The Restoration of the Restaurant: A Data-Driven Look


RJ Hottovy, CFA
Head of Analytical Research

RJ has covered the restaurant, retail and e-commerce sectors for almost 20 years, most recently as a fund manager for Aaron Allen Capital Partners. He has held several analyst positions in the past, including Global Consumer Equity Strategist at Morningstar and equity analyst positions at William Blair & Co. and Deutsche Bank. Hottovy also brings a wealth of early stage investing experience as an investor and investment committee member for venture capital group IrishAngels/Vitalize. Over the past three years, he has worked with more than 50 consumer and technology companies and advised on more than $200 million in early-stage capital raises and other buy-side and sell-side M&A transactions. RJ is also a member of the Chicago Seed Co. network, a group of Chicago-area investors focused on early-stage food and beverage companies.

Hottovy’s efforts have been recognized by several financial and trade publications, including CNBC, The Wall Street Journal, Investors Business Daily, Barron’s, BusinessWeek, Forbes and The Economist. He is an active member of the CFA Society of Chicago and maintains a regular curriculum through the University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business and the Girls Who Invest program. He was also a finalist for Crain’s 2011 Chicago “40 Under 40” award. Hottovy graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame with a BA in finance and a second degree in computer applications.


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