRIBUTES FOR RESTAURANTS
POSTED: JUN 11TH, 2014

This well-researched story takes on the challenges restaurants face when marketing in B2B scenarios. The author highlights the operational benefits restaurants realize from a Dinova relationship: “This program does not distract from quality service initiatives…all the work is done on the back-end.” Read more…

 

RESTAURANT HOSPITALITY MAGAZINE: CORPORATE DINING SOARS
POSTED: MAY 28TH, 2014

Taking the lead from Dinova’s 1Q 2014 press release, this article openly suggests that restaurant marketing executives focus more on strategies to lure “the expense account crowd.” Read more…

 

DINOVA REPORTS CORPORATE DINING UPSWING IN 1Q 2014
POSTED: MAY 20TH, 2014

Corporate dining increase helps restaurant industry endure harsh 1Q weather; Dinova CEO Macchio sees trend continuing. Read more…

 

JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION WELCOMES DINOVA
POSTED: MAY 20TH, 2014

The Foundation celebrates America’s culinary heritage; hails Dinova for helping “make the intersection of dining and business more productive.” Read more…

 

ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE HIGHLIGHTS SUCCESS OF DINOVA'S RESTAURANT PARTNERS AND CORPORATE CLIENTS
POSTED: APR 25TH, 2014

Article from Atlanta’s business-focused publication includes quotes from Dinova restaurant partners (Fifth Group, Sedgwick Group), corporate client Lockheed Martin, and the Georgia Restaurant Association. Read more…

 

WHITE PAPER: THE SHARE GAME, CRM AND B2B MARKETING
POSTED: MAR 12TH, 2014

Restaurants have found corporate dining programs to be cumbersome at best, and ineffective at worst.  Dinova offers a solution that is seamless and easy to implement.  Read more...

 

YAHOO FINANCE: MIDSIZE COMPANIES SPENDING MORE AT RESTAURANTS
POSTED: MAR 10TH, 2014

Spending by corporate clients at Dinova network restaurants grew 67% in 2013.  Read more... 

 

RESTAURANTNEWS.COM: MIDSIZE COMPANIES SPENDING MORE AT RESTAURANTS
POSTED: MAR 10TH, 2014

Dinova's corporate clients spent more at network restaurants in 2013, with midsize companies outpacing larger ones.  Read more...

 

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL MARKETWATCH WEBSITE: MIDSIZE COMPANIES SPENDING MORE AT RESTAURANTS
POSTED: MAR 10TH, 2014

Dinova's client corporations ate out more often in 2013, and spent more money each time.  The average check difference was 25 to 60 percent higher than typical restaurant guests.  Read more...

 

BUSINESS TRAVEL NEWS: DINOVA REPORTS CLIENT SPENDING GROWTH, STARTS PROGRAM WITH HARMAN
POSTED: FEB 4TH, 2014

Harman International discusses some of their plans for implementing the Dinova program within their company.  Read more...

 

NATION'S RESTAURANT NEWS: FINE DINING RESTAURANTS POISED FOR GROWTH IN 2014
POSTED: JAN 9TH, 2014

Dinova's statistics on corporate dining trends are included in this story on the fine-dining category.  

 


Dinova facts

  • Dinova is the only company providing an innovative, proprietary marketplace exclusively focused on connecting expense account diners to quality restaurants nationwide
  • By definition, “business dining” means any meal on a business corporate credit card that can be expensed, including meals purchased during business travel, food for company meetings and events, client entertainment, catering for internal department meetings, and corporate private dining
  • Dinova currently influences more than $6 billion in annual business dining spend
  • Dinova was founded in 2009 by CEO Vic Macchio (Mack-ē-oh)
  • Currently, Dinova has 14,000+ restaurant partners across the United States and growing
  • Restaurant segments included in the Dinova marketplace range from quick service, fast casual, casual, polished casual, fine dining, to delis and cafés. These restaurants encompass national and regional brands, large restaurant groups, and award winning independents

 

  • Companies that participate in Dinova’s marketplace range from small to medium sized businesses to Fortune 500 enterprises
  • Dinova has an easy-to-use mobile app that allows business diners to locate in-network restaurants while in town or on the road
  • Dinova employs individuals from all over the United States, and has its corporate headquarters in the Metro-Atlanta area
  • In 2016, Dinova won Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “Best Places to Work” Award