You can get to know our team and our family of vendors by reading the spotlight articles on our blog. We’ve shared a brief bio for our leadership team below so you can get a feel for the type of attitude and skills we embrace at Wedgwood Weddings and Events. If you’re interested in joining our awesome team – head over to our careers page to see our current vacancies and training programs.
John and his wife, Linda, have been married since 1974, and have two children, Bill and Stacy.
John began his hospitality experience at a Long Island beach concession owned by his parents. He fell in love with the industry and pursued this passion at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration. John started his career in the hotel business in 1973 and within 10 years became a Regional Director, responsible for 1,700 rooms. Soon after, he became the Vice President of Operations for a Southern California hotel management company.
In the summer of 1986, John and Linda purchased the lease of the Wedgewood Restaurant and Buenaventura Golf Course Pub & Grille in Ventura. They immediately converted the failing restaurant to exclusive banquet use. Z-Golf Food & Beverage Services was a natural progression: an operations and consulting practice exclusively for the food and beverage departments of golf courses, banquet facilities, clubs, and resorts was a new concept. From the original 'Wedgewood Restaurant', the brand has grown to forty-three locations in six states hosting 8,000 events per year and 750,000 guests.
Since February 2020, John has made more time for golfing. His hospitality obsession continues to shine at all our venues in the form of exceptional standards and remarkable attention to detail.
As a teenager, Bill was recruited to work every position at the family’s Bar & Grille. While pursuing a degree in Hotel Administration at Cornell, Bill displayed his leadership skills as President of his fraternity and Captain of the lightweight football team. He graduated in 1998 and then joined the food services division of Universal Studios, Hollywood, CA. As a multi-unit manager, he created budgets, wrote operating standards, implemented training programs, and led the adoption of several point-of-sale systems.
In 2001, Bill rejoined the family business and helped it expand to the East Coast. He leads a dynamic management team and supervises all restaurant operations. Under his leadership, sales now approach $50,000,000 with average profit percentages and customer service ratings far exceeding industry averages.
Bill lives in Southern California with his wife, Jenn, and their four children.
DIRECTOR OF FACILITIES & CAPITAL PROJECTS
Troy managed the extensive remodel at University Club in 2017, and his attitude and construction knowledge was so impressive we asked him to join our team. Troy had seen that we really treat our team as family and was happy to come aboard. He says his favorite part of the company is how everyone watches out for each other and we all work as a team.
Motivating contractors and subcontractors to meet deadlines takes an incredible amount of organization and influence, and it’s plain to see that Troy’s experience pays off. All our venues benefit from his support on projects ranging from full renovations to small tweaks and improvements. Troy loves that his activity shapes each client’s experience when they choose one of our venues for their event.
It’s easy to see that Troy thrives when he’s tackling big tasks and he inspires everyone to do more. He is a huge influence in his community and is committed to making lives better. Recently, Troy opened a K-12 Charter School in less than 120-days! The school is going into its third year and is now a valuable neighborhood hub. He has also started a non-profit and raised over 500k to fund a research lab at Harvard Mass Eye and Ear to help a rare type of childhood blindness. Running all our venue modifications together with community building is a remarkable amount of work but Troy always makes plenty of time for his boys: Landon and Gavin. For 25 years, he’s been a committed soccer coach and enjoys stepping up as a role model in so many kid’s lives.
Anna joined our team direct from Cornell's School of Hotel Administration where she met with Julia, our VP Sales, at a careers fair. It was obviously a perfect match and Anna continues to be instrumental to building the friendly culture that first attracted her back in 2011. Initially based at venues in Ventura County, California, Anna has worked every role from call center agent through to catering manager, and was selected as the opening manager for Boulder Creek in October 2013. That role took her to Colorado, and she has now opened a venue per year in the Mile-high State.
Anna sees her current role as a combination of motivating, encouraging, and coaching her team to be their best. Some days are hard, but many more days are incredibly rewarding. She truly enjoys taking care of people and being there on the happiest day of a client’s life! Supporting her team at events keeps Anna on her toes, and there’s always something to do. A born romantic, she still takes photos at weddings to capture the beauty and the moment all the planning comes together!
From a summer job at SeaWorld, Anna realized that the service industry was the right place for her. She still approaches hospitality in the same way any artist or chef sees their passion: rewarding, creative, and with constant room for development. Anna is renowned for her happiness and, uniquely, her region has been recognized with our famed ‘Have Fun’ award. It’s typically given to an individual property, but the Colorado region was recognized for having fun as a team, which supports our company values and team spirit.
Anna is well-traveled, having lived in seven states but she’s glad to call Colorado home. Her heart is filled with her husband, son, and dog - and the beautiful everyday chaos of home life.
When Chelsea joined our team in 2013, we had no idea that she would fall so deeply in love with weddings that she would get married exactly one year later, on her work anniversary! Initially a catering manager at our first venue in Arizona, Chelsea spent four years mastering every role at Palm Valley before her promotion to regional manager in 2017. Under her guidance, her region grew from one to five venues within four years.
Chelsea feels comfortable pushing her team to step out of their comfort zone – because they know they always have her full support. Whether she’s motivating a team member to apply for a promotion or help a challenging client, she sees these growth moments as the best part of her job! A people person, Chelsea chose hospitality for all the opportunities to meet people: when you’re supporting thousands of events each year, you meet so many amazing humans along the way.
Part of our tightknit leadership team, Chelsea is the first to tell people that she’s proud of her region’s growth. Being open to learning new skills every day has made her a better leader. Having two AZ venues nominated for our prestigious ‘Property of The Year’ award showcased how much her venues can achieve while overcoming immense challenges in terms of sales results, budgeting, customer service, recruitment, and training.
Chelsea and hard work are, by necessity, firm friends. She graduated summa cum laude from ASU while working full time and raising her oldest children. She has since welcomed her third child and somehow still makes time for extracurricular team activities. When she’s not at work you can find watching sports, cooking, and hanging by the pool. She says, “nothing beats the simple things in life”.
We would love to chat if you are a venue owner or have an interest in a venue operation and would like to join our group of busy and beautiful properties.
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