Restaurant Finance Summit at NRA Show

The National Restaurant Association hosted its inaugural Restaurant Finance Summit on May 19, during NRA Show 2014 at Chicago’s McCormick Place, and brought together restaurant financial executives and operators, Wall Street analysts, investment groups and lenders, and expert tax/accounting professionals to discuss issues related to the financial health of the restaurant, foodservice and hospitality industry.

The Restaurant Finance Summit included a luncheon and Keynote Presentation by Jonathan Tisch, Chairman, Loews Hotels & Resorts.

Registration for the Restaurant Finance Summit includes full access to all four days of NRA Show exhibit floor and programming. Participation in the Restaurant Finance Summit is limited and certain qualifications apply. 

Check back in 2015 for details on next year's Summit. In the meantime, take a look at the 2014 schedule of events.

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12:00-1:30pm Luncheon and Keynote Presentation
Jonathan Tisch, Chairman, Loews Hotels & Resorts

The Restaurant Industry
Trends & Wall Street Perspective

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.

Dave Koenig 
Vice President of Tax and Profitability, National Restaurant Association
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.
2:30-2:45pm Networking Break

Restaurant Financing/Lending Possibilities
Find out why now is a great time to get financing for restaurants of all sizes/concepts. Hear from traditional lenders and private equity firms on what it takes to qualify for new capital and/or refinancing current debt.

Kevin Burke
Managing Director, Trinity Capital Investment Banking

Thomas Hung
Senior Vice President, RBS Citizens Restaurant Finance
Geoff Hill
Principal, Roark Capital Group
Ted Lynch
Managing Director, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Jamie Wall
Managing Director, WJ Partners


Legal, Tax, Operations & Supply Chain Issues
Learn from experts in the accounting, legal, and tax world about financial issues of critical importance to restaurants of all sizes/concepts/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.

Dave Koenig 
Vice President of Tax and Profitability, National Restaurant Association

Corinne Baughman
Tax Partner, Moss Adams
Manley Roberts
Partner, McGuire Woods
Joyce Mazero
Partner, Perkins Coie

5:00-6:00pm Reception

If you are a financial institution, lender or investment group and you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please email Brian Moon, Vice President of Convention Sales or call him directly at 312-853-2538.