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    Julie Knudson

  • High quality fast casual chains attract investor money to spur restaurant growth.
    Fast Casual 2.0 brands are attracting big investor dollars. Here’s what the innovative new concepts have to offer in return.
    Startup fast casual and QSR chains find finance help through nontraditional funders.
    Nonbank lenders and crowdfunding sites give growing brands a number of finance options beyond the usual loan.
    Top QSR chains finance global growth through new business funding.
    As quick serves expand into foreign regions, the cost landscape also changes.
    Top QSR restaurant chains balance finance budgets in preparation for 2016.
    The right data and insights can make next year’s books more accurate and useful.
    Top QSR burger brand Shake Shack had successful IPO stock offering.
    Shake Shack got some unexpected horsepower when it went public. What can the industry learn from its incredible success?
    Accessing capital through the SBA 7(a) program is a popular route for quick-service operators.
    QSR brands spend money on new food item investment programs.
    Research and development expenses can add significant dollars to a rebrand project.
    QSR brands partner with equity firms to finance restaurant unit growth.
    Managing private equity partnerships over time requires engagement, shared expectations.
    QSR brands find equity finance partners to fund future growth.
    Operators seek a shared vision when selecting the right private equity partner.
    QSR brands hire company financial officers with range of business skills.
    Financial expertise, brand awareness, and even IT familiarity make CFOs powerful brand executives.
    Quick service operators spend more in expenditures in stronger market environment.
    Restaurants take advantage of good market conditions to refresh, energize their brands.
    A health check of the mergers and acquisitions market shows opportunities for growth.
    Quick service restaurants build out historic sites for charming sense of place.
    Historic buildings bring challenges, rewards for quick-serve operators.
    Fast food stalls at fairs and festivals serve unique items to on the go crowds.
    Innovative foods and quirky marketing tactics help brands secure big business at fairs and festivals.
    Quick service chains apply for trademark names to secure competitive advantage.
    Trademarked dishes give brands valuable name recognition.
    Quick service brands grow local produce to use in their fast food restaurants.
    Hyper-local sourcing brings food production in-house.
    Partnering with family members gives women greater resources, wider perspectives.
    Female fast food leaders like Judy Camarena carry on family legacies.
    Women leave lasting legacies at their family-owned brands.
    Quick serve chefs like Jeff Rossman are using cookbooks to earn media exposure.
    Some operators find that cookbooks can boost business.
    Female executives like Maryanne Rose are climbing the ladder in food service.
    Women plant their roots in foodservice to prepare for a career climbing the ladder.
    Moe's Southwest Grill uses network of mom blogs to build family customers.
    Quick-serve brands stand to gain from harnessing the power and influence of mom bloggers.
    Career sponsors provide women leadership opportunities in restaurant industry.
    Career sponsors can help industry women open doors to new opportunities.
    Cinnabon president Kat Cole is one woman who has risen the fast food ranks.
    Women stake their claim in the future of the restaurant industry.
    Women leaders like Flatbread Grill's owners successfully launch new brands.
    Challenges and opportunities abound for brands created by women.
    Women bring fresh ideas and perspectives to menu development.
    Women in foodservice—and the brands they work for—benefit from connections, experiences networking groups offer.
    PBandU owner Mercury Amodio understands mothers need for flexibility at work.
    Balancing work and family obligations takes dedication, but benefits abound for mothers and their brands.
    Moe’s Southwest Grill offers mom friendly toys to kid customers.
    Moms wield significant buying power when it comes to dining out.
    Hala Moddelmog helps Arby's build its corporate giving strategy.
    Maximize your company’s charitable-giving efforts by choosing causes that resonate with employees, franchisees, and consumers.
    Former McDonald's executives founded the LYFE Kitchen fast casual concept.
    Is a healthy fast-casual concept dreamed up by a couple of former McDonald’s executives the future of quick service?
    Miami Subs CEO Richard Chwatt says having a consistent brand message is key.
    A commitment to collaboration ensures your leadership team moves forward together.
    Firehouse Subs CEO Don Fox regularly visits store operators in the field.
    Balancing field visits with CEO-level responsibilities gives execs a better handle on brand performance and customer satisfaction.
    EJ Martinez reworked his Power Pizzeria brand when the first store failed.
    CEOs who spot trouble early and are willing to do what it takes to revive their brands will find that failure doesn’t have to be an option.
    Domino's CEO Patrick Doyle starred in advertisements for the pizza company.
    CEOs find marketing success in the mirror.