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October 22, 2014

Tony Roma’s Kendall Helfenbein Named CFO of the Year

Helfenbein tops Dallas Business Journal’s annual restaurant category

ORLANDO, Fla. – October 22, 2014 – Romacorp, Inc., parent company of Tony Roma’s, today announces that the Dallas Business Journal has named Kendall Helfenbein MBA, CPA its 2014 CFO of the Year in the restaurant category. Helfenbein, who has more than 30 years of finance experience, has been with Romacorp, Inc. since May of 2012.

“I am honored to be selected by the Dallas Business Journal as the leading restaurant CFO in the Dallas area,” remarked Kendall Helfenbein. “The role I’ve held at Tony Roma’s for the past two years is one that I am very grateful for, and I’m encouraged by the company’s fast-paced environment and its talented team of executives. I look forward to a long career with Romacorp, Inc. as we continue to grow our Tony Roma’s brand both domestically and internationally.”

Prior to his role at Romacorp, Inc., Helfenbein was a financial executive and consultant, including 18 years as the CFO of a $150 million dollar group of privately owned companies.

“Kendall has significantly improved the impact and speed of internal financial reporting in his short time at Romacorp, while also reorganizing and improving the efficiency of the accounting and corporate administrative departments,” said Ken Myres, president of Romacorp, Inc.

Each year the Dallas Business Journal hosts a CFO of the Year awards ceremony to recognize top North Texas financial leaders. The finalists and categories were announced on October 10, and the winners were recognized at a luncheon on October 17.

About Romacorp, Inc.
Romacorp, Inc., is the parent company of Tony Roma’s restaurants, the world’s largest casual dining concept specializing in ribs. Headquartered in Orlando, Florida, Romacorp, Inc. has restaurant locations in more than 30 countries and is one of the most globally recognizable names in the industry. The first Tony Roma’s restaurant opened more than 40 years ago in North Miami, Florida.

Romacorp, Inc. also operates their new Fire Grill concept, a chef-inspired American bistro currently in test in Orlando, Florida with an additional location planned for early 2015 in Winter Park, Florida.