Jessica Annunziata is a former restaurateur with 20 years in hospitality. Always a consummate storyteller, she has decided to follow her true passions: travel and writing with her new venture, Eat Sip Wander LLC, a food & beverage tourism company. Jess is a serious lover of Champagne, music, books, and finding undiscovered far off places.
Heidi Billotto writes about food and restaurants in Charlotte, teaches cooking classes and has a successful catering business. Heidi is married to guitarist and vocalist, Tom Billotto. The two often work together providing “food and mood” at parties and events. Be sure to check out Heidi’s blog at HeidiBillottoFood.com.
Cass Bradley is a commercial/editorial portrait and wedding photographer with clients across the US and internationally. She has been published in many magazines, including Southpark Magazine, Carolina Bride and Grace Ormond Wedding Style. Cass spent 17 years in the corporate world and made the decision to leave it nine years ago to open her studio, BlueSky Photo Artists, and hasn’t looked back.
Matthew Paul Brown
Matthew Paul Brown is Managing Partner | Founder of Reside Realty. Matthew likes to say his company is about relationships. “Giving back is our greatest gift,” says Matthew, and he centers his articles around the Charlotte community, philanthropy, travel and home.
Sherri K. Johnson
Sherri K. Johnson is a seasoned PR pro, content strategist and self-proclaimed word nerd. Her 25 years of public relations experience combined with a love of writing form the foundation of her business, The Content Shop. In her free time, she enjoys adventure travel which has kick-started her next career as a travel writer. She is a big fan of the em dash and Oxford comma enthusiast.
Reverend Tony Marciano
Reverend Tony Marciano is the Executive Director of the Charlotte Rescue Mission (CRM). Located in the shadow of Bank of America stadium, CRM provides free Christian residential recovery programs for people struggling with addiction, poverty and hopelessness. He is also available able to speak to your group.
Hade Robinson, JR.
Hade Robinson, JR. a.k.a. Carolina Style Guy on WCNC/NBC’s Charlotte Today is Personal Stylist & Sales Manager at Nordstrom SouthPark. He serves on the Board of Advisors to the International Fashion Style Academy and is a Certified Judge with the Miss America Organization. Hade is well known for his style expertise and hosts fashion shows and events in the city.s
Tracy Sanchez is a creative, artist, and visionary; and fashion styling is second nature. After spending 20 years in the corporate real estate industry, she decided to follow her heart and start a career in styling. Tracy puts a fresh yet classic twist on fashion, pulling inspiration from ’70s icons and current fashion leaders. She has extensive experience with styling weddings, commercials, fashion shoots, personal styling, and shopping.
Michael Smith is President and CEO of Charlotte Center City Partners, which facilitates and promotes the cultural and economic development of the Charlotte region’s urban core. His background blends corporate and non-profit experience.
Deborah Williams is the owner and president of Professional Consultant Group Inc., serving clients in hospitality, transportation, aviation, food, wine, packaging, real estate, media, health & beauty, fashion, and multiple medical specialties since 1994. Her love of marketing, media and helping others achieve their goals is the passion that drives her company. She lives in Charlotte with her husband, J.D.
Richard Pattison is a founding partner of Taylor Richards & Conger and has been a student of men’s clothing for nearly four decades. With his business associates, he has created a nationally recognized men’s store that has consistently achieved Esquire Magazine’s coveted Gold Standard Award of Excellence.