Since 1997, Patrick Properties Hospitality Group has unveiled five of Charleston’s grandest properties and estates, faithfully restored and transformed into exquisite venues for special events. We believe that moments matter — and our experienced team is committed to making each one extraordinary with unrivalled service and professional expertise.
As CEO of Patrick Properties Hospitality Group, Randall Goldman has for 15 years carried out the vision of lovingly restoring Charleston’s most historic properties, shaping distressed heirlooms into national monuments of preservation and valuable generators of revenue for the surrounding community.
Goldman cofounded PPHG as managing partner. Motivated by a deep passion for conservancy and keen grasp of business investments, his foresight guided the acquisition of the company’s four historic Charleston venues – including three properties in the heart of Upper King Street. The meticulous transformation of the American Theater, Fish Restaurant and William Aiken House has proven instrumental in revitalizing a wave of new business and development currently changing the face of this downtown neighborhood.
This commitment to local service is at the heart of Goldman’s leadership. The company was awarded the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Preservation Award in 2002, a significant milestone as first privately held company to receive the honor in the state of South Carolina. The distinction recognizes significant contribution to historic preservation and sustaining the economic, environmental and cultural heritage of the community.
With the addition of Lowndes Grove Plantation, Patrick Properties Hospitality Group today hosts more than 500 events with a total of nearly 60,000 guests annually. The company has also grown from a staff of 11 to more than 120 full-time employees under his direction.
Among a long list of civic involvement and charitable outreach, Goldman is a current member of the James Beard Foundation National Advisory Board, Chair of the Board of Directors for BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival and immediate past chair of the Hospitality & Tourism Management School at the College of Charleston. He sat on the Board of Directors for the South Carolina Aquarium from 2010-2015, and acts as past chair of the Local Development Corporation – a privately funded micro-lending agency that provides gap loans to small local businesses. Goldman also serves as co-chair of the Charleston Police Fund and is an Honorary Commander of the Joint Base Charleston. Most recently, he was named a fellow for the National Security Forum hosted by the USAF Air War College.
Industry veteran Jennifer Goldman has made Southern hospitality her business for more than two decades, cultivating the exceptional service and flawless attention to detail that have become hallmarks of PPHG. As Chief Operating Officer, she spearheads all aspects of events across Patrick Properties’ four historic venues in downtown Charleston.
A founding member of PPHG, Goldman’s sharp insight has helped grow the portfolio to five distinguished venues that help support one another while generating additional revenue and job opportunities for the surrounding community.
Today, Goldman upholds the company’s foremost position in the luxury market. The pristine condition of its beautifully restored, historic properties has garnered widespread renown as the South’s most sought-after venues for weddings, private receptions and corporate events. Among the accolades, BRIDES has named both Lowndes Grove and The William Aiken House “Best Venues in America” for 2014 and 2015, respectively. Martha Stewart Weddings also honored The William Aiken House as one of 50 Ways to Wed, naming it the iconic setting for the state of South Carolina.
Goldman’s leadership underscores a deep commitment to local causes. She is the Charleston chapter president of Les Dames d’Escoffier International, promoting education, philanthropy and mentorship alongside prominent women in the hospitality field. Other roles of service include the Charleston Area CVB Board of Governors and the Program Advisory Board for the Culinary Institute of Charleston. Goldman was a finalist for the 2012 Influential Women in Business Awards, an annual honor bestowed by the Charleston Regional Business Journal recognizing professional excellence and outstanding community service.
A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Goldman is a graduate of Johnson and Wales University and has held positions with Four Seasons Hotels and several award-winning restaurants during the course of her 20-year career in the hospitality industry.
Culinary Executive Director
Nico Romo has directed Patrick Properties Hospitality Group’s celebrated culinary programs across four historic Charleston venues since 2007, crafting vibrant interpretations of classic French cuisine with delicate Asian touches and locally harvested ingredients.
Chef Romo was most recently named a Monterey Bay Aquarium 2014 Sustainable Seafood Ambassador – recognizing the commitment to ocean-friendly seafood and Lowcountry fishermen that shapes his seasonal menu at Fish Restaurant in downtown Charleston. He also attended the James Beard Foundation Chefs Boot Camp for Policy & Change, selected from more than 450 applicants nationwide to participate in hands-on advocacy training with a focus on sustainable seafood.
Among other distinctions, he hosted the 2013 JBF Award semifinalist announcements in Charleston, as well as more than 100 French Master Chefs and the French Ambassador to the U.S. during the Maîtres Cuisiniers de France – l’Académie Culinaire de France North American Conference. Past appearances include showcases with celebrity chef Daniel Boulud at Le Taste of France in New York’s Bryant Park, as well as the Culinary Vegetable Institute, De Gustibus Cooking School and his sold-out dinner at the famed James Beard House.
Chef Romo’s signature approach underscores an international career alongside leading names in the industry. The classically trained chef is the youngest ever to be awarded the coveted title Master Chef of France – joining an elite assembly regarded as the most highly skilled in techniques and traditions of the French culinary art. Chef Romo shares the distinction with only 65 recipients nationwide, and is the only Master Chef in South Carolina. The accolade is furthered by Chef Romo’s recent place among the American and Canadian delegations of l’Académie Culinaire de France, totaling 1,080 members worldwide, where he again makes history as the youngest US member since the renowned organization’s founding in 1879.
Born in Lyon, France, Chef Romo graduated from the Helene Boucher Culinary Art School in Vénissieux at age 19. He refined his skill under the tutelage of French Master Chef Patrick Henriroux at Hotel and Restaurant “La Pyramide” in Vienne, France, before rising to prominence among the United States’ finest hotels. Chef Romo’s career has spanned roles at Chez Philippe in the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, TN, and the Ritz Carlton, Atlanta, GA. Chef Romo opened the third location of B.E.D. restaurant at The Glenn, Atlanta’s first boutique hotel.
Now in Charleston, Chef Romo dedicates his time and talents to community organizations such as WINGS for Kids and Louie’s Kids, serving as team mentor in the annual Big Chef Little Chef Challenge. In his commitment to local farmers, Chef Romo collaborated with area chefs to spearhead two barn raising events that collected a total of $40,000 in aid toward rebuilding efforts.
Director of Public Relations and Marketing
Christie Moye oversees public relations and marketing initiatives for Patrick Properties Hospitality Group and each of the company’s four historic venues in Downtown Charleston.
A Charleston newcomer, Christie joins Patrick Properties following a seven-year career in public relations at Orlando-based Ypartnership – one of the world’s leading integrated marketing firms specializing in the travel, hospitality and lifestyle industries.
During her agency tenure, Christie’s international clients included Mazatlan Hotel Association and Tourism Trust, Ascend Collection by Choice Hotels, Sterling Resorts, Doubletree By Hilton, Terranea Resort & Spa and major U.S. travel destinations.
Her instrumental role in orchestrating strategic PR campaigns and special events has generated national press ranging from Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler to the NBC-TV TODAY Show, garnering two distinguished industry honors – the coveted Gold Adrian Award from Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) and Florida Public Relations Association’s Image Award.
A Southern California native, Christie is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Central Florida Honors College with a bachelor’s degree in English-Creative Writing.
Director of Sales
Amber’s Charleston career began after this Maine native decided she was ready to trade snow and ice for warm Southern hospitality. She joined Patrick Properties Hospitality Group as a sales assistant in 2009, where her down-to-earth charm and quick humor proved a natural fit. Amber’s talents in driving business were also just as apparent, garnering a promotion to sales manager just a few short months later.
Today, our director of sales is known by the roles she fulfills so well: leader, team player, facilitator and stategic problem solver. Amber is personally invested in bringing each client’s vision to life while ever mindful of individual needs – from customized menus to creative event space solutions. Count on Amber to offer fresh perspective and attentive, friendly counsel through the lens of an experienced event professional.
Prior to life in the Lowcountry, Amber drove event sales for Nonantum Resort in New England’s famed coastal village of Kennebunkport, Maine. Amber’s eight-year tenure spanned a wide range of special events, from wedding festivities to political functions for a neighboring former president. Her industry savvy complements a degree in business and marketing from The University of Southern Maine.
As for her latest personal endeavor, Amber and her husband are enjoying life as a family with their daughter.
Chef Peden Rucker directs Patrick Properties’ celebrated culinary program across our historic Downtown Charleston event venues. A natural leader in the kitchen, Peden’s refined technique and expertly tailored menus reflect nearly a decade of experience in high-end event cuisine. It’s hard to imagine that our talented chef once pursued another career – as a professional baseball pitcher!
When a shoulder injury sidelined the USC Aiken graduate, he channeled his energy into a longtime passion for cooking, nurtured since childhood by his grandmother – whose dedicated focus paralleled Peden’s own disciplined sports training. Her respect for fresh ingredients, expansive food knowledge and careful preparation further laid the groundwork for his next move. Peden hung up his mitt and enrolled in The Culinary Institute of Charleston, where he quickly excelled before graduating to the hospitality field.
Peden gained experience with Charleston’s top catering and events professionals, both as a part of the banquet team and later, in executive management. He’s participated in Charleston’s most notable events from the Charleston Wine + Food Festival to Lowcountry Local First’s Chef’s Potluck dinner, in addition to contributing his time and talents to philanthropic efforts like Feed the Need.
Here at PPHG, Peden’s dedication to excellence is coupled with the warm, winning team spirit that’s stuck with him since his baseball days. Count on our chef to knock your special event out of the ballpark.
When it comes to your wedding day, who better to have on your team than this former Clemson University cheerleader?
Jackie’s intimate knowledge of PPHG’s historic Charleston venues stems from more than three years as part of our events team. As event manager, Jackie tackled every logistic – from coordinating floor plans, timelines and catering rentals to overseeing flawless meal services and a professional event staff. Jackie also led coordination of our in-house PPHG Signature Service.
Now, as sales manager, she serves as first point of contact to for our newly engaged couples – expertly guiding them through the initial steps of planning while ensuring a smooth flow of communication and meticulous attention to detail.
Prior to joining Patrick Properties Hospitality Group in late 2010, Jackie developed her knack for client relationships through various roles in marketing and sales. University Directories recognized her as a Top 5 sales representative among a field of more than 650 nationwide – and all within her first week on the job. Additional experience with Prudential Financial and Vector Marketing furthered Jackie’s drive to stay on-task while contributing to a positive team spirit.
Jackie holds a degree in Management with an emphasis in Marketing from Clemson University.
Meg Forch comes to Patrick Properties from Charlottesville, Virginia following her career with one of the country’s premier luxury wedding and event venues. As event sales & marketing manager, Meg guided clients along every step of the planning process, from initial tour of the venue – distinguished alongside Lowndes Grove and The William Aiken House as one of BRIDES “Best Venues in America” – to a flawless day-of execution.
She also sharpened her palate within esteemed farm-to-table culinary and boutique wine programs – experience that afforded a seamless transition into her current role here at PPHG.
Today, Meg leads tastings and works closely with our team of Patrick Properties chefs to personally tailor each innovative menu highlighting seasonal ingredients from our local purveyors.
Coupled with her professional expertise, Meg’s thoughtful attention to detail and warm service helps shape unrivalled experiences across our historic Charleston venues – the aspect of her work she finds most rewarding.
Senior Event Manager
Tabitha was studying interior design when she realized her creative eye for gourmet presentation was worth bringing into focus. As senior event manager, her career expertise in catering and events provides the ideal lens for orchestrating stylish occasions with flawless taste.
Prior to joining the Patrick Properties events team, Tabitha directed catering on behalf of ARAMARK’s Higher Education Division at Campbell University in Buies Creek, NC. Her attentive service and culinary passion did not go unnoticed: she was promoted to assistant food service director within a year, overseeing all facets of staff management and culinary production across multiple residential and campus retail operations in addition to the university’s catering program.
Earlier in her career, Tabitha honed her passion for Southern hospitality while coordinating business gatherings and group functions as event manager at one of Chapel Hill’s premier hotel properties, an extension of her prior guest service experience at a historic AAA Four Diamond hotel located on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Tabitha holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality Management with a concentration in event planning from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. A few of the things she loves: a good cup of coffee, timelines and ECU Pirate football.
Rachel’s multi-faceted industry career spans guest relations, hospitality management, tourism and food and beverage. And as a former cruise director, you can bet she’ll ensure every detail of your special event is shipshape.
Before joining PPHG’s team of event managers in early 2014, Rachel’s passion for travel found a natural outlet aboard American Cruise Lines’ fleet of small luxury vessels. She gained experience as cruise director and assistant hotel manager, coordinating activities, entertainment and onshore excursions while managing crew operations and fine dining service.
Cruising the East and West Coasts, Rachel felt drawn to the easy charm of the South. She took the helm as assistant manager at Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa, supervising daily operations, staff training and guest services at the 513-room oceanfront property.
Education and team mentorship has also helped shape Rachel’s industry career. After receiving her degree in Hospitality & Tourism Management/Special Events from Niagara University, she went on to lead academic and professional development programs on behalf of the American Hospitality Academy (AHA) across seven coastal Carolina resorts. Rachel is herself a graduate of the AHA Hospitality Management & Cultural Exchange, recognized by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute.
When it comes to your special occasion, you could say Abigail has the magic touch: our event manager credits her early hospitality career with Walt Disney World Resort in shaping the impeccable standard of service she brings to each client across our historic Charleston venues.
Abigail joined the Patrick Properties team in 2014 as assistant event manager, quickly assuming the natural leadership that has since propelled her to a key role within our events team. Today, her warm enthusiasm and diligence assures our guests they are in the most capable hands.
A Pennsylvania native, Abigail relocated to Charleston with her family in high school before her dreams of a career in wedding planning took her further south to the Rosen College of Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida – one of the foremost hospitality programs in the country.
Upon earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Event Management, Abigail gained experience in guest relations and restaurant operations. She also led coordination of weddings and special events for a renowned area resort before Charleston beckoned her back home, where she takes greatest joy in guiding couples to their own happily ever after.
It’s easy to see why Erin Steffen dives in to each Patrick Properties event with a winning spirit and confident focus.
The former College of Charleston varsity swimmer joined the PPHG team in May 2015, propelled by her early hospitality career and passion for exceptional service. Erin was promoted to the role of Event Manager within the year.
A Delaware native, Erin first joined Charleston’s talent pool as part-time banquet staff upon the suggestion of a college friend. The fast pace, intricacies and discipline of the industry were a natural fit. Erin gained experience in restaurant service and special events during the remainder of her education, opting to forego a career in exercise science. Upon graduation, she accepted the role of event manager with one of Charleston’s premier caterers.
Erin refined her management skills over the course of two years in the position, expanding her culinary expertise while immersed in the local hospitality community. Inspired by the industry leadership of Patrick Properties Hospitality Group and its caliber of events, Erin pursued a role among the professional team as the next step of her career – and since has hit her stride while ensuring every element of our clients’ big day surpasses expectation.
Pastry chef Jessica Grossman’s culinary passion first began with an Easy-Bake Oven and followed the course of a fine arts career before finding a place at Patrick Properties, where her intricate wedding cake designs and specialty desserts offer the showpiece for our clients’ biggest occasions.
After earning a degree in studio arts from the University of South Carolina, Jessica broadened her photography studies at Savannah College of Art and Design before returning to her first love of baking and pastry arts here in the Lowcountry.
She honed her craft over more than a decade as baker for a popular Charleston eatery, developing recipes and perfecting technique while dually pursuing her degree in Culinary Arts from The Art Institute of Charleston. It’s no surprise Jessica graduated the Baking and Pastry program with honors.
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Patrick Properties is proud to support the following non-profit organizations.
Les Dames D’escoffier International
Jennifer Goldman is president of the Charleston chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International, promoting education, philanthropy and mentorship alongside prominent women in the hospitality field. Lowndes Grove Plantation hosts the chapter’s annual fundraiser An Autumn Affair, with proceeds benefitting local food charities and LDEI scholarships.
James Beard Foundation
We are deeply committed to the vision of the James Beard Foundation to celebrate, nurture and honor America's diverse culinary heritage through programs that educate and inspire. Patrick Properties CEO Randall Goldman is a current member of the JBF National Advisory Board. Chef Nico Romo has presented sold-out dinners at New York's legendary James Beard House in 2010 and 2015, and attended the Chefs Boot Camp for Policy & Change. Patrick Properties was also honored to host the 2013 James Beard Foundation Award nominations at historic Lowndes Grove Plantation.
Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program
In our commitment to sustainable seafood and the livelihood of Lowcountry fishermen, Patrick Properties is proud to partner with Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch® program. Chef Nico Romo is a 2015 Sustainable Seafood Ambassador and joins leading national chefs as a member of the Seafood Watch® Blue Ribbon Task Force, while Fish is South Carolina’s singular Seafood Watch® restaurant partner. We support wild, diverse and healthy oceans that will exist long into the future by sourcing only environmentally responsible seafood. Learn more at seafoodwatch.org.
Charleston Wine + Food Festival
Patrick Properties Hospitality Group is proud to showcase our historic Charleston venues as Host Sponsor of Festival events and celebrations that take place at William Aiken House, Lowndes Grove and The American Theater, alongside signature luncheons and sustainable seafood dinners presented by Chef Nico Romo at Fish Restaurant. Randall Goldman is current chair of the Board of Directors for the Charleston Wine + Food Festival.
Florence Crittenton Programs Of South Carolina
For more than 115 years, Florence Crittenton Programs of South Carolina has carried out the mission of providing care to low-income, disadvantaged pregnant and parenting mothers in need. The organization’s residential and development programs provide education, counseling services, medical care and social support inside a safe haven right here in Downtown Charleston - located in the heart of Wagener Terrace, just steps from our sister property Lowndes Grove Plantation. Every December, Lowndes Grove hosts a holiday reception for the girls with hot cocoa, gifts, cookies and tree decorating.