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BDT Capital Partners buys majority interest in Whataburger

Whataburger announced Friday that BDT Capital Partners, LLC, a merchant bank that advises and invests in family and founder-led companies, has agreed to acquire through its affiliated funds a majority interest in Whataburger.

“Whataburger has grown significantly over the years. And, in order to keep satisfying our customers, we’ve been exploring different options to expand the brand and introduce it to new audiences. We’ve gone through this process purposefully and diligently because we wanted to find a partner who honors our values, culture and 69-year legacy of family tradition,” said Whataburger President/CEO Preston Atkinson.

“We’re excited about the partnership with BDT because they respect and admire the brand we’ve built,” Atkinson continued. “They want to preserve it while they help us continue growing a sustainable, competitive business over a long period of time. They don’t plan to change our recipe for success.”

BDT will be key in providing strategic vision and long-term growth capital to the tenured Whataburger leadership team.

Together, BDT and the Whataburger team will begin exploring expansion plans – while staying true to the brand it has been over the past 69 years.

The company also announced an internal leadership realignment to position the brand for long-term growth and success. Most notably, the company named several new internal promotions, including a president, chief operating officer and chief restaurant operating officer.

Whataburger headquarters will remain in San Antonio.

“Whataburger is an iconic brand and extraordinary company with an important legacy of family ownership, loyal customers, valuable community involvement, dedicated and talented employees, and a highly experienced management team,” said Tiffany Hagge, Managing Director of BDT Capital Partners.

“We look forward to a long-term partnership with the Whataburger team, continuing their commitment to serving high-quality, great-tasting food at a value and delivering a superior customer experience. We are excited to support Whataburger as they continue to innovate and pursue accelerated growth in existing and new markets. This investment is a perfect example of BDT’s business model – to partner and invest alongside exceptional family businesses, with strong cultures, deep community ties and loyal customers.”

Current Whataburger President/CEO Preston Atkinson and Board Chair Tom Dobson also elevated several leaders within the company. Whataburger’s leadership team holds more than 150 years of combined experience growing the Whataburger brand, and for that reason, all positions named were internal promotions.

“As the brand embarks on a growth and expansion plan, we decided the time was right to promote new leadership to carry the company forward,” said Atkinson. “This leadership team has the right combination of Whataburger core values, strategic vision and people-centered leadership to take us into the future.”

This leadership realignment will allow Atkinson and Dobson to step aside and focus on operating Las Aguilas, a diversified investment company established by the Dobson family in 2011 which is focused on real estate and philanthropy.

Atkinson and Dobson will hold seats on the Whataburger board of directors to provide ongoing guidance and ensure a smooth transition.

The Dobsons have built more than a burger chain. Whataburger is a place that feels like home to 43,000 employees, called Family Members, and millions of customers. It’s a brand built on pride, care and love. It’s a place people count on in their communities.

While this has been a difficult and emotional decision for the family, Tom, Lynne and Hugh Dobson believe BDT Capital is the right partner to take Whataburger into the future.

“This is both exciting and bittersweet for the Dobson family. Whataburger has been the heart and soul of our family legacy for nearly 70 years, but we feel really good about the partnership with BDT,” said Tom Dobson. “They have a track record of success with businesses as special as ours that want to grow, while preserving culture and family history. They are trusted advisors and partners who have worked closely with other family businesses and they have a tremendous reputation for doing the right thing.”

“More than anything, we’re beyond grateful for our 43,000 Whataburger Family Members who work in our restaurants 24/7,” Dobson continued. “And to our Whataburger fans: You’re part of our family. And as we grow, we know our Whataburger team will continue to make you proud.”

Morgan Stanley and Ernst & Young (EY) acted as transaction advisors and Jackson Walker acted as legal advisor to Whataburger. Norton Rose Fulbright acted as legal advisor to BDT Capital Partners.

Morgan Stanley Senior Funding, Inc. will provide the committed financing to support the transaction. Closing of the transaction is expected later this summer and is subject to customary regulatory and other conditions. Additional terms were not disclosed.

Chihuahuas, Whataburger Team Up to host food drive at Southwest University Park

The El Paso Chihuahuas and Whataburger are teaming up to host the fifth annual food drive at Southwest University Park this week.

The drive will take place Wednesday, May 29th through Sunday, June 2nd when the Chihuahuas host the Tacoma Rainiers (Seattle Mariners affiliate). The drive will benefit the El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank.

Whataburger will give Chihuahuas fans who donate three (3) or more canned goods, non-perishable food items, or a minimum monetary contribution of $1, one (1) coupon good for a free Whataburger, while supplies last. Every $1 donation produces up to 7 meals.

“We are proud to once again partner with Whataburger to assist in making this year’s food drive the best one yet,” said MountainStar Sports Group Senior Vice President and General Manager Brad Taylor. “I hope that many Chihuahuas fans can help support this important initiative locally.”

“At Whataburger, it’s important for us to be involved in the local communities where we do business and help ensure everyone has something to eat,” said Whataburger Director of Operations Henry Apodaca. “We hope all our fans in El Paso will help us as we fight to end hunger and join us as we team up with the Chihuahuas to take on the Tacoma Rainiers.”

Fans are encouraged to donate non-perishable food items as they enter through the gates of Southwest University Park.

Donations of canned vegetables and fruits, soups, high protein items such as tuna and peanut butter, boxed pastas and cereals, and staples such as packaged rice and beans will be accepted. Fans may also make monetary donations.

Susan Goodell, Chief Executive Officer of El Pasoans Fighting Hunger states, “We are grateful to the El Paso Chihuahuas and Whataburger for hosting such a fun and easy way to help the 200,000 food insecure individuals in our community.  This is a win/win opportunity for everyone. Fans are treated to a great experience, as well as a delicious Whataburger; and those who do not have enough to eat, win by the generosity of fans who are willing to donate.”

In addition to the food drive, the Chihuahuas Volunteer Pack presented by Helen of Troy will be volunteering at the El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank headquarters on Saturday, June 1st from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

The Pack, alongside Whataburger representatives, will be assisting with sorting food, cleaning, office work, and other duties as needed at the warehouse.

Anyone interested in joining the Helen of Troy Volunteer Pack can register here.

Chihuahuas, Whataburger Team Up to Host Food Drive at Southwest University Park

The El Paso Chihuahuas and Whataburger are teaming up to host the fourth annual food drive at Southwest University Park.

The drive will take place Thursday, May 17th through Sunday, May 20th when the Chihuahuas host the Fresno Grizzlies (Houston Astros affiliate) and will benefit the El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank.

Whataburger will give Chihuahuas fans who donate three (3) or more canned goods, non-perishable food items, or a minimum monetary contribution of $1, one (1) coupon good for a free Whataburger, while supplies last. Every $1 donation produces up to 10 meals.

“Whataburger has been an incredible community partner through this initiative and we hope this year is the biggest yet,” said Chihuahuas Vice President and General Manager Brad Taylor.

“Whataburger is proud to partner with the El Paso Chihuahuas again on such an important cause,” said Whataburger Director of Operations Henry Apodaca. “We can think of no better way to say thank you to our supportive community than to invest in our neighbors. Last year alone, the El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank provided more than 24,000 meals through this effort, and we hope our city will work together with us to continue fighting hunger in big ways.”

Fans are encouraged to donate non-perishable food items as they enter through the gates of Southwest University Park. Fans are asked to donate canned vegetables and fruits, soups, high protein items such as tuna and peanut butter, boxed pastas and cereals, and staples such as packaged rice and beans. Fans may also make monetary donations.

In addition to the food drive, the Chihuahuas Volunteer Pack presented by Helen of Troy will be volunteering at the El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank headquarters on Saturday, May 19th from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

The Pack, alongside Whataburger representatives, will be assisting with sorting food, cleaning, office work, and other duties as needed at the warehouse. Anyone interested in joining the Helen of Troy Volunteer Pack can register here: bit.ly/All-Paws-In.

“We are very grateful to the Chihuahuas, Whataburger, and the fans attending the games May 17-May 20.  Every dollar donated, and every can of food brought in helps us to further our mission of feeding the 91,000 individuals in our community who are food insecure,” said Susan Goodell, El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank’s Chief Executive Officer.

Thursday, May 17, 2018  |  Gates: 5:30 p.m.  |  First Pitch: 6:35p.m.

Whataburger Food Drive

Thrifty Thursday presented by KFOX, Univision, TriColor, KLAQ

Thank You Thursday presented by Prudential

Military, First Responders, & Government Officials receive 25% ticket savings at GovX.com

Pepsi Family Four Pack presented by Lowe’s

Happy Birthday El Paso Celebration!

 

Friday, May 18, 2018  |  Gates: 5:30 p.m.  |  First Pitch: 6:35p.m.

Es Divertido Ser Un Fan

Whataburger Food Drive

Flat Screen Friday

Fetch the Fun Friday presented by KTSM and HOT 93.5

Bimbo Bakeries Sara Lee Artesano Golden Wheat Bread Giveaway Upon Exit While Supplies Last

 

Saturday, May 19, 2018  |  Gates: 6 p.m.  |  First Pitch: 7:05 p.m.

Whataburger Food Drive

Fireworks Spectacular presented by KVIA and KISS FM

One Hit Wonders Night

 

Sunday, May 20, 2018  |  Gates: 5 p.m.  |  First Pitch: 6:05p.m.

First Responders Home Run Derby

Whataburger Food Drive

First Responders Night

Estrella Jalisco Experience in the Budweiser Bullpen Patio

Kids Day Sunday presented by KCOS, Telemundo, Sunny 99.9

 

Video+Story: Whataburger, Nike, and the ‘Sole’ of an Artist

With his family’s encouragement, Jake Danklefs turned a childhood hobby into an artistic business — with a year-long waiting list.

Jake Danklefs’ sneaker obsession started when he was four years old.

“My brother was 14, into basketball and cool shoes,” Danklefs says. “My mom was an artist. All those things combined into me drawing shoes at an early age.”

Nearly 30 years later, Danklefs owns and operates Dank Customs, creating one-of-a-kind shoes — primarily sneakers — at a home studio in San Antonio. His work has gained the attention of Whataburger (he’s making four original designs), Hollywood (he and colleague Phil Macias created 200 pairs for the TNT show “Animal Kingdom” at South by Southwest) and NBA royalty.

“LeBron James was my first big celebrity order,” he says. “He wanted to commemorate his second championship with the Miami Heat. He left the design up to me.”

Danklefs customized a pair of LeBron 10s with gold sparkles and black and red trim. When James shared a photo of the shoes on social media and wore them for a Sports Illustrated cover shoot, everything changed.

Suddenly, everyone wanted their own pair of Dank Customs.

Before the Sports Illustrated cover, Danklefs could turn an order around in four or five months. But with orders skyrocketing, supply couldn’t meet demand.

“After that, it turned into a year,” Danklefs says.

Highs and Lows

Danklefs remembers drawing original sneaker designs as young as age six. His mom sent the drawings to Nike, “but we never heard back.” The first time he put paint to shoe was with his mom’s nail polish, adding different logos and coloring the eyelets on a pair of old Vans.

As he got older, the real world stole his focus. Danklefs was a full-time energy efficiency consultant, quietly customizing sneakers on the side, when his father was diagnosed with cancer.

“I quit my job so I could spend more time with him and focus on Dank Customs,” he says. “He wanted me to do the same. He saw what I was doing and really wanted me to push to make it work.

“I had been in an apartment, working on a folding table at the couch. Before he passed, he bought me this house. He wanted me to expand this business.”

Next steps

Danklefs makes leather goods under a second name, Wesco, after his father’s old construction equipment business. It gives him a chance to play with different materials, which he’d like to bring into Dank Customs.

“There’s a lot of things paint just can’t do,” he says. “I’m trying to do more cut and sew using designer bags or different hides. It creates a way more shocking appearance.”

His biggest artistic influences come from another industry — auto designers Chip Foose, Jesse James and Aaron Kaufman are at the top of the list.

“They take the extra step to do things beyond just perfect,” he says. “They do things that nobody else takes the time to do.”

That’s the same kind of commitment Danklefs has to his own designs, which can cost thousands of dollars. “There are a lot of people doing what I do with no artistic ability or design influence,” he says. “My work is time consuming and detail oriented, and you can see the difference.”

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Chihuahuas, Whataburger Team Up for Annual Food Drive at Southwest University Park

The El Paso Chihuahuas are teaming up with Whataburger to host the Third Annual Food Drive at Southwest University Park.

The drive will take place Friday, May 19ththrough Monday, May 22nd when the Chihuahuas host the Oklahoma City Dodgers (Los Angeles Dodgers affiliate). The drive will benefit the El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank.

Fans are encouraged to donate non-perishable food items as they enter through the gates of Southwest University Park during the home series.

Chihuahuas fans who donate three (3) or more canned goods, non-perishable food items, or a minimum monetary contribution of $1, Whataburger will give each donor one (1) coupon good for a free Whataburger, while supplies last. Every $1 donation produces up to 10 meals.

“It is a privilege to team up with Whataburger and Chihuahuas fans to help the El Pasoans Fight Hunger Food Bank where we all can make a significant positive impact on our community,” said Vice President and General Manager Brad Taylor.

Food collection will take place at the Santa Fe Gate entrance one hour before each game during the series. Fans are asked to donate canned vegetables and fruits, soups, high protein items such as tuna and peanut butter, boxed pastas and cereals, and staples such as packaged rice and beans.

Fans may also make monetary donations.

The Chihuahuas and Whataburger exceeded their 2016 goal, collecting more than 10,000 meals to feed local homeless, including 397 pounds of food equaling 330 meals. The Chihuahuas are looking to meet or exceed the 2017 goal of 10,000 meal donations during the drive.

“Whataburger is looking forward to working with the El Paso Chihuahuas to fight hunger in our city,” said Whataburger Director of Operations Henry Apodaca. “When our neighbors are in need, it’s important to treat them like family and do what we can to help. Thanks to the generous support of Chihuahua fans and loyal Whataburger customers, we’re grateful for the opportunity to serve the El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank.”

In addition to the food drive, the Chihuahuas Volunteer Pack presented by Helen of Troy will be volunteering at the El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank headquarters on Saturday, May 20th from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m.

The Pack, alongside Whataburger representatives, will be assisting with sorting food, cleaning, office work, and other duties as needed at the warehouse. Anyone interested in joining the Helen of Troy Volunteer Pack can register here: bit.ly/All_Paws_In.

Great seats are still available for the Chihuahuas homestand and are on sale now at epchihuahuas.com or by calling (915) 533-BASE. Guests are encouraged to purchase early and from the Chihuahuas Box Office for the best prices and savings!

The remainder of the homestand includes:

Thursday, May 18, 2017  |  Gates: 5:30 p.m.  |  First Pitch: 6:35p.m.

Yappy Hour

Thrifty Thursday presented by KLAQ, KFOX, Univision, TriColor, What’s Up

Thank You Thursday

Friday, May 19, 2017  |  Gates: 6 p.m.  |  First Pitch: 7:05p.m.

Mascot Mania presented by GECU

Flat Screen Friday presented by KTSM and Hot 93.5 FM

Saturday, May 20, 2017  |  Gates: 6 p.m.  |  First Pitch: 7:05p.m.

Pirate Night

Pirate Eye Patch Giveaway

Fireworks Spectacular presented by KVIA and KISS FM

Sunday, May 21, 2017  |  Gates: 5 p.m.  | First Pitch: 6:05 p.m.

GECU Bark at the Park

Clifford the Big Red Dog presented by KCOS

Kids Day presented by KCOS, Telemundo, Sunny 99.9

Kids Socks Giveaway

Monday, May 22, 2017  |  Gates: 9:30 a.m.  |  First Pitch: 11:05 a.m.

Matinee Game

Baseball In Education – Art

Military Monday presented by KHEY Country and Power 102

For more information on all of our promotions and to purchase tickets, visit epchihuahuas.com.

Whataburger Announces ‘Burger Verse Contest’ for National Burger Month

In honor of National Burger Month in May, Whataburger is calling fans to participate in the #BurgerVerseContest poetry contest.

“When we were deciding how we wanted to celebrate National Burger Month, we discussed all of the impressive social media content our customers have submitted over the years,” said Pam Cox, Vice President of Communications for Whataburger. “The #BurgerVerseContest was born! It’s our way of encouraging more of that creativity and rewarding our customers for their loyalty. We can’t wait to see what our fans submit!”

Rhymers and rappers alike will submit their best Whataburger poetry for the chance to win a moment of fame on Whataburger’s social media channels, free Whataburger for a Year and a $500 Ticketmaster gift card.

The company has seen a variety of Whataburger-inspired art over the years, from Whataburger odes to Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit songs and even tattoos, which sparked the idea for the poetry contest.

Here’s how the contest works:

• For three weeks beginning May 3, fans and poets alike can share their Whataburger-inspired poems (70 words max) on Whataburger’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels
• Poems will be judged based on originality, tone and whether the poem meets submission guidelines outlined below
• Each week during the contest, Whataburger will share three of the best poems as Whataburger-branded graphics on their social media channels and ask fans to vote for their favorite
• Each weekly winner will receive free Whataburger for a Year and a $500 gift card to Ticketmaster so winners can select concert tickets of their choice
• Visit Whataburger.com for full contest rules and more information

Submission Guidelines Poem must:

• Mention Whataburger or a Whataburger menu item
• Be composed of 70 words or less
• Not include profanity
• Not mention other companies

Chihuahuas, Whataburger Host Second Annual Food Drive at Southwest University Park

The El Paso Chihuahuas and Whataburger are teaming up for the second year to fight hunger in El Paso by hosting a food drive at Southwest University Park.

The drive will take place beginning today, Thursday, May 19th through Sunday, May 22nd when the Chihuahuas take on the Round Rock Express (Texas Rangers).

Fans are encouraged to donate non-perishable food items as they enter through the gates of Southwest University Park during the home series. All items will go towards the El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank in an effort to help meet the goal of 1,600 meal donations during the drive.

“Whataburger and the Chihuahuas had a successful drive last year and we are teaming up again to help El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank,” said Chihuahuas General Manager Brad Taylor. “This is a great partnership that will help provide meals to families in the El Paso area.”

Food collection will take place at the Santa Fe Gate entrance one hour before each game during the series. Fans are asked to donate non-perishable items that include canned vegetables and fruits, soups, high protein items such as tuna and peanut butter, boxed pastas and cereals, and staples such as packaged rice and beans. Fans are also encouraged to make monetary donations.

For every fan that donates three (3) or more canned goods, non-perishable food items, or a minimum monetary contribution of $1, Whataburger will give each donor one (1) coupon good for a free Whataburger, while supplies last.

“Whataburger is proud to partner with the El Paso Chihuahuas to help them meet their fundraising goal of 1,600 meal donations this year,” said Whataburger Director of Operations Henry Apodaca. “We believe no one should have to struggle with hunger, and we’re glad to do our part to invest in our community.”

In addition to the food drive, the Chihuahuas Volunteer Pack presented by Helen of Troy will be volunteering at the El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank headquarters on Saturday, May 21st from 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

The Pack, alongside Whataburger representatives, will be assisting with sorting food, cleaning, office work, and other duties as needed at the warehouse. Anyone interested in joining the Helen of Troy Volunteer Pack can register here: bit.ly/All_Paws_In.

A limited number of reserved seats are still available for the homestand and are on sale now at epchihuahuas.com or by calling (915) 533-BASE.

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