The Restaurant Finance Monitor 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 conferences.
About The Monitor
John 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, Food On Demand News and is the founder of the popular Restaurant Finance & Development Conference.
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, 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.
David Farkas's expertise is in restaurants and food. That’s because he has covered the industry for nearly 26 years as a reporter, food writer and restaurant reviewer. David 's writing focus in the Monitor is finance, M&A, private equity and franchising. For many years David was senior editor at Chain Leader and features editor for Restaurant Hospitality.
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.