Samuel D. Lindsley
Search & Consulting Executive
As a search and consulting executive, Sam brings his executive level experience in the hospitality industry and a depth of food and beverage knowledge that many of our clients have been seeking.
Sam was the chief operating officer of Michael Symon Restaurants (MSR), a Cleveland restaurant company with seven distinct concepts, 18 restaurants and annual sales over $35 million. In his 10 years with MSR, Sam wrote all standard operating procedures for the company and instituted best practices to ensure proper accountability and created a world-class service culture. This skill set allows Sam to effectively evaluate any Food Service Operation, provide necessary tools and staff training to elevate the service culture and establish best practices to ensure financial success.
Prior to his time 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, OH. He also served in various positions at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Columbus, OH.
Sam is currently on the board of directors of The Ohio Restaurant Association and is the association’s immediate past Chairman. In addition, Sam is a member of the Court of Master Sommeliers and is a Certified Sommelier.