Abby Kritzler, recent recipient of Zagat's 30 Under 30 Award, has been with Boka Restaurant Group since 2007. After graduating from Boston College in 2006 with a degree in Sociology and Community Advocacy, Kritzler began her career in the non-profit sector, running an after-school program for at-risk youth in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood.
After returning to Chicago in 2007, Abby took a job at Landmark Grill & Lounge, only intending to stay a few months, while working as a Program Director and Event Planner at a local non-profit. Kritzler quickly felt at home with Boka Restaurant Group and continued to take on new roles from Server Assistant to Server to Bartender, developing her love for hospitality, food, and service.
In early 2011, Kritzler requested a meeting with Owners Rob Katz and Kevin Boehm to discuss some ideas for the company (the original notes from which were framed by Kevin and Rob and still sit on Kritzer’s desk today). After meeting with Kritzler, Katz and Boehm offered her the position as their Executive Assistant. Kritzler accepted the position and within months was promoted to the Executive Director of Boka Restaurant Group.
In her current position, Kritzler has assisted with the opening of GT Fish & Oyster, Balena, Elaine's Coffee Call, JParker, and Little Goat Diner. Her responsibilities include finance, human resources, strategic planning, staff training, community relations, professional development and corporate system building. Kritzler also oversees Boka Catering, allowing people to experience the cuisine and hospitality of Boka Restaurant Group at their off-site events.