LEE COHN

Managing Partner and Co-Founder

Mr. Cohn is Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Reconstruction Partners. Mr. Cohn is recognized as one of the leading experts in restaurant concept development, management and operations in the United States. He currently serves as a leading restaurant consultant and advisor, with recent projects including the sale of Mastro’s Steak House Group. Mr. Cohn’s credits include co-development of Ed Debevics with Rich Melman of Lettuce Entertain You and consultation assignments in the US and Asia. He was awarded the first Entrepreneur of the Year Award from Arizona State University in 1984. Mr. Cohn began his career by co-founding Big 4 Restaurants, Inc. where he created Lunt Avenue Marble Club, Steamers, Oscar Taylor Butcher, Baker & Bar, and Harvey’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill and 10 other concepts. Mr. Cohn has served on the Board of Directors of Morton’s Restaurant Group, Marie Callender’s, McCormick & Schmick’s, and currently with Quaker Steak and Lube, Mastro’s Steak House Group and Real Food Daily. Mr. Cohn has served on several community boards, including Valley Big Brothers and Sisters, The Phoenix Thunderbirds, Boys Hope-Girls Hope, The Phoenix Ballet, The Fiesta Bowl and Young President’s Organization. Mr. Cohn’s undergraduate degree is from Arizona State University.

WALLACE HITE

Managing Partner and Co-Founder

Mr. Hite is Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Reconstruction Partners. Before founding the company, Mr. Hite was COO and CRO of Back Yard Burgers from 2007 to 2009. From 2001 to 2007 he was CEO and Managing Partner of both Strategic Advisory Partners and Weichmann Hite Partners, boutique M&A advisory firms. From 1999 to 2001 he was President & COO of Dog n Suds. Mr. Hite spent 2 years working for a Kuwait based company initially as Managing Director for 3 countries and then as it ‘s Group Director of Development for the Middle East. From 1992 to 1999 Hite was Chairman & CEO of WLM Development. Mr. Hite was Executive Vice President FED and Sr. Director of franchise Operations for Sonic Corp during its turnaround from 1983 to 1990. Mr. Hite’s undergraduate degree is in Hotel & Restaurant Administration from Oklahoma State University.

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