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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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Philanthropy

Giving Back

Giving Back

Emerging gives back a portion of each proceed 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

    Vice President

    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 Harahk

    Partner

    Bryan solves problems through the application of practical modeling and data science. Those technical elements combine with a deep understanding of the relevant business context to produce germane, robust, and viable solutions. Bryan has exercised this approach for over 15 years. As a partner and head of the quantitative analysis group at a proprietary trading firm, he practiced hands-on model implementation while also managing the risk, technology, and analytics groups. As lead data scientist at a Chicago based technology startup, he took responsibility for all data needs, including both vision and implementation.

    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.

    Jessica Janes

    Director

    Jessica Janes facilitates strategic plans for restaurants and entertainment operators. She has extensive knowledge of the hospitality industry and has worked for some of the world’s most prestigious hoteliers and restaurateurs. Prior to joining Emerging Concepts in 2014, Jessica worked for Lettuce Entertain You and was responsible for opening their new restaurants.

    The California native comes from a family of real estate developers and hoteliers. Jessica attended the American University of Paris in France and Les Roches International School of Hotel Management in Switzerland. She obtained her degree in Hospitality and Asset Management. Jessica is an innovative thinker with a worldly perspective and has a passion for the real estate industry.

    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.

    Daniel Rezko

    Partner

    Daniel Rezko has been operating in consumer-facing businesses since he was 13 years old, working in his family’s pizza store. He was co-founder and CEO of a tech-enabled customer loyalty platform used by hundreds of restaurant, retail, and entertainment businesses. This was his first taste of how data can be used to help owner-operators grow. Prior, he was VP Operations at a $300 million fund where he oversaw the acquisition and performance of distressed business loans. Daniel earned a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

    Alan Katz

    Director

    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.

    Ryan Schneider

    Associate

    Ryan Schneider has a diverse background working with industry-leading organizations that include major universities, and public school systems, comprehensive technology corporations, and Fortune 500 companies. Originally from upstate New York, Ryan graduated from Le Moyne College located in Syracuse, NY.

    Before joining Emerging, Ryan has extensive experience in managing over 1,000 accounts, where focusing on business development and introducing SaaS tools to the client is crucial. He has a keen sense of putting the customer first and building the relationship. Currently, at Consolidated Concepts, Ryan is responsible for scheduling new business meetings for over hundreds of restaurants. By conducting a thorough analysis and asking the right questions, Ryan is able to uncover where clients need the most assistance.

  • Luis Lara
    Vice President

  • Bryan Harahk
    Partner

  • Mathew D. Focht
    CEO

  • Jessica Janes
    Director

  • Frederick Lowe
    Director

  • Todd Delehanty
    Partner

  • Daniel Rezko
    Partner

  • Alan Katz
    Director

  • David Stockwell
    Partner

  • Ryan Schneider
    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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