Joe GuerraGeneral ManagerJoe Guerra brings 15 years of experience, including 10 years as a staffing consultant, to City Winery Nashville as the service director, where his responsibilities include directing and overseeing the venue’s customer service policies and initiatives and managing employee-customer interactions. The Chicago native grew up with a passion for cooking before attending Arizona State University, where he earned a degree in Business Administration. Guerra is excited to join the City Winery Nashville team and work in an environment surrounded by people who also enjoy great food, music and wine. Guerra lives in Franklin, Tenn., with his wife, Jennifer, and their two children. When he’s not at City Winery, Guerra enjoys golfing and traveling. Email: joe(at)citywinery.com
Chris AllenExecutive ChefIllinois-native Christopher Allen developed a passion for cooking at an early age, as he was always fascinated watching his parents prepare meals. When his parents opened a restaurant in 2004, Chris immediately began working alongside them. Years later, Chris enrolled at John Wood Community College in Quincy, Illinois, where he took his love for culinary arts one step further by studying Professional Cooking. Throughout his 15-year career, Chris has lent his talents to a variety of well-known restaurants across the U.S. and Music City, including Palm Nashville. In addition to his current role as Executive Chef of City Winery Nashville, Chris creates and bottles his own line of BBQ seasonings, rubs, sauces and marinades, and has also served as a member of the Kansas City BBQ Society (KCBS). Chris currently resides in Nashville with his wife, Tara, and their 4-year-old spoiled fur baby named Bailey. When he’s not working, Chris enjoys hiking, kayaking, cooking at home and having a relaxing movie night with his family.
Mike Simon Talent BuyerMike graduated from Indiana University Bloomington in 2006, after which time he spent a few years working in his hometown of Cincinnati. Mike then moved to Chicago, where he would end up joining the City Winery Chicago team when CW's second location was opened in 2012. Mike then moved to Nashville in 2014 for the opening of City Winery's 'Music City' location. Mike started working with the CW Box Office team, was later promoted to Venue Director in Nashville, and was then promoted to the Talent Buyer role in 2017 which was always his long-term goal within the City Winery organization. In his spare time, Mike has spent the good part of a decade in various leadership roles for HeadCount.org, a non-partisan organization that uses the power of music to register voters and promote participation in democracy. Go Vote! Mike is an avid live music fan, and when not at shows and festivals he enjoys playing the guitar & fiddle, and spending time outdoors hiking, kayaking, camping & golfing.
Caroline Acree Marketing DirectorCaroline has made her mark on the Nashville community, investing her time in the local scene through arts, food & beverage, music, fashion, media & culture. Focusing her creative attention towards marketing, Caroline spent five years as the Marketing & Operations Director for American Songwriter before becoming the Marketing Director at City Winery. Most notably through her extracurricular work with Nashville Fashion Alliance, Nashville Fashion Week, and her previously-operated Nashville Scene award-winning blog, Caroline is wholeheartedly devoted to the local community and enjoys using her passion for forward-thinking. Caroline enjoys creating content to show off the culinary & entertainment opportunities available at City Winery, as well as furthering the philanthropic efforts of the multi-cultural brand. Outside of work, Caroline spends her free time traveling, trying new restaurants, and relaxing with her family (and family puppies!).
Ryan Walters Private Events DirectorRyan Walters’ passion for food and cooking led her all over the country and it almost led her to culinary school, but in a stroke of luck for City Winery, a heart for service and problem solving kept her in event planning and management.
With more than a decade of experience in hospitality, including work with ARAMARK in Columbus, Ohio, and Homestead Manor in Thompson’s Station, Tenn., Ryan’s expertise in the field and wide range of skillsets—from catering to lodging to restaurant work—set her apart.
In her spare time, Ryan enjoys cooking for her two sons, Cooper and Hunter, and spending time with good friends and good wine. When she’s not juggling events, she’s juggling time spent with her family (including two cats, Ted & Jackson) and practicing yoga.
MIchelle Foletta Local WInemakerA California native, Michelle Foletta was born with a spirited passion for the history, art and skill of winemaking. She brings four years of experience in the industry to City Winery Nashville as the assistant winemaker.
After tasting her way through major wine regions around the world, Foletta studied wine with the Guild of Sommeliers and started her career in winery tasting rooms across California. She worked at Paso Robles AVA near the St. Lucia mountain range and then managed the wine club and commercial sales at Tanner Vineyards, a boutique winery in the Sierra Foothills. While Foletta loved working in the tasting room, her joy has always been in winemaking. In October of 2017, Foletta jumped at the chance to move to Nashville and join the City Winery winemaking team. Foletta lives in East Nashville where she loves to play guitar and cook. Wine is a part of her home life as well and she loves pairing a beautiful bottle of wine with something delicious and unhealthy. Additionally, Foletta teaches with the Roxy Regional Theatre in Clarksville, where she remains active with her first passion—theatre.
William Dougherty Box Office ManagerWilliam (Bill) comes to City Winery from Warner Music Group’s WEA team as Senior Account Manager in New York City. There he led marketing and ticketing campaigns for some of the labels biggest acts. A Florida Native and graduate of the University of Florida (Go Gators), Bill has always had a passion for music. It was that passion that led him to ditch the standard path of entry-level cubicle life for one on the road as Production Manager and Tour Manager. After 3 years of endless touring, Bill accepted a position in NYC with Artist Arena, a marketing and ticketing start up later purchased by Warner Music Group. After 5 years in NYC, Nashville would become home. With an extensive background in hospitality, years on the road in working in live music & ticketing expertise with a major label, City Winery became the perfect fit for this mediocre jack-of-all-trades. When Bill isn’t at City Winery, he is supporting Manchester City or finding the best dog friendly patios in Nashville.
Amy Bruns Graphic DesignerAmy Bruns is an Ohio native with a lifelong passion for creativity. Her organic approach to graphic design is evident in all of her projects across her 11-year career in the design world. She attributes this approach to her understanding of the unity of fine arts and graphic design—something she learned while in college.
Bruns attended Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design in Denver, Colo., and graduated with a degree in illustration. From creating album artwork for bands in college, to making a name for herself in the design world, Bruns’ love for graphic design has not ceased. With past positions including Senior Designer at Legends Hill and Studio Manager/Graphic Designer at Andrew Clark Photography, Bruns brings years of experience and a new creative energy to her role as Graphic Designer for City Winery Nashville.
When she’s not working, Bruns enjoys hosting fire pits with her husband, oil painting and hanging with her beloved cat, River.