Mr. Monroe is a pioneer in corporate financing with a broad network of finance contacts and clients, and a long history of involvement in the multi-unit restaurant, retail and hospitality industries. He assists businesses, from emerging companies to multi-national firms, by providing creative ideas and structures, identifying unique financing sources, and developing the financial tools necessary for their growth and development. His focus is on multi-unit acquisitions.
Over the last three decades Mr. Monroe has represented franchisors, franchisees, lenders, investors, and developers; and has overseen in excess of $4 billion dollars in commercial transactions, ranging from $5 MM to $300 MM. His knowledge is grounded in practical business enterprise and informed by an entrepreneurial mindset: he served as Chief Executive Officer of Parasole Restaurant Holdings, one of the largest restaurant companies in Minnesota, from 2009 to 2011.
Over the last thirty years, Dennis has been recognized as a national expert in corporate and institutional finance and mergers and acquisitions, and he is often consulted regarding the latest acquisition financing techniques. He is a frequent speaker at business conferences, professional organizations, and special finance industry events including the YPO Restaurant Roundtable, SS&G Financial Services Restaurant CFO Bootcamps and Restaurant Leadership Conference. He is a regular speaker at the Restaurant Finance and Development Conference and the Franchise Finance & Development Conference. In 2013 Dennis was one of three people to receive a first-ever Hall of Fame award at the annual Restaurant Finance and Development Conference.
Recognized by Franchise Times as a leader in the franchise community, Dennis was featured in a cover story as “Franchising’s Go-To Guy.” In 2014, he received the Franchise Times Dealmakers Special Achievement award, honoring his 30-year career in franchise finance. In addition, the magazine has honored him as one of franchising’s top 125 “Legal Eagles” and one of the “Top 20 to Watch.” He has been selected as one of the top 10 mergers and acquisitions lawyers for Minnesota and is consistently honored as a “Minnesota Super Lawyer.” He has been selected to the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers in Franchise and listed in The Best Lawyers in America for franchise law. In 2010, Dennis received the Carthage College Distinguished Alumni Award and currently serves on the Carthage College Board of Trustees. Dennis serves on many for profit boards and is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors.