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, DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

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, DIRECTOR OF CULINARY OPERATIONS

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, DIRECTOR OF TRAINING

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.


KEELY BRENNAN, MARKETING DIRECTOR

Ms. Brennan has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing, Management, and Entrepreneurship from the University of Wisconsin. Her career began in Marketing Research at a consumer package goods company, and 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 and totaling 20 locations. She brings extensive knowledge of Hospitality Branding and Marketing, specializing in Social Media and Digital Marketing.


LAURA KROHMER, DIRECTOR OF EVENT SALES

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.