Owner/Operator of the Fish Camps, Marker 32 and Safe Harbor Seafood Restaurant. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, Chef Ben has created his culinary operations, the foundation of his restaurants success, with a “hands on” philosophy in managing his operations. He opened Marker 32 in 1992, which still remains a highly rated seafood restaurant destination in Jacksonville. In 2008, Ben opened the Palm Valley Fish Camp in Ponte Vedra, FL, an overnight success, which quickly led to the opening of two more Fish Camps in the Jacksonville area. The Palm Valley Fish Camp was voted the “Best New Restaurant Concept” in the state of Florida in the May 2009 Business Journal. Outside of his restaurants, Ben has consulted in menu development and restaurant design for both Salt Life and Safe Harbor Seafood. All of his restaurants have received numerous accolades.
Owner/Operator of the Fish Camps, Marker 32 and Safe Harbor Seafood Restaurant. Originally from New York, Liza relocated to Ponte Vedra and studied at the University of North Florida. Liza is responsible for the business development of restaurants managed by Southern Table. Her constant engagement, experience and insight have created a long-term value for Marker 32 and the Fish Camps. Liza’s business acumen is both sought after and respected within the restaurant community. Liza opened the Palm Valley Fish Camp in 2008, the North Beach Fish Camp in 2011 and the Julington Creek Fish Camp in 2013.
Director of Restaurant Operations. After serving in the United States Army, Eric attended Eastern Illinois University where he graduated with degrees in English and Philosophy before attending Virginia Commonwealth University where he studied Biochemistry. While studying in Richmond, Eric worked at the historic Jefferson Hotel, one of 27 American hotels with a 5-diamond and 5-star rating. Eric completed an internship in Hospitality Management at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida and conducted research at the Florida International University Marine Biology Lab before joining Morton’s of Chicago in Miami, Florida. At Morton’s, Eric worked his way up to General Manager and was in 2006 given the “Marketing Excellence” and “Rookie of the Year” awards. Before joining Southern Table Hospitality, Eric spent his last eight years as the General Manager of Ruth’s Chris Steak House. In his last two years with Ruth’s Chris, Eric joined the Corporate Franchise Relations team, where he supported 14 restaurants within the franchise community. Eric is responsible for managing the Front of the House operations for all 6 Southern Table Hospitality restaurants.
Director of Business Development. Tim is a graduate of Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York with a degree in English Literature. Tim spent 6 years as a General Manager in the hotel industry, where he became proficient in finance and accounting before moving to Jacksonville Beach. Tim owned and operated two restaurants in the Jacksonville Beach area before joining Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in 2003. While at Ruth’s Chris, Tim assisted the Regional Vice President in auditing restaurants in the Southeast Region, served as Restaurant Manager at the Jacksonville Ruth’s Chris restaurant, Assistant General Manager of Ruth’s Chris in Ponte Vedra and General Manager of the Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Washington D.C. Tim prepares and analyzes reports pertaining to the overall success and profitability of the company. In addition, Tim manages the beverage program, budgeting/forecasting and I.T. for the company.
Project Manager. A native New Englander, but raised in Jacksonville, Geoff has worked in the food industry since his first job at 15 years old. His first managerial position was with the Cheesecake Factory where he quickly moved up the ranks from pasta cook to kitchen manager. He joined Southern Table Hospitality as a sous chef at North Beach Fish Camp; and since then he has held positions at Palm Valley and Julington Creek, where he transitioned to restaurant manager. Geoff was promoted to General Manger of Marker 32 in 2015. His vast experience, willingness to learn and team player attitude has earned him at position in our home office where he is now in charge of system analyst. When not working, Geoff and his wife Erin love spending time outdoors and at Disney World with their two daughters: Skylar and Teagan.
Business Office Manager. A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Candace, her husband, and three sons now proudly call Jacksonville home. Candace joined Southern Table Hospitality in 2018 with over 15 years of accounting, payroll, employee relations and benefit administration expertise in several different industries (Healthcare, Construction, Hospitality and Staffing). She focuses on streamlining procedures while ensuring individualized attention for all employees of the Southern Table Hospitality restaurants. Her broad industry knowledge ensures the team is always ahead of the curve in regards to onboarding, legal compliance and policies and procedures.