Since 2014, Sam Khoury has led Next Stage Partners as President. Next Stage Partners is an Innovation, Investment and Growth Firm focused on identifying and investing in innovative and “complimentary” disruptive Ag, Food & Restaurant companies and technologies. Next Stage partners with people and companies in the food and non-food value chains of the hospitality, national restaurant, retail and grocery chain industries with the purpose of significantly growing these same companies, so for instance they’d pair with a company such as Nella Food Equipment for example.
Sam brings over 20 years of experience as an Operator in the Ag, Food, Beverage and Restaurant chain sectors. From 2014-2015 Sam was an Operating Partner in Residence at CIC Partners and a member of the CIC Investment Committee. Sam is currently an Operating Partner of CIC.
From 2008 to 2013, Sam was Vice President and General Manager of the Pizza Hut National Purchasing Co-op (part of the Yum! Brands Co-op). Sam was responsible for Pizza Hut’s Billion dollar + annual supply chain operation, and held general management responsibilities for the Co-op. Sam oversaw Restaurant Margin Improvement project for Yum! Co-op from 2010 – 2013, which resulted in hundreds of millions of savings in the P&L.
Sam is a Board Member and Treasurer of the National Restaurant Association’s Executive Supply Chain Board (including a Member of the Bi-Annual Conference Committee, and Education Committee); Innovation Council, Advisory Board of International Foodservice Manufacturers Association; an Advisory Board Member of Tiff’s Treats. Sam is also a Mentor for Techstars, specifically for the METRO Accelerator for Hospitality. Sam has also held leadership positions with Tricon Global Restaurants (predecessor to Yum! Brands), PepsiCo, and Cott Beverages Inc.