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Lee E. Tabas
355 W. Lancaster Avenue
Building E, Suite 1
Haverford PA 19041
USA
phone: 610-896-2400
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CONSULTANT / EXPERT WITNESS /TRUSTEE

Ability to help through experience in banking and investing: loans, deposits, administration, collection, leadership, liability, conflicts of interest and documentation. Experience as a Trustee for Trusts and Foundations. Track record of helping entrepreneurs with growth. Strong capabilities testifying in court on legal matters.

SKILL SUMMARY

Background in community banking and entrepreneurship. Outstanding ability to communicate and explain procedures and concepts in understandable terms. Engineering education. Entrepreneur skilled in training staff in exceptional client service and relationship management. High energy professional known for intelligence, action, and integrity. Trusted adviser to bankers and business owners.

CAREER HISTORY

Current – Principal of TABASFUNDING, Consultant, Trustee
TABASFUNDING 2000 – Present President and CEO
Successfully provide venture capital and business funding for entrepreneurs to acquire or expand businesses. Please see website www.TABASFUNDING..com for further information.
Trustee– currently serves as Trustee for 8 Trusts and Foundations. Administer all aspects of 5 Trusts and a Foundation through my office.
Consultant- Provide banking consultation; business consultation, expert witness consultation.
Philadelphia Philadelphia University 1998 – 2013
Executive in Residence and Adjunct Professor of Banking and Finance
Royal Bank of Pennsylvania, 1980 – 1999, President
Riverfront Restaurant and Dinner Theatre 1975-1980 Executive Vice President and Principal
Lincoln National Bank 1972-1979 Staff Positions, Assistant Manager, Manager, VP Started as a trainee and finished last position as Vice President

REFERENCES

Frederick C Peters, II, Former CEO of Bryn Mawr Trust, currently Principal of Blue Stone Capital Management, 610 337 6500, tpeters@bluestonecm.com
Allen L. Rothenberg, Esq., 215 732 7000, allen@injurylawyer.com
Gregory S. Barsh, Esq., Executive Coach, Speaker and Consultant, 610-745-4734, gregorybarsh@gmail.com
Pamela Delissio, State Representative 194th District, 215 482 8726, pdelissio@pahouse.net
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Maurice Robinson, ISHC, CRE, ASA
President
28 Dover Place
Manhattan Beach CA 90266
USA
phone: 310-640-9656
fax: 310-640-9276
Qualfied Expert Witness & Consultant in Hotel and Real Estate Industry Business Issues:
  • Market, economic & financial feasibility
  • Valuation
  • Disputes between owner-operator, borrower-lender, franchisor-franchisee
  • Management contracts
  • Ground & building leases
  • Partnership & JV agreements
  • Concession contracts
  • Development agreements and loan documents
  • Expert witness testimony
  • Litigation strategy, consultation and support
  • Damage calculations
  • Lost profits analysis
  • Real estate appraisals
  • Deal structuring & workouts
  • New development
  • Strategic planning
  • Market demand assessment
  • Acquisition due diligence
  • Economic, financial & investment analysis
  • Can estimate damages and appraise property values under multiple scenarios
  • Trained Arbitrator & Mediator


Winner of the Creative Counselor of the Year for appraising the Grand Canyon.
Recently, we were engaged by the National Park Service (NPS) to appraise the structures and other improvements that have been constructed by commercial vendors or "concessionaires" operating hotels, restaurants and other hospitality services in National Parks.

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Dennis P. Gemberling, CHA, CFBE, FMP, FCSI
President and Founder
One Market Plaza, Spear Tower, Suite 3600
San Francisco CA 94105
USA
phone: 800-580-3950
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Dennis Gemberling PhotoDennis Gemberling, CHA, CFBE, FMP, FCSI, President and Founder of Perry Group International, has over 35 years of experience in the Hospitality Management industry. His experience includes managing, operating, and consulting on full-service, limited-service, extended-stay, all-suite, condo and timeshare hotels and resorts, casual, fine-dining, and quick-service restaurants, bars and nightclubs, catering and special event facilities, casinos, and mixed-use real estate.

Mr. Gemberling has held prior positions for different owners, operators, and chains as Senior Vice President, General Manager, Director of Food & Beverage, and Restaurant Unit Manager. He has been retained on over 400 projects with typical values in the $1 million to $75 million range and revenues in the $1 million to $100 million range both nationally and internationally.

His many clients have include among others Biscuits & Blues, Cantina’s, Chevy’s, Choice Hotels, Embassy Suites, Hampton Inns, Hilton, Holiday Inns, Hooter’s Casino, Hyatt, Marriott, McDonald’s, Microtel Inn & Suites, Outback Restaurants, Radisson, Residence Inns, Signature Resort, Sizzler, Sonic Drive-Ins, Starbucks, Starwood, Sheraton, Togo’s, Wendy’s, and Willie Mays Skybox Lounge.

Litigation Support: Dennis Gemberling is a Certified Hotel Administrator, Certified Food and Beverage Executive, Certified Foodservice Management Professional, and Certified Food Safety Manager. He offers expert witness services to attorneys for plaintiff and defendant cases on a variety of Hospitality-related claims. He is a Professional Member of Foodservice Consultants Society International and the Forensic Expert Witness Association. Mr. Gemberling also provides expertise as a Court Appointed Receiver and Interim Property Manager and is currently the Past President and a Board of Director for the California Receivers Forum – Bay Area Chapter.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Management & Operations
  • Income Analysis & Valuation
  • Employment, Hiring & Labor Issues
  • Lost Profits & Future Earnings
  • Customs & Trade Practices
  • Planning & Feasibility
  • Upkeep & Maintenance
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Standards of Care
  • Franchise & Management Contracts
  • Safety & Security
  • Contractor & Entertainment Use
  • Food & Alcoholic Beverage Handling
  • Costs & Economic Impact
  • Procurement & Purchasing
  • Landlord / Tenant, Operator & HOA Issues
  • Discrimination & Harassment
  • Construction or FF&E Problems
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    Kenneth Free
    President
    2808 Ashworth Circle
    Las Vegas NV 89107
    USA
    phone: 805-373-6840
    fax: 888-473-6510
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    Scope & Range of Services

    Overview: Kenneth Free is a hotel and resort professional with over 40+ years of experience in the business.  He is a highly credible resource for operations, real estate development, feasibility, business valuation, and business interruption issues.

    Degrees and Licenses held by the Principal: MBA- Finance, Bloch School of Business & Public Administration (University of Missouri, Kansas City); BS- Hotel Administration, Harrah College of Hospitality (University of Nevada, Las Vegas); Registered Resort Professional, American Resort Development Association; Certified Master Hotel Supplier, American Hotel & Lodging Association; Real Estate Broker licensed by the California Department of Real Estate.

    Detail:   Mr. Free’s company, Straightline Hospitality, Inc., provides Advisory and Expert Services for Hotels, Resorts, and Timesharing.  These services may be in relation to new properties going through the development or pre-development stages, those that are open and experiencing difficulties, or in situations where disputes have arisen among the stakeholders.   Additional current emphasis is in premises liability and wrongful death cases.

    Key areas of consulting and expert effectiveness are –

    Hotel Operations:

    • Wrongful Death
    • Premises Liability
    • Mismanagement
    • Operational Issues
    • Financial Issues
    • Security Issues
    • Industry Standards of Care

    Hotel Development:           

    • Economic Damages, Lost Profits, and Business Interruption Impacts
    • Brand/System Affiliation or Conversion Issues; Management Contracts & Franchising
    • Development Planning
    • Project Management
    • Strategic Planning, Market Repositioning, and Workouts for Distressed Properties

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