Innovation Forum Speaker

Jim Balis

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Buddy's Pizza

Jim Balis joined CapitalSpring in 2014 where he now serves as Managing Director and leads the Strategic Operations Group, which provides support to CapitalSpring’s portfolio company operations and due diligence process. He has over 25 years of restaurant experience. Jim is currently interim CEO of Buddy’s Pizza (the originator of Detroit Style Pizza), was previously CEO of Norms Restaurants (an iconic family dining brand), Co-Operator of a Qdoba franchise, and also serves on the boards of directors of several CapitalSpring portfolio companies. Prior to joining CapitalSpring, Jim was Founder and President of the Restaurant Management Group, a boutique advisory firm specializing in the restaurant industry.



The longtime marketer was cited for the innovation and boldness he has fostered at Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut

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