Pinstripes announced additions to its leadership team, including the appointments of Tony Querciagrossa as Chief Financial Officer and Shannon Keller as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO), both reporting directly to the company’s founder and CEO, Dale Schwartz.
“We’re very excited to welcome both Tony and Shannon to the Pinstripes team at this exciting time in our history,” says Schwartz. “Experiential dining and entertainment is in the midst of robust expansion and we are uniquely positioned to capitalize on the significant whitespace opportunities. These two strategic C-Suite positions will play an integral role in delivering on our growth strategy of scaling our winning combination of delicious food and timeless entertainment.”
“As we continue to move through the deSPAC process and Pinstripes prepares to become a publicly traded company, we could not be more pleased to welcome these two leaders to the executive team,” adds Jerry Hyman, Chairman of Banyan Acquisition Corp. “We are confident that they will complement the current management team and make an immediate, positive impact and soon help Pinstripes navigate the public markets.”
Querciagrossa is a seasoned executive with more than 15 years of both public and private equity general management and CFO experience building and leading highly effective global teams across businesses with varying levels of scale and complexity. Most recently, Tony was President of Columbus Industries, Inc., a leading manufacturer of residential filtration and an operating company of Filtration Group Corporation. Prior to Columbus Industries, he was President of Purafil Inc. and before that Group CFO of Filtration Group’s Indoor Air Quality businesses. Previously, he served as VP Finance at Medline Industries, Inc, a large manufacturer and distributor of medical supplies with $20 billion in revenues. Querciagrossa began his career in finance with General Electric and holds a degree in finance from Northern Illinois University.
“I am excited to join Pinstripes at such a pivotal time in the company’s journey,” says Querciagrossa. “Pinstripes is experiencing first-hand the promising growth opportunities in the sector, having clearly separated itself from its peers, and I look forward to helping Dale and the rest of the team continue to lead in this space as we move towards becoming a public company.”
Keller brings more than two decades of experience spearheading strategic marketing initiatives for leading organizations across a variety of verticals. She offers a depth of knowledge across all areas of marketing including branding, communications, digital, advertising and public relations. From 2015-2022, Keller served as Chief Marketing Officer of True Food Kitchen, an award-winning restaurant brand renowned for pioneering full-service healthy dining. During her tenure, she helped grow the multi-unit restaurant brand from 10 to 40 locations nationwide. Prior to True Food Kitchen, she held senior leadership roles at global marketing firms Weber Shandwick Worldwide and PMK*BNC, where she drove the strategic and creative marketing plans for some of the nation’s top consumer lifestyle brands. Keller earned a degree in communications from Loyola University of Maryland.
“I am delighted to become a part of the Pinstripes family and help amplify the important story that the brand has to share with the industry and consumers looking to connect with friends and family over made-from-scratch meals and exciting entertainment,” says Keller. “Pinstripes is in a category of its own, and I am eager to support the company’s growth strategy as we open additional locations throughout the U.S. and overseas.”