TAMMY JOHNSON, President & CEO
As the President & CEO of High Spirits Hospitality, Tammy is responsible for not only overseeing all the daily operations of her companies, but also focusing on business growth and strategic planning. She got the entrepreneurial bug at the young age of 16, while she began working in the hospitality business. Tammy has held every restaurant role you can think of- from waitress, to bartender, to line cook. Prior to opening Liquid Catering from her garage at the age of 26, she was the Catering Sales Manager for Sticky Fingers. Since then, she hasn't looked back and has successfully launched the four other businesses that make up High Spirits Hospitality; The Old Cigar Warehouse is an impressive event venue in the West End, Bravo1 Protection is one of the area's leading private security companies, and High Spirits Events produces several public events throughout the year. In 2017 Tammy oversaw the opening and continued management of Topside Pool Club.
Aside from operating five businesses, Tammy is an active volunteer and community leader. She is currently serves on the board for euphoria, a food, wine, and music festival; The University Center of Greenville; and the Board of Advisors for the Greenville Chamber. Tammy is currently in her third term of serving on the City of Greenville's Accommodations Tax Commission, a committee that vets grant money to non-profit organizations. In 2017, Tammy graduated from the "Streetwise MBA" class as part of the Greenville Chamber's Minority Business Accelerator program. Tammy was also a former board member of the Clemson Area SBDC; the 2012 Chair of PULSE, the chamber's young professional program; was a graduate of Leadership Greenville Class 39; and is active with the Leadership Greenville Alumni Association.
She has been recognized with many awards including 2017 50 Most Influential by Greenville Business Magazine, 2014 SC Young Entrepreneur of the Year by the Small Business Administration, 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year by Business Black Box magazine, 2012 Greenville's Best & Brightest under 35, 2013 finalist for Greenville Chamber's Young Professional of the Year, and was a 2016 finalist for the Greenville News Emerging Leaders award.
With her vast amount of experience, she loves to take on public speaking engagements; particularly with topics relating to sales, marketing, or small business operations. She also writes a personal blog about her business experiences. Check it out at www.tammyjohnson.org.
When Tammy isn't running the show at the office, she enjoys a good drink (anything with bubbles or bourbon), a walk through Falls Park, or binge-watching her favorite TV show. She's also a mommy to an adorable son, Kit.