David Swinghamer

David Swinghamer

Operating Partner


David focuses on Stripes Group consumer opportunities, with particular interest in growing select restaurant, food and beverage, and retail businesses. David is an Executive Advisor for Hai Hospitality (Uchi, Uchiko and Top Knot) and Sweetfin Poke. Additionally, he is the Retail Development Consultant for Boston Properties (NYSE:BXP) and currently sits on several boards.

Recently serving as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Development Officer of Shake Shack (NYSE:SHAK), David was instrumental in its growth from a hot dog cart in Madison Square Park to a multi-national burger company with over 60 locations. During his 17 years as a founding partner of Union Square Hospitality Group, David’s roles included serving as President of Growth Businesses, focusing on building Shake Shack, Blue Smoke and Union Square Events, and earlier led the design and development of USHG fine-dining restaurants in addition to being its CFO. Prior to USHG, David spent 11 years as Vice President and Partner of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, a leading multi-concept restaurant company based in Chicago. During this time, he also served as Senior Vice President and CFO for Maggiano’s, Corner Bakery and Macaroni Grill for Brinker International (NYSE:EAT).


David lives in Westchester County with his wife, always looking for opportunities to visit their two children in college. In his spare time, you are likely to find David traveling, enjoying sports of all kinds or on a crazy quest to find the world’s best mole sauce and margarita.


B.S.B. in Accounting, University of Minnesota (CPA)