Lawrence F. Levy , ,

Lawrence F. Levy has served as Chairman of the Board since March 23, 2015. He has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Levy Acquisition Corporation since August 2, 2013 and as a director since November 19, 2013. Mr. Levy is a Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Chicago-based Levy Restaurants, an international food service company that Mr. Levy co-founded with his brother in 1978. Mr. Levy was Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Levy Restaurants until 2004, a few years before the company was sold to Compass Group USA, or Compass. Between 2004 and the sale in 2006, Mr. Levy retained the role of Executive Chairman. Currently, Mr. Levy serves as Chairman Emeritus of Levy Restaurants. Mr. Levy is also the Founder and a Managing Partner of Levy Family Partners, LLC, a family investment office that oversees a broad portfolio of public and private investments, including hospitality, real estate, and technology companies. Since the Initial Investment, Mr. Levy has served as the Chairman of the Board of Del Taco Holdings, Inc. but receives no compensation for this service. Mr. Levy received his B.S. and M.B.A. from Northwestern University.

Eileen Aptman , ,

Eileen Aptman has served as the Chief Investment Officer for Belfer Management LLC, a family investment firm active in the global capital markets, since 2002. Prior to joining Belfer Management LLC, Ms. Aptman managed the small and midcap value investment strategy in the asset management division of Goldman Sachs. Ms. Aptman started her investment career as an equity analyst for Scott Black at Delphi Management. From September 2011 to March 2014, Ms. Aptman served as a member of the board of directors of the general partner of American Midstream Partners, LP (NYSE: AMID), an owner, operator, developer, and acquirer of midstream energy assets. Ms. Aptman serves as a trustee and chair of the finance and endowment committees for The Town School, a K-8 school in New York City. She is also a member of The Brookings Council. Ms. Aptman holds a B.A. from Tufts University in Political Science and Asian Studies and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Joseph Stein , ,

Joseph Stein has served as a restaurant and franchise consultant since February 2011. Mr. Stein has also served as President of R&J Restaurants, LLC, a Blaze Pizza franchise, since August 2013. Since June 2013, Mr. Stein has been a member of the board of directors of Ignite Restaurant Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: IRG), and currently serves as chairman of its compensation committee. Since February 2014, Mr. Stein has served on the board of the Orange County affiliate of Susan G. Komen Foundation, a non-profit charity. From January 2009 to February 2011, Mr. Stein was the Senior Vice President of Strategy & Innovation for El Pollo Loco, Inc., a restaurant concept, and was previously the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from 2002 to 2009. Mr. Stein has served in a variety of executive positions with other restaurant companies during his over 25-year career, including with Rubio’s Restaurants, Inc., Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. and CKE Restaurants, Inc. Mr. Stein was also previously a certified public accountant for KPMG LLP. From February 2012 to May 2013, Mr. Stein served as a director of ROI Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company that completed its business combination in May 2013. Mr. Stein holds a B.A. in accounting from California State University-Long Beach.

Patrick D. Walsh , ,

Patrick D. Walsh is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of PW Partners, LLC, and PW Partners Atlas Funds, LLC. Prior to founding PW Partners, LLC in August 2012, Mr. Walsh was Managing Partner of PWK Partners, LLC, a private investment firm. From March 2008 to September 2011, Mr. Walsh served as a Partner at Oak Street Capital Management, LLC, a private investment management firm. Mr. Walsh has served as a director of Famous Dave’s of America, Inc. (NASDAQ: DAVE) since April 2013, where he also serves as Chairman of the Compensation Committee and as a member of the Strategic Planning and Audit Committees. Mr. Walsh has served as a director of BJ’s Restaurants Inc. (NASDAQ: BJRI) since June 2014, where he also serves as a member of the Compensation Committee. In March 2015, Mr. Walsh was appointed to the Board of Directors of Town Sports International Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLUB), where he also serves as Chairman of the Board. Mr. Walsh received his B.S. in Accounting from Boston College and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Ari B. Levy , ,

Ari B. Levy has served as a director since March 23, 2015. He has served as President and Chief Investment Officer of Levy Acquisition Corporation since September 30, 2013 and as a director since November 19, 2013. Ari B. Levy has been a Managing Partner of Levy Family Partners, LLC since March 2007. Ari B. Levy also founded Lakeview Investment Group, or Lakeview, in February 2005 as an independent, employee-owned asset management firm that has had in excess of $100 million under management. Prior to founding Lakeview, Ari B. Levy served as a Vice President and Share Partner at Advisory Research, Inc. Prior to his time at Advisory Research, Inc., Ari B. Levy served as an analyst in the investment banking division of Mesirow Financial. Ari B. Levy holds a B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University.

John D. Cappasola, Jr. , ,

John D. Cappasola, Jr. has been Del Taco’s Chief Executive Officer and a member of the company’s Board of Directors since July 2017. Mr. Cappasola also serves as Del Taco’s President and has held that role since January 2017. From February 2011 to July 2017, Mr. Cappasola served as the company’s Chief Brand Officer, where he was instrumental in Del Taco’s successful brand repositioning that significantly enhanced the company’s menu and food. His involvement also helped foster a culture of partnership and collaboration among Del Taco’s people and franchisees to dramatically improve the guest experience.

Mr. Cappasola also held the position of Executive Vice President from July 2012 to January 2017. From March 2009 to July 2012, he served as Del Taco’s Vice President of Marketing. From September 2008 to March 2009, he served as Vice President of Marketing Development. From August 2002 to September 2008, Mr. Cappasola held various positions in marketing, strategic development and operations at Blockbuster, Inc. of Dallas, Texas. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from California Coast University.

R.J. Melman , ,

R.J. Melman (age 39) has served as a director since Del Taco went public. Mr. Melman is the President of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, Inc. (“LEYE”), a Chicago-based operator and manager of more than 100 restaurants and is currently a member of LEYE’s Executive Committee. Mr. Melman has served as the executive partner of Hub 51, Sub 51, il Porcellino, Studio Paris, RPM Italian, RPM Steak, Bub City, Three Dots and a Dash, Ramen-san, Summer House Santa Monica, Stella Barra Pizza, Sushi-san and M Street Kitchen. Mr. Melman received his B.A. in Political Science and Communication Studies from the University of Kansas.

Mr. Melman is qualified to serve on our Board of Directors due to his significant management experience in the restaurant industry and his general executive experience as a member of LEYE’s President and key member of their Executive Committee.

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