Allen is a founder of SquareOne holding company. He graduated from the Baylor School in Chattanooga and then from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill in 1978 and Vanderbilt University Law School in 1981.
Allen returned to Chattanooga and joined the Miller & Martin law firm, becoming a partner primarily practicing corporate and business law; he remained with the firm until 1996. While there he became familiar with the business side of brewery restaurants and craft breweries.
Allen left Miller & Martin in 1996 to become CEO of Big River, a small brewery restaurant chain that he had done the legal work for and invested in, when the micro beer industry was in its infancy. Big River then expanded rapidly and formed CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries Inc., the largest brewery/restaurant chain in the U.S.
After selling CraftWorks, he and his partners started SquareOne Holding, a company that provides consulting, management, and capital for every aspect of opening and running restaurants or breweries themselves.
He has served as a trustee for the Baylor School, a co-chair (with his wife) of the Fast Day fundraiser for Community Kitchen in Chattanooga, a member of the Executive Committee of the Board for the Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau, and a member of many other for-profit and not-for profit boards.
Mr. Corey is married and the father of two adult daughters.