SEAN WHITE – CEO
Sean White is a Baltimore native. He graduated from Calvert Hall, located in Towson, Maryland, and moved on to Salisbury University, to play lacrosse and earn a Business Degree in Finance and Accounting. During his college career, Sean had his first experience with the hospitality industry working summers in Ocean City, Maryland. After graduation from Salisbury University, Sean spent four years working in finance; but the hospitality industry, his first love, beckoned for his return. Finally giving in to the desire, Sean began exploring his lifelong dream of owning his own business. He opened his first restaurant, The Reserve, in 2010 and never looked back.
Sean is driven by his desire to create unique brands ensuring his guest have memorable experiences every day in his establishments. A hands-on leader focused on developing his teams both personally and professionally. Embracing every employee’s own unique abilities resulting in added value to the White Oak brand experience.
Since the initial opening of his first project, he and his partners have opened and launched the well-known and loved Wayward Smokehouse, Banditos Kitchen & Bar, and 101 Baltimore in the Federal Hill neighborhood of Baltimore, MD. In 2019, the Wayward Smokehouse brand opened its doors in White Marsh, Maryland along with a new restaurant project, The Curious Oyster. White continues to be passionate about the hospitality industry and for fostering great teams of people around his successful restaurant brands.
BOBBY JONES – COO
From his beginnings cooking during the holidays with his Polish grandmother, a Highlandtown native, or working as a cook at Chick-Fil-A, Bobby Jones has worked hard to learn how to succeed in the hospitality business. After several jobs in the kitchen, he moved onto the management side of the business, but never lost his love for the kitchen. His experiences in the Back of House laid the foundations for his ability to understand all aspects of the hospitality industry. Bobby assisted in the opening of The Fillmore in Silver Spring in 2011 as Food & Beverage Director before moving to Federal Hill, where he’s worked since.
Bobby joined White Oak Hospitality in 2011 and now oversees all operations at White Oak’s five restaurant experiences – Wayward Fed Hill, 101 Baltimore, Banditos, Wayward White Marsh, and The Curious Oyster. His vision for the company is to always provide great service and inspired fun and approachable restaurant brands. To achieve this, he and the White Oak leadership team are committed to forming the best team possible to execute consistently, while always having a good time doing it.
JOSH WHITE – EXECUTIVE CHEF
After a career working in the music business during his early 20s, Chef Josh White followed in his mother’s footsteps and decided he’d give a culinary career a try. So he packed up his life and headed back to central Pennsylvania, where he enrolled in The Olewine School for Culinary Arts at Harrisburg Area Community College. While in school, Josh cooked at Bricco, an upscale Mediterranean/Italian restaurant, and instantly fell in love with the culinary life.
Once trained, Josh cooked in a variety of restaurants until he fell in love with BBQ. He started Smoke in Cockeysville, where it quickly gained popularity throughout the Baltimore metro area and beyond. However, he never wanted to be held down by one culinary focus, so when offered a position heading up the restaurants at White Oak Hospitality, he jumped at the chance. Today, Josh brings his witty sense of humor, fun-loving attitude, and culinary prowess to each of the White Oak experiences. He is excited to continue to show the world that Baltimore is not only about the fun, but also creates some seriously delicious food.
JEN FEDILI – BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & SPECIAL EVENTS
Growing up, Jen spent a lot of time with her grandmother; as any good grandma would, she always made sure everyone was fed and taken care of. Hospitality was not a choice in what Jen calls “her big obnoxious Italian family”, it was a way of life–so it was only natural for her to choose a career in the industry. Jen joined the team in the Spring of 2019 and brought decades of restaurant experience with her. She has worked a variety of positions, both front and back of the house, in concepts ranging from neighborhood sports bars to James Beard Award-nominated restaurant groups. In 2014 she packed her bags and moved to Houston, Texas; working in Houston’s very eclectic and upscale dining scene, she gained an entirely new perspective of the industry. After a few years, Jen returned to her home town, Baltimore.
Over the years, she has taken her passion for hospitality along with her exuberant personality and molded that together into a successful career. An avid networker and community connector, she is the face of White Oak Hospitality, overseeing Business Development and Special Events for each of our concepts.
In 2020, Jen was selected as a Living Classrooms Foundation Rising Star. This honor, presented by the Baltimore Business Journal, comprises a notable group of young professionals who are recognized for their professional achievement and philanthropic efforts.
JENN PAK – DIRECTOR OF MARKETING
Jenn Pak (JP) is a Baltimore native holding multiple degrees in communication and design from Lynchburg College, Towson University, and Full Sail University. Before and during College, Jenn worked in the hospitality industry in almost every front of the house position. After college, Jenn left the industry to work in a variety of industries including construction, non-profit, and staffing; finally returning to the hospitality industry in 2014 as a bartender in Fells Point, Maryland.
Jenn has a myriad of experience in digital marketing, communication, and graphic design—excited and eager to combine her love for design and communication with her love for creating an ultimate hospitality experience.
Our Customer Experiences
Epic 40th Birthday Bash
White Oak Hospitality really brought it for my husband’s 40th birthday surprise party. We planned a luau theme for our guests and Jenifer Fedeli worked with us to create the perfect menu to match our special event. Our catering order was not made up entirely of things found on the menu. The chefs worked with our budget to create a flavorful array of Hawaiian inspired dishes for our guests and we received so many compliments on the food. Not only was the menu delicious, but Jenifer met us on location and set everything up from the buffet to the bar. She left plenty of extra items we would need to keep food hot, and serve ourselves. I highly recommend any of these restaurants for an awesome catering experience.
Melody B.Baltimore, MD
An Amazing 50th Experience
White Oak Hospitality offers an amazing experience. My family hosted a 50th birthday party. Every detail was considered. The food was delicious and beautifully displayed, the staff was courteous and efficient, and the cleanup was impeccable. I will definitely recommend their services and intend to use them again.
Ben R.Baltimore, MD
Executed through our team’s passion for hospitality, we strive to create and celebrate memorable experiences daily. The team’s dedication to our shared vision ensures we exceed the expectations of all those who pass through our doors.