CEO and Founder
Cooper's Hawk Winery and Restaurants
McEnery earned his bachelor’s degree in Restaurant and Hotel Management from Purdue University, and honed his skills at Aramark’s specialty restaurant division and Lynfred Winery. McEnery was able to bring Cooper’s Hawk to life at the age of 29, opening the first restaurant in Orland Park, IL in 2005.
Tim McEnery is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants. Through its national restaurant and winery portfolio, Cooper’s Hawk is expanding its wine-driven lifestyle brand across the country. The company’s winery crafts over 50 varietals of award winning artisanal wines that are served at its restaurants and distributed to its Wine Club Members.
Tim is the visionary and chief architect behind the company’s community-based philosophy and structure. His passion for food, wine, hospitality, and people has created a powerful combination of assets built upon a culture of community. His company has been propelled forward by the loyalty of its Wine Club Members, guests, and dynamic employees.
An industry veteran who started as a dishwasher at the age of 11, McEnery held positions with hospitality sector titan Aramark and the Lynfred Winery before launching Cooper’s Hawk at the age of 29. His tenacious belief in the power of his concept helped him persevere through multiple rounds of meetings with investors as he searched for a group that fully understood the potential behind his vision. More than a decade later, Cooper’s Hawk has grown into a competitive retail operation generating over $200 million in annual revenue with multiple restaurants and an award winning winery.
Recently profiled by The Wall Street Journal, McEnery has received a number of awards throughout his tenure, including Crain’s Chicago Business’s ’40 Under 40’ in 2011 and most recently winning Ernst & Young’s ‘2014 Midwest Entrepreneur of the Year.’
Tim earned his bachelor’s degree in Restaurant & Hotel Management from Purdue University. He resides in Roselle, Illinois with his Dana and two children, Ellie and Keaton.