Executive Team | KFK Group

Executive Team

Executive Team

Elie Khoury – President & CEO

  • President and Founder of both the KFK Group (KFK) and Southeast Restaurant Group (SRG), owner and operator of independent and franchised restaurants
  • Previously served as President of Cucos, Inc., a publicly held full-service restaurant chain which grew from a single restaurant to forty (40) locations in seven states
  • Led numerous development projects such as the St. Elizabeth Condominiums (Novelist Anne Rice’s former residence), 1205 St. Charles Condominiums, St. Joseph Condominiums and the $70 million redevelopment of the Krauss department store on Canal Street

Lee Cuicchi – SVP – Operations

  • Responsibilities include operations oversight for Southeast Restaurant Group’s QSR and Casual Dining restaurants as well as KFK Group’s multi-family, office, retail and hotel businesses
  • In his tenure with KFK & SRG, Lee has also led the Asset Management and Development functions for the company including leading and supporting the areas of acquisition, due diligence, and project management
  • Prior to joining SRG’s sister company KFK in 2008, Lee spent the previous eight years as an executive level manager in resorts and hotels including Hilton, Doubletree, Westin, Holiday Inn and Renaissance branded properties, often overseeing the F&B operations

John Lush – SVP – Administration & Operations Support

  • Most recent role served as Chief Operations Officer for Safe Harbor Development leading the Hospitality division that included hotels, resorts, restaurants and RV Parks
  • A Hospitality veteran with over 20 years’ experience including President of Santa Fe Cattle Company Restaurants, Chief Operations Officer for Diverse Concepts where he managed and developed several casual dining brands, and Sr. VP of Operations for Logan’s Roadhouse leading the growth of more than 100 new Restaurants