Press Release: KOPPLIN KUEBLER & WALLACE Continues Expansion

Sam Lindsley to focus on Food & Beverage Consulting and Searches
KOPPLIN KUEBLER & WALLACE, one of the most recognized names in private club search and consulting, is expanding again. That means expanded services for private clubs looking to improve their food and beverage operations.

“KOPPLIN KUEBLER & WALLACE is truly excited to welcome Sam Lindsley to our team. Sam has a wealth of executive level experience in the hospitality industry and brings a depth of food and beverage knowledge that many of our clients have been seeking,” said KK&W partner, Dick Kopplin, in making the announcement.

“We know that his talents will be in demand for clubs needing assistance in one of their most critical operational areas – food and beverage. We are enthused to welcome Sam to our firm. It’s certainly a growing area and we feel we can offer private clubs an excellent professional search service as clubs continue to grow their food and beverage programs,” Kopplin added.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to have someone of Sam’s character, experience and industry reputation join KK&W! Few are as knowledgeable in the industry relative to F&B, as well as overall hospitality industry leadership talent acquisition, development and retention. He is awesome and complements our team in every way!” added partner Kurt Kuebler.
“I am both personally and professionally honored to be joining the firm of KOPPLIN KUEBLER & WALLACE,” Lindsley responded.

“To join the ranks of such an elite firm is a professional milestone and I look forward to working with Dick, Kurt, Tom and the entire KK&W team to continue the firm’s mission as the premier search and consulting firm for the private club industry,” he added.

“Sam adds a different perspective to KK&W one that will quickly become an undeniable asset to our team,” injected partner Tom Wallace.

“With his early years in the club business as a foundation, and with the last 20 years in running and opening some of the most premier standalone, casino and sporting venue-based restaurants in the country, Sam has honed his understanding of the hospitality industry.

“Specifically, he has hired and trained thousands of people along with running over $30 million worth of restaurants annually with extreme efficiency, outstanding service cultures and financial prudence. Sam will be an excellent F&B consultant and search executive,” Wallace added.

Sam was the chief operating officer of Michael Symon Restaurants (MSR), a growing Cleveland restaurant company with seven distinct concepts, 18 restaurants and annual sales over $35 million.

In the 10 years with MSR, Sam had written all standard operating procedures for the company and instituted best practices to ensure proper accountability and created a world-class service culture. He is a leader and bottom line producer whose strength lies in the fact that he understands that the backbone of any successful food and beverage operation is not only the systems put in place to control costs but the ability to foster a culture of genuine hospitality.

Prior to coming on board with MSR, Sam spent nine years with Hospitality Restaurants in Cleveland where he was the general manager of the Blue Point Grille, as well as, corporate wine trainer for the company.

Sam’s club experience includes food and beverage director positions, at both, The Cleveland Athletic Club and The Country Club in Pepper Pike, Ohio. He also served in various positions at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Columbus, Ohio.
Sam is on the board of directors of The Ohio Restaurant Association and is the association vice-chairman.

He also serves on the advisory board for Destination Cleveland (CVB), is a member of the Court of Master Sommeliers, and is a certified sommelier.

Sam can be contacted at:
Sam Lindsley / Consulting & Search Executive
Cell: 216-509-2250

Please join us in welcoming Sam to the KOPPLIN KUEBLER & WALLACE team.

KOPPLIN KUEBLER & WALLACE specializes in General Manager/COO, Director of Golf, Golf Course Superintendent, Executive Chef, Racquet Sports Professional, Community Association Manager, Assistant General Manager, Clubhouse Manager/Food & Beverage Director and Fitness Director searches, as well as Strategic Planning and Consulting services for Private, Resort and Developer – Owned Properties.
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