Maurice Addison

Mary Stuart Faircloth

Mary Stuart Faircloth

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Mary Stuart Faircloth

Office Manager

Location: Columbia

I grew up here in Columbia, South Carolina. I started at Southern Way part time in 2019 and worked my way up to full time in 2020 as an Administration Assistant.

I really appreciate the people I’ve met and worked with along the way. Meeting and creating a relationship with vendors has been something I’ve truly enjoyed. I love being a part people’s events, making their days as special as can be!

Southern Way is an incredible company. There is a true family atmosphere here. This company has taught me attention to detail. Detail is everything. What may seem small to one person can make another person’s day!

I love to spend time at Litchfield Beach with my Husband, Trevor and Labrador Retriever, Riot! I also enjoy spending time with my family and friends when I am not working.

Madison Stephenson

Madison Stephenson

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Madison Stephenson

Sales Coordinator

Location: Columbia

I grew up watching my mom work in the hospitality field in Cayce, SC. I watched as she was able to completely transform someone’s day just by listening to them and by just simply being kind to them. So, from a young age, I knew hospitality was what I wanted to be a part of. I wanted to play a role in making someone’s day perfect.

I started with Southern Way in the kitchen as part-time staff then I made my way onto working events. From there I moved into a captain position, then into the office to help the Staffing Coordinator and then landed in a Sales Administrative Assistant position. I am now well immersed in my new venture as a Sales Coordinator for Southern Way Catering with a focus on one of our most popular venues, The Millstone at Adams Pond. Southern Way has definitely taught me that anything is possible. As long as you go for it and don’t give up!

I’ve always been the type of person who loves systems and organization. So being a sales coordinator really helps me put those two skills to use. And of course, there’s the gratification that comes with making sure everything is done to my client’s specifications and knowing I was able to help ease their day! Southern Way Catering really has a way of making you feel like it’s your second family. Most of the year we see each other more than we see our own families. So, to be able to have that family atmosphere really makes the long days’ worth it.

I love weddings but one of my favorite yearly events at Southern Way has to be The Heritage Golf Tournament on Hilton Head. From the gorgeous island, to the beautiful houses, to the long workdays, it’s an event like no other! My first year there was a tie so the two golfers had to go back one hole and I watched the winner get a hole in one, literally watched the ball drop straight into the hole! The crowd went wild! It was such a once in a lifetime experience! The best memory Southern Way has given me during my tenure is catering my own wedding. It was so special to be treated like one of the brides, and Southern Way played such a valuable role in my big day. My family still talks about the food and service!

I enjoy doing lots of things outside of work, but when time permits, I enjoy taking off to the mountains with my husband, one-on-one dates with my mom, taking my little sister on beach trips and playing with my five sweet dogs.

Favorite Quote:
“I may walk slowly, but I never walk backwards.” – Abraham Lincoln

Tim Martin

Tim Martin

Tim Martin

Tim Martin

Kitchen Manager, Athletics Division

Location: Columbia

I was born in New York, and raised in New Jersey and the Poconos in Pennsylvania. I joined the military in 1986 and served two years aboard the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt, where I was the personal cook for the commanding officer. There were many great experiences during my time with the military, but the opportunity to cook for two presidents is certainly at the top of the list. When I left the military I attended Johnson and Wales University in Norfolk, VA where I graduated second in my class.

During my thirty-year career in the hospitality industry, I have worked in 5-star hotels, restaurants and various catering operations including premium seating catering and private jets.

Joining the Southern Way Catering team was an easy decision, as they are one of the elite catering operations in South Carolina. I love working with people, sporting events and concerts, so leading the Athletics Hospitality Division is perfect for me.

When I am not focused on catering for the artists coming through Colonial Life Arena for a big concert or providing a premium game day experience for our clients in Williams-Brice Stadium, I enjoy watching sports and spending time with my family.

If there is one thing you should know about me it’s that I always like to follow the credo of the three E’s: Educate, Entice and Entertain.  I like to teach this to my staff so that they can learn and enjoy their jobs.

Jim Lassiter

Jim Lassiter

Jim Lassiter

Jim Lassiter

Food Service Manager

Location: Columbia

Jim has spent his entire career in foodservice. Jim’s first taste of commercial kitchens was as a dishwasher/cook in a Chinese Restaurant in his hometown of Spartanburg, South Carolina. Inspired, he went on to pursue a successful Culinary Career.

Jim’s career has been accented by working with very capable (and patient) chefs along the Eastern Seaboard, working with large healthcare facilities, international foodservice contract companies, hotels, restaurants and catering.  These career experiences introduced Jim to a wide range of systems and people.

A former Certified Executive Chef awarded by the American Culinary Federation, Jim has participated and judged in sanctioned competitions, has won a national recipe contest and published by Tyson Foods to name a few accomplishments.

Jim has an Associate of Culinary Science degree from Asheville-Buncombe Technical College and a Bachelor of Science in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Administration from the University of South Carolina; “Spurs Up!”

“People ask me if I am enthusiastic about cooking and my response is always yes. But cooking is only a part of the reason I have made a career in the industry. Helping others, passing on the knowledge and truly serving others is the passion.”

Jim has a wonderful wife, Cynthia, of over 30 years and together raised three terrific boys, Michael, Matthew, and Mason. Jim has always loved outdoor activities and all sports.

Anna Porter

Anna Porter

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Anna Porter

Sales Coordinator, Athletics Division

Location: Columbia

I am originally from Virginia, but have lived in Columbia for 12 years. I trained in ballet from the age of eight, and have been a soloist with the Columbia City Ballet for the last eight years. I recently joined the Southern Way Catering team and I look forward to beginning a new career path with one of the most prominent caterers within the Columbia hospitality industry.

I like working at Southern Way because I love working with people and always being on the go! I really enjoy the opportunities presented to meet new people and help with beautiful events.

When I am not at Southern Way you can find me home with two-year-old son, Roman, at a ballet class or planning a dinner or brunch with my friends!

Allison Crolley

Allison Crolley

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Allison Crolley

Director of Hospitality, Athletics Division

Location: Columbia

I am originally from Lancaster, SC but have lived in Columbia for over a decade. I attended UofSC where I received a degree in Retail with an emphasis on Fashion Merchandising. I began my career working in retail sales and marketing for a local company before joining the Southern Way team as a Sales Coordinator for the Athletics Division in August of 2021.

As a University of South Carolina graduate, I love that through the work I do I still get to be a part of the university that gave so much to me. It is satisfying to always be a part of making meaningful experiences for people who love the university as much as I do. There is something so special about helping someone dream up an event and getting to see if come to fruition.

I enjoy being a part of the Southern Way team because when it comes to superior service and premium catering you can’t get any better than Southern Way Catering. This company is truly a family, and they are dedicated to making every event the best it can possibly be!

Anita Williams

Anita Williams

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Anita Williams

Executive Assistant to the Chef

Location: Columbia

I began work with Southern Way Catering in September,2009. I am now the Executive Assistant to the Executive Chef. I know, that’s a lot of words; it’s a lot of work as well! My job encompasses not only administrative duties and kitchen prep/procedures, but a great knowledge of all of the divisions within Southern Way.

I am originally from Portsmouth, VA. We moved to South Carolina after my dad retired from the Navy in 1967. He was born here and wanted to come home! I have now lived in SC for 54 years.

Southern Way has been a huge part of my life for over a decade, so it is hard to pin-point specific reasons I love it here. The catering business has given me a way to put my knowledge and skills to the use. I have been an organizer/planner for as long as I remember.

Southern Way has encouraged and welcomed me to use my prior skills and knowledge to help make the company successful but has also given me a whole new set of skills and knowledge! I have learned from the ground up so to speak. I started as a part-time floor staff. And, I have been learning something new about the company and its workings every day since. It makes my job different but the same each and every day.

My goal, and our company’s overall goal, is to ensure a client’s feels they made the best decision by using us as their caterer. Each event is its own unique set of challenges; therefore, it is like learning a new job each time. We must adapt to each client’s needs and desires to ensure a successful event and a happy client. I find this job very rewarding. It makes me feel good to know that we take pride in meeting a client’s expectations for their event, and more times than not, exceeding those expectations!

I spend as much time as possible with my 2 granddaughters, Harper Grace and Emma Reese. I do enjoy bowling, fishing, bike riding, hiking, and a good Margarita. I also love the beach as well as the mountains! I guess you could say that I just have a passion for traveling and exploring new places and meeting new people.

Shalare Martinez

Shalare Martinez

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Shalare Martinez

Lead Cook

Location: Columbia

I was born in Utah and raised in Iowa. I graduated in 2012 and moved to South Carolina shortly after. I have been with Southern Way since October.

Since my very first day with SWC, I have felt accepted and appreciated by my peers and managers. We all get along so well; it makes our job fun and entertaining. There’s never a dull moment with our group. We have slow seasons and we have busy seasons. When we are in our busy seasons, we see each other more than we see our own families so it’s a lot easier to love your job when you enjoy who you work with.

I thoroughly enjoy Weddings, repeat corporate events and themed events. But my most favorite event we do every year is the RBC Heritage Golf Tournament in Hilton Head Island for one week. The days are long and the nights are short but it is an unforgettable experience with great co-workers. I was stationed on the 18th green and was able to watch the winning putt my very first year I worked. It was an experience that I will never forget.

If there is one thing SWC has taught me, it is to be passionate about my job and to be a logical thinker. I don't only go to work because I have bills to pay, I go because I enjoy what I do. I love what I do because I get the opportunity to learn new recipes practically every day. There’s nothing better than watching guests enjoy the food I have cooked

When I am not working, I have an 8-year-old son and we absolutely love going to the trampoline park, movies and shopping.

Harrison Duke

Harrison Duke

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Harrison Duke

Creative Director

Location: Columbia

I am originally from Savannah, Georgia but have lived in Columbia since High School. I started at Southern Way Catering 20 years ago as a part-time employee bartending and working events. I have been the Creative Designer here for 15 years.

I love the fast-paced environment this industry offers and knowing that I am an important part of making our client’s events special and memorable. My job is to take a client’s vision and bring it to life. Putting together the visual aspect is the best part of what I do. Because of this, I’d have to say themed events are my favorite!

I get to work with such a talented group of people who inspire me on a daily basis. Southern Way’s attention to detail and the pride we put into all events, no matter how big or small, is what makes this company so successful. We are such a versatile company! I have had the opportunity to cater two different Governor Inaugurations and helped us receive the University of South Carolina athletic department contract. I am a huge college football fan, so I loved being a part of that!

I normally spend my time watching movies and spending time with my dogs, Tucker and Taffy!

Maurice Addison

Maurice Addison

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Maurice Addison

Logistics Manager

Location: Columbia

I have had an amazing experience as the Logistics and Operations Assistant Manager at Southern Way Catering. The Food Industry has always been a passion of mine! I even love to cook for my friends and family in my free time. Food just always makes people happy. I love how It plays a such a big role in creating wonderful memories by uniting people.

In the logistics department, we see the vision and know just how to implement the idea so that the event can run as smooth as possible. I’d have to say any of Brittany’s events are my favorite because she likes to take the whole warehouse with her, so she keeps me fit!

I am constantly learning new things at Southern Way and truly believe knowledge is key. We stay busy here and it keeps me on my toes. I have never known catering to be as beautiful as Southern Way has showed me. I honestly always used to wonder “how is this venue so gorgeous and implemented in ways that you could not imagine” but Southern Way made it happen. Southern Way knows how to cater to clients’ needs and make that person dream event happen as though we were the fairy godmothers to so many Cinderellas!

I was born here in South Carolina so Southern Way feels like home to me! We really are a family here. I have made strong relationships with so many amazing people.

“When I was younger there was something in me. I had passion. I may not have known what I was going to do with that passion, but there was something — and I still feel it. It’s this little engine that roars inside of me and I just want to keep going and going.”
- Sheila Johnson

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