Ann Jones, Wedding Specialist Manager
Ann joined the pre-opening team in 2006 and handled everything from sales to painting to prepare for the official opening of Moulin Events and Meetings. Prior to Moulin, Ann was the Special Events Coordinator at the Wild Flower in the Central West End.
Born in Cape Girardeau, Ann moved to St. Louis more than twenty years ago to pursue her professional career and build a family. Ann has held hospitality, retail and sales management positions for St. Louis Zoo, Cheshire Inn and Patty Long Catering.
To date she has planned and run hundreds of weddings, social and corporate events through her 17 +years in the catering business. Currently she is focused on wedding ceremonies and receptions specifically. You could say that the hospitality industry runs in the family, as her husband Patrick Jones, works as a chef instructor at L’Ecole Culinary School in Ladue and two of her four older brothers also work in the industry.
When not planning weddings, Ann enjoys spending her time with her husband and their three boys.
Alex Young, Corporate Sales and Social Events Manager
Alex Young graduated from Saint Louis University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. After graduation she moved back home to Louisville, KY where she worked as a server, a radio sales associate and finally a logistics coordinator spending most of her adult career trying to get into the event planning industry. When Moulin opened a position she did not hesitate to chase down her dream.
Alex and her husband moved back to the Saint Louis area in December of 2014 and in May of 2015 she joined the Moulin team as a Sales Manager for Social and Corporate Events. Her background in sales allows her to get face to face with people, getting to know others and building relationships with our guests. Her experience in logistics was excellent preparation for the details and of course her experience as a server is the foundation for her hospitality background.
Alex is very excited to be back in the Saint Louis area in which she calls her second home. She and her husband reside in Lafayette Square with their English bulldog, Thurston.
Abbie Lee, Corporate Sales Manager
A native of St. Louis, Abbie has had a passion for planning and hosting events since working at St. Louis Wedding Design where she got inspiration to see a vision and make events come to life. She then attended Mizzou and graduated in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management with an emphasis in Conference and Event Planning.
After college, Abbie moved back to St. Louis and started working in hotels to get the full experience of corporate, social and wedding planning. This gave her the ability to work hand in hand with guests and planners to create relationships and networking.
After four years in hotels seeing everything from small intimate events, to large scale productions, Abbie was ready for a change in her career. She wanted to work for a venue that was unique and had character with people that had the same passion for planning. She found that in the family at Moulin in October 2015 and joined the team as a Sales Manager for social and corporate events. She is excited to be learning and growing alongside the Moulin Team.
Abbie lives in Tower Grove with her husband, Michael. In her spare time she enjoys hanging out with friends, watching her favorite shows with her husband and coloring which proves to be quite relaxing.
Amanda Batty, Corporate Sales Manager
Amanda began working for Hamilton Hospitality in 2011, starting at Eleven Eleven Mississippi working in the front of house. She then transitioned to Vin de Set Rooftop Bar and Bistro in addition to picking up shifts working at PW Pizza.
With an interest in learning more about the event side of the business she joined Moulin as an assistant wedding coordinator in 2014 while she pursued her degree in event management.
When her studies allowed and the opportunity presented itself to become a full time member of the Sales Team, Amanda jumped at the chance. Now happily settled in with Moulin, she looks forward to expanding her experiences with event management as well as creating lasting relationships with her clients!
In her free time Amanda likes to dine at local restaurants, attend Cardinal games, experiment with new recipes in her kitchen and go on adventures with her beloved dog Bella.
Ryan Luke, Executive Chef
Ryan was born and raised in Southern Illinois and followed his grandparents and great grandparents into the restaurant industry. His first job was in the same building his family owned the local diner for over 30 years.
Ryan knew from the age of 10 that he wanted to be a chef and that became his focus during high school. After graduation he moved to Florida to attend the Florida Culinary Institute in West Palm Beach and while there he started working at a private country club, where he gained experience in all aspects of cooking.
Ryan continued to work for private clubs after graduation and started to travel seasonally between Maine and Florida for the next 8 years. Cooking for former presidents, movies stars and royalty was a far cry from the small town he grew up in.
While working on the East Coast he met his wife, Zoe and after a few more years of travelling they decided to settle in Chicago. While in Chicago Ryan had the opportunity to stage at Alena and Moto, to see what the best of Chicago had to offer. Ryan and Zoe then had the opportunity to open their own restaurant in Ryan’s hometown and they ran that for the next 3 years.
Ryan then moved to St Louis to work at the Whitmore House and cook for the chancellor and staff and Wash U. Now as the executive chef at Moulin, he likes to blend his experience of fresh east coast seafood, the progressive cooking of Chicago and his Midwest upbringing.
Darin Since, Executive Sous Chef
Darin was born and raised in the St. Louis area, studied his culinary skills at Le Cordon Bleu St. Louis and then moved on to finish his schooling at the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago. While in Chicago Darin was able to land the internship of a lifetime at the 3 Michelin Star restaurant, L2O with Chef Laurent Gras. During his time at L2O Chef Gras personally took Darin under his wing.
After leaving Chicago Darin returned to St. Louis and worked at Soulard’s Franco, and was named Nico’s Sous Chef before its opening in the Delmar Loop. He was promoted to Executive Chef shortly after its opening.
Having lived his entire life in the Midwest Darin moved across the country to Seattle Washington wanting to learn the fresh and vibrant cooking styles of the Pacific Northwest. While in Seattle Darin has held Executive positions at The Loft in Edmonds Washington, and Voila! Bistrot in the posh Madison Valley neighborhood of Seattle. During his time in Seattle he also met his now fiancé, Kelsey.
Darin returned to the St. Louis area to be closer to family and joined Moulin Events in 2015 looking forward to bringing some Pacific Northwest flare back to the Midwest.
Kristine Dagenais, Event Manager
Kristine began working for the Hamilton Hospitality group in 2011, as a server at PW Pizza while picking up shifts at Moulin on the weekends. During this time in her life, she took classes at STLCC while moving on to UMSL to focus on the study of Human Relations. This experience provided her with the opportunity to move into management at PW Pizza where she then transitioned into the role as Moulin Events Manager. After getting settled into her new management role at Moulin, Kristine quickly showed her strengths with front-of-house and back-of-house operations. Kristine’s goal for each event is to ensure that everything runs smoothly and guests leave happy!
In Kristine’s free time she likes to work on her house, eat Mexican food, and spend time with her cats.
Andrew Noles, Assistant Event Manager
Andrew graduated from Webster University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in Video Production, double minors in Media Communications and Multicultural Studies with a Certificate of Leadership. Shortly after, he joined the Radio Disney St. Louis Road Crew and discovered a passion for special events. During his three years with the station, Andrew regularly took on increased responsibilities, helping coordinate some of the station;s largest events and leading the team when the opportunity arose. After leaving Radio Disney, Andrew joined the street team for the local startup Bonfyre, helping activate event attendees across the St. Louis area on the photo sharing app.
In January 2015, Andrew became the Event Coordinator for Lavish Party Rooms, a boutique event venue on Historic Main Street in St. Charles, where he oversaw the entire process of event production for the space. When the opportunity to become Moulin’s Assistant Event Manager presented itself in March 2016, Andrew enthusiastically came on board. He is excited to join the Hamilton Hospitality family and bring his energy to the events held at Moulin!
Aside from his work in special events, Andrew is a writer whose first novel, “Cityscape”, was published in November 2014. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, going to Six Flags, and traveling whenever he has the chance.
Jason Arnold, Managing Partner, Moulin Events and Meetings, Vin de Set, PW Pizza & 21st Street Brewers Bar
Jason Arnold is the Managing Partner and joined the Hamilton Hospitality team in 2006 as part of the opening team for the renovation and operation of the building at 2017 Chouteau Avenue. He currently oversees facility operations and has a team of twenty five managers, chefs and sales professionals that report to him.
Jason has been in the hospitality business for more than three decades, from hotels and resorts to cruise lines and restaurants. After graduating from the Cornell University, School of Hotel Administration, he worked for Hyatt Hotels and Resorts as the Banquet Manager and Beverage Manager in Aruba and Pittsburgh, PA. A couple of years into his Hyatt career, he was hired into the Clipper Cruise line family and thus began the long friendship with Paul and Wendy Hamilton, Scott Gaghan and Bob Colosimo.
As the Director of Purchasing for Clipper Cruise line, Jason was afforded the opportunity to travel on five continents while learning and experiencing local food and wine customs, ingredients and purchasing them for the ship’s arrival. When the opportunity to return home to upstate New York and run a group of TV stations with friends arose, Jason changed gears and took over operations for Lilly Broadcasting LLC.
For more than six years, Jason and his family lived in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of New York while running the local ABC and WB Television stations, making them the number one group in the market. This experience prepared Jason with the financial and marketing acumen to return to St. Louis and work with longtime friends overseeing the creation and opening of Vin de Set Rooftop Bar and Bistro, Moulin Events, the Malt House Cellar, PW Pizza and 21st Street Brewer’s bar. Jason works closely with the team at Moulin Events which has grown from 3 private rooms to eight private rooms and multiple house created events.
In 2008, Jason created the Centennial Beer Festival, which is now one of St. Louis’ premiere craft beer festivals attracting over 80 breweries and 2,000 guests. Jason’s passion for the history and re-birth of the St. Louis Brewery scene has guided the company’s beer program that includes year round collaborations with local, domestic and international breweries at all the businesses.
Jason is married, has two children and is very involved in the United Way and the Food Bank of St. Louis. He is also a member of the Cornell Hotel Society and serves as a trustee for New York Alpha Alumni Organization.