Jesse Bullard

Columbia City Council At-Large

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Jesse Bullard

After working nearly every position in the company, Jesse Bullard eventually became Vice President and Partner in Southern Way Catering. Jesse has also started several other successful Columbia-based businesses.

A graduate of the University of South Carolina, Jesse is a past member of the Columbia Hospitality Tax Commission, past Chairman of the Columbia Heart Ball, a Board Member of the Friends of Epworth Children’s Home, a Member of the Columbia Rotary Club, and is involved in several other local organizations. Jesse and his wife, Katie, have two children.

Jesse Bullard learned an entrepreneurial spirit while in high school, when he started his first company - a successful landscaping business, employing his friends and classmates from West Florence High School. He quickly learned the value of hard work, and the rewards it offers. After high school, Jesse earned a double major in Entrepreneurial Management and Real Estate at the University of South Carolina.

Jesse's career in the hospitality industry began in 2009 at Southern Way Catering, where he honed his skills and developed a love for serving others. Having entered a challenging industry during the Great Recession, Jesse had no choice but to adapt and quickly learn critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Over the next several years, the company expanded and was recognized as one of the fastest growing in South Carolina. To continue offering best in class hospitality service, Jesse and partners started Crisp Event Rental in 2017.

His biggest challenge yet occurred when the event business came to a halt in early 2020. Instead of putting his head down and hoping for the best, Jesse’s selfless nature shined as Southern Way shifted from serving as host to simply serving. The company prepared thousands of ready response meals each week for first responders and senior citizens throughout South Carolina.

Under his leadership, these companies, including the well-known and beloved “Doc’s BBQ,” have continued to grow and flourish. Jesse currently serves as Vice President and Partner at Southern Way Hospitality Group. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Katie, and their children, Emma Grace and Anderson. Jesse actively participates in various community organizations, such as Eastminster Presbyterian Church, Friends of Epworth Children's Home, and Columbia Rotary Club.

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