Sami and Josh first met back in 2009 when they both worked in leadership positions at a major international retailer in Toronto, Canada, Sami in the Operations Department and Josh in Store Development. During a real estate tour of the Toronto market in search of the next AAA locations for the company, Sami and Josh discovered each other’s entrepreneurial drive and passion for identifying new and upcoming business concepts. Over the course of a four year period, this conversation continued to escalate and one fact became very apparent – Sami & Josh realized that there were a large number of entrepreneurs out there who had a great concept and strong vision to grow, but did not have the knowledge, understanding or ability to realize their dreams.
From this realization, Spark Business Growth Partners was founded in April of 2013.
Since forming Spark, the team has assisted companies at all stages, from entrepreneurs seeking to start up their first retail concept to fiercely talented chefs looking to introduce their new sauce to the culinary world, to international companies striving to take their business to the next level.
Vancouver, BC Principal
With over 10 years in retail development, Josh brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team. Josh is the Director of Development for a major international retailer. Prior to his current role, Josh held various positions at several Bay Street firms with a focus on mergers and acquisition advisory and high-net worth asset management. Following this, Josh worked in the southern US where he rolled out retail concepts in Florida, Arizona and Southern California. He is a Certified Management Accountant and holds an Honors Business degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and currently resides in Vancouver, Canada.
Toronto, ON Principal
With over 17 years of progressive leadership experience working for both Fortune 1000 and Fortune 500 corporations, Sami possesses a great deal of expertise in operations, people development, new market penetration, growth strategies and execution of new business concepts. In a previous role, Sami led a multi-unit portfolio of 40 entertainment complexes across 14 cities in the United States to #1 in sales, profit and customer satisfaction. He also spearheaded the Training & Development efforts for two major M&A’s and was a pioneer in launching a revolutionary restaurant concept within the exhibition industry. Sami holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto and currently resides in Toronto, Canada.