Ox&Pen is open for business and we’ve set up shop in the West Loop. Delicious lunch options and constructive brainstorms have made our first month here pretty great. Now that our pre-launch site is up and running at www.oxandpen.com, we figure it’s time to introduce ourselves.
Adam, Peter and Jean celebrate the launch of Ox&Pen's coming soon page.
In addition to being Ox&Pen’s founder and CEO, Andrew serves on the board at The Center on Halsted and the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO). He can do the Rubik’s Cube in less than a minute and juggle anything except moving chainsaws, but can’t necessarily do both tricks concurrently (yet). While his two young sons are supportive of his current business endeavors, neither of them understand why he didn’t choose to become a professional athlete instead.
Peter is a father, Ox&Pen’s COO, and business partner at VERA. He has developed an exceptional athletic prowess, excelling at soccer, bowling (many trophies line his mantle) and foosball. Orange is not just a color; it’s the color of Peter’s Dutch roots.
Adam, Jean and Andrew enjoy friends and family night at Vera.
Born and raised in Mesa, Arizona, Christy likes warm weather more than Peter likes orange. Chicago is working out alright though as it is the only cold place she knows of that offers such an array of striking architecture, good food, baked goods and chocolate. She has a background in writing, social media, volleyball and sushi making.
At the age of 13, David began his entrepreneurial career as the neighborhood grass cutter and later augmented his business acumen by building a creative/development company. He currently serves as Ox&Pen’s tech and media guru. A former motorcycle racer and accomplished billiards hustler, David has ample experience in the restaurant, bar and nightclub industry. While David enjoys drinking a fine scotch, when the opportunity presents itself, he REQUIRES coffee for optimal morning functionality.
Jeff, Jean, David and Adam at a business development meeting.
Between trips to JP Graziano’s and Harold’s Chicken Shack #41, Ox&Pen has a business development team that comes stacked with experience in digital media and the restaurant and retail industries:
A suburbanite at heart, Jeff is adapting to the city quite nicely and is always on the prowl for good food (burritos) and wine. Gone are the days of skiing, cycling and motorcycle racing. Today he is a family man with teen daughters; life needs the same intensity. Jeff brings to the team his energy, quirky style and spirit to send Ox&Pen into the spotlight or into a foosball championship.
Jean grew up in Chicago and Skokie, but was born in Haiti. As an avid Chicago Bulls fan, one of his greatest childhood memories was attending Steve Kerr’s shooting camp and watching him shoot 15 for 15 from the three point line. He brings to the team seven years of digital media experience.
Adam obtained one of his life goals by becoming a college basketball player. He is quoted as saying he’s eaten over 5,000 cheeseburgers in his life (and counting). He would go to a concert everyday if he could and of highest priority on his To Do list is to go to Costa Rica to learn to surf.
Jean and Adam throw on their thinking caps.
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