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.

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.

Meghan Green

Reservation Specialist
Born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina, Meghan is a seasoned industry professional. Meghan began working at Restaurant 17 in the Host position, where her attention to detail and dedication to guest experiences quickly made her a standout team member. In her Reservation Specialist role, Meghan helps curate specialty dinners for all occasions and serves as liaison between the Restaurant and Events teams, in addition to overseeing the Restaurant 17 Host team. Inspired by the satisfaction of a perfectly celebrated occasion, Meghan’s passion for guest satisfaction shines brightly.

Abbey Shaak

Assistant Director of Sales & Events
A native of Spartanburg, South Carolina, Abbey came to Hotel Domestique with a plethora of experience. Having worked in the industry on and off for years, Abbey has been a member of the events team at several prominent Greenville restaurants. In her role as Assistant Director of Sales & Events at Hotel Domestique, she works closely with guests to facilitate events from weddings to corporate and wellness retreats, and everything in between. When she is not curating epic experiences, Abbey utilizes her previous experience as a plant specialist to create and maintain the beautiful flower boxes and pots located around the hotel and restaurant. Abbey’s dedication to detail and open attitude makes her a wonderful addition to the team.

Justin Kelly

Director of Rooms
Justin Kelly is a native of Cowpens, SC. He is a 2007 graduate of Tusculum College (Greenville, TN). Justin is the current Director of Rooms at Hotel Domestique. Before joining the team, Justin spent six years in education and coaching in secondary education. After years in education, he grew an interest in the hospitality industry. Justin has worked in hospitality for the past ten years, leaving a great impression on the industry. In 2016, the Intercontinental Hotels Group selected Justin as the 2016 Customer Service Manager of the Year for North and South America.

Justin is an active member of the community. Justin enjoys mentoring youth when not working with organizations and various track programs. In addition, Justin uses his skills to train student-athletes in hurdle and speed training through his business HURD the Brand. Justin enjoys spending time with his family and friends; he is married and has one daughter. Justin also enjoys golfing, traveling, and cooking on the grill.

Justin looks forward to learning about the Upstate Tri-County while enhancing the services at the Hotel Domestique. Justin is an excellent resource of knowledge and network for his team.

“Hotel Domestique has a unique environment like nonother, I look to develop an award-winning property, service team, and leadership team.” – Justin Kelly

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