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
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.
James "Jim" Jones
James brings over 32 years of food service industry experience to the Linville Ridge community. An Atlanta culinarian of 25 years and a graduate of the Atlanta Art Institutes Culinary Arts School, he began his career with Buckhead Life Restaurant Group’s 103 West and Pano’s & Paul’s, serving four-star food to several celebrities and dignitaries, including the 1994 Olympics hosted in Atlanta.
An accomplished leader, James spent 10 years with Capital City Club of Atlanta, opening their newest country club in Woodstock, Georgia and hosting the PGA/American Express tour of 2002. Other notable achievements include opening Hyatt Midtown, a few retail venues and several restaurants. His most recent was the Currahee Club of North Georgia from 2007 to 2011. James was also previously invited to speak during the Super Chefs live tour.
His passion and drive to educate young culinarians allow him to give his absolute best to patrons and members of Linville Ridge. A native of the Carolinas, James is proud to be part of the community and looks forward to every challenge ahead.