Sam Bakhshandehpour

President

Sam is President of ThinkFoodGroup, and completes the Office of the CEO along side José Andrés and Rob Wilder. Over the past decade, Sam has served TFG as an operating partner, advisor and investor. In his current capacity, Sam leads the execution of company strategy globally, across the restaurant, brand, hotel, and media divisions. 

Sam is also the CEO & Managing Partner of Silverstone, a vertically integrated hospitality and lifestyle investment firm.  

Previously, Sam served as President, CEO and Board Member of sbe Entertainment, a Colony Capital portfolio company, where he was responsible for the Company’s global operations across the hotel, restaurant and entertainment divisions. 

Sam was recruited to sbe with an extensive track record as a 15-year veteran of Wall Street, spending over 12 years with J.P. Morgan Securities as the Head of Real Estate & Lodging Investment Banking on the west coast and the Gaming Investment Banking practice globally, focused on mergers & acquisitions and capital raising.  Sam holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.  He currently serves on the board of The New Home Company (NYSE: NWHM), and is a trustee of Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, and Carlthorp School.  He is a founding member of the Georgetown Wall Street Alliance West, and is a Senior Advisor to CREO Montminy & Co., FINRA-registered (series 7, 24, 63).  Sam is also an active member and former Chair of the Bel Air Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization.