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Four reasons to check out the Restaurant Finance & Development conference


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There are many conferences vying for your travel budget, but there’s only one Restaurant Finance and Development Conference. Why? Well, it’s difficult to name just one feature so, in our humble opinion, here are four of the best reasons to mark your calendar for November 11-13 and book your ticket to Las Vegas. (Full disclosure: Franchise Times and the RFDC are sister companies.)

1. Compelling speakers

Even if you know everything there is to know about restaurant finance and running a restaurant and can’t possibly handle another deal, the speakers are a wealth of wisdom, insight and humor that reaches beyond the foodservice industry.

This year, two heavyweight macro masters will kick things off with the existential question: Could 2020 bring the next recession? Economist David Rosenberg of Gluskin Sheff and Chief Investment Strategist Brian Belski of BMO will debate the end of this historic growth period and when the music stops.

From there, it’s a laundry list of the restaurant world’s brightest minds exploring everything from virtual kitchens to financing strategies, food delivery and the brutal real estate and labor markets.

2. Industry update

It’s hard enough to keep up with everything going on at your own restaurant operation, which is why this conference begins with a highlight reel of what’s driving the restaurant world.

The TED Talk-styled “Around the Industry” explores the trends shaping the restaurant industry. This year’s round-up includes valuable information from luminaries such as David Maloni of ArrowStream, who will dig into the commodities market; Trinity Capital’s Kevin Burke will share his insight on major P&L challenges; Buxton’s Stephen Polanski will explore the myths and realities of mobile data. And don’t miss the discussions about real estate after President Trump’s tax reform and a close look at the restaurant IPO market.

Other leading consultants and advisers will also share their views on the future of this white-hot M&A market, the fallout from major retail changes and what family businesses can do to ensure a successful future. (And it all comes without the consultant fee.)

3. Actionable education

RFDC seminars are unique—nobody is selling you on their service, nobody is begging for your email and nobody is dumbing it down for prime time. Finance gurus, CFOs, founders and erudite operators share what is really moving the proverbial needle. When you get home to your operation, that notebook packed with ideas and grand plans will not get dusty.

How can you take advantage of private equity, SPAC mergers and venture capitalists? Savvy analysts from Jefferies and General Atlantic are sure to share. How can you attract a family office investor? Hear how from those who have been there. How the heck can I get a restaurant built on time? Learn from some of the smartest folks in the trenches.

4. Deal deluge

And the ultimate reason to attend for most (and the reason our venerable event coordinator Gayle Strawn rented half the Bellagio) is the deal making.

If you listen close, you can hear a deal being made in every corner, every conference room and every spare space at the RFDC. There are innumerable stories of financing getting done, development packages being signed and big investment successes every year. If nothing else, the RFDC is the place to make things happen for your business. And hey, Las Vegas beats a beige boardroom in the midst of winter.

For more information and registration support, visit Restfinance.com/RFDC.

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