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Dean Zuccarello, Restaurant/Food Service Finance

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Dean is the Founder of The Cypress Group. His background encompasses over 35 years of financial and transactional experience in mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, strategic planning, and financing in the franchise and restaurant industries.

Dean has structured and completed hundreds of franchise and restaurant transactions over his career. He is well-respected as a leading authority in the Restaurant Finance arena and has written numerous industry articles, been quoted in various publications, and spoken frequently at major industry conferences.

Prior to founding The Cypress Group, Dean was the Vice President of Finance for Burger King Corporation. In this role, he was responsible for strategic development & planning, asset management, and all merger, acquisition & divestiture activity for the company worldwide. Dean was directly involved in the acquisition and divestiture of over 1,000 restaurants in his seven year career at Burger King Corporation.

Dean earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Colorado’s Leeds School of Business and a Master of Business Administration degree from Nova Southeastern University.  He is also a licensed CPA (inactive status) and holds the Certificate of Management Accounting (CMA) designation.

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About the author, Shawn

Chef Shawn has worked in almost every segment of the foodservice industry. He holds business degrees and certificates in Culinary Arts, Hospitality & Tourism Management, Accounting and Professional Sales. He is Certified Executive Chef (CEC) and a Certified Culinary Educator (CCE) through The American Culinary Federation. A Certified Culinary Professional (CCP) through the International Association of Culinary Professionals. He is the author of The First Timer’s Cookbook and The First Timer’s Bakebook. His work has been recognized nationwide as well as being a regular contributor to numerous food service publications and outlets and is the recipient of numerous awards-most recently the 2015 Culinary Educator of the Year through the local American Culinary Federation’s chapter-Beehive State Chef’s Association.

He the owner of multiple food service businesses and currently the host of the Business Chef Podcast.

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