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Chris Tripoli
President
14125 Memorial Drive, Suite 104
Houston TX 77079
USA
phone: 281-293-0077
fax: 281-497-1185
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For over 15 years A'LaCarte Foodservice Consulting Group (A'LaCarte) has been providing operations and growth related consulting to Restaurants, Hotels, Convention Centers, Casinos, Country Clubs, Stadiums and Airports. A'LaCarte has successfully completed projects for start-ups, independent restaurant companies and large multi-unit chains. They have consulted on concept development operations, and growth related matters with a variety of chains (franchisors and franchisees) and independent operators.

Chris Tripoli has over 35 years experience in the Hospitality industry as a Designer, Developer, Owner and Operator. He has provided research and opinions on a variety of legal issues facing the hospitality industry. Mr. Tripoli has written for Food Service News, My Table Magazine, Restaurant Start-up and Growth and has been featured in various other trade publications. He lectures at the Art Institute and teaches courses in opening restaurants and proper growth strategies at the Small Business Development Center of the University of Houston.

Services Include:
  • Concept Development
  • Finance Planning (Mergers & Acquisitions)
  • Business Valuations
  • Operations (Policies and Procedures)
  • Management and Staff Handling (Labor Related)
  • Safety, Sanitation and Food Handling
  • Franchise Development and Field Services
  • 8/15/2013 · Food & Beverage
    You can't be too selective in picking your starting lineup. On the other hand, it is a time-consuming process. You need to be careful. You need to be efficient. It's a tricky dance. And to find a starting team of top performers you need to meet a lot of prospects.

    7/30/2013 · Food & Beverage
    Peter Fernandez, and his family, own a small Japanese restaurant-sushi bar in South San Francisco. He and his wife are very busy keeping up with all that is needed to support the operation of this 70 seat full service, 6 day a week restaurant.

    7/15/2013 · Food & Beverage
    Most everyone has heard the old saying, "If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail." For restaurant owners, planning can sometimes be a tricky proposition. There is the long-term plan, the annual plan, management plan, marketing plan and so on. And after we complete a reasonable plan, our real challenge becomes executing it successfully.

    6/24/2013 · Food & Beverage
    Editor's note: As you execute your plans to open your second, third or subsequent unit, you'll find that not only your business model will change, but your role as owner will change, as well.Your hands-on style,overseeing every shift and on top of every detail of the business may have brought you great success when you were operating a single unit, however, that approach can quickly turn into a liability when you open a second place.

    5/30/2013 · Food & Beverage
    When first planning to open your restaurant, your goal is to get open, your strategy is to get open and all support tactics involve getting open.

    4/25/2013 · Food & Beverage
    You cannot operate a successful restaurant without both good management and good leadership, even if it has to be provided by the man or woman in the mirror: you.

    3/25/2013 · Food & Beverage
    From my years of opening my own restaurants and those of my clients, here are 10 factors that often contribute the most to the ultimate success or failure of any new restaurant.

    2/20/2013 · Food & Beverage
    As I walked into my client's restaurant that was one week from opening, I found myself stepping over a man installing the marble floor entry, dodging the delivery people bringing supplies to the bar, and watching the painter touch up a wall while someone else reached around him to hang up the artwork.

    12/13/2012 · Food & Beverage
    When looking to open your restaurant, most people will emphasize the importance of three things: location, location, location. Once you have opened, everyone will tell you that the three things you need to master to succeed are numbers, numbers, numbers.

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    Charles W. Leggette
    Chief Actuary
    6828 Hyde Park Dr.
    Dallas TX 75231
    USA
    phone: 214-448-7146
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    Charles W. Leggette, Principal and Chief Actuary of Dallas Actuaries, Inc, is an active participant in governmental affairs for his profession, most recently serving on the United States Department of Labor, Regional Advisory Board.

    Mr. Leggette is a Fellow by examination of the American Society of Pension Actuaries. The Treasury Department Joint Board for the Enrollment of Actuaries has admitted him to practice before the Treasury and Labor Departments. In 1978, Mr. Leggette served as the Society’s representative on Jimmy Carter’s Presidential Committee on Pension Policy. He was appointed by the Treasury Department to the Joint Board for Enrollment of Actuaries Advisory Committee on Examinations. Mr. Leggette has served as Chairman of the Pension Actuarial Society’s Education and Examination Committee. In 1980, he was admitted to the American Academy of Actuaries. One year later, he was elected President of the American Society of Pension Actuaries.

    Charles Leggette has provided Litigation Support Services to attorneys representing Plaintiff and Defense for over 35 years. He is qualified to testify in both State and Federal court.

    Main Areas of Litigation Support:
    • Pensions - Design of Plan
    • Pension Admission Regulations
    • Compliance / Tax Issues
    • Pension Schemes
    • Insurance Related Matters
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    Laura Lemco
    Automotive, Motorcycle, Power Sport Dealership Appraiser
    National and International Services
    CO USA
    phone: 303-994-6919
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    Laura Lemco Motorcycle Dealership Expert PhotoLaura Lemco has more than 25 years of experience working for both Motorcycle Retail and Original Equipment Manufacturer (OE) Sectors, while growing up in her parents' motorcycle and automotive dealerships. She currently specializes in Automotive and Motorcycle Dealership Appraisals both nationally and internationally.

    After serving as the Vice-President of Business Development and Marketing at Lemco Management Group, Ms. Lemco eventually took over the consulting business, starting Motorcycle Industry Consulting Services, Inc. Recently, she established Dealership Valuation Services, LLC, to offer appraisal services to automotive and powersports dealerships.

    Ms. Lemco is a member of the American Society of Appraisers and the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts, which provide standards, education, resources, accreditation and self-regulation of appraisal practices. She has completed the Principles of Value courses for Business Valuation offered through the American Society of Appraisers, and regularly attends national and international valuation conferences to stay up-to-date with the latest methods and resources available.

    Litigation Support - Laura Lemco provides expert witness reports and testimonies on Auto, Motorcycle, RV, and Boat Valuations and Dealership Operations. She has been deposed by litigation attorneys and the IRS and has been interviewed by the FBI. Ms. Lemco is able to think clearly under pressure.

    Having experienced her own business litigation case, Laura understands the legal process and the importance of documentation, discovery and responses, and appreciates the amount of work involved in any legal case. She is able to meet deadlines, cope with stress, and communicate clearly with a diverse audience.

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    Andrew Clarke
    President
    150 N. Michigan Avenue ,Suite 2800
    Chicago IL 60601
    USA
    phone: 312-726-1981
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    Is your organization moving in the right direction?

    Do you have a realistic growth strategy for the next 3-4 years?

    Are management and staff all rowing in the same direction?

    Are marketing and sales working with each other, or against?

    Is technology an asset or a liability at your firm?

    Ground Floor Partners provides strategic advisory consulting services to growing small and middle market businesses and non-profit organizations worldwide. Clients range from promising start-ups with one or two partners to established companies with hundreds of employees.

    At Ground Floor Partners, we focus on business fundamentals: developing and nurturing your core strengths, building a deep understanding of your customer needs, understanding and combating competitive threats, designing sound business processes, and fine-tuning your operations to minimize waste and maximize efficiency. We always take a disciplined, holistic view, so we often see problems and opportunities others might miss. Our ultimate goal is to help your organization grow bigger, faster, and better. And we always work in a collaborative fashion, with plenty of opportunities for dialog and feedback.

    Services Provided
    • Market/Competitor Research and Analysis
    • Marketing Planning
    • Strategy Consulting / Strategic Planning
    • Business Plan Consulting
    • Feasibility Studies
    • Operations Consulting
    • Due Diligence for business buyers and investors
    A feasibility study should be always completed before launching any major new project, investment or venture. It serves a critical function in independently evaluating a plan or planned course of action, taking a fresh look at the assumptions behind it, the risks it faces and its chances of success.

    No successful company can survive and grow without a well researched and clearly articulated strategy.

    Success in any business requires that you communicate the essence of the business in a clear and compelling way to investors, strategic partners, key management personnel and others.

    When it comes to creating a business plan that attracts investors, these tips will help you get it right the first time.

    You've decided you need a business plan, but you've been struggling so much with it that you're ready to drop the whole thing. Now may be the time to ask yourself: should I complete the plan by myself or should I hire a consultant? If you decide to hire a consultant, what skills and qualifications should you look for? What services should they provide? Finally, how much should you expect to pay? Let's explore the answers.

    Although there are many variations, there are really only a few realistic exit strategies for most business owners. Most strategies only make sense for certain classes of business, so for any given business, even fewer options are viable.

    10/20/2009 · Market Research
    You’ve decided you want to either invest in or buy a privately held company. You’ve researched the company, the market, the management team, and their products. You’ve decided to make an offer.

    10/20/2009 · Marketing
    Search Engine Optimization, or SEO, and Pay Per Click advertising, or PPC, together comprise the bulk of Search Engine Marketing, or SEM. SEO is all about boosting page rankings on search engines through third party links, articles, directory placements, and other means.

    4/25/2006 · Market Research
    Entrepreneurs often ask me if they should form a Board of Advisors (or “Advisory Board”). My answer is always the same: it depends.The first thing you should understand is that there is a big difference between a Board of Directors and a Board of Advisors. A Board of Directors is a legal entity with well-defined responsibilities and real authority

    4/25/2006 · Market Research
    Your customers can help you unlock the true potential of your business. Knowledge is power, and talking to your customers can help you gain essential knowledge about your markets and competition, maintain and defend your positioning within your industry, and spot new opportunities for growth

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    Briggs P. Stahl, CPA, ABV, CFF, CBA
    Diane L. Womack, CPA, ABV, CFF, CFE
    See Multiple Locations Below
    FL USA
    phone: 813-936-0313
    fax: 813-936-0939
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    Stahl Forensic & Valuation Experts a licensed CPA firm, is a premier provider of Forensic Accounting and Litigation Consulting services in Florida specializing in Business Valuation, Tax, and Investigative Accounting services. They consult and provide expert testimony in commercial litigation, bankruptcy, eminent domain, tax and matrimonial proceedings in Tampa, Orlando, throughout Florida, and nationwide. Our skilled professionals have extensive training and credentials in accounting, financial forensics, valuation and fraud investigation.

    Their forensic accountants have provided testimony in over 15 states and counting. They perform investigations and valuations for companies in a variety of industries and ranging from small privately held businesses to Fortune 500 companies.

    Forensic & Litigation Expertise:
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Financial Investigations
    • Dissenting Shareholder Actions
    • Insurance Claims
    • Shareholder Disputes
  • Bankruptcy
  • Matrimonial Dissolutions
  • Collaborative Divorce
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Due Diligence
  • Briggs Stahl Forensic Accounting Expert PhotoBriggs P. Stahl, CPA, ABV, CFF, CBA, President of Stahl Forensic and Valuation Experts has over 30 years of experience in litigation consulting and has testified as an expert or provided expert opinion in deposition in business valuation, family law, eminent domain, business damages, and trust and estate matters on over 600 occasions. He has been certified as an expert in both State and Federal Courts. He has served as a court-appointed expert and as a Special Master on a number of occasions.

    Mr. Stahl is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is a licensed CPA in Florida and Kentucky. He was among the first CPAs in the country to earn the ABV credential at its inception in 1998. Briggs is Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is also certified as a Business Appraiser (CBA) by the Institute of Business Appraisers.

    He was recently admitted as a Charter Member of the AAML Foundation’s Forensic & Business Valuation Division. The elite group of just 28 members nationwide were selected on the basis of their national reputation and achievements in litigation support, forensic accounting and business valuation, their history of serving AAML members and their clients in complex financial matters during divorce proceedings, and their commitment to integrity in the process.

    Diane Womack Business Damages Expert PhotoDiane L. Womack, CPA, ABV, CFF, CFE, is a Shareholder at Stahl Forensic & Valuation Experts and the managing partner of the Orlando office. She has more than 20 years of litigation consulting and accounting experience specializing in forensic accounting, valuation and business damages. Ms. Womack has provided expert services in matters involving white-collar crime, breach of contract, shareholder disputes, business interruption claims, lost profits, damages claims and business valuation issues. She has been qualified as an expert witness in Federal and State court.

    Diane Womack is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is a licensed CPA in Florida and New York. She is accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) and Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and holds a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) designation from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. She was also an author of the 2011 Forensic and Valuation Services (FVS) Trend Survey.

    Stahl Tampa Office
    8626 N. Himes Ave.
    Tampa, FL 33614
    Telephone: 813-936-0313
    Fax: 813-936-0939
    Stahl Orlando Office
    390 N. Orange Ave., #1890
    Orlando, FL, 32801
    Telephone: 407-217-6900
    Fax: 407-217-2967


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    11/21/2014 · Accounting
    Forensic accounting is a highly specialized field within the overall discipline of accounting that developed decades ago. The forensic accountant must have knowledge far greater in depth and breadth than a mere accountant or even a CPA. They must have the ability to trace and analyze complex financial transactions and data to formulate an opinion that will stand up to scrutiny and is defensible in court, if need be. Developing a defensible opinion, sometimes without the aid of all the information due to difficulty or inability to obtain records, requires special skills and years of experience to reach the best conclusions.

    11/20/2014
    "Briggs Stahl, CPA, ABV, CFF, CBA, President of Stahl Forensic and Valuation Experts, was recently admitted as a Charter Member of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) Foundation’s Forensic & Business Valuation Division"