SPEAKER: JEFF HOUCK
Jeff Houck is the Vice President of Marketing for the family-owned Columbia Restaurant Group, which includes the 117-year-old Columbia Restaurant as well as Ulele, Goody Goody, Casa Santo Stefano, Cha Cha Coconuts and Cafe Con Leche Ybor City. He joined the company in 2015. Prior to the Columbia, he worked for 25 years as an editor, reporter, blogger and podcaster for such publications as the Tampa Tribune, FoxSports.com, the Palm Beach Post, the Anchorage Times and the Pensacola News Journal. A former member of the James Beard Foundation restaurant and chef awards committee, he was nominated in 1998 for a Pulitzer Prize. He and his college sweetheart, Grace, have been married since 1990 and have a son, Brian.