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October 9-11, 2024
Omni Nashville HotelNashville, TN

Investment Summit Agenda

Tuesday, October 8

2:00 - 2:15 pm - Welcome & Introduction

Sam Oches
Editorial Director, Nation's Restaurant News

2:15 - 2:45 pm - Are you ready for Private Equity?

For those brands that have already dipped into venture capital or , private equity could be the next option to propel growth. A panel of private equity leaders shares their tips for how emerging restaurant chains can capture the attention of firms like theirs — and a checklist for what brands should do before turning to private equity.

Jeff Brock
Founder & Managing Partner, Hargett Hunter

Lauren Fernandez
CEO & Founder, Full Course

Anand Gala
Founder & Managing Partner, Gala Capital Partners

Greg Golkin
Founder & Managing Partner, Kitchen Fund

Perry Leavitt
Vice President, Enlightened Hospitality Investments

Andrew Smith - Moderator
Managing Partner & Co-Founder, Savory Fund

2:45 - 3:15 pm - What are some other financing options available?

Private equity may get all the attention, but emerging restaurant chains have other financing sources available to them, such as family office, private credit, small business loans, and more. Learn more about other financing sources available for your brand.

Claire Anderson
Partner, Cougar Point Partners

Rachel Pietrangelo
VP, Commercial, Bonside

Gregg Majewski
CEO, Craveworthy Brands

Alicia Miller
Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Emergent Growth Advisors

3:30 - 4:00 pm - The Path to Landing Your Dream Deal

What role can investment banks play in your fundraising or acquisition process? Meet a panel of bankers who explain the best way to utilize investment banks.

Sarah Lockyer
Chief Brand Officer, The Elliot Group

Ashish Seth
Founder & Managing Partner, Harrington Park Advisors

4:00 - 5:00 pm - Brands in the Hot Seat: Leaders Pitch Their Concepts

We turn the tables on the brand leaders and invite founders from three concepts to pitch to the investors! After each pitch, investors in the audience will offer their perspectives on what worked, what didn’t, and whether they would consider investing. Get a real-world case study on what makes a restaurant concept so appealing to the leading investors.

5:00 - 6:00 pm - Keynote Session: How One Entrepreneur Financed Two of the Hottest Brands

Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux is one of the hottest restaurant brands today and closed 2023 with 80 locations and over $300 million in sales. Founder Brandon Landry launched the concept in Baton Rouge, La., after graduating from Louisiana State University, and Walk-On’s has gone on to reshape the sports-bar industry. Now Landry is working his magic again with Smalls Sliders, a slider chain that already has hundreds of locations in the pipeline. In this exclusive conversation between Landry, Walk-On’s CEO Chris Dawson, Smalls CEO Maria Rivera, and 10 Point Capital leader Morven Groves, learn more about the Walk-On’s story and how Landry has tapped into financing resources to launch two brands into the stratosphere.

Brandon Landry
Founder & Chairman, Smalls Sliders

Maria Rivera
CEO, Smalls Sliders

Morven Groves
Managing Partner, 10 Point Capital

6:00 - 7:30 pm - Investment Summit Welcome Reception

Join us for and evening of great food, cocktails and conversation at the Investment Summit.

Wednesday, October 9

8:00 - 9:00 am - Investment Summit Breakfast

9:00 - 11:00 am - Roundtable Program Discussions

Participate in interactive roundtable discussions with investors and get first hand insights on how you can prepare your company for growth.