Producing a stellar educational program like History by the Plate requires a host of people. We’d like to introduce you to our Phenomenal Board as well as our Award-winning Producer.
is our staff Chef, Sommelier, and Culinary Consultant. Suzy started her academic career at the University of Colorado studying to be an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician). Soon, her career aspirations changed. After 4 years of working in the Emergency Department of Boulder Community hospital, she took a trip to Australia that exposed her to the amazing world of fermented and distilled beverages. The experience opened her eyes to how much more there was to the world of alcohol than just drinking it! She returned to the US and cultivated a group of friends who shared her love for fine wines and dining. Together they learned the nuance and art of tasting, the technical aspects of production and the history of how it all came to be. From this Suzy grew a deep appreciation for what humanity has been able to divine from what was originally just the natural process of fermentation, and how we have sculpted and perfected this into true works of art. Over the course of several years, Suzy refined her palate by working at several fine dining establishments to learn the art of pairing the perfect wine with fine cuisine. She started a personal chef and catering business and built it around clients who appreciate the art of fine dining, but who want to enjoy it in the comfort of their own home.
Today, Suzy is sommelier and purchasing manager for the premier wine retailer in Longmont Colorado. Here she not only is responsible for coordinating all interactions with producers from all over the world to make sure the right product makes it into the hands of the right consumers, but also to educate her customers on all aspects of fine wines, spirits, and craft beers. She is a Level 1 Certified Sommelier, working toward her level 2 certification, having demonstrated a deep knowledge of all aspects of wine history, production, tasting, pairing, and service, as well as a thorough knowledge of the same regarding spirits and beer. She is a collector of wine and fine spirits and has had the privilege of tasting and evaluating thousands of wine, spirits, and ales in her career. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it! AT History by the Plate, Suzy provides a fair and accurate palate for the team to create successful pairings with world-class cuisine.
is our Treasurer and Board Member. In 1977, Brad left Chicago, Illinois to move to Dallas and attend Southern Methodist University. He received degrees in Economics and Business in 1981. While attending SMU, he met many influential people, one being John Stieber, his Business Professor. After graduation, Mr. Steiber invited Brad to partner with him in starting an accounts receivable financing company. Thirty-five years later, Brad is Co- Owner and Senior Vice President of American Receivable Corporation. American Receivable assists small to medium sized companies by buying their commercial accounts receivable in order to enhance their incoming cash flow. Brad also offers consultation services to businesses on ways to cut down on costs of financing, risk management with their debtors, and other key points of business finance. He has led a host of companies through start-up, survival, turnaround and growth modes and also connected them with a commercial loan consultant once they’ve graduated from the factoring program and have become bankable.
Brad lives in New Hope with his wife Lynne and has two daughters who live in Austin. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting, honing his grilling skills, cooking and eating BBQ, and tending to his horses.
is our company Secretary and Board member. Since earning his Master of Science degree in Chemistry, Statistics, and Organic Chemistry, Fred has worked in management positions with Coca-Cola for the past eleven years. An ISO certified auditor, and food safety specialist, Fred brings with him a wealth of knowledge regarding large-scale food and beverage production, as well as a deep appreciation for the artistic and culturally diverse issues of food preparation across the world. Widely traveled, Fred also has significant knowledge of international cuisines. Fred lives in Decatur, GA with his wife and two daughters.
has extensive experience in education. Having earned his Masters of Science in Technical and Professional Communication, Patrick has gone on to found the Transportation Education Foundation of Georgia, where he serves as its Executive Director. The foundation partners major corporations in the transportation industry with the Georgia public school system to provide students with opportunities to both learn about the industry, as well as gain real-world experience with various sectors of the transportation profession. Patrick is a skilled pilot, having over 45 years of flight experience as well as air traffic control experience. He is also a seasoned motorcyclist. When not on one of his motorcycles, Patrick can be found on his farm in White GA, with his wife, horses, and pups.
award-winning producer, currently manages a television station for the Fulton County School district, where he has used his position to create professional, paid opportunities for students. Prior to this, Joshua worked as a high school video production teacher, where he received the “Teacher of the Year” award, and his students won numerous accolades, including winning nationals in video. Joshua’s business experience includes having created his own video production company, during which time he produced hundreds of videos, including speeches/interviews with Al Gore, John Kerry, Carlos Slim, and many more. His work in the Washington area was so respected that he is one of only three people to ever be allowed to film in Arlington Cemetery. Joshua has also worked with major broadcasters such as CNBC and CNN, where he assisted leading editors in producing documentaries and edited his own videos for broadcast. He holds a Masters degree in Instructional Design and Technology from Georgia State University.
knows how to jump out of a perfectly good airplane, at altitude, WITH explosives and firearms. In addition to these skills, Bill is the sales manager for the Berry-Wehmiller Companies that provide food preparation equipment to businesses as diverse as major soft drink manufacturers to craft brewers and organic dairies. While Bill is highly knowledgeable in the needs of industrial food preparation, his deepest appreciation is for the smaller, artisanal side of the food industry. Originally from Parker, GA, Bill now lives in Woodstock, GA with his wife, son, and two daughters.
Script Writer, Board Member, and Second Presenter, is a published author and internationally published photographer. The favorite aspect of both of Glenda’s jobs is her research. In her photography, she is most interested in the stories she learns from behind the lens and well as the tales photos can tell. As a writer, she is constantly learning new topics that inform her subjects. One of the most rewarding times of research for Glenda came on the heels of an encounter with an elderly woman from Grenada. She sat next to this lady, an indigenous herbalist, on a plane, and listened while the lady told her of an old bush tea recipe that would cure her cold. Glenda memorized it and concocted it when she got home. Within two days, she was well. That experience led her to a passion of knowing the history of food and spices both as nourishment and as medicine. At this time of history, with the advent of GMO’s, hormones, and hybridization, Glenda is passionate in her belief it is time to rediscover and connect with our resource’s past. Glenda was also the founder and president of the largest gourmet coffee, tea, and specialty gourmet store in the North Dallas areas and currently works in sales at Cook’s Warehouse in East Cobb.
PhD, USAF (Ret), has an extensive interest in international cuisine that he first developed during his Air Force experience. While stationed in Vietnam, Germany, and Turkey, he used those exceptional opportunities to visit and appreciate the local cuisine of many countries in the Far East, Europe, and the Middle East, respectively. He continued his culinary interests while teaching History at the University of Colorado, where he was the first history department recipient of the Marinus Smith award for outstanding teaching. After marrying Teresa Archuleta, from northern New Mexico, he also developed a new appreciation for “genuine” New Mexican and Mexican food. While teaching at the University of Colorado, David taught military, German, and space history, while writing numerous books and articles on military space and missile history for the Air Force. He and Teresa currently live in and enjoy the local culinary fare in Lafayette, Colorado.