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
A North Carolina native, Joy Dixon brings over 10 years of experience to the Linville Ridge team. Her passion for wine, food and unforgettable experiences drew her to the hospitality industry. Joy has had the pleasure of working with many great chefs and restaurants across the south including Nolen Kitchen, The Asbury at the Dunhill Hotel and Highland Avenue. Her North Carolina heritage and deep love of authentic experiences guided her to work and train in establishments focused on preserving the highest standards of southern hospitality while showcasing the most local ingredients available. During Joy’s tenure at Highland Avenue, it was named one of the south’s best restaurants by Southern Living and received accolades from Our State Magazine, MSN and Garden & Gun.
She attended Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina and received a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Joy graduated magna cum laude and also has advanced studies in fermentation science with designations from Court of Master Sommeliers, Cicerone and a certificate of mixology.
In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, hiking and reading.
Director of Restaurants/Sommelier
With nearly 20 years of experience, Sean Miller possesses a true passion for great service and southern hospitality. Throughout his career, he has mastered the art of pairing food and wine. Sean attended culinary school at Johnson & Wales in Charleston and then joined the Ritz Carlton where he revamped the entire wine list.
After leaving the Ritz Carlton, he relocated to North Carolina and worked at Bonne Soiree. Eventually, Sean set his sights on New York and accepted a position at Boulud Sud and Eleven Madison Park in Manhattan before moving back to North Carolina.
He is currently working towards his Advanced Certification via the Court of Master Sommeliers. Sean relishes the opportunity to elevate service, share his knowledge of food and beverage with the next generation and create lasting memories for the members of 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.