Larry DeVries


Larry DeVries is a hands-on restaurant operator who has experienced every level of operational responsibility staring as a line cook, server and pizza delivery driver while a student at the University of Missouri Columbia. He also functioned as a General Manager, Area, District, and Regional Manager with responsibility for over 300 restaurants. He has been a Chief Operating Officer, a franchise owner, and a franchisor. Currently, Larry consults to the restaurant industry in start-up, turn-around, and debt recovery, including financial work-outs and bankruptcies.


Dean Haskell


Dean Haskell has been in the restaurant industry for over three decades. His experience covers everything from “soup-to-nuts”, or in his case from Front of the House, to analyzing the house, to running the house.

His undergraduate work was in Economics and got his MBA from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, with a concentration in Finance and Accounting.

Dean left Tennessee for Chicago and spent the next years as a stock market analyst in the restaurant sector with a focus on QSR, fast casual, casual and fine dining concepts.  During this time he worked closely with the investment banking teams raising capital for both public and private companies.


Greg Smith

Greg Smith

Greg has over 30 years of financial and operational experience with a major focus in restaurants.  He has worked for Koch Industries, Pizza Hut, Little Caesars, owned and operated his own restaurant franchise, and worked extensively in chain restaurant turnarounds and restructurings.  His work includes extensive bankruptcy experience and he is NRCP’s lead partner on bankruptcy engagements.

From 2001 through 2007 he worked for Koch in Wichita, KS improving, then selling a $400 million portfolio of distressed restaurant loans.  Greg & his team recovered 92% of the portfolio vs. an industry norm of 60%.  The work included numerous out-of-court restructurings with franchisees of major restaurant chains such as Denny’s, KFC, Burger King and similar brands.


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