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Papa Murphy's International Lends Voice to CFO Perspectives Panel

Janet Pirus, CFO for Papa Murphy's International, will offer insights for value-engineering and controlling costs at the 2010 Restaurant Executive Summit, this September 29 — October 1 at The Grand Del Mar Resort in San Diego, Calif.

In the session, "CFO Perspective: Managing the Cost of Change," Pirus will join a panel of CFOs from leading restaurant companies who will share their ideas for managing costs and preserving value in today's volatile market. The panel will provide real-world tactics that attendees can leverage in their own organizations and will dive into the major contributors to volatility: the state of the banking industry; debt and brand growth; new marketing avenues; legislative initiatives; and more.

Since April 2000, Pirus has been CFO of Papa Murphy's International, a rapidly growing, predominantly franchised chain of almost 1,200 take-and-bake pizza stores, operating in 35 states and Canada. During her tenure, the company's store counts have more than doubled and chain sales topped $630 million in 2009.

Through the attainment of a $35 million line of credit on favorable terms, she was instrumental in the recapitalization effort to position the organization for expansive company store growth. She oversees financial planning and analysis, business technology and accounting, is one of four officers of the company and sits on the Franchise Advisory Board. Pirus is a member of Financial Executives International and held the office of president for the association's Orange County Chapter from 1999-2000.

About the Restaurant Executive Summit
Now entering its sixth year, Hospitality Technology's Restaurant Executive Summit presents a full program of solutions-focused educational sessions offering insights from across the restaurant environment, including technology, operations, finance and marketing. Key decision-makers will be able to share strategies and exchange ideas outside of departmental silos, with the collective goal of staying in front of industry trends, preserving financial health, and positioning their companies for growth. Peer-to-peer collaboration and networking with the hospitality industry's leading technology solution providers provide additional value to attendees.

This year's focus is "Priority Initiatives and Growth Opportunities in the New Hospitality Dynamic." Over the past 18 months, a number of societal, technological and economic factors have converged, resulting in a very different landscape for foodservice operations - in effect, a "new hospitality dynamic." Key sessions include:

  • Your Brand is Your Business: Align for Growth in the New Hospitality Dynamic
  • A New Design Model for Business Innovation
  • Technology Super Session: Technology that Drives Top-Line Growth
  • Rebuilding Your Workforce
  • Ubertrends: Socially Engaging the New Era Guest
  • CFO Perspectives: Managing the Cost of Change
  • Impact of National Policy: Unprecedented Change
  • Roundtable Workshops: Technology Initiatives / Real Estate Boot Camp

For more information about the 2010 Restaurant Executive Summit, click here.

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