Richelle Clay

Client Success Manager

Every now and then the stars align and destiny steps in with an incredible gift. For us, that gift is Richelle. Now she's no stranger to fate: Case in point, she grew up just 2 blocks away from her husband, but they didn't meet until college! When Richelle joined our team, she felt like an immediate BFF. She has a very organic warmth about her and is so fun to talk to. But beyond that, she comes to us with years of hospitality experience, which gives her great insight into how venues work at every level—from client care to day-of event services. Yes, Richelle really is the total package and we thank our lucky stars she landed at HCTG.

Insider Info

Pronouns: she / her / hers

Domestic status: Isn’t it amaz­ing how fate works in mys­te­ri­ous ways? I actu­al­ly met my hus­band in a psy­chol­o­gy class back in col­lege and we were both blown away when we found out that we grew up just two blocks away from each oth­er! We lost touch for a while but luck­i­ly, we recon­nect­ed through a mutu­al friend. Even though we were in dif­fer­ent cities (I was in Hous­ton while he was in New Orleans), we start­ed dat­ing and made it work despite the dis­tance. It was dur­ing the pan­dem­ic that we got engaged in 2020 and final­ly tied the knot in 2021.

Things I can't live without: Iced matcha, Flori­da State Semi­noles foot­ball, sleep eye mask, banana sand­wich­es, blan­kets, mac­a­roni & cheese, and kayaking.

Favorite wedding detail from my own wedding: We want­ed our fur­ry friend Nixon to be a part of our spe­cial day, even if he could­n’t phys­i­cal­ly be there. That’s why I came up with the idea of serv­ing a spe­cial cock­tail dur­ing the cock­tail hour — the Nixon-rita”! Our loved ones all adore Nixon, so it was a big hit and added a lit­tle some­thing spe­cial to our celebration.

Movie I never get sick of watching: The Princess Diaries.

What I'm listening to: I real­ly love lis­ten­ing to alter­na­tive R&B, Bey­once, and pod­casts that cov­er a wide range of top­ics like pop cul­ture, fem­i­nine ener­gy, finance, and men­tal health awareness. 

Places I’ve lived: Tam­pa, Tal­la­has­see, Asheville, Hous­ton, Orlan­do, and Gold­en Isles on the Geor­gia coast.

Exercise preference: HIIT, Pure Barre, Run­ning, Pilates, Yoga, and Dance Fitness.

Favorite quote: I don’t know the secret to hap­pi­ness, but I’ll tell you I’ve nev­er been sad in a Mex­i­can restau­rant.” — said some meme somewhere