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.
A native of Maine, Amber’s Charleston career began after she decided she was ready to trade snow and ice for warm southern hospitality. Amber joined Patrick Properties Hospitality Group (PPHG) 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. In 2018, after nine successful years at PPHG, she was promoted to Executive Director, overseeing all day-to-day operations of the company’s five celebrated historic properties and estates.
Amber is known by the roles she fulfills so well: leader, team player, facilitator, and strategic 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. Patrons can count on Amber to offer a fresh perspective and attentive, friendly counsel through the lens of an experienced event professional, while employees can count on Amber to knowledgeably execute company operations to the fullest extent.
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. Amber also mentors at-risk youth as part of Charleston’s Be A Mentor organization.
As Chief Financial Officer of Patrick Properties Hospitality Group, Steve Anderson puts his savvy numbers skills to good use on a daily basis, overseeing financials for PPHG’s celebrated portfolio of landmark properties and historic estates. Anderson joined the Patrick Properties family in 2003 as a staff accountant and has worked his way up in the company over the years to a leadership position. He enjoys meeting the needs of the staff and properties while keeping in line with budgets and financial plans. He aims to run a successful, responsible business that gives back to the community while meeting the goals of PPHG’s owners.
The New Jersey native moved to Charleston more than 20 years ago. He received his Bachelor of Science degrees in business administration and accounting from the College of Charleston. In his free time, Anderson enjoys cycling, reading, and cheering on the New York Rangers hockey team.
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.
Jackie Willis Roberts
Director of Sales
When it comes to your wedding day, who better to have on your team than this former Clemson University cheerleader?
Jackie Willis Roberts is so passionate about the venues at Patrick Properties Hospitality Group that she even celebrated her own special day at the William Aiken House in January 2018. Her intimate knowledge of the company’s historic Charleston venues stems from more than 7 years as part of our events and sales team. As Event Manager, Roberts tackled every logistic – from coordinating floor plans, timelines, and catering rentals to overseeing flawless meal services and a professional event staff. She also led coordination of our in-house PPHG Signature Service.
Roberts expanded her role at PPHG as Senior Sales Manager, where she served as the first point of contact 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. Today, she serves as the Director of Sales, where she utilizes her upbeat personality, leadership skills, team-minded focus, and strategic problem solving to oversee the sales team.
Prior to joining Patrick Properties Hospitality Group in late 2010, Roberts 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.
Roberts holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management with an emphasis on Marketing from Clemson University.
Director of Human Resources
Courtney Habberstad has grown her career at Patrick Properties Hospitality Group to serve as the company’s Director of Human Resources. She oversees a workforce of more than 115 staff members in a fast-paced industry that requires patience, discretion, and, most importantly, empathy.
Habberstad joined PPHG in 2015 as the Executive Assistant to the CEO, where she fell in love with helping her coworkers and began studying human resources. She expanded her HR knowledge by attending conferences and webinars, while gradually growing her duties within the company. Habberstad was promoted to Human Resources Generalist to further hone her skills before being promoted to the Director position.
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.
Director of Marketing
Brittany Miller joined the Patrick Properties Hospitality Group team in 2017, bringing with her nearly 10 years of savvy strategic marketing and campaign management experience. As the Director of Marketing, Miller oversees the overall marketing strategy 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. She also enjoys spending time with her two dogs and taking advantage of Charleston’s ever-changing culinary scene.
A keen interest in hospitality led Kelly Olsen to Patrick Properties Hospitality Group (PPHG) in November 2017, where she was hired as Liaison to Executive Management. In 2018, her position evolved to reflect a stronger role in corporate culture and communications, and she was promoted to Communications Manager. In this role, Kelly researches effective ways to sustain and improve PPHG’s company culture. She is a representative at neighborhood association meetings and other hospitality industry events and works to foster relationships with new philanthropic organizations. She strives to strengthen communication between departments and find new ways for PPHG to get involved in the community and give back.
Kelly is a native of Maryland and moved to Charleston in 2015 after graduating from the University of South Carolina. There, she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality Management with a minor in Club Management. Her previous work includes valuable experience in event planning, management, sales and guest services. In her free time, she loves traveling, eating at new restaurants, and immersing herself in different cultures.
Chef Peden Rucker
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.
Executive Sous Chef
Dan Elliot joined Patrick Properties Hospitality Group in 2017 as Executive Sous Chef, a position he proudly holds to this day. His degrees in restaurant hospitality management and culinary arts from the Culinary Institute of America provide a good mix of the skills he needs as he helps plan and execute culinary functions, weddings, and special events at Lowndes Grove, the William Aiken House, and American Theater. He enjoys working with the professional kitchen staff at PPHG and the ability to manage culinary operations at Lowndes Grove.
Elliot moved to Charleston from Virginia in 2013 and, prior to joining PPHG, gained valuable experience in many renowned kitchens, including Duvall Catering, Market Table Bistro, and the Inn at Little Washington. When he’s not in the kitchen, Elliot enjoys soaking up the sun on the water, fishing, and eating his way through the many amazing restaurants Charleston has to offer.
Peter “Pete” Holdsworth has been with Patrick Properties Hospitality Group since January 2017, where he became the PPHG sous chef shortly after joining the team. Since serving in the sous chef role, Holdsworth strives to make every event a perfect culinary experience and enjoys the unique learning opportunities that happen daily with the PPHG culinary team.
Holdsworth has more than 20 years of experience in dynamic culinary environments throughout the Charleston area. Some of his past hospitality roles include sous chef at Cru Catering, kitchen manager at Locklears and shift leader at the Mustard Seed.
Although Holdsworth was born in England, he grew up in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a minor in history. However, it wasn’t until he moved to Charleston in 2005 that Holdsworth’s culinary career launched, and he hasn’t looked back since!
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.
What’s better than having a well-versed Sous Chef behind the cuisine at your next big event? Having one who is equally passionate about the history behind the venues at Patrick Properties Hospitality Group.
Sous Chef Aaron Wood is no stranger to preparing food for large-scale events. Prior to joining PPHG in September 2017, Wood gained a wealth of knowledge working as a Banquet Cook in North Carolina and serving as both a Line Cook and Sous Chef in Charleston.
Wood is currently studying English and history at the University of South Carolina, and relays his studies in his culinary work at PPHG. He enjoys being a part of the long tenured history of the William Aiken House and Lowndes Grove, which are both deeply rooted in Charleston’s upbringing.
When Wood is not cooking or studying, he enjoys writing literary fiction, fishing, spending time with his wife and two dogs, gardening, and delving further into the history of Charleston.
Chef Shaun Brian
Parcel 32 Executive Chef
Chef Shaun Brian joined the Patrick Properties Hospitality Group family in late 2017 and is Executive Chef of Parcel 32, Charleston’s newest restaurant on Upper King Street. Brian’s love for cooking began at a young age, roaming and foraging for food in his hometown of Coral Bay, St. John, and fishing off his dad’s sailboat. He often cooked for his siblings while his parents were working, which inspired his culinary awakening. Brian set his sights on Charleston after being displaced from his Virgin Islands home by hurricanes Irma and Maria. He chose Charleston for its connection to the Caribbean, seasonality, amazing bounty available inland, access to natural resources, and disaster and emergency preparedness.
Brian graduated from Johnson & Wales with a degree in Culinary Arts and set forth on a successful career path. He has worked at several well-respected restaurants and hotels, including The Ritz-Carlton in St. Thomas, OCEAN 362 in St. John, and Harbor View Hotel in Martha’s Vineyard alongside talented chefs, such as Andrew Chadwick, Levon Wallace, Michael “TheRev” Sullivan, and master butcher/salumi maker, Francois Vecchio. Much of the inspiration behind Brian’s cooking today is drawn from renowned chefs John Ash and Michel Bras, both of whom mentored Chadwick, the first chef Brian worked under at The Ritz Carlton. Brian is particularly inspired by Ash’s farm-to-table initiatives and Bras’ intricate plating techniques.
Among his many accolades, Brian was named a top “30 under 30” chef by Zagat and was nominated for a Rising Star by StarChefs. He hosts annual Friends of James Beard Benefits and is an alumni of the foundation’s prestigious Boot Camp for Policy and Change. He has also cooked for several dignitaries, celebrities, and musicians throughout his career, including Gayle King, Tyra Banks, Kenny Chesney, and Adam Sandler.
Brian’s story extends beyond his culinary background. In 2016, Brian and his wife, Ally, were featured on HGTV’s “Tiny House, Big Living” and showcased a home Brian built with his mom and stepdad. He is also a former World Cup soccer player. In addition to cooking, Brian can be found making his own pottery and wooden cutting boards.
Brian is passionate about living a holistic lifestyle focused on low impact, sustainability, and minimalism. He enjoys pickling, preserving, fermenting, curing, foraging, gardening, and spearfishing, all of which make him that much more passionate about his profession as a chef. In addition to building urban gardens and bee sanctuaries, Brian is a butcher, smoker, and salt maker. In St. John, he worked with local fisheries on a sea-to-smoker concept utilizing a coconut grove and made high-end finishing salt through his company, Virgin Salt Co., both of which he plans to continue from Charleston when the area recovers from the recent hurricane damage.
Brian draws his latest life inspiration from his new baby girl, Riley Brn, who was born in February 2018.
At Parcel 32, Brian continues his deep-seated commitment to local sourcing and is on the hunt for the freshest herbs, produce, meats, and fish from local farms and fishermen as he highlights the unique flavors of Charleston and the Carolinas.
Senior Sales Manager
Senior 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 a cucumber, Rachel is an avid yogi and enjoys Charleston’s many outdoor activities during her off-time.
It’s easy to see why Erin Steffen dives into 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’s sharp drive earned her a promotion within a year at PPHG to the role of Event Manager and eventually she progressed into the Senior Event Manager role. She moved into her current position as a Sales Manager in 2019.
Upon the suggestion of a college friend, Erin first gained experience in the hospitality industry by joining a local catering company as a part-time banquet staff member. The fast pace, intricacies, and discipline of the industry were a natural fit. After flourishing in her initial hospitality roles, Erin pursued a role among the PPHG professional team after she was inspired by the company’s caliber of events and industry leadership.
Over the years at PPHG, Erin has grown to know each property extensively and enjoys sharing the unique attributes each space has to offer for events. In addition to her venue knowledge, Erin enhances the PPHG client experience through her culinary and beverage expertise. The food and beverage menus are something she grew a passion to learn, and now she can share the perfect menu layouts to match any client’s requests.
While Erin is a Delaware native, she has completely immersed herself into the Charleston community that she now calls home. When she’s not planning the perfect big day, Erin enjoys spending her free time by the water for a day at the beach or boating.
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.
Kailin Good joined Patrick Properties Hospitality Group (PPHG) in June 2016 as Head Banquet Captain. Her hard work leading the banquet staff for two years at PPHG’s celebrated weddings and special events unveiled a deeper passion for hospitality and the desire to help clients with even more aspects of their big day. In 2018, Good was promoted to Event Manager, where she now enjoys doing just that.
Good was born and raised in Beaufort, SC, and graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in Public Relations focused on Hospitality and Speech Communication. Her past work includes valuable experience in fine dining, hotels, and resorts in the Carolinas, including Charming Inns in Charleston and The Sanctuary on Kiawah Island.
In her spare time, Good can be found spending time with her dog at the beach or on a hike, traveling, and embarking on culinary adventures in her own kitchen.
When it comes to your special occasion, you could say Abigail has the magic touch. As a PPHG Event Manager, she 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. In early 2018, she moved to Massachusetts but returned to Charleston and her PPHG family in 2019 to once again serve as an Event Manager. 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 during her time in Florida. Most recently, Abigail expanded her resume in Massachusetts as an Event Coordinator for Barrett’s Alehouse. Within six months, she was promoted to the Director of Sales & Events, a newly created role.
The team is thrilled to have Abigail back in Charleston and once again part of the PPHG family, where she takes greatest joy in guiding couples to their own happily ever after.
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 a 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.
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Patrick Properties is proud to support the following non-profit organizations.
Les Dames D’escoffier International
James Beard Foundation
Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program
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 Lowndes Grove Plantation property. Every December, Lowndes Grove hosts a holiday reception for the girls with hot cocoa, gifts, cookies and tree decorating.