The Bark Social Team

Our co-founders, Luke Silverman and Jeff Kurtzman, started putting the idea together in 2018 after Luke had visited multiple dog bars and found the idea compelling, but wanted to add his own twist with the retail component. They used some personal funds to get the business off the ground, and then started fundraising in the fall of 2019.

After a couple successful rounds of fundraising they were able to open their first location in Bethesda, Maryland in February 2021. Since then they have exponentially grown the team and are looking to expand all over the Mid Atlantic region. In May 2022 they opened their second location in Baltimore, Maryland and are looking to open their Philadelphia location in the coming year.

Team

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Jeff Kurtzman

Co-Founder, CFO/President

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Luke Silverman

Co-Founder, CEO

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Charlene Lee

Chief of Staff

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Monica McLellan

Director of Marketing

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Adam Alfano

Director of Ops

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Gretchen Smith

Associate Controller

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Kristin Heinrich

Administrative Assistant

Kristin is a Maryland native born in Montgomery County. With more than a decade of administrative experience, Kristin is also an avid animal lover who’s volunteered with several rescue organizations across the region, including being a foster mom for homeless and abused dogs. She’s excited to combine her admin background with her passion for animals at Bark Social.

Baltimore Leadership

Shani Austin

General Manager, Bark Social Baltimore

Shani was born and raised in New Jersey and relocated to Baltimore to attend the Baltimore International College. She has worked in hospitality and managed restaurants/bars for the last 9 years. She is super excited to be bringing her years of experience to lead the Bark Social Baltimore team. Her favorite dog breed is a maltese.

Deanna Marner

Assistant General Manager, Bark Social Baltimore

Deanna attended and graduated from Morgan State University with a Bachelor's in Hospitality Management. She has several years of experience in the hospitality space and is currently the Assistant General Manager for our Bark Social Baltimore location. Although she currently doesn't have any pets, she's a sucker for a good smiley faced French Bulldog.

Bri Householder

Event Coordination, Bark Social Baltimore

Bri was born and raised in Baltimore with a short stint in Tampa, Florida. She has worked in the hospitality space for several years and is currently the event coordinator at our Bark Social Baltimore location. She currently cares for her family and thrives with her 3 dogs.

Bethesda Leadership

Adam Kupiec

General Manager, Bark Social Bethesda

Adam is our General Manager for Bark Social Bethesda. He is a lover of all dogs, but his favorite pup is Dakota, his Siberian Husky. Adam grew up in the world of hospitality and took that passion from a young age to pursue a degree at The Culinary Institute of America. Adam and Dakota have traveled and lived all over the states together discovering new food, different cultures and what makes people happy. He is thrilled to bring his knowledge (& love of pups) to the Bark Social family.

Trevor Maurer

Assistant General Manager, Bark Social Bethesda

Trevor was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware and moved to the area in 2006 to attend the University of Maryland in College Park. Before joining the Bark Social team, Trevor spent 14 years at the Congressional Country Club in Potomac where he worked his way up from Busboy to Pub Manager. His love of beer led him to obtain the designation of Certified Cicerone in 2018. Currently a resident at the Henri in Pike and Rose, Trevor is extremely proud of the role Bark Social plays in creating community for dogs and dog lovers alike.

Nate Campagnoli

Cafe Manager, Bark Social Bethesda

Nate has been a dog lover his whole life. Taking his passion for dogs and his love of hospitality, Nate has found the perfect role as Ordering and Inventory manager for our Bethesda location. Outside of work his favorite activity is going on hikes with his dogs.

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