FAQ

FAQ

Attendee FAQ:

Q: How much does it cost to attend the conference?


A: The price to attend is $795 per person for Restaurant Operators (before the October 30, 2017 cut-off date).  Additional attendees from the same restaurant company, who register before the cut-off date, may register at a discounted registration fee of $695 each.  Note: all restaurant operator registrations after the cut-off-date are $995 each.

The conference fee for Industry Professionals is $1,095 per person.  After the cut-off-date the Industry Professional rate is $1,295 per person.

*If you are not a restaurant operator, and you are attending with an exhibiting company, please call our corporate office at 800-528-3296 to register at a discounted rate of $895 per person.

Q: Who should attend this conference?


A: Owners, operators, and executives of multi-unit restaurant companies—both franchised and independent—send representatives to the conference each year. Attendees also 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.

Q: What time does the conference start and end?

A: Registration for the conference will open at 12:00 pm on Monday, November 13th.  Pre-conference workshops will begin at 1:00 pm and the general session begins at 3:00 pm.  The conference will conclude at 12:00 on Wednesday, November 15th.

Q: Will I receive an attendee list?

A: Yes, you will receive an attendee list after you register and pay for your conference registration fee.  We will have a link to access the attendee list online that will be updated weekly.  The link information will be on your confirmation letter that you receive after you have paid. You can use the attendee list to arrange appointments.

Q: What is the best way to maximize my time at the conference?


A: We recommend that you set up appointments in advance. Long-time attendees maintain an active schedule of pre-arranged appointments. They utilize the attendee list to arrange appointments in advance.

Q: Is there a one-day pass?

A: We do not offer a one-day pass.  The conference fee is one rate, whether you attend one day, or the entire conference.

Q: Is there a pass just to get into the exhibit hall?


A: No. We do not offer a discounted rate to attend the exhibit hall.  You will need to pay the full conference fee and have a name badge to get into the exhibit hall.

Q: What is the dress policy?


A: We require a minimum standard of business casual attire at all times, although it should be pointed out that many attendees wear business suits. The conference maintains a professional and business-like atmosphere and we expect our attendees to respect this. Ask yourself this question: If you were going to meet with your banker, what would you wear to the meeting?

Q: When will I receive my name badge and materials?

A: You will receive your name badge and conference materials when you check in, on-site at the conference.  We do not mail materials out before the conference.

Q: What is the rate at the hotel, and what is the cut-off date for this rate?


A: The rate at the Cosmopolitan for the 2017 conference is $219/night plus $20 Resort Fee.  The last day to receive the conference rate is October 20, 2017 (or when the room block is filled).  Any reservations made after this date will be at the hotel’s current pricing.

Q. Why do you hold the conference in Las Vegas?

A: The size of the conference—over 2,000 attendees—means that we must have a venue that can handle a large crowd. Las Vegas is a major convention city that caters to groups our size and has more meeting space than any other city. Las Vegas is also a very economical destination for business travelers. Airfare in and out of the city is very reasonable and there is non-stop service from over 130 US Cities.

 

Exhibitor FAQ:

Q: Who exhibits?


A: Restaurant lenders, investors, real estate developers, law firms, financial service companies, franchisors

Q: How much does it cost to exhibit?


A: Please contact Mary Jo Larson:  800-528-3296

Q: Can I sign up online for an exhibit booth?


A: Please contact Mary Jo Larson:  800-528-3296

Q: Do you have sponsorships available?


A: Please contact Mary Jo Larson:  800-528-3296

Q: I have a sponsorship/booth, how do I register?


A: You will be given a form from our exhibitor coordinator.  Don’t sign up on-line you or you will be automatically charged to attend and you may have a complimentary registration with your sponsorship.

Q: When will I get my exhibit packet?

A: We use Freeman Decorating and you should receive information from them about 8 weeks prior to the conference.  You’ll be able to order all of your display items directly from them on-line.