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. Her enthusiasm and passion for business is clearly evident through her work in our organization, and in the community.
Tammy got the entrepreneurial bug at the young age of 12 when she starting working in her aunt's retail gift shops on the Outer Banks. By the time she was 15 she was running inventory, ordering, hiring, marketing, and even light bookkeeping. Because the stores didn't keep her quite busy enough, she started hosting at a fine dining restaurant at night, giving her an introduction into the world of hospitality. From there she eventually left the retail world behind but worked her way up in the restaurant industry, holding every role you can think of- from waitress, to bartender, to line cook and manager. She jumped around the country working in Texas, Alaska, Charleston, and Hawaii before finding her way to Greenville in 2009 where she fell in love with events at the Catering Sales Manager for a regional restaurant group.
In 2011 she left the world of steady employment behind and launched Liquid Catering out of her garage. 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 six 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 is on the Advisory Committee for the Truist Culinary & Hospitality Innovation Center at Greenville Tech. Tammy has formerly served on the boards for the City of Greenville's Accommodations Tax Commission, Clemson Area SBDC; the Board of Advisors for the Greenville Chamber; was the 2012 Chair of PULSE, the chamber's young professional program; and was a graduate of Leadership Greenville Class 39. In 2017, Tammy graduated from the "Streetwise MBA" class as part of the Greenville Chamber's Minority Business Accelerator program, where she is now active as a mentor.
She has been recognized with many awards including 2017 50 Most Influential by Greenville Business Magazine, 2018 Woman-Owned Business of the Year by Community Works, 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.
When Tammy isn't running the show at the office, she enjoys a good drink (anything with bubbles or bourbon), traveling, and keeping up with her busy family of four.