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.
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
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.
Ms. Wagner has 23 years of experience as a passionate executive creating guest loyalty and special memories from unique experiences. Originally from Cape Town, South Africa, she began her career with Neethlingshof Wine Estate, a prestigious wine farm in Stellenbosch conducting wine tastings and cellar tours. She then joined The Lord Charles Hotel, a 5-star destination hotel and then The Van Riebeeck Hotel and The Lanzerac Wine Estate. With a strong desire to travel and a spirit of adventure, she relocated to the United Kingdom to travel Europe extensively. After six years in the UK, she returned to the hospitality industry in Houston, Texas working for three different family-entertainment center brands; Jillian’s Entertainment, Times Square Entertainment and Main Event Entertainment as Sales Manager. Prior to joining Pinstripes, she was directing and coaching an 85-member sales team, at a Regional level, successfully opening new sales centers in six markets (Chicago, Georgia, Florida, Kansas, Louisville, and Tennessee).