FOOD & BEVERAGE TEAM
Food & Beverage Director
Rhys-Bevan Williams (pronounced 'Reece') was in charge of the food and beverage operations at the venerable Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland for nearly 15 years. Congressional, founded by five US presidents, is one of the largest clubs on the Eastern seaboard and has hosted a US Open and six AT&T Tiger Woods' National Tournaments.
At Congressional, Rhys developed and achieved the highest standards for training, opened the Founders' Pub and successfully converted its Senate Grill to a Chophouse. Prior to his time there, he worked for Squires Steakhouses in Sun City for nine years in food and beverage and opened three restaurants for the company.
A native of South Africa, Rhys is an avid long distance runner and has participated in the NYC Marathon multiple times
With 16 years of experience in the food service industry, Chad Gabrielson has excelled in the fiscal, managerial and culinary aspects of fine dining establishments. He has worked with political figures ranging from lobbyists to the governor and with presidents of large corporations to coordinate business functions. His passion and work ethic are epitomized by his desire to mentor and train others in the field so that he can give back and perpetuate a collaborative atmosphere. In addition to his culinary prowess, Chad enjoys studying and educating others about wine, an interest that will no doubt serve him well with View 180’s new, prominently displayed wine room.
Director of Catering & Special Events
Kayla Bower returns to Linville Ridge this season as Director of Catering & Special Events. Prior to joining the Linville Ridge team, Kayla was the Food and Beverage Director at Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock, NC. Her previous experience includes management roles with Outback Steakhouse, as well as Special Events Manager and Restaurant Manager for Chetola Resort.
Kayla is a native of the North Carolina Outer Banks, and spent many summers with her family in the Appalachian Mountains. She is an Appalachian State alumnus with studies in Hospitality and Tourism Management.
Director of Restaurants
A native of Denver, Colorado, George Carmichael came to the high country of North Carolina in the fall of 2006. A scholarship athlete on the men’s soccer team at Appalachian State University, George studied criminal justice and business management.
After completing his degree in 2011, he moved into the food and beverage industry, immediately starting in a fine-dining restaurant in Blowing Rock, North Carolina. George excelled at Crippen’s Country Inn and Restaurant and successfully pursued further opportunities within the industry.
He went on to become the banquet manager at Crestwood Resort and Spa, as well as the front of house manager for their restaurant, The Table at Crestwood, in 2012.
After gaining two years of experience managing at Crestwood Resort, George moved on to become the general manager of Sorrento’s Bistro in the spring of 2014, where he has spent the last two years before coming to Linville Ridge.
The Turn Manager
Billie Oxendine has lived her whole life in Roan Mountain, Tennessee. Billie then moved to Linville Ridge where she started working as a dishwasher at the Sandwedge. Billie has held numerous positions such as a line cook at Sandwedge and a deli manager at the Turn. Billie loves going to work each day and seeing the sunrise, which is different each day, and the fog laying in the valleys. Billie also enjoys the relationships she gets to form with the people she sees each day. When she’s not at work Billie likes to spend time with her daughters, Lakota and Amanda. She also enjoys reading, restoring antique furniture, researching her Native American heritage and spending time outdoors.