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Real Estate

Emerging
Concepts

Emerging Concepts

We are a strategic real estate partner with today’s leading restaurant and entertainment concepts. Our clients are highly selective with their growth and require great understanding of their concepts. We are passionate about our relationships and clients that impact our quality of life and environment. Learn More
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Capital

Emerging
Capital
Partners

Emerging Capital Partners

Our mission is to invest in today’s emerging restaurants and connect owners to industry leaders that promote the growth of restaurants. Emerging Capital Partners includes owners, operators, marketers, developers, designers, investors, suppliers and real estate professionals supporting the emerging fast-casual, full-service restaurant, and entertainment concepts. Our partnerships with exceptional leaders are the foundation of a distinct and proprietary advantage to the restaurant’s existing management. Partnering with proven leaders mitigates risk. Learn More
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Supply Chain

Consolidated Concepts

Consolidated Concepts

Consolidated Concepts is a team of specialists in Supply Chain, Operations, Distribution, Produce Management and Spend Management Technology that develops customized resources and support programs to help your teams increase productivity and reduce costs. Consolidated Concepts works with over 200 restaurant chains nationwide and provides an outside perspective and leverages experience and best practices that restaurants would not have access to otherwise. Learn More
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Analytics

Acutely

Acutely

Acutely combines industry experience with result-focused data science to produce real-world business answers. Your business produces lots of data about your customers, transactions, and operations. We turn that raw data into actionable insights for your business.

Seek. Synthesize. Share. Learn More
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Training and Motivation

Staff Training and Motivation

Staff Training and Motivation

Tipzyy educates and motivates, transforming your restaurant wait staff into a sales staff.

Tipzyy will transform the restaurant industry by using mobile technology to educate and reward a waiter or bartender for their performance. Restaurants benefit with increased sales and improved customer experience. Learn More

Philanthropy

Emerging gives back a portion of all proceeds to a local charity. Every six months Emerging will focus on giving back to a new organization or someone in need.

Every employee at Emerging is dedicated to giving back and believes in the people and community that support us every day. We lead by example and encourage our employees to dedicate time and resources that make a difference. We subscribe to the adage that a rising tide lifts all boats, and by offering our support, we’ve helped strengthen our neighbourhoods and our business.

Emerging is a family of companies that elevate restaurant and entertainment concepts to be among the top in the industry.

We provide the most valuable resources to today’s emerging operators and concepts. Emerging helps operators scale at a sustainable pace while maintaining high quality on all fronts — food, service and ambience.

Our seasoned leaders focus on deploying their experiences to elevate restaurant and entertainment concepts. We know what it takes to build the right relationships to execute at the highest levels. Emerging is a strategic partner.




    Luis Lara

    Partner

    Luis Lara works with some of the top concepts and private equity firms in the restaurant industry. He is responsible for identifying opportunities for restaurant companies to reduce cost and improve their profitability. Luis has helped clients add millions of dollars to their bottom line without disrupting the restaurant’s operations or affecting quality or the integrity of the brand.

    Prior to joining Emerging, Luis worked for a top Illinois financial institution, BMO Harris Bank, and for two of the leading technology companies in Chicago, Careerbuilder and Belly. Luis graduated from the business school at Elmhurst College with a double major in International Business and Finance.

    Bryan Harakh

    Advisor

    Bryan serves as an advisory board member for Acutely. Throughout his career, he has combined the technical elements of data science with a practical understanding of business context to produce germane, robust, and viable solutions across a wide range of applications. Bryan continues to exercise this approach while advocating for the smartest data practice within Acutely.

    Mathew D. Focht

    CEO

    Mathew has a passion for helping best in class restaurant and entertainment operators onto growing as recognized national leader in their category. Mathew has served hundreds of restaurant–entertainment owners and developers of lifestyle and mix-use centers. Mathew is founder of Emerging Concepts and Emerging Capital Partners, and co-founder of Consolidated Concepts and Acutely. Mathew has helped exciting concepts expand nationally with focusing on real estate, capital, operations, and reducing operating cost.

    Mathew has worked with following restaurants and entertainment concepts; Silverspot Cinema, Blue Sushi, Pour House, City Works, Doc B’s, The PUB, Levity Live, Improv Comedy Club, AZN, TAPS, Flip Side, 3 Palms, Blue Lemon, Adobe Gilas, Bar Louie, Concepts America, Devons Seafood, Houlihans, Cheesecake Factory, Brio, Bravo, McCormick & Schmick, Blue Martini, Hyde Park Steakhouse, BICE, Lucky Strike, Houstons, Cameron Mitchell, and many other restaurant and entertainment concepts.

    Prior, Mathew was Principal of Sierra Advisors and Vice President of RKF Retail Property Advisors providing comprehensive leasing, marketing, and consulting services to owners and developers of malls, lifestyle centers, and mixed-use projects. Responsible for securing national expansion sites for over a dozen top restaurant and entertainment emerging chains and executing leasing for the restaurant tenant mix for hundreds of thousands of square feet around the U.S. Prior to RKF, Mathew was with Pyramid Companies and Steiner & Associates where he was responsible for restaurant leasing and development the firm’s superior-regional malls and mixed-use lifestyle projects.

    Mathew earned a Masters of Business Administration in Finance and Real Estate and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. He is a member of International Council of Shopping Centers, Urban Land Institute, and National Restaurant Association.

    Frederick Lowe

    Director

    Frederick is a career technology entrepreneur with more than 20 years of early to expansion stage business experience. Lowe has extensive background creating and monetizing novel technology platforms for media and brand advertising, and consumer direct marketing.

    Todd Delehanty

    Partner

    Todd Delehanty has extensive experience in both the finance and the restaurant industry. Prior to joining Emerging, Todd worked at Conway Del Genio Gries & Co, a boutique investment bank in New York City, handling complex financial situations in restructuring and distressed M&A. While working at CDG, he worked on the financing and restructuring of over $1 billion worth of deal flow. Todd also owns a restaurant technology company called Table37, which digitizes the host stand for restaurants. Todd has more than 20 years’ experience working in all facets of restaurant industry.

    Todd received his MBA in finance and corporate account from the William E Simon Graduate School of Business, at the University of Rochester and his BA in Finance from the Fisher College of Business, at The Ohio State University.

    Alan Katz

    Vice President

    Alan Katz has extensive experience in the hospitality industry ranging from supply chain, operations, marketing, and technology.

    Alan brings a very dynamic background to Emerging. For the last several years, Alan has worked closely with many leading restaurant groups nationwide; consulting with them on building supply chain infrastructure, reducing cost by negotiating distribution agreements and manufacturer contracts, working with operators to build farm-to-table managed produce programs, and identifying technologies to help optimize day-to-day operations.

    Alan graduated from Depaul University with a Degree in History (Pre-Law Concentration) and a Minor in Hospitality Management and Leadership.

    David Stockwell

    Partner

    David Stockwell’s expertise and passion in real estate stems from his unique background of working both on the retail and development side of the shopping center industry. His career started with General Growth Properties Inc. as a Regional Leasing Agent where David was responsible for leasing shopping centers in the Philadelphia, Delaware, and Baltimore markets.

    After working for GGP, David chose to broaden his horizons and became a Retail Broker with The McDevitt Company. With The McDevitt Company, he oversaw all lease negotiations and site selections for Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Free People, We the Free, Terrain, Paper-Source, L'Occitane En Provence, Blue Mercury and Blu Sushi in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Florida.

    Prior to coming on board with Emerging, David was a Retail Site Specialist for Katz and Associates in their Charlotte Office. He oversaw site selection and lease negotiations for Bar Louie (NC/SC), Pholiciulous Inc., TCBY, Yong Kong Street, FUWA Teppanyaki, Wireless World, and Pinot's Palette. David was also responsible for identifying and developing new business opportunities with landlords and tenants seeking opportunities.

    David Joyce

    Director

    David has extensive experience in Beverage Industry selling premium brands and programming to top National Accounts in Fine Dining, Hotels, Chains, and Image Accounts. National Account Manager at Bacardi USA for 12 years. He has secured and maintained major accounts through the development and implementation of innovative, progressive sales and marketing. Focus on strategic client relationship management, education incentives, and the development and execution of customized programs.

    Ashley Robinson

    Vice President

    Ashley Robinson joined EMERGING as Vice President. Ashley will utilize her vast knowledge and leverage the many brands within the Emerging family to help restaurants grow sucessfully. Under the platform Emerging offers, Ashley brings multi layered solutions for her clients in all aspects of their business, allowing the real estate and the the brick and mortar locations to thrive. Ashley is excited to put her passion and expertise to work for today’s best brands and help make them tomorrow’s success stories.

    Ashely finds true passion for those brands she has the has the pleasure of working with. While obtaining her BA in Political Science and International Relations at UCLA, she was recruited by Main and Main, Inc. a boutique tenant representation company, and has now been in Commercial Real Estate for almost 15 years. After 7 years as a Broker in Los Angeles specializing in growing restaurants, Ashley went in-house as Director of Real Estate for retailer Coldwater Creek, Inc. for over 3 years. This experience allowed Ashley to learn big and small markets alike, from Seattle, WA to Durango, CO.

    In 2011, Ashley diversified her experience further and learn dealmaking from the “other side of the table” with LA based mixed-use developer, CenterCal Properties, LLC. As Sr. Leasing Director, Ashley worked on several outdoor regional lifestyle properties, with focused efforts in N. CA, Portland, OR, Seattle, WA, Salt Lake, UT and Boise, ID. Working on the Landlord side allowed Ashley to enrich the surrounding communities in which she worked and develop a Million SF shopping center from dirt. This tenure also allowed her to work with small local business owners and help them bring their dreams to life. While a smaller part of her career, working as a Landlord/Developer was one of the most rewarding times in her professional development.

    In an effort to dive further into the world of growing restaurants, Ashley joined Kona Grill, Inc. in 2016 to lead their real estate efforts in North America. Living and breathing the P+L from an in-house perspective and working the entire country, from Puerto Rico to Hawaii, elevated her expertise to that within the top-tiers in the industry. Through Emerging, Ashley was retained by Kona Grill and continues to act as their in-house real estate expert as well as others.

    Danielle Pinta

    Business Development

    She joined the beverage industry for her passion about education in the alcoholic beverage industry. Danielle is Cicerone Certified and attended hospitality school in Lucerne, Switzerland at Cesar Ritz Colleges in order to study wine from a European perspective. Danielle has previous experience with companies like MillerCoors and Walt Disney World.

    Robert Johnson

    Associate

    As an associate in the Chicago office, Robert is responsible for deal procurement and acquisitions.

    Robert joined the Emerging Concepts team in October of 2016, bringing with him a background in finance and commercial real estate. Prior to joining Emerging Concepts, Robert worked at R.J O’Brien (a founding member of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange) and Milliman (an investment advisor providing hedging and consulting services to the retirement industry). Robert then spent a year working in commercial real estate acquisitions, specializing in office and mixed-use properties. Robert has an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for the restaurant industry.

    Born and raised in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin Robert earned his degree in Economics from Indiana University. He holds his real estate license in Florida and Illinois and is also a member of CCIM.

    Hudson Piehl

    COO

    Hudson joined Tipzyy three years ago as it's first employee! As COO, he manages the product development and operations teams. He uses his extensive background in team building and project management to deliver high quality products and customer service to Tipzyy clients.

    Hudson has held senior roles at leading interactive companies and gamification for over 20 years. He has managed multiple Mobile Gaming Groups and responsible for client management and overall direction of several apps in parallel. Has extensive history with product vision, client coordination and project management for games, educational apps and consumer branded mobile apps.

    Haywood Wright

    Business Manager (Emerging)

    Haywood joined Emerging in March, 2017, bringing with her a background in restaurants and hospitality. Prior to joining Emerging, Haywood and her sister bought and returned to profitability a quick-serve café in California. She overhauled the business by changing the sourcing, menu, branding, social media presence and built a catering program from scratch. Haywood operated it for three years before selling it to move to Chicago.

    Haywood grew up in California and played basketball while earning a Psychology degree from Yale University. She studied food and beverage marketing and menu engineering at the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale.

    Veronica Zemon

    Director, Business Development (Tipzyy)

    Veronica has extensive experience building brands nationwide and creating comprehensive sales-driving solutions in the beverage industry. After completing her MBA, Veronica spent eight years working in the advertising agency world creating award-winning campaigns across channels. Her business background coupled with her creative experience fuel her passion for innovative strategy and technology.

    Iggy Rodriguez

    Head of Sales (Tipzyy)

    No stranger to the startup space, Iggy built and sold his own Sports Management firm, ran business development for tradeMONSTER Group and most recently built the entire national hospitality and sports/entertainment partnerships for Kapow, growing the business from 2 cities in 2014 to 20 cities by the end of 2015. Most recently, Iggy successfully managed over 100 accounts and $6MM+ in total business as an Account Executive at Salesforce. Iggy’s goal it to build scalable sales and business development opportunities while maintaining brand integrity.

    Brian Borowski

    Director of Procurement (Consolidate Concepts)

    With an expertise in the fields of fresh produce and distribution, Brian Borowski has joined Consolidated Concepts as Director of Procurement. Having worked with some of the world's largest restaurant chains, Brian will focus his energy on the account and procurement management; as well as the program implementation, across all of Consolidated Concept's service categories. In short, Brian will ensure program success for each of Consolidated's customers and their supply chains. Brian’s tactful approach and diligent follow-through, partnered with his industry and distribution knowledge, make him a unique asset to the company and an industry expert.

    Prior to Consolidated, Brian spent nearly his entire career working with large firms in the fresh produce management arena. Most recently, he worked for a consulting group as Director of Procurement, where he was responsible for a combined annualized spend of over $585 million dollars in fresh produce.

    Brian received a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Illinois State University, his Master’s in Business Administration from Saint Xavier University, and is currently enrolled in The University of Notre Dame’s Executive MBA Program.

    Brian is a family man who spends much of his free time with his wife, two children and two dogs. He spends a great deal of his down time rehabbing his home, coaching his son’s soccer team, and gardening. As of 2017, Brian and his wife began the process of adopting a child.

  • Bryan Harakh
    Advisor

  • Luis Lara
    Partner

  • Haywood Wright
    Business Manager

  • Mathew D. Focht
    CEO

  • Hudson Piehl
    COO

  • Iggy Rodriguez
    Head of Sales

  • Ashley Robinson
    Vice President

  • Veronica Zemon
    Director, Business Development

  • Brian Borowski
    Director of Procurement

  • Todd Delehanty
    Partner

  • Frederick Lowe
    Director

  • Alan Katz
    Vice President

  • Danielle Pinta
    Business Development

  • David Stockwell
    Partner

  • David Joyce
    Director

  • Robert Johnson
    Associate

Careers

We are always looking to connect with talented, motivated people who share our vision and commitment to excellence. Please apply by sending us an email at contact@emerging.com

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