The board of directors of Charleston Wine + Food is a vital part of our non-profit. These professionals volunteer their time with support, feedback, and insight to help supervise and manage our organization. Heralding from a range of industry leaders in Charleston, the board shapes and steers our organization as a whole. They also enthusiastically support the mission and values of the festival, and act as our ambassadors in the Charleston community and beyond.
We would like to wholeheartedly welcome our new board members to the Festival for 2015, and take this opportunity to introduce them. They will serve a 3-year term with Charleston Wine + Food.
Frank Bullard, BB&T, Coastal Regional President of our Signature Title Sponsor
Richard Bush, Owner and Partner of the Bush Law Group, P.C. has developed a keen sense of Charleston and offers legal expertise.
Harry Root, President of Grassroots Wine LLC in Charleston and wine and spirits expert
Kevin Johnson, Executive Chef and Owner of The Grocery, has had plenty of experience in the food and beverage industry and with the festival as a chef at our opening night galas, intimate dinners, and other events. He steps in as Chef Liaison.
David Marconi, Director of Operations at S.N.O.B, and co-creator of the restaurant in 1993, offers valuable insights into the development and hospitality of the Charleston restaurant industry.
Rick Rubel, Wine Director of Charleston Place Hotels and a wine sommelier at Charleston Grill, has an impeccable palate, a keen understanding of the wine industry, and will be lending his expertise to take our beverage program to new levels.
Boris Van Dyck, founder of IceBox, has been on the Beverage Committee of Charleston Wine + Food for years, and he is stepping into a more robust role to bring our cocktail and beverage program to new heights.
Suzanne Wallace, Director of Sales at the Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, deftly understands our industry from a hospitality and tourism management side. Her work spearheading our 2015 Hotel Committee (along with Linn Lesesne) has already made significant contributions to our long-term success.
Rick Widman, owner of the Circa 1886 and Charming Inns, has significant experience in the hospitality industry as a Founding Board member nowreturning. He and his wife Linn are active throughout hospitality, hotel, and culinary groups locally and internationally.
We would also like to gratefully recognize and thank the board members rolling off this year. The caliber of expertise among board members never ceases to amaze us. Thank you, Randy Byerly, Melissa Clegg, Patrick Emerson, Helen Hill, Frank McMahon, and Steve Palmer for all of your hard work and dedication to this festival – we sincerely appreciate it!