About The Monitor

About The Monitor

The Restaurant Finance Monitor newsletter keeps restaurant owners, lenders, landlords, brokers and investors informed of the financial and investment trends impacting the restaurant industry. The Monitor is professionally-written, an inside-the-ropes expert on the multi-unit restaurant business. For over thirty years, the Monitor has delivered vital insight and analysis through its newsletter, webinars and annual Restaurant Finance & Development Conference.

John M. Hamburger, Founder

John M. Hamburger, Founder

John Hamburger has been covering the restaurant business for over 30 years. As a former chief financial officer of a publicly-held restaurant company, he thoroughly understands restaurants and can connect the dots between finance and operations. Few in the industry have the depth of experience or can provide the historical context to the financial side of restaurants than John. John also publishes Franchise Times Magazine and Food On Demand News and is the founder of the Restaurant Finance & Development Conference.

Mary Jo Larson

Mary Jo Larson

Mary Jo Larson is vice president and publisher of Franchise Times Corp., which produces both the Restaurant Finance Monitor and Franchise Times magazine. In addition to her publishing duties, she also heads up the sales and planning efforts for the Restaurant Finance & Development Conference and the Franchise Times Franchise Investment Conference.

Dennis Monroe

Dennis Monroe

Dennis Monroe, chair, Monroe Moxness Berg, is a pioneer in corporate financing with a broad network of finance contacts and clients. He assists businesses, from emerging companies to multi-national firms, by providing creative ideas, identifying unique financing sources, and developing the financial tools necessary for their growth and development.

Roger Lipton

Roger Lipton

Roger Lipton, president, Lipton Financial Services, is an investment professional with over four decades of experience specializing in chain restaurants and retailers, as well as macro-economic and monetary developments. After earning a BSME from R.P.I. and MBA from Harvard, and working as an auditor with Price, Waterhouse, he began following the restaurant industry as well as the gold mining industry. He is uniquely equipped as an investor, investment banker, board member and advisor, especially related to the restaurant, franchising, and retail industries.