team

Our Rocky Top Catering team takes a tailored approach to each and every client we serve. Our professional and friendly staff make your event unforgettable — from planning to execution and every step in between. We work seamlessly with vendor partners to ensure that your event is everything you want it to be and more. To best serve our clients, our team members specialize in certain areas — corporate, weddings, social events, venue management and so forth — to ensure you get the expert attention you deserve.

MEET OUR TEAM

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DEAN OGAN

OWNER

BIO

How long have you been with Rocky Top:
24 years

Favorite Rocky Top menu item:
Picking a favorite menu item is like picking my favorite child! Impossible.

Fun personal fact:
My favorite food is fresh roasted pumpkin seeds. I dream about them.

Favorite thing about working at Rocky Top:
I love my teammates. People make this company great!

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Jen Ogan

Director of Business Applications

BIO

How long have you been with Rocky Top:
8 years

Favorite Rocky Top menu item:
Shrimp & Grits

Fun personal fact:
I am a retired pharmacist.

Favorite thing about working at Rocky Top:
I love my co-workers and not just the one I am married to.

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KEVIN DEHIMER

DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL SALES

BIO

How long have you been with Rocky Top:
18 years

Favorite Rocky Top menu item:
1. Seared Tuna 2. Pork Belly Tostada

Fun personal fact:
I have been to 14 countries, and 24 states.

Favorite thing about working at Rocky Top:
The family of staff & the people/vendor partners I get to meet along the way.

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JEFF BESSELMAN

DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & LARGE SCALE EVENTS

BIO

How long have you been with Rocky Top:
4.5 years

Favorite Rocky Top menu item:
Shrimp & Grits or Korean Taco Station, it’s a toss up!

Fun personal fact:
The golf and travel addiction is real right now! I’d turn semi-pro if I could.

Favorite thing about working at Rocky Top:
The relationships formed with trusted colleagues and partners who you can count on for support and collaboration.

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CAROL SASSEEN

DIRECTOR OF CORPORATE SALES

BIO

How long have you been with Rocky Top:
7 years

Favorite Rocky Top menu item:
Street Tacos

Fun personal fact:
I have two amazing daughters.

Favorite thing about working at Rocky Top:
Teamwork

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Spencer Carter

Culinary Director

BIO

How long have you been with Rocky Top:
6 years

Favorite Rocky Top menu item:
Shrimp & Grits

Fun personal fact:
I am happily married to my high school sweetheart.

Favorite thing about working at Rocky Top:
Everything!

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BO PETERSON

EXECUTIVE CHEF

BIO

How long have you been with Rocky Top:
5 years

Favorite Rocky Top menu item:
Green Chili Braised Pork Shoulder

Fun personal fact:
I was born in Germany.

Favorite thing about working at Rocky Top:
The teamwork and camaraderie!

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BETH HOLDSCLAW

PASTRY CHEF

BIO

How long have you been with Rocky Top:
6 years

Favorite Rocky Top menu item:
Bacon Butterscotch Cupcakes

Fun personal fact:
I ride a motorcycle. You will recognize me by the cupcake on my helmet.

Favorite thing about working at Rocky Top:
Seeing photos of my creations on social media and my assistant, Shawnee!

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COLLEEN VIVENZIO

CORPORATE FINANCE MANAGER

BIO

How long have you been with Rocky Top:
11 years

Favorite Rocky Top menu item:
Roy’s Grits & Crab Cake Sliders

Fun personal fact:
I secretly love & am very good at archery. I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have an 18 month old.

Favorite thing about working at Rocky Top:
Introduced me to lifelong/best friends

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VICKI TONG, She/Her/Hers

SENIOR SALES MANAGER

BIO

How long have you been with Rocky Top:
13 years

Favorite Rocky Top menu item:
Toasted Parmesan Mashed Potatoes…I could eat them every day!

Fun personal fact:
I’m a dog mom to 3 fur babies, a 90’s rap and country music enthusiast, and I live for Panthers football season!

Favorite thing about working at Rocky Top:
Event Day! It makes my heart happy to see months of hard work and planning come together to create the most magical days for our clients!

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QUANN BRADLEY

SALES MANAGER

BIO

How long have you been with Rocky Top:
3 years

Favorite Rocky Top menu item:
Sorghum Fried Chicken Breast and Shrimp & Grits

Fun personal fact:
I love to dance, workout (boxing), UNC fanatic

Favorite thing about working at Rocky Top:
My coworkers, different event types, and the thrill of seeing happy and satisfied guests.

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CARLEY FESTA

SALES MANAGER

BIO

How long have you been with Rocky Top:
8 months

Favorite Rocky Top menu item:
Sesame Roasted Salmon

Fun personal fact:
I’ve played soccer for as long as I can remember, and love anytime I can go and play for fun.

Favorite thing about working at Rocky Top:
As a new sales member, the team welcomed me with open arms and is there for me every step of the way.

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Kristin Jolly

director of operations

BIO

How long have you been with Rocky Top:
6 years

Favorite Rocky Top menu item:
Hot Chicken Poppers and our House Made Pickles

Fun personal fact:
I run a jewelry business which has become the perfect creative outlet to unwind after a long day.

Favorite thing about working at Rocky Top:
The collaboration between sales, operations and culinary to create a unique event for every client.

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KADIE MARTIN

CLIENT RELATIONS MANAGER

BIO

How long have you been with Rocky Top:
6 months

Favorite Rocky Top menu item:
Late Tomato & Sweet Corn Salad and Hot Chicken Poppers

Fun personal fact:
I’m originally from Kansas (cue Wizard of Oz jokes).

Favorite thing about working at Rocky Top:
Getting to travel around NC seeing all kinds of event venues and making new friends along the way!

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SAM OSTERWALD

STAFFING MANAGER

BIO

How long have you been with Rocky Top:
10 years

Favorite Rocky Top menu item:
Pepper-Jack Queso, it’s truly addictive!

Fun personal fact:
My fiancé and I met while both working for Rocky Top. We now have three beautiful children together and still love working for this amazing company!

Favorite thing about working at Rocky Top:
Rocky Top is more than just a catering company — it’s a second family. We all support each other and love what we do, which is giving back to the community and giving our clients the best experience on their special day.

RYAN JONES

director of bar programs & facilities

BIO

How long have you been with Rocky Top:
6 months

Favorite Rocky Top menu item:
Green Chili Braised Pork Shoulder

Fun personal fact:
I was the mascot at my high school.

Favorite thing about working at Rocky Top:
Being across the hall from Chef Bo and Chef Spencer!

Katie Jones

Corporate Office Manager

BIO

How long have you been with Rocky Top:
2.5 years

Favorite Rocky Top menu item:
Shrimp & Grits

Fun personal fact:
I have 2 awesome kiddos and a pup named CoCo Chanel. I love crafting, laughing and the beach!

Favorite thing about working at Rocky Top:
It’s a fun and exciting work atmosphere that keeps you on your toes! And it’s cool to see both sides of the company – the magical events and the business operations of it all.

Karlee Schell

Client Relations Manager

BIO

How long have you been with Rocky Top:
1 year

Favorite Rocky Top menu item:
Asiago Stuffed Chicken Breast with Herb Red Skin Potatoes and Crispy Brussels Sprouts. And don’t forget the caper butter!

Fun personal fact:
I shaved my head to benefit the St. Baldricks Foundation in high school.

Favorite thing about working at Rocky Top:
I love working with excited brides to take away some of the stress of their big day. I always know they are in good hands, and that’s what makes me feel good about the service we provide.

Felicia Anderson

Catering Sales Manager

BIO

How long have you been with Rocky Top:
4 months

Favorite Rocky Top menu item:
Tres Leches Cupcakes

Fun personal fact:
I love handicrafts! I’m a self-taught crocheter who has five projects going at any one time…I just get so excited and can’t wait for the next one!

Favorite thing about working at Rocky Top:
Being able to meet and work with so many amazing people and vendors at so many fabulous venues.

Lisa Lambert

Catering Sales Manager

BIO

How long have you been with Rocky Top:
3 months

Favorite Rocky Top menu item:
Blood Orange Cupcakes & Green Chili Braised Pork Shoulder

Fun personal fact:
I grow numerous varieties of tomatoes every summer and eat caprese salads and tomato sandwiches for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Favorite thing about working at Rocky Top:
The quality service, food and people I get to work with every day.

Jourdan Cromartie

General Manager, The Daily Planet Cafe

BIO

How long have you been with Rocky Top:
11 years

Favorite Rocky Top menu item:
Turkey Burger & Epic French Dip

Fun personal fact:
I met my fiancé at Rocky Top and we are getting married August 5, 2022. And yes, Rocky Top is catering everything!

Favorite thing about working at Rocky Top:
The people! I have a lot of lifelong relationships now because of Rocky Top and I am very thankful for that. Good people are hard to come by, and when you find good people that you love to be around and work with, it makes coming to work every day that much better.

Sarah Sullivan

Cafe Manager, The Daily Planet Cafe

BIO

How long have you been with Rocky Top:
10 years

Favorite Rocky Top menu item:
Caprese Panini

Fun personal fact:
I’m from the Eastern Shore of Maryland and am obsessed with all things related to crabs and oysters. Oh and balloons make me uncomfortable when other people touch them!

Favorite thing about working at Rocky Top:
The lifelong friends I have made working here!

Roy Durham

Chef, The Daily Planet Cafe

BIO

How long have you been with Rocky Top:
24 years

Favorite Rocky Top menu item:
Nothing beats our burgers!

Fun personal fact:
I’m known for my smile.

Favorite thing about working at Rocky Top:
I love meeting new people at the cafe and through events we cater.

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