Former Topgolf exec joins Velvet Taco as CFO

William Davenport also served a 13-year stint with Brinker International. He joins the Dallas-based taco chain as it pushes for growth into new markets.
Velvet Taco The Colony
The fast-casual Velvet Taco is known for its non-traditional tacos and Weekly Taco Features (WTF). | Photo courtesy of Velvet Taco

Former Topgolf executive William Davenport has joined Velvet Taco as CFO as the fast-casual taco player prepares for expansion, the company said Wednesday.

Davenport, who replaces the chain’s first CFO Lee Evans, was most recently CFO of the growing eatertainment concept Topgolf as that chain expanded from nine to more than 90 locations. Before that, Davenport served a 13-year stint at Brinker International, where he led the finance department for Maggiano’s before being named senior vice president of finance for both Chili’s and On the Border. His experience also includes time in the retail world, as VP of finance for Neiman Marcus and CFO of Haggar Clothing Company.

William Davenport

William Davenport | Photo courtesy of Velvet Taco.

“We are excited to welcome William to the Tribe and to have his extraordinary leadership in this key role. His impressive wealth of experience and proven track record in fostering growth and financial success will be integral in elevating the Velvet Taco brand,” said CEO and Taco Maker Clay Dover, in a statement. “His expertise will undoubtedly contribute to the continued growth and success of Velvet Taco.”

Known for its menu of globally inspired tacos and based in Dallas, the more-than 40-unit Velvet Taco is owned by private-equity firm Leonard Green & Partners and is one of the leading fast-casual taco chains in the U.S.Velvet Taco operates in Texas, North Carolina, Georgia, Illinois, Tennessee and Oklahoma, and has plans to grow in South Florida.

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