About Our Company
Charleston Hospitality Group offers custom packages marrying myriad dining destinations for great food, nightlife, entertainment and first-class transportation to take in all of the Lowcountry’s breathtaking sights, from seashore to downtown to winding marshes. No matter the occasion for your visit, we want to give you the grandest and most personalized tour of Charleston imaginable and show you why Charleston has repeatedly been voted #1 in the United States by readers of Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure.
Charleston Hospitality Group (CHG) is committed to engendering a culture of giving back to the community, especially in the areas of education, promoting wellness, supporting the military and eradicating hunger and poverty, particularly for women and children. CHG is a generous donor to the Dorchester 2 Educational Foundation, Invisible Illness, College of Charleston Bonner Program, Food Bank, Meals on Wheels, among others, and is an annual sponsor for one of Charleston’s biggest fundraisers, the Lowcountry Oyster Festival.
CEO Sam Mustafa
Sam Mustafa is a Charleston-based business owner and entrepreneur. He has invested himself in the area, and every effort he makes is geared towards improving the community. Over the course of just a few years, he has bought several empty buildings in the area. He quickly turns these vacant buildings into award winning restaurants. It is hard to travel the streets of downtown Charleston and not see one of his restaurants.
Today, Sam Mustafa is the CEO of Charleston Hospitality Group. He has constructed a business that is good for employers, employees, residents and visitors of Charleston. His efforts increase the area’s value day by day.
Vice President Christina Tsang
Christina has been with the company since its founding. Coming to Toast in 2005 as a bookkeeper for Sam, Christina has seen the company rise from humble beginnings to what it is today.
Christina graduated from UCF in Business Management and worked for large corporations such as Disney and Sea World.
As the Vice President for Charleston Hospitality Group, Christina oversees many aspects of the company’s operations including: IT Technology focusing on integration with day to day operations providing seamless transitions with new technology, supply ordering, and site security management.
In her spare time, Christina is a connoisseur of all things Chocolate and loves to sample any new dessert the company is taste testing.
Chief Marketing Officer J Michael Walker
J Michael joined Charleston Hospitality Group in 2014. In 2000, at the age of 26, he bought his first business, one that he had been working at (RadioShack Franchise). 5 years later, he moved to manage AudioWarehouse of Savannah’s 4 locations throughout the Lowcountry, where he was responsible for the entire sales team, warehouse management system, and tech installers. He was responsible for bringing the first ever profit from their satellite stores, with sales topping over 1 million in some locations.
In 2013 J Michael pursued his hobby and moved to Charleston, quickly becoming one of the East Coast’s best photographers which led to a chance meeting with Charleston Hospitality Group’s CEO Sam Mustafa. Seeing his creative abilities and his business acumen, Sam hired J Michael into the Marketing Dept. where he grew adept at implementing various local, regional and national campaigns for the company.
J Michael is now the Chief Marketing Officer for all Charleston Hospitality Group locations and for Toast All Day franchising.
He and his team bring a mastery of graphic design, photography, video, advertising acumen, and all things web/social media as well as an operational mindset for restaurants and nightclubs.
Chief Financial Officer Joe Gillie
Gillie’s background in franchising includes being the COO and partner for Q5 Investments for seven years. The LLC included an executive team of five members and restaurant concepts such as Checkers, Popeye’s and Newk’s Eatery. During this time, Gillie led 17 Popeyes stores in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and turned this market around, doubling their profits. This store went from 6% profit to 12% profit during his leadership. Gillie understands the importance of being an empathetic leader. He built his team around a work culture that was inclusive, supportive and help staff accountable for their actions. He was able to lead this successful franchise with the assistance of his executive team. In addition, Gillie and his team implemented disciplinary actions that included holding General Managers accountable for their store’s cash and assets, implementing more security and recognizing valuable employees and rewarding them for their work ethic. In his role as CFO, he is most excited about being an integral part of the explosive growth of Charleston Hospitality Group by applying his hybrid skill-set of operations and finance in helping to guide the direction of the brand.
Controller Jenny Colvin-Solos
Jenny joined Charleston Hospitality Group in 2015 as Controller. Overseeing the day to day operations of the accounting department, Jenny provides essential financial services to manage the treasury of CHG, in accordance with legislative requirements and organizational policies and strategies.
Jenny brings over 21 years of experience in professional accounting with a variety of industries as her background: Civil Engineering Firms, Heavy Constructions, Real Estate Management Firms, and over 13 years in the hospitality industry,
When not crunching the numbers, she enjoys time traveling with her family to the mountains, the beach or wherever a good winery exists. She truly loves the outdoors.
Senior Accountant & Purchasing Manager Amber Grebenc
A true hospitality professional who is results driven with over 20 years’ experience. Amber obtained an Associate’s degree in Culinary Arts from Trident Technical College. During college Amber found herself in many different roles both in the kitchen and front of the house in casual dining, fine dining, and country clubs operations. Through these roles Amber discovered a true passion for guest interaction. With this in mind, she went on to earn her Masters of International Hospitality and Tourism Management from the University of South Carolina. After obtaining her Master’s degree Amber accepted the role of Food and Beverage Manager at Myers Park Country Club. After several years Amber joined the team of Ruth’s Chris Steak House as Beverage Manager and worked her way up to General Manager. During this time Amber earned level 3 with the Wine & Spirit Education Trust. Amber then moved back home to Charleston, SC accepting the role of General Manager at Eli’s Table with Charleston Hospitality Group. Today Amber is a Senior Accountant & Purchasing Manager with a focus on operations support, training, human resources and purchasing for Charleston Hospitality Group. Amber enjoys time with her family. Several hobbies include beekeeping and gardening.
Director of Operations & Revenue Jeff Diehl
Associate degree Johnson & Wales F&B Management and Bachelor USC Hotel Restaurant Tourism. 25 years restaurant experience, corporate, private and publicly owned. Jeff has been working at Charleston Hospitality Group collectively for 10 years.