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.
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.
human resources generalist
Courtney Habberstad’s job title at Patrick Properties Hospitality Group may be human resources generalist, but hospitality is her specialty. Serving a workforce of more than 115 staff members in a fast-paced industry requires patience, discretion, and most importantly, empathy. Habberstad has grown her career at PPHG since 2015 when she accepted the role of executive assistant to the CEO. She fell in love with helping her co-workers and began studying human resources, attending conferences and webinars while gradually growing her duties within PPHG. Habberstad’s background in events management made her a perfect fit for PPHG’s culture of service. While studying at College of Charleston, she worked for several high profile and large-scale events. Habberstad holds degrees in hospitality and tourism management and business administration. Off-duty, she’s a passionate foodie and enjoys cooking, running and soaking up some sunshine on the boat.
Digital Marketing and Brand Manager
Brittany Miller joined the Patrick Properties Hospitality Group team in 2017 bringing with her nearly 10 years of savvy experience in strategic marketing and campaign management. As the digital marketing and brand manager, Miller oversees data-driven marketing and social media efforts for Patrick Properties’ portfolio.
Miller holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Dayton. Her creative knack for digital, brand and product marketing in a variety of industries including real estate, banking and technology, and her results-driven attitude are valuable assets to PPHG’s social, web and print campaign initiatives.
Outside of the office, Miller lends her expertise to several philanthropic organizations including the Lowcountry Food Bank, Lowcountry Orphan Relief, United Way and the Ronald McDonald House.
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.
Parcel 32 Executive Chef
Executive chef Digby Stridiron will helm the culinary program at Patrick Properties Hospitality Group’s highly anticipated Parcel 32, opening fall 2017 in Charleston, S.C. A commitment to sourcing fresh ingredients, an abiding love for the South and an inventive approach will inspire Chef Digby’s coastal Charleston cuisine. At Parcel 32 the menu will showcase seasonal ingredients and regional recipes with history as the prevailing guide.
Prior to joining PPHG, Digby was most recently the chef and co-owner of the award-winning balter restaurant in St. Croix, a recipient of high marks from the New York Times, Travel and Leisure and Coastal Living. His cuisine earned balter a USA Today 10 Best Restaurants in the Caribbean readers’ choice award in 2017.
The St. Croix native’s global perspective stems from a lively childhood traveling the world in a military family. His father’s innovative, creative cuisine prompted an interest in the culinary arts, while his mother’s rice set the ultimate standard.
After serving in the armed services, Digby pursued a culinary career in St. Croix’s respected Mahogany Room and alongside his mother in the kitchen at her store. Upon graduation from Le Cordon Bleu, he immersed himself in southern foodways reflecting his extensive travels across Mississippi, Georgia, North Carolina, Texas, Louisiana and Florida. While working with renowned chef Norman Van Aken, he honed the ability to tell a story with his cuisine and has since made cultural influences a cornerstone of his craft.
A community leader, Digby served as a culinary ambassador for the U. S. Virgin Islands, and received the Chef of the Year award from the Caribbean Tourism Association. He is an active member of the industry; frequently donating his time and talents to raise awareness and funds for meaningful causes. In conjunction with the James Beard Foundation, he attended one of the organization’s Boot Camps and hosted the first James Beard chef dinner ever held in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Along with his activities for the Slow Food movement, Digby started numerous community gardens for high risk youth and children who might not have access to fresh produce.
Director of Events
Tabitha was studying interior design when she realized her creative eye for gourmet presentation was worth bringing into focus. As director of events, 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.
Senior Sales Manager
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 senior 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.
Sales manager Rachel Urquhart’s multi-faceted 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 the PPHG team as an event manager 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.
Now Rachel thrives while helping PPHG’s clients navigate the details of their special event, and after years of managing occasions across Patrick Properties’ historic downtown venues – she’s the perfect captain.
Rachel holds a degree in Hospitality & Tourism Management/Special Events from Niagara University, and is a graduate of the American Hospitality Academy, recognized by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute. Cool as cucumber, Rachel is an avid yogi and enjoys Charleston’s many outdoor activities during her off-time.
Carly Terrier has an enviable background in hospitality that makes her the perfect professional to lead events across Patrick Properties’ historic downtown venues. She brings enthusiasm combined with sophisticated style and seasoned managerial skills demonstrated throughout her career.
During her previous tenure at one of downtown Charleston’s premier hotels, she coordinated sales and special events and was known for her attentive service and authentic Southern hospitality that welcomed and impressed the establishment’s guests. Earlier in her career, Carly gained experience as a concierge and reservation coordinator for an elite vacation rental company on exclusive Kiawah Island. Once again her outstanding customer service won accolades.
Carly is a graduate of East Carolina University and an avid Pirates football fan. She was still in college when she coordinated her first special event and even then her energy, attention to detail and articulate presentation skills made it clear she had a bright future ahead in the events industry.
Senior Event Manager
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.
It’s easy to consider operations manager Rebekah Grant mission control at Patrick Properties. Her warm, bubbly charisma and meticulous attention to detail are central to her role in coordinating staffing and schedules, overseeing our vibrant beverage program and working with our close network of industry partners to ensure events run smoothly across our Downtown Charleston properties.
Rebekah began her career with PPHG while pursuing a double major in Hospitality & Tourism Management and Accounting at the College of Charleston. From her initial start as banquet server, she quickly gained experience and rose to the position of head banquet captain before joining the events team as assistant event manager – all within a span of just two years.
Today, Rebekah’s unique perspective in both front- and back-of-house event operations is an invaluable asset that helps our clients plan for every need. Her passion in creating the perfect day is also tied to personal experience – she just so happens to be a newlywed herself.
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.
Parcel 32 General Manager
Katie Hajjar brings more than a decade of experience to the table as general manager of Parcel 32. No stranger to historic Charleston, she has grown her career through one of the destination’s most celebrated hospitality groups while under the mentorship of culinary luminaries that include celebrated Chef Frank Lee and restaurateur David Marconi.
Katie quickly rose through operations and restaurant management roles across the group’s distinguished dining portfolio. Most recently, Katie directed the team at Old Village Post House Inn & Restaurant – where her attentive service, business savvy and exemplary leadership as GM cultivated loyalty among both the tenured staff and dedicated guests. Her friendly welcome as the face of Parcel 32 will bring the same, warm hospitality to Upper King Street.
Katie’s lifelong passion for the coast is also perfectly channeled into Fish’s commitment to sustainable seafood. A Massachusetts native who dreamed of sailing, Katie began her career aboard a cruise ship, traveling the country’s Atlantic and Pacific Coasts, as well as South America. She later made her way to the Florida Keys, where she was finally able to live aboard her very own Pearson 365 sailboat before setting her coordinates for Charleston.
Katie graduated cum laude from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sales & Meeting Management, and an Associate of Science degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management.
Parcel 32 Assistant General Manager
An avid fisherman and outdoor enthusiast, assistant general manager Jeremy Goodrich found his two passions align at Patrick Properties Hospitality Group, where his deep love for customer service and knowledge of local waterways work hand in hand.
Goodrich, a Virginia native, traded a career in landscape architecture for glasses of wine when he moved to the culinary destination of Charleston. After advancing in high-volume restaurants throughout the Charleston area, Goodrich desired to work for a company with a local connection and a family culture.
The Patrick Properties reputation brought him to Fish, and when the restaurant closed, Goodrich became an integral part of the 442 King Street renovation. As assistant general manager of Parcel 32, he will lead staff training, maintain service standards and ensure that the restaurant’s mission of welcoming all to its tables is exceedingly fulfilled.
Parcel 32 Restaurant Manager
Lynze’s passion for genuine hospitality and making others feel special brought her to the restaurant industry early in her career – and coupled with a natural drive, bubbly personality and decisive leadership, it’s no wonder she has so quickly excelled.
Lynze first laid the foundation of her culinary knowledge and commitment to warm, personalized service within the exclusive community of Wild Dunes, gaining experience in a range of front-of-house positions. Later, she expanded her professional development while rising through supervisory roles at one of Charleston’s most celebrated hospitality groups.
Now as restaurant manager, Lynze will help steer daily operations and staff training at Parcel 32 – drawing on her years of experience to ensure our dining guests consistently enjoy top-notch service on Upper King Street.
A native of Rocky Mount, North Carolina, Lynze studied special education at UNC-Greensboro.
We welcome the opportunity to get to know individuals as passionate about the hospitality industry as we are. Please send your resume to email@example.com.
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.