The National Restaurant Association will host its inaugural Restaurant Finance Summit on May 19, during NRA Show 2014 at Chicago’s McCormick Place, bringing together restaurant financial executives and operators, Wall Street analysts, investment groups and lenders, and expert tax/accounting professionals to discuss issues related to the financial health of the restaurant, foodservice and hospitality industry.

“Financing and finance related issues continue to be a critical focus for restaurateurs looking to expand existing concepts or launch new ones,” says NRA’s Dave Koenig, vice president, Tax and Profitability. “Our goal is to bring these restaurant executives together with potential lenders and investment groups to discuss opportunities in an environment–NRA Show–that embodies the scope and vitality of this industry.”

The summit will open with a luncheon and Keynote presentation by Jonathan Tisch, Chairman of Loews Hotels & Resorts, followed by sessions on hot industry growth prospects, qualifying for new capital or refinancing, and in-depth looks at accounting and tax issues, featuring speakers from major chain operations, well-known lenders and leading Wall Street analysts, and major accounting/law firms. These sessions, along with networking breaks and a post-Summit reception, provide opportunity for financiers and restaurant industry financial professionals/operators to discuss the overall state of the industry and develop mutually beneficial investment relationships.

The annual National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show is the largest annual gathering of restaurant, foodservice, and lodging professionals in the world. NRA Show 2014 will be held May 17–20 at McCormick Place in Chicago, and the 2014 International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event, held in conjunction with NRA Show, will take place May 18–19.

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