Meet The Team

Bold’s acclaimed chefs, award-winning designers, experienced managers, and dedicated coordinators are ready to make the most of your most important moments.

Martin Collins

Director of Sales

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With over 15 years of experience overseeing event strategy, sales and building impactful relationships, Martin Collins joins Bold Catering & Design as the new Director of Sales. Martin brings proven leadership skills and a collaborative spirit to Bold’s distinguished and iconic history of events throughout the Southeast.

After a tour of the military and graduating with a degree in business from Troy State, Martin began his hospitality journey at a high standard of excellence at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead. Through a marriage of teamwork – which he deems the key to an event’s success – and inspiration from the world around him, Martin aims to create connected, memorable and long-lasting occasions for his clients while leading his team to record-breaking sales numbers and revenue gains.

In his free time, Martin enjoys spending time with his family and dog, visiting farmers markets, fitness training, reading, volunteering and traveling.

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Kris Reinhard

Partner

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As a Partner at Fifth Group Restaurants, Kris leads Bold to set the industry standard in Atlanta. Starting his career with Fifth Group in 1993 and named a partner in 1996, Kris also serves as a board member of the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau. He’s a devout fan of the band Phish, as well as an avid race car fan and race driving instructor.

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Chris Villard

General Manager

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With over 30 years of catering & restaurant management experience, Chris Villard joins the award-winning BOLD Catering & Design team as general manager, where he will apply his extensive hospitality career to ideate & execute some of the region’s top events.

After graduating with an MBA from the University of Florida, Chris kickstarted his career with various restaurant general manager roles throughout the Southeast. Soon after, Chris transitioned into the catering world where he spent nearly six years as Director of Operations for Charleston-based Duvall Catering & Events followed by time as the Chief Operations Officer for Lisa Dupar & Company in Washington.

Passionate about transforming people’s lives through events, Chris is excited to be a part of BOLD’s flawless event execution team and to help clients make everlasting memories one event at a time. Outside of work, Chris enjoys going to the gym, traveling & spending time with his family.

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Aldy Lopez

Director of Catering Services

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Aldy hailss from Puerto Rico, where she grew up working in restaurants and retail, ultimately cultivating her true passion for the hospitality & service industries. An integral part of the Bold operations team since 2006, she plans, prepares and executes events of various scales while closely collaborating with the culinary and design teams. Aldy graduated with a degree in hotel and restaurant management from the University of Puerto Rico (Carolina) before working in restaurants and becoming banquet manager of the historic El San Juan Hotel, setting the stage for her next career move to Atlanta, Ga., to join the Bold team. Tirelessly committed to helping guests’ visions come to life and gratified by the beauty of a spectacular event, Aldy has helped successfully execute extravagant weddings, presidential campaign celebrations, Masters Week events + more. Aldy spends her leisure time on road trips with her family, exploring new places and savoring time together.

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Robert Mitchell

Executive Chef

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Originally from Canada, Mitchell received a culinary degree at Le Cordon Bleu in Pittsburgh. Prior to joining the Bold team, Chef Mitchell spent nearly 20 years working for Marriott International. During his career with the revered hospitality company, Mitchell worked at Marriott properties across the South, including St. Petersburg and Marco Island, Fla., Hilton Head Island, S.C. and New Orleans. In 2013, Mitchell relocated to Atlanta, where he served in several roles within the company including executive chef at the J.W. Marriott in Buckhead, food and beverage director of the Renaissance Hotel, and most recently as executive chef for the opening of The Hotel at Avalon and South City Kitchen Avalon.

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Dustin Ward

Executive Sous Chef

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With love for the connection food creates among guests, Dustin Ward brings a wealth of impressive restaurant experience to Bold’s culinary team as executive sous chef. First cooking in his home kitchen at the age of seven to ensure his mom had a warm meal after work each night, Dustin has always been cooking for others - for his family, and now, for guests at five-star resorts, at elegant events + beyond.

He moved to Atlanta and joined Bold Catering & Design following several years working along the Florida coast, most recently helming the kitchen at the five-star EAU Palm Beach as executive banquet chef, preceded by leading the culinary team at Shelborne South Beach and serving as chef de cuisine at BLT Prime. With years under his belt working with Jose Andres’ team at The Bazaar, Gordon Ramsay and Angela Harnett at Cielo Restaurant and the popular Palm Beach destination The Breakers, no matter the kitchen, his focus has always remained: support local farmers and fishermen, and inspire the generation of aspiring chefs after him.

Now prepared for a year full of weddings, in-home dinners and corporate events, Dustin and the Bold team are eager to execute each client’s vision. A Slow Food sustainable food award recipient in 2018, Dustin looks forward to further ingraining himself in the Atlanta culinary community and supporting local charities, while raising his three daughters.

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Deanna Johnson

Executive Pastry Chef

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Hailing from the small town of Providence, R.I., Deanna Johnson grew up in a large family anchored by food, culture & rich traditions. Between her hometown’s multi-cultural melting pot and her food-loving family that included countless aunties, uncles, grandparents and 17 cousins, Deanna recounts her memories of lively familial gatherings with culinary spreads that included everything from Portuguese cuisine and candied yams to fried chicken and pies. Deanna accredits her love for food to the comradery of these moments and has been committed to bringing people together through food ever since.

Blissfully unaware that desserts could look different than what her local chain buffets had to offer, Deanna found herself captivated by the dessert portion of the Great Chefs of the World TV show as a young child, and soon fell in love with the idea that she could be a part of that world. Years later, Deanna enrolled at The Art Institute of Atlanta and never looked back. After graduation, she spent time honing her baking skills while interning for a Duluth bakery before officially joining the Bold Catering & Design family in 2011 as part of the team’s event staff. Quickly recognized by her talent & passion for cooking, she eventually transitioned to the culinary team where she held various event chef roles before landing her current role of Pastry Cook in 2018.

To this day, Deanna remains just as in love with baking & desserts as she did as a wide-eyed child years ago. Her passion, determination & inspiring culinary journey carried her from a small town in Rhode Island to a once unimaginable career where she went from working the kitchen line to leading teams of employees, working with a world-wide client roster & hosting premier events, one of which was a luncheon she helped produce for former President Barack Obama.

Outside of the catering world, Deanna loves gardening, staying active by Stone Mountain and enjoying drive-in movies with her three children. She can also be found indulging in Atlanta’s vast dining scene – some of her favorites include Hawaiian poke, Vietnamese pho, Japanese sushi & Indian pani puri.

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