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Inspiration from Everest highlights RFDC


The annual Restaurant Finance & Development Conference is right around the corner. The event runs from November 9-11 at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas and offers operational insight, financing opportunities and a chance to network with other industry leaders.

The conference kicks off with pre-conference workshops and a can’t-miss debate between two distinguished economic experts from opposite sides of the political aisle: Dr. Arthur Laffer and Dr. Robert Reich. Laffer served under President Ronald Reagan and coined the famous tax examination dubbed the “Laffer Curve.”

Reich, a high-ranking professor at Berkeley, has served under numerous national administrations, notably as secretary of labor under President Clinton. Laffer and Reich will dig into the trends affecting the economic landscape and explore future possibilities.

Insight and inspiration are on deck as Beck Weathers shares his heroic struggle after being left for dead on the side of Mount Everest. His profound hardship inspired Jon Krakauer’s book “Into Thin Air,” now a major motion picture, and left Weathers with a unique viewpoint on what it takes to succeed against all odds.

Don’t forget about the finance-focused educational sessions. Learn proven success strategies from founders, CEOs, CFOs of some of the most tenacious growth brands in the restaurant industry. And get the best financing and legal advice from powerhouse advisers and lawyers.

How to get a deal done

Sessions cover the entire industry. Learn how to reduce supply chain costs even at small chains, how to allocate capital as a brand grows and what to do when interest rates finally rise. Also learn all about measuring arcane marketing analytics, equity crowd-funding and get a window into the daily life of a growth brand CFO.

Heavy hitters like Jamba Juice CEO James White, CKE Restaurants CFO Ted Abajian and Peet’s Coffee & Tea CFO John Coletta are ready to share the secrets of their achievements.

Financing experts also will drill down to the details in a pair of case study panels by financiers from Wells Fargo, Citizens Restaurant Finance, Fifth Third Bank, CapitalSpring and BMO Harris Bank. These special sessions will explore what it takes to get a debt deal done in 2016.

Of course, there is plenty of time set aside for networking, meeting with exhibiting financiers and getting valuable face time with seasoned peers within the restaurant and finance industries.

The conference is presented by the Restaurant Finance Monitor, Franchise Times’ sister publication. To register, visit www.restfinance.com or call 800-528-3296.

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