Finance, Tax & Audit Expert Exchange

The National Restaurant Association's Finance, Tax & Audit Expert Exchange delivers information essential to your daily workload and long-term career. Whether you need guidance on tax changes, controlling the costs of health benefits or structuring franchise financing, this group is your window into what fellow restaurant industry leaders are doing and which strategies work best.

The Table

Thank you for joining us at The Table. If you couldn't make it to this year's event, we invite you to join our mailing list so you can be there in 2024. Don’t miss your chance to connect with other food safety and quality assurance leaders in the restaurant industry in person!

The National Restaurant Association Community Platform, Restaurants Connect

We’ve upgraded our Listserv to a robust community platform, Restaurants Connect. This platform provides our members with an exclusive opportunity to engage, network, and connect with other restaurant operators – all through a seamless and intuitive interface.

The platform gives you the opportunity to:

  • Tailor your experience and join multiple discipline groups to receive critical resources and knowledge that will help solve your most pressing challenges.
  • Share your expertise, learn from your peers, expand on best practices, and improve your personal knowledge and business operations.
  • Continue important conversations before, during and after events.
  • Stay up to date on the latest Association news, events, discounts, and products that impact your bottom line.

To access the platform, email

*Note: this platform is open to National Restaurant Association Operator Members only.

Finance, Tax & Audit Steering Committee

Daniel Daugherty
Internal Audit Manager
Yum! Brands

Dennis Kreta
Director, Internal Audit
Rubio’s Restaurants, Inc.

Dan McRae
Vice President, Income & Property Tax
Darden Restaurants, Inc.

Peter Odman
Senior Director, Internal Audit
Panera, LLC

Jamie Pagnotta
Director, Internal Audit
Red Robin International, Inc.

Kate Sawyer
Internal Audit Manager
The Cheesecake Factory, Inc.

Michelle Schapiro
Tax Director
The Cheesecake Factory, Inc.

Eric Swanson
CFO & Treasurer
Pappas Restaurants

Barbara Wilson
Director, Corporate Tax
White Castle System, Inc.


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