Meet the Team

Samia Bingham

Founder & CEO

Samia, the Founder & CEO of Flavors, is an award-winning serial entrepreneur, business leader and 2019 Los Angeles, CA recipient of the 2019 Los Angeles Small Biz Challenge hosted by The UPS Store and INC Magazine, winning $14k for the expansion of Flavors to launch a shared culinary artisan commercial kitchen space for local food and beverage entrepreneurs. She is also an expert in government contract procurement and is the Senior Acquisition and Procurement Consultant for Flavors’ Department of Homeland Security Acquisition Management contract (2019-present). She built her contract experience as a Contract Specialist for Washington Headquarters Services (2009-2017) and won her first subcontract, after retiring from the federal government, supporting the Department of State from 2017-2019.

From 2017-2019, Samia owned and operated CoWorx City, an executive coworking and event space for small business entrepreneurs in Southern Maryland, which created spaces for local entrepreneurs to build successful companies across a variety of industries.

Mrs. Bingham was educated at Bowie State University (2007), completing her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. She then completed her Master’s in Management graduate degree with a specialization Acquisition and Supply Chain Management (2011) at the University of Maryland Global Campus.

Chris Bingham

Chief Operations Manager

Christopher is the Chief Operations Officer of Flavors. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management from Kaplan University-Davenport (2011) and has worked in finance and human resources since. First, in Treasury Management at Virginia Commerce Bank (2010-2014), and then as a Fraud Recovery Specialist and Human Resources at Navy Federal Credit Union (2014-present).

Christopher is responsible for overall operations and relationship management with our member chefs. He also leads our mobile food truck member-base ensuring that Flavors facilitates the needs and services for the local food truck community and their needs within our virtual community.

As the Chief Operations Officer, Christopher is responsible for ensuring the agency’s mission is achieved by optimizing its daily operations, implementing internal systems that are compliant with standard kitchen incubator and commercial kitchen best practices and is innovative in its program model using evidence-based practices.

Sabriya Ellis

Marketing Director

Sabriya is a marketing communications strategist, brand builder, techie, and travel enthusiast. With diverse private and public sector experience she has led many global campaigns. As a Marketing Manager at Fidessa Group PLC, she drove product strategy and contributed to revenue sales growth while enhancing brand reputation. Sabriya has served as a marketing consultant for various industries including health, entertainment, media, non-profit, and various startups. Her employers include the American Heart Association, Literacy Inc., Howard Theater, Fidessa and Broadridge Financial. Working with cross functional teams she manages the creative process from concept to execution, with emphasis in audience segmentation, multi-channel content creation, identifying KPIs and leveraging data and analysis. Sabriya helps teams form a brand message and drives strategy across digital mediums, creative assets and hosted events.

As Marketing Director with Flavors, Sabriya leads the member engagement initiatives and leads several marketing projects. She is responsible for prospecting and communicating with potential members to on-board them as Founding Members into Flavors. Also leading and managing the Flavors virtual Founder’s Lounge community providing on-demand support to all Flavors members.

Sabriya is an arts supporter and former board member of Dwana Smallwood Performing Arts Center, and an Americore V.I.S.T.A. alumni. She received a B.A. in Communications from University of Maryland College Park and an M.A.in Media Studies, Marketing Management from New York’s New School University.

Sydney Davis

Chief Technology Advisor

Sydney is the Founder & CEO of Tequity, a SaaS company that provides app development services and support to underrepresented and underserved entrepreneurs. With over a decade of entrepreneurship and tech experience, Sydney encourages diversity of thought among community leaders to partner to provide accessible and affordable app and web development software for those of any technical ability.

Sidney advises Flavors in all areas of technology where she researches, recommends and is the lead designer for the Flavors community-driven app as well as the consumer-driven, lead generating app which launches late 2020 for use nationwide.

Sid Tanu

Chief Financial Advisor

Sid Tanu is the Chief Risk Officer of EnrichHER, a lending platform for women-led businesses. He specializes in underwriting various consumer and business loan products. He also has vast experience in banking, investment, marketing, analytics, and risk management. He has worked for Capital One, MinTech, and IRi Worldwide Consulting. Having passion in entrepreneurship and financial literacy, he currently mentor’s startups at Startup Virginia and Lighthouse Labs Accelerator and also is an active member/supporter of Techstars, One Million Cups, and Junior Achievement. Sid graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison with degree in Real Estate, Finance, and Information Systems. Sid leads Flavors in making the best financial decisions to ensure profitability and a successful venture.

Sid has worked for Capital One, MinTech, and IRi Worldwide Consulting. Having passion in entrepreneurship and financial literacy, he currently mentorsstartups at Startup Virginia and Lighthouse Labs Accelerator and also active member/supporter of Techstars, One Million Cups, and Junior Achievement. Sid graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison with degree in Real Estate, Finance, and Information Systems.

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