Chief Baking Officer/Founder
Cindy started Hungry Monkey Baking in May 2010, on her daughter Lily's 2nd birthday, after leaving her long-time career as the head of marketing, advertising and customer communications for a large, Chicago-based, organization. The company you see today began at a charity event in her hometown after her signature Chocolate Chip Banana Bread sold out two days in a row. Six weeks later she started selling it at the Northfield Farmers Market just north of Chicago. Three months later, Hungry Monkey was featured on ABC Chicago 7's Hungry Hound; soon after they found themselves in Sunset Foods, a north suburban (Chicago) grocery chain, where they still sell today. Cindy is currently focused on building their online presence as well as their special event and corporate gifting programs. Cindy continues to expand the Hungry Monkey brand as Chief Baking Officer, CEO, recipe scientist, marketer, packer, amongst many other hats : ) Cindy lives in the northern suburbs of Chicago with her husband Tom and daughter Lily. In her early 60s, Cindy is just getting started!
Co-Founder & Hungry Monkey’s Namesake
Lily, Hungry Monkey's namesake, started "working" on her 2nd birthday at the Northfield Farmers Market in the northern suburbs of Chicago helping hand out samples to customers. She continues to help her Mom at store events and packing boxes to ship. Lily has also appeared with mom on some TV baking segments. When not helping out her Mom, Lily can be found singing as a Soprano 1 Select Singers, acting in school plays and bicycling. Unlike her Mom, her favorite subjects are math and science and she hopes to become an engineer someday like her Dad (although some days she wants to be an actor :) Lily's favorite hungry monkey is the Chocolate Chip Banana Bread, but when in season, the Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread takes the cake!
Instagram Engagement Consultant
Henie was one of the original influencers, consulting for Fortune 500 companies since Instagram's inception in 2010! She worked with big brands, including Audi and Samsung. Henie represented the US for Nokia as their Social Media Reporter. An avid photographer, Henie takes breathtaking pictures, despite being legally blind since she was a child. She has nearly 35K organic followers on Instagram (you can follow her @heniereisinger). Henie can't stop eating Hungry Monkey's Triple Chocolate Brownies -- she cuts them into fourths and eats them out of the freezer! Henie lives in West Hollywood, CA.
Clau is our expert Baker, making sure each and every Hungry Monkey sweet treat is consistent and delicious. She painstakingly weighs the batter on every loaf! Clau loves music and she loves to travel. Clau lives in Chicago with her young daughter, who loves the Chocolate Chip Banana Bread.
Chief Number Cruncher
Morgan is definitely a busy woman! She is a mom to 1 year old Julian and is in school for her second bachelors in business. She manages our Accounting Department, although she helps Cindy with everything from shipping to customer care. She is an avid lover of camping, fishing, cooking and horses. When she was only 19, Morgan helped grow a local company’s accounts by more than 200%! We are so happy she is on our team!
Ulises has been baking with Cindy, the Founder of Hungry Monkey, almost since they started in 2010. When Hungry Monkey started taking off, Cindy needed help and a mutual friend connected them to Ulises, an amazing pastry chef. Ulises is credited with formulating Cindy's recipes for bigger batches, yet keeping her signature, homemade, taste. Ulises loves the Original Banana Bread, but the Chocolate Chip Macaroons are a close second. Ulises lives in Chicago with his wife, Denia, and three [very active] boys!
Father to a young son, Romeo (also goes by Elmer), manages the commercial kitchen where Hungry Monkey is baked. While Romeo has been promoted to Bakery Manager, he has baked more than 50K Hungry Monkey breads, cakes, and brownies himself! Romeo always has a smile and can't live without Hungry Monkey's Pumpkin Bread when it's in season! His wife, Cruz, and son, however, love the Cinnamon Apple Cake! Romeo and his family live in Wheeling, IL.
Head of Packing
Marcee heads up Hungry Monkey's packing team for store distribution, including Sunset Foods, Olivia's Market and Fresh Picks, as well as online, special event and corporate orders. She lives in Chicago with her husband and two children. Marcee especially loves Hungry Monkey's Chocolate Chip Banana Bread, but her kids both love the Triple Chocolate Brownies.