Salt Lake City, UT / ACCESSWIRE / November 26, 2014 / Latitude 360 (LATX) , an award-winning, premier upscale casual dining and state-of-the-art entertainment venue Latitude 360 operator, today announced Kenneth H. Adams as new Chief Financial Officer. His experience involves serving as a senior C level executive in the hospitality and restaurant industry for the last 25 years and prior to that, working as a CPA with an international accounting firm. From January 2014 through the present, Ken served as the General Manager and Chief Financial Officer of Hospitality Development Company (HDC) in Qatar where he developed and implemented the strategic turnaround plan for The Pearl Qatar, a US $12 billion island development located in Doha.
Mr. Brent W. Brown, CEO of Latitude 360 stated: “Ken has a truly impressive track record in the restaurant industry and we believe is the ideal candidate to help the company grow and add shareholder value. His extensive experience will be instrumental during this period of anticipated rapid growth for Latitude 360, and will prove to be invaluable in helping to execute our long-term vision. I look forward to working alongside him.”
Mr. Adams’s resume is diverse and ranges throughout several different cultures and industries. From June 2013-June 2014, he served as the CEO and managing director of the Claremont Restaurant & Food Group in Erbil, Kurdistan, Iraq which had an international focus on Fast Casual, Casual and Fine Dining restaurants and international hotel brands. From January 2013-June 2013, Mr. Adams served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Kout Food Group/Al-Homaizi Group in Kuwait, which owned and operated over 300 restaurants in the Middle East and United Kingdom.
Throughout the 2000s, he served as COO and CFO of Sunshine Restaurant Ventures LLC in Atlanta, GA, whereby he was a partner in franchises with several hundred stores, including, but not limited to, Friendly’s, Bojangles, Denny’s, Hop’s, Up the Creek Fish Camp & Grill, Quaker Steak & Lube, Damon’s and others. Mr. Adams served in the U.S. Navy and taught as an adjunct professor in North Georgia College and State University, Western Carolina University and North Carolina State University. He graduated University of Central Florida with a B.S. in Accounting in 1978 and received his Executive MBA from the University of Miami in 1984.