Romacorp, Inc., parent company of Tony Roma’s, announced that the Dallas Business Journal has named Kendall Helfenbein, an MBA and CPA, its 2014 CFO of the Year in the restaurant category. 

Helfenbein, who has more than 30 years of finance experience, has been with Romacorp, Inc. since May of 2012.

“I am honored to be selected by the Dallas Business Journal as the leading restaurant CFO in the Dallas area,” Helfenbein says. “The role I’ve held at Tony Roma’s for the past two years is one that I am very grateful for, and I’m encouraged by the company’s fast-paced environment and its talented team of executives. I look forward to a long career with Romacorp, Inc. as we continue to grow our Tony Roma’s brand both domestically and internationally.”

Prior to his role at Romacorp, Inc., Helfenbein was a financial executive and consultant. His experience includes 18 years as the CFO of a $150 million dollar group of privately owned companies.

“Kendall has significantly improved the impact and speed of internal financial reporting in his short time at Romacorp, while also reorganizing and improving the efficiency of the accounting and corporate administrative departments,” says Ken Myres, president of Romacorp, Inc.

Each year the Dallas Business Journal hosts a CFO of the Year awards ceremony to recognize top North Texas financial leaders. The finalists and categories were announced Oct. 10, and the winners were recognized at a luncheon Oct. 17.

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