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  1. Friday, September 20, 2019

  2. Saturday, September 21, 2019

Company / Leadership Team

A creative, passionate team

Alongside founders Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson, the leadership team has overseen 12 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.


A founding partner of 21c, Craig oversees the strategic direction as well as the daily operations of the company and is well-regarded for his expertise in complex and creative financing models.

SARAH ROBBINS | Chief Operations Officer
A founding partner of 21c, Sarah oversees Hotel and Food and Beverage operations along with HR, drawing on her exceptional experience to lead people and processes. Prior to 21c, Sarah launched several new concepts for Myriad Restaurant Group and managed New York’s Tribeca Grill.

MOLLY SWYERS | Chief Design Officer
Molly oversees architecture, interior design, 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

  • Doug Heinrich

    Vice President, Finance

  • 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


  • Eric Metzger

    Corporate Training & Development Manager

  • Ashley Manco

    Director, Room Revenue – Business Planning + Analysis

  • Nico Jorcino

    Director, Museum Design + Planning

  • Eli Meiners

    Director, Museum Operations

  • Amethyst Rey Beaver

    Assistant Curator

  • Deanna Taylor


  • Emily Lardner

    21c Events Director

  • Meg Klempner Coomes

    Procurement Manager

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