David Swinghamer

David is an Executive Advisor, Investor and Board Member for several high-growth, best-of-class restaurant and retail companies, including Snooze, Hai Hospitality (Uchi, Uchiko and Loro Asian Smokehouse), RW Guild and Sweetfin.   He is also an Operating Partner of Stripes Group focusing on the restaurant, retail/consumer food and beverage industries, where he played a key role in Stripes’ investment in Snooze. Additionally, David advises Boston Properties on the strategic development, design and tenanting of their restaurant, food and beverage within their high-profile properties.

Recently, David served as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Development Officer of shake Shack, being instrumental in it growth from a Hot dog cart in Madison Square Park to a multi-national burger company with over 80 locations open or in development just prior to its IPO.  During his 17 years as a Senior Partner of Union Square Hospitality Group, David’s role included being President of Growth Businesses, focusing on building Shake Shack, Blue Smoke and Union Square Events, and earlier leading the design and development of USHG fine-dining restaurants in addition to his CFO responsibilities.  Before USHG, David spent 11 years as Vice President and Partner of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, a leading Chicago-based multi-concept restaurant company. During this time, he was also Senior Vice President and CFO for Maggiano’s and Corner Bakery.

In his spare time, you are likely to find David traveling with his wife, Susan, and enjoying sports of all kinds…or on some crazy food or beverage quest like discovering the best omakase or mole sauce.



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