Assistant VP of Investments @ Interstate Johnson/ Lane
Lees McRae College
President/ CEO @ President/ Chief Executive Officer of East Coast Wings & Grill. A co-founder of East Coast Wings & Grill, leading the brand through 11 years of consecutive same store sales growth since franchising the brand 2004, and a five year cumulative annual average 20+% new unit growth since 2010, strategically evolving East Coast Wings &
President/ CEO @ President/ Chief Executive Officer of East Coast Wings & Grill. A co-founder of East Coast Wings & Grill, leading the brand through 11 years of consecutive same store sales growth since franchising the brand 2004, and a five year cumulative annual average 20+% new unit growth since 2010, strategically evolving East Coast Wings & Grill as the leader in the ‘Buffalo Wing’ polished casual dining space, driving unit level economics as the core philosophy. Under Sam's leadership, East Coast Wings & Grill has earned many accolades, in 2014 & 2015 Listed as a top 50 fastest growing brand by Restaurant Business magazine, ranked 38th of top 500 Hottest Businesses to Start by Small Business Opportunities magazine, ranked #7 of the top 40 food franchises in the “Best of the Best” by Franchise Business Review, in 2015 named a 3rd consecutive year as a top 500 brand by Entrepreneur Magazine and ranked in the 2015 Inc. magazine's Top 5000 fastest growing privately owned companies in United States.
President of Par Merchandise International, LLC (Brands commissary and distribution center), over-seeing national operations of brands manufacturing and distribution of proprietary products and materials. Working daily on cost cutting, engineering of proprietary products, taste profile consistency and assurance of supply chain for brand product spec's- for all franchised units nation wide.
Majority shareholder of Ethos Technologies, POS support firm- assisting in driving franchisee service cost down.
Serving on several committees in the International Franchise Association and is a designated Certified Franchise Executive (CFE) by the Institute of Certified Franchise Executives, serves on the Government Affairs Committee for the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association, serves on the Wake Forest University Athletic Advisory Counsil, serves on the West Forsyth Athletic Board of Directors and is a board member with several franchise system supplier boards. From 1999 to Present (16 years) Owner @ From 1995 to 2015 (20 years) Assistant VP of Investments @ From 1997 to 1999 (2 years) North Carolina Agency Executive @ From 1993 to 1997 (4 years) Investment Advisory @ Worked with high net worth individual & small business owners portfolios, secondary public offerings... From January 1990 to April 1993 (3 years 4 months) Charlotte, North Carolina Area
University of North Carolina at Charlotte From 1986 to 1989 Lees McRae College From 1984 to 1986 Sam Ballas is skilled in: Franchising, Restaurants, Multi Unit, Food Management, Real Estate Development, Commercial Real Estate, Investment Advisory, Franchise Consulting, Income Statement, Location Intelligence, Business Planning, Multi-unit, Small Business, Team Building, P&L Management
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