Along with seven other newly-elected members, Ballas’ term began on February 27, 2019, at the conclusion of the 59th IFA Annual Convention in Las Vegas.
About Sam Ballas
Sam G. Ballas, CFE, is CEO, President, and Founder of East Coast Wings + Grill. Combining a meticulous appreciation and understanding of unit-level economics with a data-driven mindset zeroed-in on EBITDA, Sam is building East Coast’s empire past the 50-unit mark despite immense competition in the wings and casual-dining space. Naturally a “numbers guy”, Sam was brought up in a restaurateur family and dabbled with investment banking, estate planning, and commercial real estate all before he began building East Coast Wings. He has been published in national restaurant and franchising trade publications, and under his leadership ECW has won several awards and accolades including Top 50 Best by Franchise Business Review, Top 200+ by Franchise Times and Top 500 by Entrepreneur Magazine.
About Manning Fulton
For nearly seven decades, Manning Fulton has helped clients grow their businesses through innovative legal solutions. Today, among Manning Fulton’s various areas of expertise, Manning Fulton has the largest franchise practice in North Carolina. Manning Fulton attorneys average more than 20 years’ experience in their respective fields, providing the full suite of legal services to franchised and non-franchised businesses alike. The firm’s franchise team is known for their success in helping clients build, preserve, and protect their brands. Franchisors and franchisees understand the firm is uniquely committed to first-rate, accessible, no-nonsense expertise and the development of a lasting relationship with every client. Put simply, we focus on what matters.