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
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.
Operations Food & Beverage Manager
Born and raised in Owatonna, Minnesota, Justin Velzke attended Luther College where he majored in business management and captained the men’s cross country and track teams. Following graduation, Justin was hired into a food and beverage management program at the Sonnealp Hotel in Vail, Colorado. He then became an assistant food and beverage manager at the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland before returning to Minnesota as the food and beverage manager for the startup Hewing Hotel in downtown Minneapolis. Justin has spent the past two years as a general manager for Caribou Coffee while working as a manager for banquets and outdoor concerts for the Mystic Lake Casino on the weekends.
In his spare time, he continues to run long distance casually and has participated in the Twin Cities Marathon multiple times. Justin also enjoys rooting for Minnesota sports teams and his family still resides there, including his parents, two sisters and brother-in-law.
Justin is excited to join the Linville Ridge team and share his years of expertise in food and beverage to provide an exceptional client experience