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Restaurant Finance Gathering to Draw Strategists, Dealmakers


Astronaut Scott Kelly is a keynote speaker at the Restaurant Finance & Development Conference November 14-16 in Las Vegas.

A fountain out front and a font of capital inside, the Restaurant Finance and Development Conference is almost here, presented by our sister publication, the Restaurant Finance Monitor.

Running from November 14-16 at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, the conference will feature a smorgasbord of laser-focused seminars and smart speakers, and plenty of opportunity to network with leaders from across the restaurant industry.

Get an update on the M&A market from Piper Jaffray’s Damon Chandik, the head of the firm’s restaurant investment banking arm who has insight into how to make the most strategic purchases.

See how CKE Restaurants’ CEO Andy Puzder is approaching the many regulations coming to the industry. His recent op-ed in the Wall Street Journal turned a lot of heads when he suggested kiosks may do the majority of orders very soon.

Explore third-party delivery services with Boston Consulting Group’s Allan Hickok and Dylan Bolden. Hickok is the world-renowned consulting firm’s restaurant expert with 30 years of experience in all facets of the industry. Bolden heads the company’s Dallas office where he specializes in brand strategy, marketing and sales.

Hear from Wall Street’s top restaurant bankers and analysts about whether we’re really heading toward a restaurant recession, and what that means to the bottom line.

Also, learn how to best finance all those upcoming renovations and remodels, what to do about the labor line, the steps to take when succession planning, and where bankers and financiers see the industry going in the near future. RFDC will also feature a spirited economic debate between constitutional lawyer and conservative talk show host Hugh Hewitt and political analyst Juan Williams, days after one of the most tumultuous presidential races in history finally wraps up.

Keynote speaker Captain Scott Kelly will be sharing lessons from his historic year in space. The most famous modern astronaut will give insight into all it took to accomplish that lofty feat.

Of course all the fun happens behind closed doors—deals, that is. Banks are ready to talk, investors are eager to spend their dry powder and sophisticated multi-unit operators are looking for their hot new brand.

The conference opens with a meet the lenders session, featuring a who’s who of capital providers for operators to meet.

The conference is presented by the Restaurant Finance Monitor, Franchise Times’ sister publication. Visit www.restfinance.com to register or for more information.


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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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