Our mantra is learning as we do.

Entrepreneurs are a rare and brave species of doers who will risk everything against all odds to pursue their passions. We are a team of entrepreneurs devoted to helping other entrepreneurs succeed. We started Workbox because we believed that doers should not have to do alone.

Our mission is to provide our members with a community of like-minded go-getters, facilitate interaction among these high-flyers and layer on an extensive offering of outside resources to help them scale.


John Wallace

Co-Founder, CEO

John is Co-Founder of Workbox. John started Workbox because it gave him the opportunity to use his past experiences to help local businesses grow. Prior to Workbox, John’s background was in global equity investments working at companies such as Brookfield Asset Management, LaSalle Investment Management and Legg Mason. He spent several years living and working abroad in Amsterdam and Hong Kong before moving back to the US and settling in to what he believes is the greatest city in the world- Chicago. He received an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BS from the University of Maryland.

John’s hobbies include running, travel and sampling all the great restaurants Chicago has to offer. He and his wife Nicole live in Lincoln Park.

Dustin Braunreiter

Co-Founder, Advisor

Dustin is Co-Founder of Workbox. He believes workplace environments that stimulate collaboration and fun are key to career fulfillment. Previously a physician and business strategy consultant, Dustin enjoys working with people to solve problems and help them achieve their goals. Prior to Workbox, Dustin worked in strategy consulting with Boston Consulting Group in Chicago. He has an MBA from the University of Chicago, an MD from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and a BA from the University of Montana.

When not enjoying Chicago’s lakefront and restaurants, Dustin loves spending time on the water in Michigan or the mountains of Montana.

Tawny Safieddine

Community Associate

Tawny is a Community Associate at Workbox. She has had the privilege of working in a variety of different industries and environments, but overall enjoys connecting with people. Tawny studied Radio/Television/Film and English Literature at Northwestern University. She loves the arts and spends her free time writing, drawing, and performing. She is in constant pursuit of finding her favorite burger in Chicago.

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