#tscsummit’s illustrator Katherine Sandoz and sartorialist Caroline Fontenot will set the scene in Athens

Jul 24 2013

by Cheri Leavy

We are thrilled to have two very talented ladies setting the scene in Athens at The Southern C Summit Series next week in Athens. Artist Katherine Sandoz and sartorialist Caroline Fontenot will be our roving presenters. Follow along on instagram to check out our fun and fashionable crowd or better yet if you haven’t gotten your ticket, do it now and be a part of the group. You don’t want to miss the best event in the South this summer not to mention it is a chance to visit the most awesome college town in America. Come connect and collaborate!

Meet Caroline and Katherine:

Caroline Fontenot — www.BackDownSouth.com

Katherine Sandoz — www.katherinesandoz.com

Katherine has already captured three of our very special #tscsummit Athens team members…

1. “the inimitable mr. epting”, 10″ x 7.5″, cut paper, 2013.
2. “captain ashley epting”, 6″ x 6″, acrylic on index, 2013.
3. “a is for athens, g is for georgia”, (daniel epting), 11″ x 8.5″, acrylic on index, 2013

Lee Epting

Founder, Epting Events

A native son of Athens, Lee Epting has been instrumental in influencing and shaping the local community for the past several decades. After transferring from Athens High School, Lee graduated from the Darlington School in Rome Georgia. He studied his freshman and sophomore years at Emory University before returning to Athens to complete his BBA from the University of Georgia in 1967.

His interest in the food industry began while at Darlington, where he volunteered as a bus boy in the kitchen. In college, he joined Phi Delta Theta at Emory and began running the fraternity kitchen. This continued at the Georgia chapter and eventually expanded into creating theme parties. Throwing parties is truly a lifelong passion for Lee.

In 1976, Lee began Lee Epting Catering. What began as a small business with just three employees has now expanded and transformed into Epting Events, which currently employs 75 employees. In addition to running Epting Events, Lee, with help from son Ashley, started Center Stage Catering, which handles the food service for one of Athens’ largest event venues – the Classic Center. Center Stage Catering promises to provide Athenians and out of town visitors with the same attention and care the Epting Events’ clients enjoy.

When he’s not planning and throwing parties, Lee has a major interest in historic preservation. With the help of his son, Daniel, Lee has moved and restored fourteen historic homes in the Athens area. Lee’s property, referred to as “The Hill,” is comprised of eight of these restored and historic homes. Today, The Hill is used to host weddings, special events, business retreats, and is also available for short and long term guest housing.

Ashley Epting

CEO, Epting Events

A native Athenian, Ashley Epting is an entrepreneur and filmmaker who strives to improve the culture and community of his home. With lifelong colleagues, friends, and family, he navigates multiple endeavors and businesses including: Epting Events, Center Stage Catering at The Classic Center, Harry’s BBQ Bistro, The Hill Properties, & Epting Productions. He is a sponsor and board member of both the Robert Osborne Classic Film Festival and the Atlanta Film Festival.

On the route to his role as CEO of Epting Events, Ashley graduated from the Gallatin School at New York University, where he studied film production and dramatic writing at the Tisch School of the Arts. He has worked in film and event management in New York, Alabama, Georgia, Colorado, and California. However, Ashley’s love for place and story truly developed while circumnavigating the globe as part of the Semester at Sea program. Today, Ashley is the Georgia Chapter Representative on the Semester at Sea Alumni Board of Directors.

Of all his accomplishments, Ashley is most proud of helping to bring the film production, Not Since You, to Athens. The film was produced on the Epting’s property and throughout the Athens area. This lifelong passion for film and the entertainment industry is something that Ashley hopes to merge with his love for the catering and event planning business. He is currently in the midst of developing a reality television show, Black Tie and BBQ, about his family and the daily adventures at Epting Events.

Daniel Epting

Corporate Logistics Manager, Epting Events

Like the rest of the men in the Epting family, Daniel Epting is Athens born and bred. He attended the University of Georgia, where he majored in Speech Communication and was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. While in college, Daniel travelled through Western Europe and also spent time studying in Colorado.

After college, Daniel was involved with promotional activities and fundraising activities for “Darius Goes West,” a documentary about an Athens teenager living with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The documentary followed Darius as he spent the summer of 2005 on a 7,000 mile road trip across the United States to promote awareness and raise money for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research. In everything he does, Daniel’s pride for his hometown is evident. He has volunteered for the Athens Land Trust, served on the board of the North Georgia Sexual Assault Center, and is a trustee with the Athens Clarke Heritage Foundation.

Like his father, Lee, Daniel enjoys historic preservation. Together, the two Epting men helped to move and restore fourteen historic homes in the Athens area. Four of these homes are now available as venues for weddings, special events, business meetings, and also extended home stays on the Epting property, affectionately referred to as “The Hill.”



Cheri Leavy View More Blog Posts from this Author

Cheri Leavy is a connector, cheerleader and marketing consultant for fellow entrepreneurs.
Building rapport and strengthening a sense of community:
• A community of female entrepreneurs through the The Southern Coterie and The Southern C Summit
• The faces and places of Athens that make our city so vibrant through guide2athens
• A community of devoted football fans through Bulldawg Illustrated
- Contributing editor to Coastal Illustrated, Executive Board Member of the UGA Alumni Association

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