Our People

Our Owners

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With a background in Marriott Hotels, David Rubin and his business partner purchased A Spice of Life catering in 1995. David has managed the growth of his company from four full-time employees to our current staff of 150 full and part time employees. In his dual capacities as GM and President, David oversees all sales and event coordination as well as multi-departmental daily operations with a focus on business development, marketing and finance. He received the Outstanding Alumni Award by University of Delaware’s College of Human Services, Education and Public Policy, and has held a seat on the Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional and Management Alumni Board. He has served on the Boulder Chamber of Commerce's Board of Directors, and on the Board for the Small Business Development Center. As a business owner David is very involved in the community volunteering his time and his company’s talents to many local community charities and fundraising efforts.

David Rubin

CEO/President
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After graduating from the University of Delaware’s School of Business Administration, Dan relocated to Boulder to pursue his dreams of living the Colorado lifestyle. After years of gaining experience in the service industry, he discovered his abilities and interests in making people happy. As Director of Operations, he has built a ‘well-oiled machine’ that executes all aspects of services flawlessly day after day. Dan oversees the operational aspects of all catering deliveries, full serviced events, and corporate dining, ensuring the success of 18 to 30 events daily.

Dan Bruckner

COO/Vice President

Our Culinary Team

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Chef Zach was raised in rural southern Vermont, growing up there he found deep roots in small local agriculture . He grew up cooking holiday meals in his Swedish grandmother’s kitchen, where fresh food and flavors sprang forth. He started professionally cooking in 2007 for a James Beard award winning chef. There he rekindled his love of cooking from childhood. Since then he has attended Escoffier culinary school and worked in many of the Front Range’s greatest fine dining restaurants. He has a deep reverence for traditional culinary technique and modern culinary innovation alongside a passion for sustainable agriculture and preservation. Outside of work he enjoys being outside, running, and playing guitar.

Zachary Bickford

Sous Chef
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Patty is a Texas native raised in Oklahoma. She learned to bake from her mom and grandma, who gave her many of the recipes she uses today at A Spice of Life. Patty started out as an accountant for 12 years, then decided to trade in her suit for a chef coat and follow her passion. She attended the Art Institute of Dallas where she earned her AAS – Culinary Arts. Patty has created pastry delicacies at Whole Foods, Central Market, Hilton of Southlake, Ritz Carlton Dallas, and also owned and operated Patty Cakes Bakery and Catering for 4 years.

Patty Wilson

Pastry Chef

Sales & Event Planning

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Originally a Californian, Christina comes to our team by way of Michigan, where she attended Hamline University. She comes to our team with nearly a decade’s worth of sales & marketing. She is driven by the desire to create memorable experiences and constantly find ways to deliver more value for our clients. When Christina is not leading our team in developing client-focused event sales strategies, she loves to travel, spend time in the mountains with her family, and cheer on the CU Buffs football team.

Christina Mendelson

Director of Events + Business Development
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Max Thayer joins our event specialist team after years of working as an offsite manager for Spice. Max is originally from Texas and studied hospitality at Oklahoma State University. His decade of restaurant experience along with his passion for exploring Denver’s thriving social scene combined make him well suited to turn his clients’ dreams for well-executed event perfection into reality.

Max Thayer

Event Specialist
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Blaire Segal joined the Spice family after being born and raised in sunny California. She received degrees in Cognitive Science and Linguistics from UC Berkeley while playing bass drum in the Cal Marching Band. Blaire is the glue that holds our sales team together; she is a constant beacon of creativity, helpfulness, and morale-boosting wisdom. Her hobbies include reading, playing video games, baking, and trying to teach her pet snake (named Prince Charming) how to play fetch.

Blaire Segal

Marketing + Office Manager
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Emily Sussman graduated with a degree in sociology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her passion for catering and working with food has come from many different avenues; her background is primarily in event planning, marketing and sales in the hospitality industry in Colorado and Israel. Emily grew up in Minnesota and moved to Colorado in 2005. Emily greatly enjoys fostering long-lasting relationships with her clients and loves a good networking experience (especially if there’s wine involved!). As a sweet bonus, her lovable Yorkie, Stoli, can often be seen brightening the sales office’s day.

Emily Sussman

Event Specialist
Kathy

Kathy is a renowned bridal consultant who creates unforgettable occasions. When she started her own business in 1994, she began exclusively planning weddings. Although Kathy continues to expand her personal company, she is excited to contribute her talents to A Spice of Life. Kathy truly understands the love and romance that goes into a wonderful wedding, and marriage, because she found true love at an early age. In her freshmen year of college at the University of Colorado, Kathy met her husband B. Wray. The two have established their lives in Boulder and have four biological children, one adopted child with special needs, and six grandchildren.

Kathy Vaughan

Event Specialist
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Amanda Ruebl grew up in a small town in southeastern Wisconsin. After graduating with a degree in Business Management from the University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse, she moved to Vail with the intention of staying for the winter but, like most people, she fell in love with the summer. While in the Vail Valley, she worked for 10 years at Vail Resorts in various roles. Most recently, she coordinated events at the Beaver Creek Club. She enjoys helping clients plan their events by sharing her expertise, which is ensuring what will make their event a successful one. She spends her free time telemark skiing, running and road biking, as well as trips to Wisconsin to spend time with family.

Amanda Ruebl

Event Specialist

Operations & Systems Management

Graham

Graham Thomas began working part-time for A Spice of Life in 2008 while earning his degree in culinary arts from Johnson and Wales University. Graham now leads the kitchen and operations teams to execute all events from start to finish. Graham specializes in new menu creation and finding creative ways to make logistically difficult events run flawlessly. Our team relies on Graham for his valuable input on all aspects of running the company, from marketing and sales to costing and pricing. During his limited spare time, Graham enjoys traveling (particularly to England), cooking for his friends, country music, video games, classic rock, and agility training with his dogs.

Graham Thomas

Food & Beverage Director
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Jennipher Murphy comes to Spice with 30+ years’ experience in teaching, education technology and people management. She is an advocate on the importance in developing “people skills” for the 21st century workplace. With a Master’s in Education from Cal State East Bay, she has worked in both the education and private sectors including a stint as Director of Faculty and Education Support at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. She hopes to incorporate her experiences in leveraging technology to improve learning, communication and culture into expanding Spice’s thriving culture. Jennipher and her family recently moved from Boston back to Colorado. She is an avid hiker, backpacker, skier, live music enthusiast and would love to write a fantastic novel someday!

Jennipher Murphy

Director, People and Engagement
Bill

Bill comes to us from Yankee Machine Parts and Inca Inn where he held the position of Financial Manager. Bill was also the owner of his own business, Action Whirlpools, at one time. He graduated from University of Colorado with a BS in Finance & Accounting, Magna Cum Laude. He also received a MBA in Marketing from Seattle University. Bill is the Treasurer for Rotary and Kappa Sigma Fraternity, and he is a volunteer for New Hope Cattle Dog Rescue and handles all Craig’s List and Facebook social media for them. He is a board member and treasurer for Cool Girls, an after school organization for elementary school girls in the Boulder area.

Bill Hendrick

Controller

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