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Company / Leadership Team

A creative, passionate team

Alongside founders Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson, the leadership team has overseen 14 years of significant growth and a growing team of over 1,400.

21c Founders


21c founders Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson sought to share their passion for contemporary art and help revitalize downtown Louisville. Both native Kentuckians, this husband and wife team has found success by letting their passion and intuition serve as a guide in hospitality, farming, preservation, philanthropic giving, investing and collecting contemporary art.

Brown and Wilson also own and operate Hermitage Farm, a historic, working thoroughbred and sport horse farm in Goshen, Kentucky. Native Kentuckians, they share a deep appreciation for the Commonwealth’s rural and urban architectural landscapes alike.


SARAH ROBBINS | Chief Operating Officer
A founding partner of 21c and responsible for hotel operations, food & beverage, sales & marketing, brand management, accounting, and human resources. Robbins previously held roles with the group as Chief Hospitality Officer and SVP Operations Prior to 21c, Sarah launched several new concepts for Myriad Restaurant Group and managed New York’s Tribeca Grill.

MOLLY SWYERS | Chief Brand Officer
Molly oversees architecture, interior design, branding and retail merchandising. Prior to joining 21c, Molly worked in design and merchandising roles for consumer brands such as Gap Inc., Calvin Klein, and Hartmann.

ALICE GRAY STITES | Chief Curator and Museum Director
Alice curates exhibitions and oversees commissions, cultural programming, and museum operations for 21c’s multiple venues, in addition to collaborating with Steve and Laura Lee on art sourcing and acquisitions. Prior to this role with 21c, Alice was Director of artwithoutwalls, Adjunct Curator for the Speed Art Museum, and has served in various editorial roles for ARTnews, Contemporanea, and Art & Auction.

Brand Leadership

  • Bud Bimonte

    Vice President, Corporate Controller

  • Emily Tucker

    Senior Director, Brand Services

  • Kevin Fennell

    Senior Director, Design + Construction

  • Melanie Tapp

    Senior Director, Corporate F&B Operations

  • Gary Swick

    Director, Networking

  • Caroline Salomon


  • Ashley Manco

    Senior Director, Corporate Revenue Management

  • Nico Jorcino

    Director, Museum Design + Planning

  • Eli Meiners

    Director, Museum Operations

  • Amethyst Rey Beaver

    Assistant Curator

  • Deanna Taylor

    Director of Collections

  • Emily Lardner

    21c Events Director

  • Meg Klempner Coomes

    Procurement Manager

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