Our People

Our Owners

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With a background in Marriott Hotels, David Rubin and his business partner purchased A Spice of Life catering in 1995. David has managed the growth of his company from four full-time employees to our current staff of 150 full and part time employees. In his dual capacities as GM and President, David oversees all sales and event coordination as well as multi-departmental daily operations with a focus on business development, marketing and finance. He received the Outstanding Alumni Award by University of Delaware’s College of Human Services, Education and Public Policy, and has held a seat on the Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional and Management Alumni Board. He has served on the Boulder Chamber of Commerce's Board of Directors, and on the Board for the Small Business Development Center. As a business owner David is very involved in the community volunteering his time and his company’s talents to many local community charities and fundraising efforts.

David Rubin

CEO/President
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After graduating from the University of Delaware’s School of Business Administration, Dan relocated to Boulder to pursue his dreams of living the Colorado lifestyle. After years of gaining experience in the service industry, he discovered his abilities and interests in making people happy. As Director of Operations, he has built a ‘well-oiled machine’ that executes all aspects of services flawlessly day after day. Dan oversees the operational aspects of all catering deliveries, full serviced events, and corporate dining, ensuring the success of 18 to 30 events daily.

Dan Bruckner

COO/Vice President

Our Culinary Team

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Patty is a Texas native raised in Oklahoma. She learned to bake from her mom and grandma, who gave her many of the recipes she uses today at A Spice of Life. Patty started out as an accountant for 12 years, then decided to trade in her suit for a chef coat and follow her passion. She attended the Art Institute of Dallas where she earned her AAS – Culinary Arts. Patty has created pastry delicacies at Whole Foods, Central Market, Hilton of Southlake, Ritz Carlton Dallas, and also owned and operated Patty Cakes Bakery and Catering for 4 years.

Patty Wilson

Pastry Chef
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Chef Treis Rainey joins the Spice of Life Team as the Executive Chef after receiving an Associate Arts Degree from Le Cordon Bleu, Culinary Arts and attended the California Culinary Academy, San Francisco. He has had an extensive career in the culinary world, having worked at Chautauqua Dinning Hall and Aji, as Executive Chef in Colorado. Chef Rainey also has experience as Head Chef, Chef de Cuisine, Sous Chef and Restaurant Chef Consultant in Texas and California.

Treis Rainey

Executive Chef

Our Sales & Marketing Team

Desra

Desra came to Spice 10 years ago after hanging her hat on the high seas with Cruise West for a year managing the customer service team that made guests’ stay the most memorable trip ever. Prior to that, she worked for Junipine Resort in Sedona Arizona as the group event planner. She graduated from NAU in Flagstaff with a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management. When she is not helping her Spice team plan and sell events, she is out and about enjoying the great outdoors with her running shoes or bike or backpack.

Desra McDonald

Director of Sales
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Blaire Segal joined the Spice family after being born and raised in sunny California. She graduated from UC Berkeley, receiving degrees in both Cognitive Science and Linguistics while playing bass drum in the Cal Marching Band. Blaire is the glue that holds our sales team together; she is a constant beacon of creativity, helpfulness, and morale-boosting wisdom. In addition to maintaining sanity in the sales office, Blaire maintains our social media accounts, interdepartmental & external marketing communications, and so much more! Her hobbies include reading, playing video games, and cuddling with her pets (a hedgehog named Amelia and a snake named Prince Charming).

Blaire Segal

Marketing + Office Manager
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Ellie joins the Spice family after moving to Colorado from her home state of Maine. Ellie brings with her a strong background in the hospitality industry, graduating college with a degree in Hospitality Management. Since then, she has worked for both Marriott Hotels and Vail Resorts in Breckenridge before moving to Boulder earlier this year with excitement for the area and a job at A Spice of Life.
As a Sales Assistant, Ellie performs a variety of tasks that make our office run smoothly, even making time to design the beautiful floral arrangements with our operations managers that are seen at each of our events. In her spare time, Ellie enjoys getting outside hiking, rock climbing and skiing or anything else that gets her outdoors. She also enjoys being crafty, and working in her garden.

Ellie Garnsey

Sales Assistant
Dawn

Dawn Meitz is a highly respected event coordinator at A Spice of Life. She began her career with Spice in August of 1998, after a 13-year career in event planning at the Boulder Country Club. Dawn prides herself on her unparalleled experience and her ability to make her clients feel at ease. The aspects of her job at A Spice of Life that she loves the most are the people, the venues, and to see the completion of fantastic events. Dawn holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Western Michigan University. When she is not working, Dawn enjoys skiing, wake boarding, camping and being outdoors, as well as spending time with her adult children and granddaughter.

Dawn Meitz

Event Specialist
Kathy

Kathy is a renowned bridal consultant who creates unforgettable occasions. When she started her own business in 1994, she began exclusively planning weddings. Although Kathy continues to expand her personal company, she is excited to contribute her talents to A Spice of Life. Kathy truly understands the love and romance that goes into a wonderful wedding, and marriage, because she found true love at an early age. In her freshmen year of college at the University of Colorado, Kathy met her husband B. Wray. The two have established their lives in Boulder and have four biological children, one adopted child with special needs, and six grandchildren.

Kathy Vaughan

Event Specialist
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Amanda Ruebl grew up in a small town in southeastern Wisconsin. After graduating with a degree in Business Management from the University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse, she moved to Vail with the intention of staying for the winter but, like most people, she fell in love with the summer. While in the Vail Valley, she worked for 10 years at Vail Resorts in various roles. Most recently, she coordinated events at the Beaver Creek Club. She enjoys helping clients plan their events by sharing her expertise, which is ensuring what will make their event a successful one. She spends her free time telemark skiing, running and road biking, as well as trips to Wisconsin to spend time with family.

Amanda Ruebl

Event Specialist
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Max Thayer joins our event specialist team after years of working as an offsite manager for Spice. Max is originally from Texas and studied hospitality at Oklahoma State University. His decade of restaurant experience along with his passion for exploring Denver’s thriving social scene combined make him well suited to turn his clients’ dreams for well-executed event perfection into reality.

Max Thayer

Event Specialist
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Emily Sussman graduated with a degree in sociology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her passion for catering and working with food has come from many different avenues; her background is primarily in event planning, marketing and sales in the hospitality industry in Colorado and Israel. Emily grew up in Minnesota and moved to Colorado in 2005. Emily greatly enjoys fostering long-lasting relationships with her clients and loves a good networking experience (especially if there’s wine involved!). As a sweet bonus, her lovable Yorkie, Stoli, can often be seen brightening the sales office’s day.

Emily Sussman

Event Specialist
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Born and raised in Kailua Beach, Hawaii, Wendy Kerr received a Bachelor’s of Science in Natural Resources Recreation and Tourism (ecotourism) from CSU and a Master's Degree in Geography (studying ecotourism planning and management) from UH. She has lived in Costa Rica as a mountain biking guide and Argentina on a Rotary scholarship, and loves traveling to South America whenever she gets the chance.
When she’s not helping plan events, Wendy can be found spending quality time with her 3 babies: a 8 year old son, a 4 year old daughter, and a boutique bike tour company, Beyond Boulder Adventures, specializing in fun, scenic rides to the hidden gems & happy hours that lie just beyond the beaten track in Boulder and Breckenridge, CO.

Wendy Kerr

Event Specialist

Our Operations Team

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Graham Thomas began working part-time for A Spice of Life in 2008 while earning his degree in culinary arts from Johnson and Wales University. Graham now leads the kitchen and operations teams to execute all events from start to finish. Graham specializes in new menu creation and finding creative ways to make logistically difficult events run flawlessly. Our team relies on Graham for his valuable input on all aspects of running the company, from marketing and sales to costing and pricing. During his limited spare time, Graham enjoys traveling (particularly to England), cooking for his friends, country music, video games, classic rock, and agility training with his dogs.

Graham Thomas

Food & Beverage Director
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Louise started with A Spice of Life as a captain at our Event Center, and has filled every gap in our company since 2012. Now as the Operations Manager, she is growing our operations department and company with the wealth of knowledge she has amassed. Louise will do anything asked of her and is an invaluable asset to our team. Louise studied hotel and restaurant administration at Oklahoma State University and remains a loyal Cowboy fan. Louise loves her large family, craft beer, and her sports teams, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Louise Ivers

Operations Manager
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Jennifer has held every operational position at Spice before finding her true niche as the catering services manager. Jennifer is originally from Florida (Go Seminoles!) and has lived in the Denver area for 2 years. Jennifer served as team leader for Americorps NCCC Southwest Region where she honed her leadership skills and can-do attitude. Spice is grateful to have someone so dedicated on our team. Jennifer loves reading, watching new acclaimed movies, playing tennis, exploring Colorado, and is learning to love the snow…looking at it, that is.

Jennifer Scharps

Catering Services Manager

Other Team Members

Bill

Bill comes to us from Yankee Machine Parts and Inca Inn where he held the position of Financial Manager. Bill was also the owner of his own business, Action Whirlpools, at one time. He graduated from University of Colorado with a BS in Finance & Accounting, Magna Cum Laude. He also received a MBA in Marketing from Seattle University. Bill is the Treasurer for Rotary and Kappa Sigma Fraternity, and he is a volunteer for New Hope Cattle Dog Rescue and handles all Craig’s List and Facebook social media for them. He is a board member and treasurer for Cool Girls, an after school organization for elementary school girls in the Boulder area.

Bill Hendrick

Controller
Hilarie

Hilarie began at A Spice of Life in July 2010. She is a seasoned human resources generalist with a 15-year track record. She is known for her ability to quickly assess situations and to provide creative, realistic solutions to everyday human resource issues. Hilarie holds a BS and MS from Florida State University and a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) accreditation. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).Prior to joining the Spice Team, Hilarie held the position of Human Resources Director and was a member of the senior management team for Inside Communications, a locally based sports publishing company that published niche magazines in cycling, triathlon and skiing. As a member of the senior management team, she contributed significantly in the successful sale of Inside Communications to California based Competitor Group.In addition to her human resources background, Hilarie was the creative talent behind all of the recipes for the best-selling nutrition books Eat to Win, Eat to Succeed, Forever Fit and Eat Smart-Think Smart. In her free time she enjoys cycling, hiking with her dog, and skiing.

Hilarie Porter

Human Resources Director
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Robin comes to Spice with an extensive background in sales and marketing. She has worked in the field, managed sales teams and conducted sales training on a national level. Although she has lived in Colorado for 30 years, she still considers herself a Nebraska Native and a serious Cornhusker fan. When Robin is not out finding new café’s for Spice, she is chasing around her 5 boys who span 17 years in age. She is also actively involved in community organizations and is on the board of the Testicular Cancer Awareness Foundation. Robin is proud and happy to be part of the Spice family!

Robin Gillespie Cassio

Business Development Manager

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