Founded in 2015, Silverstone is a vertically integrated hospitality
and lifestyle investment firm. We focus on hotel, restaurant, entertainment, co-working, health & wellness and specialty retail companies.

Silverstone invests in a collection of forward-thinking operating businesses, that deliver distinctive experiences to consumers.
Fully controlling the customer experience activates real estate, drives traffic, and ultimately allows real estate owners to increase cash flow.

Given the founders’ combined 50+ years of investment, operations and advisory experience, Silverstone delivers an innovative and diverse perspective to the hospitality industry.

Shi (pronounced shì)
Definition: Stone, Rock, Trust

John C. Wang Chairman & Managing Partner

John C. Wang currently serves as Chairman & Managing Partner of Silverstone. A visionary and entrepreneur, he has been instrumental in the formation, development and direct investment of 30 companies since 1988 on behalf of his family office. Additionally, Mr. Wang is Chairman and founding member of Cultivate Hospitality Group, a full service food & beverage management and consulting firm that connects real estate developers with industry leading chefs and restaurateurs.

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Mr. Wang was a former board member of General Bank, a Los Angeles based financial institution with over $3 billion in assets. He was actively involved in the formation and growth of General Bank’s venture capital division. He also served as the principal strategist in the successful merger of General Bancorp with Cathay Bank in 2003.

Sam Bakhshandehpour CEO & Managing Partner

Sam Bakhshandehpour is the President and Board Member of José Andrés Group (JAG), a restaurant and media company.  Driven by the mission of “Changing the world through the power of food," JAG's platform spans 36+ restaurants across 9 markets globally and multiple cuisines, including the 2-Michelin starred Minibar, and numerous Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurants.  Mr. Bakhshandehpour also runs José Andrés Media division (JAM) which produces food-related cultural content across scripted, unscripted - film and television, books, podcasts, and digital content.  JAM also houses numerous global partnerships and a consumer products platform. 

Through Silverstone, Mr. Bakhshandehpour has made numerous investments including The Electric Jane (live music lounge / restaurant), Cultivate Hospitality (F&B programming), Bazaar by José Andrés, and select other hotel, restaurant and lifestyle properties.

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Previously, Mr. Bakhshandehpour served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Board Member of sbe Entertainment, a private-equity backed hotel, restaurant and nightlife company with over 80 properties globally.

Mr. Bakhshandehpour started his career on Wall Street with J.P. Morgan Securities running the Global Casino and West Coast Real Estate & Lodging Investment Banking practice focused on mergers & acquisitions and capital raising.

Mr. Bakhshandehpour holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. He serves on the board of Shift4 (NYSE: FOUR), including as a member of the Audit and Compensation Committees. Previously, Sam served on the boards of The New Home Company (NYSE: NWHM), including the Audit and Compensation Committees, and Georgetown University McDonough School of Business’ Board of Advisors as a Board Member and Capital Campaigns Committee Member. He is a trustee of Federal City Council (FC2), a founding member of the Georgetown Wall Street Alliance West, and a Senior Advisor to Montminy & Co., FINRA-registered (series 7, 24, 63). Mr. Bakhshandehpour is also an active member and former Chair of the Bel Air Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization.