Andrew J. Lansing, Chief Executive Officer

Andy Lansing is Chief Executive Officer of Levy, an innovative and award-winning company specializing in restaurants and premium sports and entertainment dining and retail. Andy has been at the forefront of the Company’s explosive and strategic growth for more than 30 years. Under his leadership, Levy has grown to over 50,000 team members delivering Levy’s signature hospitality to guests at over 250 locations in North America and around the world. Levy has been recognized as one of the 10 most innovative companies in sports by Fast Company and by Forbes as one of America’s Best Employers, Best Employers for Diversity and Best Employers for Women. Nation’s Restaurant News also recognized Andy on its list of the most influential CEO’s in the hospitality industry in 2020 and 2021.

Andy began his career with Levy in 1988 as Vice President and General Counsel. In 1991, he was promoted to Executive Vice President, and in 1995 to President and Chief Operating Officer. In 2004, Andy took on his current role as Chief Executive Officer.

Under Andy’s leadership, Levy has continuously evolved its business to create industry-leading, frictionless experiences for its guests. In 2014, Andy initiated the launch of E15, an advanced analytics and emerging technology subsidiary that has since set a new industry standard for data-driven experiences. In 2022, Levy created DBK Studio as its innovation studio to partner with E15 in piloting and scaling the next generation of technologies across Levy venues. Levy also expanded into retail under Andy’s guidance, with Rank + Rally born in 2017 to bring the same guiding principles to retail that Levy has always brought to hospitality.

Andy is an active contributor to Chicago’s business and charitable communities. A committed leader at the University of Michigan, his alma mater, Andy serves on the College of Literature, Science and Arts School’s Dean’s Advisory Council. He is also a member of the World Presidents’ Organization.

Andy spearheaded the formation of Levy Cares, Levy’s charitable arm. Under his direction, Levy Cares has become a national charitable presence, supporting local children’s causes and providing food and shelter to the homeless and hungry nationwide.

Andy’s personal passion for magic has been incorporated into the entrepreneurial culture of Levy to inspire the creativity in team members to wonder and develop new ideas. His unique style of motivation and leadership has been featured on NBC television, in the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, and Crain’s.

 

Rob Ellis, President

Rob Ellis serves as Levy’s President, overseeing finance, IT, risk management, strategic planning, business services, design & construction, legal, and security. Rob joined Levy as a Controller in the restaurant group in 1998, and in 2007 he became the Vice President of Strategy and Planning, overseeing Levy’s acquisitions, new business deals, budgeting, and strategic planning. In 2015 he was promoted to the role of Chief Financial Officer, and to President in 2022.

Prior to joining Levy, Rob began his career with U.S. Robotics, and earned a B.A. from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. When Rob isn’t coaching Levy team members, he can be found on the sidelines coaching his two children in all sports.

 

Shauna Gilhooly, Executive Vice President of People and Culture

Shauna Gilhooly is Executive Vice President of People and Culture for Levy. Shauna joined Levy in 2018 where she leads the Human Resources team, overseeing Levy’s people strategy and team member experience including recruiting, onboarding, engagement, and talent development.

Shauna earned her B.S. in Management from the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University, and served as an HR Manager for Wyndham Hotels in New Orleans before returning to her hometown of Boston in 2005. She spent several years with Starwood Hotels in various senior-level HR positions and six seasons with Delaware North at TD Garden and the Boston Bruins as Vice President of Human Resources.

Shauna is excited to continue evolving the people strategy and culture at Levy, with a focus on developing programs that enhance the lives of team members. When she’s not at work, Shauna can be found by the water with her husband and their two daughters.

 

Jeff Wineman, Executive Vice President of Business Development

Jeff Wineman is Executive Vice President of Business Development for Levy. Jeff began his career with Levy in 1988 and has led the company’s strategic growth and development for the past 28 years.

Jeff has initiated and maintained business relationships with a myriad of professional and college sports venues, entertainment destinations and convention facilities elevating the sports and entertainment services to be Levy’s core business.

Jeff received his Bachelor of Science from Indiana University and his Masters in Business Administration from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University

 

Alison Weber, Chief Creative Officer

Alison Weber is Chief Creative Officer for Levy. In her role, Alison inspires the vision for the company’s industry-recognized experience design capabilities, future forward pipeline, as well as Levy’s culture of innovation. She leads a team of creative strategists, brand specialists, graphic designers and culinarians to experience solutions for food and hospitality business challenges.

During her two-decade plus career, Alison has had a seat at the table crafting the revolution in sports food and pushing for continual relevancy around the fan experience.

Alison started as a hot dog and beer vendor at Cleveland Municipal Stadium. In 2014, she was recognized as one of the top influencers in her industry and received Sports Business Journal’s Game Changers Award.

 

Elizabeth Shakespeare, Chief Financial Officer

Elizabeth Shakespeare is Levy’s Chief Financial Officer, overseeing accounting, audit, operations finance, corporate finance, and special projects. She also serves as Principal of Portfolio Operations for DBK Studio, Levy’s Innovation Studio. A graduate of the University of Iowa’s Tippie School of Business, Elizabeth joined Levy in 2015 as Vice President of Finance and Strategic Planning, bringing a decade of experience leading financial and strategic planning efforts in the food and beverage industry. Her sharp, strategic thinking, top-of-the-line financial analysis skills, and embodiment of Levy’s Family Values led to her promotion to Senior Vice President of Finance in 2020, and to CFO in 2022.

 

Sandeep Satish, Vice President of Partner Strategy – E15

Sandeep Satish is Vice President of Partner Strategy at E15. With a keen sense for finance and deep understanding of how professional sports teams operate thanks to previous experience with investment banking and league relationships, Sandeep is able to guide Levy operators and their partners through the most fiscally efficient and innovative solutions to challenges many teams face in the ever-changing sports and hospitality industries. Sandeep has helped implemented Levy-wide speed of service initiatives, cashless solutions, and other emerging hospitality technology best practices across our partnerships. Lastly, Sandeep continues to help support all new business and retention partnership efforts. Sandeep holds an MBA in Strategy from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from NYU Stern School of Business. He resides in Lincoln Park with his wife where they enjoy trying as many new local restaurants as possible.

 

Jennifer Allen, Vice President of Restaurant Operations

Jennifer brings over 20 years of restaurant operations experience to her role as Vice President of Restaurant Operations, and currently has oversight of Levy’s Chicago, Orlando, Saint Paul, Milwaukee, and American Girl Chicago and New York restaurant properties. Jennifer first joined the Levy family in 2009 as the Director of Operations for Ravinia. She was instrumental in helping turn Ravinia into one of Levy’s top performing accounts, doing so without compromising quality or the client relationship. In 2009, Jennifer was promoted to the role of Regional Manager, where she was able to try her hand at multiunit management. Her continued success ultimately led to her 2014 promotion to Regional Director of Operations, and a year later she was promoted to Vice President of Restaurant Operations.

 

Robert Nicklin, Senior Vice President of Business Development

Robert joined Levy in 2017 as National Vice President of Business Development having already had seven successful years with our parent company, Compass Group, where he previously held the role of UK Head of Business Development. With an extensive sales career spanning over 15 years, he brings a wealth of experience in two different continents and multiple industries.

 

Folarin Dosunmu, Vice President and General Counsel

Folarin Dosunmu is Vice President & General Counsel for Levy. Folarin is a business advisor to the senior management team and leads the legal team on all significant matters involving Levy and its subsidiary companies.

Folarin graduated from Dartmouth College before earning his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law. He was most recently the Senior Commercial Counsel for GE Aviation where he was the lead legal advisor for the Commercial Engines, Services, Global Sales, and Digital business units and the General Counsel for the International Revenue Sharing Program. Prior to his role at GE, Folarin spent several years at Much Shelist P.C. and Skadden Arps in Chicago.

Folarin has been widely recognized for his philanthropic efforts, including with Pro Bono Partnership of Ohio, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, and Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation, where he was twice elected as President of the Board.