Our Team

DALE SCHWARTZ, FOUNDER/CEO

Mr. Schwartz has extensive experience in the formation, financing and expansion of various companies. In 2006, he founded Pinstripes, Inc. and is currently CEO of this unique bowling/bocce/bistro venture. In 2000, he was Co-Founder, Co-CEO of Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy, Inc., a distinctive natural pharmacy retailer. From 1997 to 2000, Mr. Schwartz was Chief Executive Officer of Infigen, Inc., a private biotechnology company developing its proprietary nuclear transfer/cloning and genomic technologies. From 1991 to 1996, he was Chief Financial Officer of Ribozyme Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biotechnology company commercializing its Nobel prize-winning genetic engineering technology. From 1987 to 1990, Mr. Schwartz was a Principal with Odyssey Partners, L.P., a private limited partnership engaged in leveraged buyouts, venture capital and recapitalizations. From 1983 to 1985, he was an Analyst in Morgan Stanley’s Mergers & Acquisitions department, and from 1979 to 1988 he was Founder and President of D & J Sealcoating, Inc., an asphalt sealcoating company. Mr. Schwartz has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Colgate University and a Masters in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School.


CHRIS SOUKUP, CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER

Mr. Soukup has over 20 years of restaurant experience, including both front-of-house and back-of-house operations. He received extensive service training at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley, and has managed many high-volume restaurant concepts throughout the United States. He started his management career with the Larimer Group, a collection of restaurants in Denver Colorado, and the majority of his career was spent on the West Coast with Houston’s Restaurant Group. Prior to Pinstripes, he was on the developing team for Cheesecake Factory’s newest concept: Grand Lux Café Chicago, one of the busiest restaurants in America. Mr. Soukup’s passion and drive have helped shape some of the most successful restaurants in the industry.


CESAR GUTIERREZ, CHIEF CULINARY OFFICER

Chef Gutierrez brings a strong background in Italian American comfort cuisine. He began his career with Maggiano’s, in the Lettuce Entertain You Restaurant Group working his way through the ranks and becoming Executive Chef. He then joined Cenitare Restaurant Group as Corporate Chef, opening and operating three concepts in the Westin Hotel in Wheeling: Osteria Di Tramonto, Tramonto Steak & Seafood and RT Lounge. He then became Executive Chef of Volare Ristorante Italiano at Oakbrook Terrace, and was also Executive Chef of Pete Miller’s Seafood-Prime Steak and Davis Street Fishmarket at Schaumburg and Wheeling. Prior to joining Pinstripes, he was Executive Chef for Francesca’s on Chestnut and DiSotto Enoteca Gold Coast.


LIDA AHN, CHIEF TRAINING OFFICER

Ms. Ahn has been a passionate teacher and has enjoyed watching others grow throughout her entire career. She began her career in the hospitality industry with the J. Alexander’s company where she advanced to a leadership role as Lead Trainer. She then joined the Cenitare Restaurant Group in Wheeling, IL, a high-concept restaurant group, where she participated in the opening of Tramonto’s Steak and Seafood Restaurant and the RT Lounge. Ms. Ahn joined Pinstripes as an opening team member and has had a lead role in creating and training staff in all front-of-house systems. Ms. Ahn has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oberlin College and studied at Trinity International University for her Masters of Arts


LAURA KROHMER, CHIEF SALES OFFICER

Mrs. Krohmer has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Indiana University, and also received two minor degrees in Psychology and Fine Arts. She worked at the Bloomington Convention Center in Indiana during college on numerous programs and city events.  With a passion to see the world and understand the industry, she continued her education in the hospitality world by living and working in multiple countries. This included studying in Australia at the University of Melbourne, as well as working for the family and event services department for the Navy MWR in Sasebo, Japan. After returning to the U.S., she worked operations for various Levy Restaurants properties including Arlington Race Track in Illinois and Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and joined the Pinstripes team with the opening of its second location in South Barrington in 2008.


KAREN RAVIV, CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER

Ms. Raviv’s over 15-year career has been dedicated to building and managing some of the countries most recognized food and consumer goods brands.  Over the last 13 years she has held a variety of brand management and innovation roles in the Quaker Foods and Snacks division of PepsiCo’s nutrition portfolio.  At Quaker, her role’s ranged from managing the company’s cold cereal business line to leading the Quaker Masterbrand strategy and integrated marketing communications to launching new to market innovations like Quaker Overnight Oats.  She spent her early career at Upshot, an integrated marketing communications agency focused on influencing consumer and shopper behavior, working with Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola and Hallmark.  She has a Masters in Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Northwestern University.


ROBERT HENSE, CHIEF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Mr. Hense has over 25 years of global development experience in the retail, entertainment, office and residential industries. He has worked on projects in every major market in the U.S. and Canada, and in numerous cities in Central and South America, Europe, U.K., the Middle East and Asia. Prior to Pinstripes, Mr. Hense was the Senior Vice President of Development for Starwood Retail Partners, an owner of regional malls throughout the U.S. and a subsidiary of Starwood Capital Group, one of the largest real estate private equity firms in the world. Before Starwood, he was the Senior Director of Real Estate for Apple, where he was responsible for all retail real estate activities in North and South America, Australia and Japan. Mr. Hense held the position of Vice President of Development for Crate and Barrel, overseeing real estate, design/architecture, construction and asset management for the company prior to moving to Apple. He also served as Vice President of Real Estate and Development at Bally Total Fitness, which during his tenure was the largest owner/operator of fitness centers in the world, and prior to that Associate General Counsel and Director of Development for Station Casinos, Inc. Mr. Hense has Bachelor of Arts and law degrees from the University of Kansas.