Krista Summerour Ganley
Owner and Director of Special Events
Krista has been a professional in the hospitality industry since 1995. Krista spent nearly eight years with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company and advanced into senior wedding planning and corporate catering roles with at their properties in Atlanta (Downtown) and Buckhead. She was also a part of the opening team for The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans. After being transferred to Michigan with her husband, she served as the Director of Catering for an exclusive club in Birmingham Michigan. Krista holds a degree in Food Service Management from Berry College. In addition to her many roles at The Payne-Corley House, she also serves on the Downtown Development Authority for the City of Duluth and is a member of the Gwinnett Medical Center Women’s Advisory Council. She and her husband Michael are active members of Perimeter Church and raise their three sons in their own nearby historic Duluth home.
Owner and Executive Chef
A native of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, Michael is a classically trained chef and has been working in the luxury hospitality and restaurant industry since 1994. An award-winning chef, he is widely known for creating inspired menus that inject a variety of culinary influences into traditional Southern dishes. Upon graduation from Toronto’s elite George Brown Culinary School, Michael undertook a rigorous, European-style apprenticeship with Canada’s four-star Delta Hotels and the landmark Westin Harbour Castle property. After joining The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company’s culinary staff, Michael steadily advanced and was selected as Executive Sous Chef for the opening of The Ritz-Carlton in New Orleans in 2000 and as Executive Chef of The Ritz-Carlton Dearborn in 2003. He and his wife, Krista, have been a part of the Payne-Corley House and the Park Café since 2004 and Michael now serves as Executive Chef over both properties. Michael regularly contributes his culinary talents to many neighborhood and non-profit organizations.
Director of Sales
Hope has been the Director of Sales at the Payne-Corley House since 2010, makes every guest who steps into the home feel like one of the family! Coming to us from the Ritz-Carlton Atlanta (Downtown), Hope honed her talent for warm Southern hospitality at this venerable hotel where she served as Director of PR following several years as Conference Services Manager. She launched her hospitality career in catering and conference services with the Hyatt Regency in historic Savannah, Georgia. Today, Hope maintains a passion for community service built in her early career as Director of Marketing & PR for a non-profit residential drug treatment center for children. Hope currently serves on the Dunwoody Preservation Board and is Chairperson of Lemonade Days in 2016. She is also the dedicated mother to three children.
General Manager, The Cottage on Main
Joining the Payne Corley House & The Cottage on Main in 2013, George brings with him a rich background in food, travel and entertainment. George began his career as a young man in his family’s hotel trade. Responsibilities ranging from taking reservations to managing nightclubs led him to a five year role owning and operating a successful coffee establishment in Durban, South Africa. Future opportunity would take George to Greece where he would spend thirteen years as a top rated Tour Director for SIVA travel. Traveling the whole of the Mediterranean and assisting thousands of travelers has led to his passion for creating a unique and magical experience for those around him. His recent marriage and new family has brought him to Georgia where he looks forward to learning more about the the Duluth community and its rich history.
A former special education teacher, Jennifer discovered her passion and talent for event planning while planning her own wedding and hasn’t looked back! She loves being involved in creating special moments for her wedding clients. She began her career as a Wedding Coordinator with Athens-based Consultants Unlimited and Event Coordinator for the Fabulous Fox Theater. In addition to her role as Event Specialist, she LOVES holding babies two days a week at Christian Beginnings, her church’s preschool. Jennifer received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Georgia and is mother to three children. She has been a part of the Payne-Corley House family since 2005.
Stephanie graduated from Cornell University’s Hotel and Restaurant Management program and worked in the hotel industry for many years as a Catering Manager for The Breaker’s in Florida and as a National Sales Manager for the Ritz-Carlton Hotels of Atlanta. Stephanie transitioned into the Pharmaceutical industry where she was a leader with Merck & Company for 8 years as a Senior Sales Representative. After trading in her professional hat to be a Domestic Engineer for two young boys, Stephanie has decided to get back into the Hospitality Industry as an Event Specialist with the Payne-Corley House. Stephanie has a natural affinity for helping others and recently was the Chairperson for Tri-Delta’s Atlanta Alumni Chapter of Care Affair, a fundraiser to support CURE Childhood Cancer.
Dana has been a part of the Payne-Corley House event team since 2009 and has and in 2012 transitioned from an Event Supervisors to an Event Specialists. She has worked in the hospitality industry for 14 years with local companies such as Proof of the Pudding as an Event Captain and Kurt’s Restaurant as a Catering Assistant. She also volunteers with Victory World Church on the Special Events team helping with large to small functions. Dana works full time as an Office Manager and is the mother to a beautiful young daughter.