National Restaurant Association Announces Line-Up for Restaurant Finance Summit


National Restaurant Association

The National Restaurant Association announces today the full line-up for the inaugural Restaurant Finance Summit, an event connecting top foodservice financial executives with Wall Street analysts, investment groups and lenders, and expert tax/accounting/legal professionals during the 2014 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show on Monday, May 19. The half-day conference will kick off with a luncheon and keynote presentation by Jonathan Tisch, Chairman, Loews Hotels & Resorts and co-owner of the New York Giants at 12 p.m.

Each session, led by a panel of experts in their field, will provide attendees with a comprehensive look at the issues related to the financial health of the restaurant, foodservice and hospitality industry. As the keynote speaker, Mr. Tisch will speak about the job growth opportunities in the hospitality marketplace as well as his personal tips for leadership and management for the foodservice and hospitality industry.

In addition to all of the informative educational talks, there will be a breakout networking session and a reception at the end of the day to help promote and foster relationships within the worlds of hospitality and finance. Attendees will get the chance to trade knowledge with the sponsors as well as with other attendees from companies such as DineEquity, Cineplex Entertainment, Brinker International, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, Jimmy John’s Franchise, Sheetz Inc., White Castle, Firehouse of America, and more.

The full schedule is as follows:
12:00-1:30 p.m.: Luncheon and Keynote Presentation
-Jonathan Tisch, Chairman, Loews Hotels & Resorts
1:30-2:30 p.m.: The Restaurant Industry-Trends & Wall Street Perspective
-Andy Barish, Managing Director & Lead Restaurant Industry Analyst, Jefferies & Company; Greg Badishkanian, Managing Director Leisure & Restaurants, Citi Investment Research; Darren Tristano, Executive Vice President, Technomic, Inc.
-What are the overall growth prospects for the restaurant industry? Hot concepts? Best locations? Best brands? Listen to Wall Street’s top industry analysts answer these questions and more.
2:45-4:00 p.m.: Restaurant Financing/Lending Possibilities
-Kevin Burke, Partner and Founder, Trinity Capital Investment Banking; Thomas Hung, Senior Vice President, RBS Citizens Restaurant Finance; Geoff Hill, Vice President, Roark Capital Group; Ted Lynch, Managing Director, Bank of America Merrill Lynch; Jamie Wall, Managing Director, WJ Partners
-Find out why now is a great time to get financing for restaurants of all sizes and concepts. Hear from a number of different financing sources on what it takes to qualify for new capital and/or refinancing current debt.
4:00-5:00 p.m.: Legal, Tax, Operations & Supply Chain Issues
-Corinne Baughman, Tax Partner, Moss Adams; Manley Roberts, Partner, McGuire Woods; Joyce Mazero, Partner, Perkins Coie
-Learn from experts in the accounting, legal, and tax world about financial issues of critical importance to restaurants of all sizes, concepts, and structures. Topics during this panel will include: tax issues to consider with outside investors, structure & issues to deal with under typical loans, and leveraging your supply chain for competitive advantage.
Registration for the Restaurant Finance Summit is $299 for operators and includes full access to all four days of NRA Show exhibit floor and programming, to be held from May 17-20, 2014. Participation in the Restaurant Finance Summit is limited and certain qualifications apply.

The annual National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show is the largest annual gathering of restaurant, foodservice, and lodging professionals in the world. NRA Show 2014 will be held May 17-20 at McCormick Place in Chicago, and the 2014 International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event, held in conjunction with NRA Show, will take place May 18-19. The events attract 65,000+ attendees and visitors from all 50 states and 100+ countries, and the event showcases the latest products, services, innovative ideas, up-to-the-minute information about trends and issues, and more growth opportunities than any other industry event. For more information, visit the NRA Show and IWSB websites at and, and find the NRA Show on Twitter @NRAShow, Facebook, Instagram @NRAShow, YouTube, Flickr, Pinterest and its widely read NRA Show Blog.
Posted by Meghan Ogilvie

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