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 12 when she starting working in her aunt's retail gift shops on the Outer Banks. She got into the hospitality industry at 16, holding restaurant role you can think of- from waitress, to bartender, to line cook and manager.
She launched Liquid Catering from her garage in 2011. Since then, she hasn't looked back and has successfully launched the five 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. 2019 brought us a venue management relationship with The Children's Museum.
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 the Chair of the City of Greenville's Accommodations Tax Commission, a committee that vets grant money to non-profit organizations. Tammy formerly served on the boards for the 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.
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. 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.