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Puttshack adds to its executive team

The mini-golf brand named Chris Rockwood chief operating officer and added Keith Strew, Ben Shepherd and Shannon Silvia to executive positions.
Puttshack executive hires
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Puttshack, the Chicago-based mini-golf concept, appointed four new members of its leadership team on Wednesday.

The company named Chris Rockwood chief operating officer and also added Keith Strew, Ben Shepherd and Shannon Silvia to different executive positions, saying their experience in operations, training, technology and innovation will drive brand growth.

“These additions to our leadership and management team bring a wealth of experience leading exceptional hospitality operations and innovative tech-driven initiatives that will continue to place Puttshack as a leader in social entertainment,” said Joe Vrankin, Puttshack CEO. “We will expand Puttshack to 11 new locations through 2023, two of which will open this summer. The addition of Chris, Keith, Ben and Shannon joining our team will pave the path in our expansion plans as we continue to blow away our guests with our unique tech-infused mini golf experience.”

Rockwood will be responsible for overseeing operations and new venue openings. Previously, Rockwood held executive positions with Roy’s Restaurants, Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group and Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas.

Strew will become vice president of learning and organizational development. He will build training and coaching strategy and lead organizational development. Strew comes to Puttshack from his role of leading training and development at Uncle Julio’s corporation and Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group.

Shepherd has been appointed to executive vice president of software engineering and architecture where he led development of Puttshack’s proprietary gaming software. Shephard has held leadership roles for Fortune 500 companies including Hilton and Lexmark.

Silva joins Puttshack as national director of group sales where she will build event sales strategy and lead departmental growth. Silva comes to Puttshack from her role at the event sales program at Punch Bowl Social.

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