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Restaurant Finance & Development Conference

November 13, 2017 - November 15, 2017

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Cosmopolitan Las Vegas

The Restaurant Finance & Development Conference is all about the “business” side of the restaurant business and is a must attend event for restaurant company owners and executives. The conference is known as the restaurant “dealmakers” event—you will find the best networking in the industry there.

There are so many reasons to attend the Restaurant Finance & Development Conference, but here are just a few:

  • Attendees have the opportunity to meet with representatives of banks, finance companies, investment banks, private equity firms, merger and acquisition specialists, real estate developers, business brokers and other financial intermediaries to find financing, make deals, and locate new business opportunities.
  • Conference goers attend important educational programs, which feature practical financial, operational and development topics presented by restaurant industry experts. Attendees will hear from the most innovative restaurant operators and finance experts in the industry.
  • Attendees will find accurate and up-to-date financial, economic and operating information, which will help them operate and finance their own companies.

Who Should Attend

Owners, operators, and executives of multi-unit restaurant companies—both independent and franchised—send representatives to the conference each year. They include executives in finance, accounting, development, legal, real estate and franchising.

Also invited are consultants, private and public equity investors, lenders, brokers, bankers, developers, accountants, attorneys and financial dealmakers who serve the restaurant industry.

Keynote Speakers

Chris Wallace
Award-Winning Veteran Journalist
As the host of Fox News Sunday, each Sunday, Chris Wallace
interviews the week’s top newsmakers, from Washington’s
power players to world leaders. Over his extensive and impressive
career, Wallace has won every major broadcast news award for his
reporting, including three Emmy Awards, the Dupont-Columbia
Silver Baton, the Peabody Award, and the Sol Taishoff Award for
Broadcast Journalism from the National Press Foundation. Most
recently, he won the Paul White Award for lifetime achievement
from the Radio Television Digital News Association.
Bobby Flay
American chef, restarateur, and
reality television personality
He opened his first restaurant, Mesa Grill, in 1991, winning
immediate  acclaim. He made his first appearance on the
Food Network in 1994 and soon became a television fixture.
Flay has hosted several television shows including Bobby
Flay’s Barbecue Addiction, Brunch @ Bobby’s, Food Network
Star, Iron Chef America and Beat Bobby Flay. In 2008, Bobby
founded the  fast casual burger concept called Bobby’s Burger
Guy Adami
Analyst on CNBC’s Fast Money and Professional InvestorGuy Adami is a TV personality, author, financial analyst, & a
professional investor. He is one of the original “Fast Money Five”
on the show Fast Money (CNBC). In 2008 he joined
optionMONSTER with Pete Najarian and Jon Najarian as
the lead analyst for equities research. He also came on
board as managing director at Drakon Capital that same year.
On September 22, 2010, FOX Sports Radio announced a new
Saturday morning show called Stox n Jocks hosted by Adami
and the Najarian brothers. The show debuted on Saturday,
September 25.
Charlie Gasparino
Senior Correspondent, Fox Business News
Charlie Gasparino provides on-air reporting throughout
the business day for the network, covering the latest news
from the financial world. Prior to joining FBN, he was an
on-air editor for CNBC where he was responsible for
breaking some of the biggest stories during the financial
crisis, including the first reports of AIG’s government
bailout, details behind the collapse of Lehman Brothers
and the shakeups at Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley.
Liz Williams
Chief Financial Officer, Taco Bell Corp.
Liz Williams is the chief financial officer for Taco Bell Corp,
a subsidiary of YUM! Brands, Inc., (NYSE: YUM). Liz leads
the finance, IT, eCommerce functions and is responsible
for financial planning and analysis, operations finance,
strategy and marketing analysis and franchising. In this
role she has been an instrumental leader in the Taco Bell’s
growth plan of becoming a $15 billion brand by 2022.
Lisa Napoli
In her three decades as a journalist, Lisa Napoli has worked for
The New York Times, MSNBC, the public radio show Marketplace,
and a variety of other outlets. She’s covered everything from
presidential campaigns, to hacker conventions and a hostage
standoff, to the dawn of the World Wide Web. Her first book,
Radio Shangri-La, is about the impact of media culture on the
mysterious Kingdom of Bhutan. Lisa is also the author of Ray
& Joan: The Man Who Made The McDonald’s Fortune and
The Woman Who Gave It All Away.
Dana Telsey
CEO and Chief Research Officer of
Telsey Advisory Group (TAG)
TAG’s research team covers U.S. and international companies
across all market caps in the following sectors: advertising,
apparel manufacturers, children’s and teen retailers, consumer
electronics retailers, cosmetics, department stores, discounters,
footwear, gaming and lodging, home furnishings retailers, home
improvement retailers, luxury goods, media, office supply retailers,
off-price retailers, pay TV companies, restaurants, specialty apparel retailers, sporting goods retailers, and supermarkets.
Michelle Meyer
Head of US Economics, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Michelle Meyer is a managing director and head of US economics
at BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research. Based in New York, she
provides timely analysis of economic data and Federal Reserve
policy announcements to the sales force and traders. She is
responsible for providing the firm’s US economic forecasts,
including the outlook for GDP, inflation and Federal Reserve
policy. Meyer’s broad research interest include macroeconomics,
public policy and the housing market.


November 13, 2017
November 15, 2017
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