HDI Team Excellence Award

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The prestigious HDI Team Excellence Award recognizes technical service and support teams that have most enhanced the image of the profession by setting and achieving the highest standards of excellence in customer support.

The HDI Team Excellence Award evaluates the team with regard to maturity, innovation and efforts made to provide a stellar customer experience, and how people, process, and technology together have improved service and overcome challenges presented to the organization. Applicants must demonstrate to what extent and how the organization focuses on employee and customer engagement and satisfaction, how the support center’s mission and/or vision aligns with those of the organization as a whole, and to what extent the team’s cohesiveness is articulated and demonstrated. The team must also illustrate how well processes are defined and executed, as well as how they align with industry good practices.

The finalists are honored at the HDI Annual Conference & Expo, where the winning teams will be announced during a general session. Winners will be featured in SupportWorld magazine and on the HDI website. Winning teams will also be announced in a press release issued by PR Newswire and sent to a targeted media/analyst list.

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2015 HDI Team Excellence Award Winner

HDI Team Excellence Award


The first Whataburger was opened by Harmon Dobson in 1950 in Corpus Christi, Texas, posting first-day-sales of $50.  However, by providing a big burger for big Texas appetites, Whataburger grew.  In 1953 franchising began and six years later the expansion brought this Lone Star State Treasure to Pensacola, Florida.

When Harmon died in an airplane accident in 1967, his widow, Grace Dobson, took the helm to honor her husband’s wishes.  Business continues to grow to 100 restaurants by 1972 and to 300 by 1980.

In 1993 their son, Tom, was ready to run the business.  Two short years later Whataburger was 500 restaurants strong.  At over 700 now, Whataburger has become a 2 billion dollar enterprise opening almost 30 new restaurants per year and 27,000 employees.

As the internal technical support for entire company operating 24x7x365, including the Home Office, Learning Centers, Divisional Offices and employees in the field, the Whataburger Contact Center has also developed over the years into the Single-Point-of-Contact for the restaurants as well.


This Year's Award Finalists

Congratulations to the 2015 finalists for the HDI Team Excellence Award!

  • Abilene Christian University
  • The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
  • Whataburger  


Past Award Winners


The J. Paul Getty Trust


Internal:Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System
External: Infinite Campus
Outsourcer: CDI


Internal: PepsiCo
External: Eze Castle


Internal: Volkswagen Group of America
External: Technisource


Internal: DaVita
External: Peak 10


Internal: TECO Energy
External: Perot Systems


Internal: PepsiCo Business Solutions Groups (PBSG)
External: EDS-GM


Internal: Progress Energy
External: Novell


Internal: American Honda Motor Co.
External: Cablevision


Internal: Sutter Health
External: CompuCom



Internal: Saudi Aramco
External: Akamai Technologies


Internal: Marriott Corporation
External: Reynolds & Reynolds




Reynolds & Reynolds


Abbott Laboratories






Chase Manhattan


Taco Bell




American Express


NY Health Services