Lawrence F. Levy , ,

Lawrence F. Levy has served as chairman of our Board of Directors since November 19, 2013. Mr. Levy served as our Chief Executive Officer from August 2, 2013 until the consummation of the Business Combination. Mr. Levy is a Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Chicago-based Levy Restaurants, an international food service company that Mr. Levy founded with his brother in 1978. Mr. Levy was Executive Chairman until 2006 and Chief Executive Officer of Levy Restaurants until 2004, a few years before the company was sold to Compass Group USA. As Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Levy was responsible for all aspects of operations, strategy, growth, and various other functions of the company. During his time as Executive Chairman and after he became non-executive Chairman after the sale in 2006, Mr. Levy continued to actively participate in significant company initiatives and to advise senior management on all aspects of the company, including strategy, operations and corporate development. 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. Mr. Levy received his B.S. and M.B.A. from Northwestern University.

Eileen Aptman , ,

Eileen Aptman has served as a director since the consummation of the Business Combination. Ms. Aptman has been the Chief Investment Officer of 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 has also served on the Board of Directors of private companies including Presidential Financial and Rose Tarlow Melrose House. Ms. Aptman is a member of George Soros' Open Society Foundation Investment Committee as well as a member of the Investment Committee of Tufts University. 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 director since the consummation of the Business Combination. Mr. Stein has been a restaurant and franchise consultant since February 2011. Mr. Stein has also served as President of R&J Restaurants, LLC and Blaze IE LLC, Blaze Pizza franchises, since August 2013. Since April 2016, Mr. Stein has served on the Board of Directors of Home Franchise Concepts, a private equity owned franchisor of various brands including Budget Blinds. Since February 2014, Mr. Stein has served on the Board of Directors of the Orange County affiliate of the 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 of El Pollo Loco, Inc. 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 June 2013 to December 2017, Mr. Stein was a member of the Board of Directors of Ignite Restaurant Group, Inc. serving as chairman of its compensation committee. 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.

Ari B. Levy , ,

Ari B. Levy has served as a director since November 19, 2013 and previously served as our President and Chief Investment Officer from September 30, 2013 until the consummation of the Business Combination. Ari B. Levy is a Managing Partner of Levy Family Partners, LLC, a position that he has held since March 2007. At Levy Family Partners, LLC, Ari B. Levy has served on the Investment Committee responsible for evaluating, executing and managing the company’s portfolio of investments. Ari B. Levy also founded Lakeview Investment Group, or Lakeview, in February 2005 as an independent, employee- owned asset management firm. In addition, Ari B. Levy founded Lakeview Investment Group & Trading Co. LLC in September 2013 as a proprietary trading firm. Prior to founding Lakeview, Ari B. Levy served as a Vice President and Share Partner at Advisory Research, Inc., a Chicago-based investment management firm with approximately $3 billion in assets under management at the time of his departure in August 2004. Prior to his time at Advisory Research, Inc., Ari B. Levy served as an analyst in the investment banking division of Mesirow Financial, working on a number of middle market sell and buy side merger and acquisition advisory engagements across a broad group of sectors. Ari B. Levy holds a B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University.

John D. Cappasola, Jr. , ,

John D. Cappasola, Jr. has served as a director and as our President and Chief Executive Officer since July 2017. From January 2017 to July 2017, Mr. Cappasola was our President and Chief Brand Officer. From 2012 to 2016, Mr. Cappasola was our Executive Vice President and has held the position of Chief Brand Officer since February 2011. Prior to that, Mr. Cappasola served as Vice President of Marketing since being appointed to that position in March 2009. >From September 2008 to March 2009, he served as Vice President of Marketing Development. From August 2002 to September 2008, Mr. Cappasola held positions in marketing, strategic development, and operations at Blockbuster, Inc. of Dallas, Texas. Mr. Cappasola earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from California Coast University.

R.J. Melman , ,

R.J. Melman has served as a director since the consummation of the Business Combination. 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 been President of LEYE since September 2017, a partner since 2007 and has held various roles within LEYE since 2001. 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.

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