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Restaurant Finance Summit an investment in knowledge

The Restaurant Finance Summit, an inaugural event created by the National Restaurant Association to connect top foodservice financial executives with Wall Street analysts, investment groups, lenders and tax/accounting experts, will kick off May 19 in Chicago, during NRA Show 2014.

The half-day conference will feature a keynote presentation from Jonathan Tisch, chairman of Loews Hotels & Resorts and co-owner of the New York Giants pro-football team. Tisch will speak about job growth opportunities in the hospitality marketplace as well as his personal tips for leadership and management.

Following Tisch’s presentation, a series of education sessions led by financial experts will begin. The sessions will focus on issues related to the fiscal health of the restaurant, foodservice and hospitality industry.

“We’ve worked to assemble a line-up of the leading brands in the financial industry,” said Dave Koenig, the NRA’s vice president of tax and finance. “This is the first year attendees will have the opportunity to evaluate all aspects of their business’s financial success from lending options to legal, tax, operations, and supply chain issues.”

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, May 17-20. Participation in the Restaurant Finance Summit is limited and certain qualifications apply.

Following is the full schedule for this year’s finance summit:

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, the hot concepts and best locations? Which are the best brands? Hear Wall Street's top industry analysts answer those 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 and issues to deal with under typical loans, and leveraging your supply chain for competitive advantage.

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