News & Events


BYOND Event Ways Your Business Can Thrive in a Down Economy, September 18, 2019

Looking to prepare your company to be resilient to the impending economic downturn? Jody A. Ruth, CEO and Founder of Redstones, one of the panelists for the discussion, invites you to join an engaging discussion to discover how to prepare your company to thrive. This is a must attend event exclusively for growth mindset executives, general managers and owners of small and mid-market technology and software vendors with annual revenues ranging from $1M – $50M.

Space is limited. To ensure your space, register here today.

Jody A. Ruth Recognized as NACD Governance Fellow

The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) recognized Jody A. Ruth, founder and CEO, as an NACD Governance Fellow. NACD Fellows, who earn NACD Fellowship—The Gold Standard Director Credential®— stand within the highest echelon of those committed to excellence in the boardroom. As the highest standard of credentialing for directors and governance professionals, NACD Fellowship is a comprehensive and continuous program of study that empowers Fellows with the latest insights, intelligence, and leading boardroom practices—year after year.

Restaurant Brain Trust Series Next Event On the Menu: Money, October 24, 2017

RBT Oct24 2017 News & EventsJoin us for the next event in the Restaurant Brain Trust Series, On the Menu: Money, where I will be moderating an expert panel who will advise on raising cash through both equity and debt. Hear what experienced operators, investors and lenders recommend. The panel includes Jamie Leads, Owner & Chef, JL Restaurant Group, Hanks Oyster Bar; Shizu Okusa, Co-founder and CEO, JRINK; Elaine Chon-Baker, Co-founder and MD, Mokja Ventures; Tim Ross, Partner, Restaurant Practice, BDO; and Scott Kinlaw, SVP, Commercial Lending, EagleBank. The event will be held at Blind Whino SW Arts Club, 700 Delaware Avenue SW, Washington DC, on October 24, 2017, from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Register here.

Restaurant Brain Trust’s Inaugural Event

The Restaurant Brain Trust assists restaurant entrepreneurs in achieving successful start-ups and expansions through a series of educational and networking events. The inaugural event, Recipes for Success, was held at the Matchbox 14th Street location on March 7, 2017. The event included a panel discussion, featuring successful restaurateurs in the Washington DC area: Peter D’Amelio, President and CEO of Matchbox Food Group; Amy Brandwein, Chef/Owner of Centrolina; and Jack Sosnowski, President & CEO of Nobel Chef Hospitality. Moderated by Bethany Kazaba, the panel shared how they achieved their success, as well as the lessons learned along the way. The cofounders of the Restaurant Brain Trust are Elaine Chon-Baker, Mokja Ventures; Bethany Kazaba, Neighborhood Retail Group; Trish McHugh, BDO; Jody Ruth, Redstones; and Michael Sternberg, Sternberg Hospitality, who are committed to supporting restaurateurs with opportunities for growth and success through relevant industry information and professional connections.

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The panel, l to r: Peter D’Amelio, President & CEO, Matchbox Food Group; Amy Brandwein, Chef/Owner, Centrolina; Jack Sosnowski, President & CEO, Nobel Chef Hospitality; Bethany Kazaba, Neighborhood Retail Group.

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Trust Cofounders, l to r: Jody Ruth, Redstones; Bethany Kazaba, Neighborhood Retail Group; Michael Sternberg, Sternberg Hospitality; Trish McHugh, BDO; and Elaine Chon-Baker, Mokja Ventures.


Optimize Your Exit Value: 5 Financial Statement Warning Signs

Presented by Jody A. Ruth, Founder & CEO, AccuMetrics LLC; and Terry W. Hopkins, Team Lead/Controller, AccuMetrics LLC.

What do the financial statements say about your company? At this interactive session, discuss how strategic buyers interpret financial statements and use this information to impact their negotiating strategy and ultimately the purchase offer. Learn 5 common clues in financial statements and the underlying operational causes that strategic buyers interpret as warning signs and why they draw that conclusion. The greater the number of warning signs the lower the purchase offer. We will discuss key financial statement metrics, as well as key components of the balance sheet and income statement. Learn what strategies and tactics you can implement to enhance the financial results and optimize your exit value.


Wednesday July 23, 2014 from 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM EDT


Intelligent Office of Alexandria, 2331 Mill Road, Suite 100, Alexandria, VA 22314


Matt Whitaker, Intelligent Office of Alexandria, 703-224-8800, Email