Managing Partner/Marketing & Development
First Job: Dishwasher at the Angus Steakhouse in Fairfield, CT.
Best place you’ve ever been: My happy place is on a sailboat in the Caribbean Islands. It changes my whole attitude upon arrival and lasts well after I leave.
Favorite Quote: “Many people spend too much time trying to be the captain of someone else’s boat… learn to be the lighthouse and the boats will find their way.”
How you Enjoy the Ride: Sailing, snowboarding, reading, time with family and friends.
Best place you’ve ever been: The Galápagos Islands.
One thing that will instantly make your day better: Working out.
What we should know about you: I have spent my entire adult life working for myself or for businesses in which I am an owner. I enjoy creating and growing businesses, employing others, and helping people grow and flourish in their jobs.
How you Enjoy the Ride: I love to travel, having visited 4 continents and dozens of countries. I traveled the US for 6 weeks in a motor home and have been to over 40 states.
What we should know about you: I’ve worked for Nage/La Vida since almost the start of the company. I was a runner, server, expo, bookkeeper, and worked into the controller position. I have an undergrad degree in Biology and Masters in Business with a concentration in entrepreneurship. In addition to working for La Vida, I help my husband, his brother, and our partner run our restaurants, GRandpa Mac brand.
Title of your memoir: She Wore 100 Hats.
How you Enjoy the Ride: Spending time with my husband and two young sons.
Best place you’ve ever been: I have lived all over the United States. I have loved each place, so it is very hard to pick a favorite!
Favorite Quote: “In a world where you can be anything…be kind.”
What we should know about you: I play flute and piccolo. I love a good documentary and reading.
How you Enjoy the Ride: Pausing, reflecting, and trying to be in the moment.
Director of Catering
Best place you’ve ever been: Anywhere near the water. Key West was a wonderful time in my life. I loved having access to the clear blue ocean and the vibrant art community stoked my creativity.
Title of your memoir: Keep your bags packed. Always say yes to the trip.
How you Enjoy the Ride: Traveling, I love to experience different cultures. If there is time to immerse myself in the community and learn how people live and work, it creates lifelong memories of each trip. Learning how the old sea diver makes his rustic traps in Costa Rica, having dinner with Bastista’s driver in Cuba, milking cows on a farm in El Salvador, learning how to hand line for fish in Holbox. They instill gratitude for how lucky we are in life.
First Job: Scooping ice cream at Hopkin’s Farm Creamery
One thing that will instantly make your day better: A strong cup of coffee… it’s a hug in a cup!
Favorite Quote: “Creativity is intelligence having fun.” – Albert Einstein
How you Enjoy the Ride: I am in my element when I am discovering someplace new; whether that’s on the road, in the air, or found in a good book.
Where are you from: York, Pennsylvania
Best place you’ve ever been: Belize
One thing that will instantly make your day better: ICED COFFEE, any time, any day
How you Enjoy the Ride: I make the most out of every interaction I have during my day – no matter who it is with. Helping others enjoy their lives brings enjoyment into mine.
Director of Operations
Brand Manager – Big Chill
Unit Leader – Big Chill Surf Cantina
Director of Brand & Marketing – Crooked Hammock Brewery
Beer Brand Manager – Crooked Hammock Brewery
Best place you’ve ever been: New Orleans, Stockholm, St. Lucia are my three favorite getaways.
One thing that will instantly make your day better: My dog, Domino
First Job: Tube Runner at Jungle Jim’s
How you Enjoy the Ride: I try to live positively in all aspects of my life while seeking to understand the perspectives of other cultures and people. I try to spread love with a smile or a compliment while offering sound, unbiased advice to friends and family.
Head Brewer/Beer Brand Director – Crooked Hammock Brewery
Best place you’ve ever been: New Zealand
Favorite Quote: “Don’t take life too seriously, you’ll never make it out alive.”
One thing that will instantly make your day better: Being silly with my wife and kids, and an ice cold beer.
How you Enjoy the Ride: Family, the outdoors, and beer of course!
Regional Director, Southeast – Crooked Hammock Brewery
Best place you’ve ever been: Half Moon Bay, CA
Favorite Quote: “Life is 10% of what happens to you, and 90% of how you react to it.” – Charles R. Swindoll
What we should know about you: I draw so much inspiration from my incredible parents: my late, hard working Father who built everything he had from nothing, and my Mother who sacrifices everything and continues to put family first above all else.
How you Enjoy the Ride: Family and friends, outback with a home cooked barbecue meal – great company, food, drink, good tunes and amazing conversation. Tough to beat!
Culinary Director – Crooked Hammock Brewery
Best place you’ve ever been: Top of a ski resort mountain.
Favorite quote: “Being a God isn’t easy, if you do too much people get dependent on you, and if you do nothing they lose hope…when you do things right, people won’t be sure you’ve done anything at all.”
First Job: Operating Go-Karts, Mini Golf, and Waterslides at an adventure park.
How you Enjoy the Ride: Staying active all the time with family and friends.
Unit Leader – Crooked Hammock Brewery | N. Myrtle Beach. SC
Unit Leader – Crooked Hammock Brewery | Lewes, DE
Unit Leader – Crooked Hammock Brewery | Middletown, DE
Owner/Unit Leader – Taco Reho
Unit Leader/Head Chef – Fork + Flask
Unit Leader – Big Chill Beach Club