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Wingstop's Charlie Morrison Headlines Franchise Times® Finance & Growth Conference

MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Franchise Times magazine, the news and information source for franchising, today announced its presenter lineup for its upcoming Finance & Growth Conference. Headlining the conference will be keynote speaker Charlie Morrison, CEO of Wingstop Restaurants. The conference will be held March 14-16, 2016, at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas.

Presenting companies include large companies such as Wendy's, Dunkin' Brands and Subway to smaller concepts such as Firehouse Subs and Newk's Eatery. Below is a list of executives presenting at the conference:

AAMCO Brett Ponton, CEO
Back Yard Burgers David McDougall, CEO
Black Bear Diner Bruce Dean, CEO
Blink Fitness – Todd Magazine, President
Buffalo Wild Wings Jeff Sorum, Controller
Del Taco Steve Brake, CFO
Dickey's Barbecue PitBarry Barron Sr, COO
Dunkin' Brands Jason Maceda, Finance
Fazoli's Carl Howard, CEO
Firehouse Subs Don Fox, CEO
Friendly's Ice Cream John Maguire, CEO
Gigi's Cupcakes Gigi Butler, Founder
The Halal Guys Ahmed Abouelenein, CEO
Jersey Mike's Hoyt Jones, President
Johnny Rockets Charles Bruce, CEO
LYFE Kitchen Chance Carlisle, CEO
Massage Envy Greg Esgar, CFO
Moe's Southwest Bruce Shroder, President
Newk's Eatery Chris Newcomb, CEO
Pie Five Pizza Tim Mullany, CFO
Pizza Hut Artie Starrs, General Manger
Rita's Italian Ice John Dombroski, CFO
Salsarita's Phil Friedman, CEO
Shakey's USA Nick Mayer, CEO
Subway Ralph Piselli, Director
Title Boxing Club - David Barr, Managing Director
Tropical Smoothie Mike Rotondo, CEO
Wendy's Chris Armbruster, Vice President
Wingstop Charlie Morrison, CEO

The Franchise Times Finance & Growth Conference features C-level executives from public and private franchise companies presenting their brand outlook, unit economics and growth goals to an audience of franchise lenders, investors and potential multi-unit franchisees. The conference, now in its 18th year, is considered to deliver the best networking opportunities in the sector.

Franchise Times is also celebrating dealmaking by honoring the best financial transactions in franchising in 2015. Winning dealmakers will be honored at the conference luncheon on Tuesday, March 15, 2016.  

For additional information about the conference, including a list of all of the franchise company presenters, go to

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