Chef Tyler Brown

Tyler Brown

Tyler Brown understood early on how food and community intertwine, as his family always felt the evening meal was sacred time. It was at the dinner table where the personal exchange happened. That experience stuck with him as he looked toward his career.

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Craige Hoover

Craige Hoover

In a time when so much of our experiential world is virtual, Craige Hoover believes in creating physical interactions between people and places – the kinds of moments that define culture, that speak to the soul. In fact, he’s made it his life’s work.

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Ray Minias

Ray Minias

Ray Minias started his career bussing room service shortly after graduating from the University of New Orleans with a degree in hospitality management. Within months, he became the sommelier for the property, the Windsor Court Hotel, then ranked the top hotel in the country. Four years later, he was tapped to direct the beverage program at the Palace Hotel in South Africa opened, and quickly became recognized as the number-one hotel in the world

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Eddie Miles

Eddie Miles

The pursuit of a degree in philosophy at Belmont University first called Eddie Miles to Nashville from his native Ocoee, Tennessee. As a student, he worked construction to pay for college, ultimately becoming a trim carpenter and cabinet maker. After college he was offered a project management position in the early ‘90s with Crane Builders, a leading custom contractor in the high-end Nashville residential market.

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Andrew Klamar

Andrew Klamar

Raised on Long Island, Andrew Klamar learned the value of hard work as a teenager in the dish pit of a country club kitchen, where his father was general manager. His dad was a Hungarian exile who had found the American dream by working his way up from the bottom of the ladder, and wanted to impart that ethic onto his son. A love for fine hospitality came with it.

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David Mishkin

David Mishkin

Growing up in Chicago, David Mishkin always looked forward to weekend escapes to the countryside. Throughout his high school and college years, he helped his aunt and uncle create a horse farm from raw land. But once he’d earned a degree in business management and started a career as an options trader, he found himself stuck indoors staring at a computer.

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Jay Williams

As a graduate of Northwestern University’s film school, Jay Williams found early success as a cinematographer, working behind the camera on iconic American television shows such as Seinfeld and J.A.G. He helped launch a Travel Channel show called Beach Diaries, serving as its host and profiling exotic locales across the globe. But all of that left him unfulfilled—he realized that his want to help people required a more personal connection.

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Jeffrey Orkin

Jeffrey Orkin

The built environment depends on the natural for sustainability, and that nexus created the formation of Jeffrey Orkin’s career. He earned a degree in landscape architecture and contracting from Mississippi State University before working as an urban land planner with noted developer Gresham, Smith & Partners, where he designed urban streetscapes and innovative stormwater management systems.

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