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.
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.
Ms. Montgomery began her career in the hospitality industry at the early age working her way up at a variety of suburban restaurants and hotels. She brings over 25 years of extensive hospitality experience both front of the house operations and sales & marketing. Most recently, she was Director of Catering at Medinah Country Club, where she coordinated and supervised clubhouse operations for The 2006 PGA Championship Tournament. Prior to that, she was the Business Development Manager for Don Shula’s Steakhouse and Director of Catering for Lettuce Entertain You’s Maggiano’s Little Italy. Over her career, she has had Restaurant & Hotel opening experience with Maggiano’s Schaumburg, Mars2112 Restaurant and The Hotel Nikko Chicago. Ms. Montgomery is actively involved in The Catering Executive Club of America, Meeting Planners International, and The Rotary Club, and throughout her career has chaired and planned many charity events, including: Childserve, Toys for Tots, Maryville Academy and The Special Olympics.
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.
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
Ms. Brennan has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing, Management, and Entrepreneurship from the University of Wisconsin. She graduated at the top of her class with honors. Initially starting her career in Marketing Research at a consumer package goods company, she soon realized that her true passion lay within hospitality and concept branding. She has spent the majority of her career with the Kaskaid Hospitality Group based in Minneapolis and was an integral part in strategizing and developing the branding and marketing initiatives for 13 unique concepts, the most notable being CRAVE American Kitchen & Sushi Bar. Ms. Brennan was very instrumental in taking the CRAVE concept to become a national brand while also continuing the growth of the company, expanding its collection of local Minnesota concepts totaling 24 different locations. She brings a vast knowledge of Hospitality Branding and Marketing, specializing in Social Media and Digital Marketing.