Joseph N. Stein has served as a restaurant and franchise consultant since February 2011. Mr. Stein is also a CFO Partner of Accordion Partners CFO Leadership Group, a financial services firm. 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. Mr. Stein was also a director of ROI Acquisitions Corp., a special purpose acquisition corporation in the restaurant and consumer goods industry and is also the author of Bottom-Up and Top-Down Innovation.
Mr. Stein's extensive experience as a senior executive officer in the restaurant industry, his accounting and financial expertise and his experience with strategic transactions provides him with the qualifications and skills to serve as a director.