NashvilleBusiness.Net: 100 Leading Persons In Personal Services, Food & Hospitality Recipient 2018: Kim Vann

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading Persons In Hospitality Kim Vann I grew up on Long Island New York, the youngest of three in an Italian family. My extended family is very large and our celebrations were even larger. I moved to Tennessee in 1986 at the age of 18. I met my husband David who is from Texas, we married in 1992 and have two sons Billy and Jesse- I am now the proud grandmother of two grandchildren. I started my Career in Hospitality Industry at Gaylord Resort and Convention Center in 1986. My goal was to become the Food and Beverage manager for the entire hotel. Throughout the years I held [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net: 100 Leading Persons In Personal Services, Food & Hospitality Recipient 2018: Kim Ferguson

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading Persons In Hospitality Kim Ferguson “Kim Ferguson works for the corporate office of La Quinta Hotels as a Regional Field Sales Manager. She has 30 plus years in the Middle Tennessee hospitality industry. Her hospitality career started while attending college at Belmont University. She started working at the Holiday Inn Vanderbilt while in college and worked her way up to the Sales Department. Just a few of her accomplishments, Director of Sales and Marketing for the historic Hermitage Hotel Downtown Nashville, Opening Director of Sales for the Homewood Suites in the old historic Doctor’s building downtown Nashville and Director of Sales for the Hyatt Place Brentwood. She [...]

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NashvilleBusiness.Net: 100 Leading Persons In Personal Services, Food & Hospitality Recipient 2018: Monte Silva

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading Persons In Hospitality Monte Silva Monte grew up in the Hospitality and Food & Beverage industry. As a teenager and through his twenties he worked every hourly restaurant position starting as a dishwasher and moving through the other kitchen positions including prep and line cook. In his late teens and twenties he moved to the front of house where he worked as a busser, server, and bartender. Monte’s family also owns a vineyard in the California wine country. After a year and a half in the Caribbean and a stop in New Orleans Monte began his management career in Los Angeles. Here he started as a bar [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net: 100 Leading Persons In Personal Services, Food & Hospitality Recipient 2018: Laura Womack

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading Persons In Hospitality Laura Womack Laura Womack has been the Executive Director of The Fairgrounds Nashville since August 2016 when she and her husband relocated to Nashville from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Laura previously served as the Chief of Administration and External Affairs for Milwaukee County Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture. She holds a bachelor’s degree with a double major in Biology and Natural Science/Mathematics from Concordia University Wisconsin and a master’s degree in Public Health from Tulane University. Laura is a member of the International Association of Venue Managers and she, along with her team, has a goal of being named a Venue of Excellence through that [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net: 100 Leading Persons In Personal Services, Food & Hospitality Recipient 2018: Sarah Durai

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading Persons In Hospitality Sarah Durai Sarah Durai is the Director of Sports and Entertainment Sales for JRK Hotel Group. She is based in Nashville and primarily sells for the Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown, but also works with the Oceana in Santa Monica, The Roger in New York, and the Holiday Inn Express in Downtown Nashville. Sarah is a Nashville native and has been in the hospitality industry for the last 10 years. She started her career at Tennessee’s only 5-Star, 5-Diamond property, The Hermitage Hotel where she was able to strengthen her art of true southern hospitality. Sarah loves the industry that she is in and states [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net: 100 Leading Persons In Personal Services, Food & Hospitality Recipient 2018: Becca George

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading Persons In Hospitality Becca George Becca George is a certified wedding and event planner based in Nashville, Tennessee. Her company, Modern Vintage Events, plans out-of-the box events for companies and couples who want to truly give their guests an experience. Prior to opening Modern Vintage, Becca worked as Catering Director for Stones River Country Club in Murfreesboro. She is a habitual list writer but also a freelance writer for Murfreesboro Magazine and VIP Murfreesboro. Her passion is for planning events that make a statement and make a difference. Becca served on the advisory board for the Discovery Center and serves on committees for the Nashville Wedding Planners [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net: 100 Leading Persons In Personal Services, Food & Hospitality Recipient 2018: Ryan Brewer

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading Persons In Hospitality Ryan Brewer Head Chef at Nashville City Club. I am originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, where I spent the first 25 years of my life. I began working in restaurants at the age of fifteen as a bus boy. I then moved up to a dishwasher and ultimately a cook at that same restaurant. After graduating from Eastern Michigan University in 2003 with a Bachelors in Written Communications, I moved to Chicago in the hopes of becoming a journalist or writer. But I didn’t love it. I wasn’t motivated sitting behind a desk. It wasn’t me. I always had and continued to work in [...]

WilliamsonBusiness.Net: 100 Leading Persons In Personal Services, Food & Hospitality Recipient 2018: Graeme Asch

Click Here To Listen Williamson Business 100 Leading Persons In Hospitality Graeme Asch Graeme and Corrie Asch built their home in Leiper’s Fork in 1998. One year later, they opened The Franklin Mercantile Deli in Historic Downtown Franklin, TN. They both come from large, southern families with great cooks. Graeme grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and likes his food to have more “zing”. Corrie grew up in Dickson, Tennessee and loves baking desserts and cooking “southern comfort” foods. The combination creates the perfect spot for breakfast, lunch and dinner! They love living in the country with their children and love being a part of Historic Downtown Franklin. Come by and see them!

NashvilleBusiness.Net: 100 Leading Persons In Personal Services, Food & Hospitality Recipient 2018: Justin Tyus

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading Persons In Hospitality Justin Tyus I grew up in a household that was deeply rooted in the golden rule and serving other people first. To that end, the hospitality industry has always felt right to me; a natural fit. In 2010, I started my career as a bellman with no previous experience in hospitality. Since that time, I have worked in most disciplines of hotel/resort operations to include Front Office, Housekeeping and Food & Beverage departments. What I did not learn in a classroom setting was learned through real-life experiences, relationships and old-fashioned trial and error. My educators were those who were setting the expectations at the [...]