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FT's Finance Conference Speakers Are Quotable Bunch


Black Bear Diner's CEO Bruce Dean is one of 33 brand chiefs to be featured in the May issue of Franchise Times.

We’ve just sent our May edition to the printer, with full coverage of the Franchise Times Finance & Growth Conference and its 33 speakers. Here are a few of the quotable quotes from the package, just to whet your appetite.

“We make all the comfort food that nobody really makes any more.” Bruce Dean, Black Bear Diner

“Top line is great but you take bottom line to the bank.” Steve Brake, Del Taco

“Let’s address the elephant in the room. We haven’t had the best story to tell from the sales perspective.” Artie Starrs, Pizza Hut

“Five years of growth is outstanding; 75 years of survival is even greater than that.” Barry Barron, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

“You have a brand that’s almost 30 years old that went through some very difficult times.” David McDougall, Back Yard Burgers

“We’ve always been a family business, but we weren’t attracting the millennials or coming up with the product innovation needed to grow the company.” Nick Mayer, Shakey’s USA

 “If your franchisees are profitable, you’re going to build more stores.” Jason Maceda, Dunkin’ Brands

“We acquired a very strong brand but it needed a lot of help organizationally.” Phil Friedman, Salsarita’s

“I’m an operator by choice, a speaker by default, and I can see I need a video.” Chris Newcomb, Newk’s Eatery

“We don’t cure cancer and we don’t send men to the moon, but we do help people have great experiences and great memories.” John Maguire, Friendly’s Ice Cream


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Laura MichaelsLaura Michaels is editor of Franchise Times. She can be reached at 612.767.3210, or send story ideas to lmichaels@franchisetimes.com.
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