About Us

Gravy was founded in 2003 as PenguinSTAFF by Alex Atwood, who at 23 was already a staffing industry veteran having built staffing companies for the IT and Engineering industries. This new company was built to serve the hospitality industry, giving us our distinctive name right from the start. With integrity, commitment, and hard work, PenguinSTAFF soon became a leader in the hospitality staffing industry.

 

Seeing how smart phones and technology could impact the major shortage of labor in the hospitality industry, Gravy was founded in 2018. We are now solving staffing issues for businesses and consumers while giving hospitality professionals the ability to earn money and gain experience.

Meet Our Team
Alex Atwood
Alex Atwood
Customer Service Representative and CEO

Growing up in a family of entrepreneurs Alex has lived and breathed the staffing industry since birth. He’s also worked as a bartender, waiter, cook, and dishwasher and for multiple catering companies… he has staffing and hospitality in his blood!

He’s the conductor of this Gravy Train; helping to streamline and modernize the way employers and job seekers connect. Alex is also an actor who has appeared on major network and cable television.

Andrew Rempe
Andrew Rempe
Bill Story
Bill Story
Software Engineer

I’m a software engineer specializing in React.js. When I’m not writing code, I can be found fishing, wakeboarding, skiing, hiking or anything outdoors. I’m also a hardcore fantasy football manager, still looking for my first championship season.

Eric Ashman
Eric Ashman
Chief Technology Officer

Eric Ashman is a Cloud Native, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), DevOps technology executive, with skills in product architecture, software design, and secure, highly scalable implementations.

With deep experience in both startups and established companies, he has hands-on expertise in app development, cloud-based infrastructure, security solutions, and SAAS implementations, with a background in systems administration, telecom and audio/video engineering.

Jeff Horman
Jeff Horman
Business Dev Manager

Growing up, Jeff always wanted to be a professional soccer player. After 15 years of trying and obtaining a degree from Radford University, Jeff decided to change his focus to sales. His genuine concern for assisting others has helped him form many strong relationship with Gravy’s clients. When Jeff is not working you can usually find him on his computer, or out looking for new restaurants to try.

Larc Rojas
Larc Rojas
Billing Specialist

With experience in Human resources and a great sense of responsibility as well as a high vocation of service, capable of generating added value to the organization through the creation, implementation of new ideas and own initiative to solve problems.

I am a man that like challenges because I think they strengthen the way we deal with each day.

With great work capacity, integration, flexibility, dynamism and ability to face challenging and overcoming situations.

Olivia Desormey
Olivia Desormey
Business Dev Manager

My name’s Olivia, I was born and raised in Chicago and I played division 1 volleyball in college. I love kittens, riding my bike in DC and my favorite food is sushi!

Joclynn Ridges
Joclynn Ridges
Activation Specialist

A Virginia resident, by way of California, Joclynn’s love for change and thrills is never-ending. When not working she is thinking about her next big adventure and where it will take her. Joclynn’s need for speed and heights has allowed her to skydive, zipline, bungee jump and next swimming with sharks! Joclynn’s hope is to get the new Pro’s at Gravy to embrace change and prepare for the thrills that every shift will offer them.

Nanci Hernandez
Nanci Hernandez
Activation Manager

As the Activation Manager Nanci focuses on recruiting, staffing, scheduling and support for Gravy’s clients and professionals. With Experience in hospitality and HR she enjoys working for companies whose purpose is to help and offer new opportunities to their people. In her time off she loves to spend time with her siblings and her many nieces and nephew while always communicating and sharing experiences with her family in El Salvador in hopes to one day have them do the same or more.

Jenn Mattson
Jenn Mattson
Director of Workforce Development

Proud Military Wife, Hospitality Veteran, former Consultant, and “Master Fixer”, Jenn truly is a “Jenn of all trades” she specializes in hospitality recruitment, training, and execution. Her secret to 17 years of success coast to coast, developing some of the most successful teams in the business… “I like getting people excited about the things I’m excited about. Right now, that’s any and everything in tech!”. In her spare time, she enjoys all things GIRAFFE, home cooking, fine wine, binge-watching Netflix, and torturing her new husband, with extremely bad jokes!