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Our Team

The leadership team at Hotel Domestique works in unison to cultivate an engaging, unique experience for all guests of our distinguished hotel. Our team is comprised of experienced hospitality virtuoso’s whose dedication to service is unrivaled in the industry.

Eric Poovey

General Manager
A native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Eric has worked in the hospitality industry for over 15 years. He came to Greenville, South Carolina to attend Furman University and fell in love with the rich culture and history of the area. After graduation, Eric owned and operated two businesses in the area and has extensive experience in the restaurant industry in downtown Greenville. Eric has been with Hotel Domestique since 2017.

Sarah Pannell

Sales & Events Director
Raised on the East Coast of Florida, Sarah has worked in the hospitality industry for over 15 years from coffee shops to beach bars to fine dining. She came to Greenville, South Carolina with her family in 2014 and began as the Restaurant Manager at Restaurant 17. She has since moved over to the events role and has discovered a new passion. "There is nothing more satisfying than pouring into a momentous event (wedding, corporate or otherwise) and seeing it come together perfectly for the client!"

Haydn Shaak

Executive Chef
A graduate of the culinary program at Greenville Technical College, Chef Hadyn Shaak has spent almost his whole life working in kitchens. His father was also a chef, so cooking became a significant part of his life from an early age. At 16, he began an apprenticeship under his father at the Greenville restaurant City Range Steakhouse Grill. Over the next five years, he worked his way through the kitchen ranks at different establishments ultimately earning his stripes as Executive Chef. He has since headed up several prominent restaurants in Greenville and Travelers Rest before taking over Restaurant 17 in 2018. Haydn’s focus on local and seasonal ingredients, along with his dedication to classical techniques has elevated the culinary program to new heights.

Danielle Nance

Director of Food and Beverage
Raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Danielle came to Greenville in 2005 to attend Furman University. Upon graduation in 2009, she returned to Philadelphia and began her restaurant career in earnest. After spending three years with Tío Juan’s Margaritas, developing a franchise-wide marketing plan and training developing managers, she once again set her eyes on the south. Back in Greenville, Danielle worked for High Street Hospitality restaurant group before opening The Playwright Pub with Chef Adam Cooke. Danielle then was promoted to General Manager at The Green Room, which she led through multiple major renovations and a complete kitchen restructure. Danielle’s passions for food, spirits, and community continue to guide her in her journey and role as Director of Food and Beverage of Restaurant 17 and Hotel Domestique.

Grace Leavitt

Guest Services Manager
Born and raised on the Coast of Maine, Grace has worked in the hospitality industry for over 5 years. She began her career in housekeeping, and has moved up over the years to manage both Front Desks and Housekeeping Departments. Originally part of Migis Hotel Group who managed Hotel Domestique, she moved to Hendersonville, North Carolina in 2018 to continue with them. After experiencing Hotel Domestique and falling in love with all that the Carolinas have to offer, Grace has become a permanent member of the team, even after the Migis group departed.

Malcolm McMillian

Executive Sous Chef
Malcolm, a Greenville native, got his start in the restaurant industry at 18 washing dishes at Illiano’s Pizzeria. One short year later, he was promoted to line cook and knew he had found his calling. Determined to pursue a career in the culinary arts, Malcolm attended the Culinary Institute of the Carolinas at Greenville Technical College, graduating in 2017. After an adventure in Chicago, Malcolm joined the Restaurant 17 team in August of 2019 and was promoted to Sous Chef a few short months later. His technical skill and innovative mind continue to be a driving force for growth and culinary development at Restaurant 17.

Elizabeth Kinney

Assistant Director of Food and Beverage
Elizabeth brings over twenty years of restaurant and management experience to her position with Restaurant 17. She was raised in New Hampshire but studied Sculpture and Painting at the Savannah College of Art and Design. She has lived throughout the United States and Canada, but found her home in South Carolina. Elizabeth is a professional artist and an expert in charcoals, with multiple large scale public murals. She is inspired by the sights and sounds of Restaurant 17 and Hotel Domestique’s natural settings. “This place inspires me, and I try to capture the flavor of our unique setting through my work.”

Chad Greenwood

Director of Cycling and Maintenance
A transplant from Syracuse, NY, Chad began his career in bicycle mechanics in Astoria, NY at a local shop while pursuing his passion for the arts. However, it was not until he moved down south, where he had the opportunity to work with some great folks from Greece and Columbia, that he was truly introduced to all things cycling repair. While art has remained a passion of Chad’s, he always fell back into a bike shop to pay the bills. After 5 different shops and 20 years of wrenching, Chad calls himself a “jack of some trades, with much more knowledge on bike repair than an air conditioner.” But do not let his modesty fool you, Chad is known not only as the Hotel Domestique resident Cycling Mechanic, but also the go-to expert for just about anything mechanical.

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