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Michael Hackney

Senior Vice President, Restaurant and Retail Operations

Michael Hackney was named Senior Vice President, Restaurant and Retail Operations in April 2019. He is responsible for leading all aspects of field operations as well as the company’s training and development function.


He joined Cracker Barrel in 2010 as Regional Vice President responsible for operations in the northeastern area of the United States. Mr. Hackney has since held a variety of roles including Vice President of People and Talent, and Vice President of Training and Development.


Mr. Hackney is a four-decade veteran of the restaurant industry. Prior to joining Cracker Barrel, he owned and operated three restaurants and held senior leadership positions at Smokey Bones, Canadian-based Sir Corp, and John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House.


He was founder of the Downtown Louisville Restaurant Association and served as president for four years.


Mr. Hackney holds a degree in social science from Ashford University.

Roles at Cracker Barrel

  • Senior Vice President, Restaurant and Retail Operations

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