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Gus Silivos

Gus Silivos

Chef/Owner

Gus is the culinary artist in our kitchen and the reason our cuisine is known for being the best. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, he has been in the restaurant business in Pensacola for over 35 years. When Gus isn’t at Nancy’s he is overseeing his other two successful restaurants: Scenic 90 Cafe and Skopelos at New World. Gus loves what he does and you can taste it in every bite.
Taylour Halvorsen

Taylour Halvorsen

Event Planner

Taylour has worked with Nancy’s in many different roles for almost 4 years, but she has recently found her niche as one of its newest wedding and event planners. With a passion for organization and an eye for detail, she is sure to create each and every event as one to remember by everyone. Taylour loves bringing every couple’s dream wedding into reality with a unique flare for all your guests to enjoy. When she isn’t planning your perfect day, you can find her at a local yoga class, tending to her vegetable garden, or traveling around the world.
Samantha Neargarder

Samantha Neargarder

Event Planner

Samantha is a graduate of Mississippi State University, where she obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Public Relations. Through her studies, Samantha began to recognize that every person is unique with their own special vision. She now takes that philosophy into her professional life as an event planner where she strives to make each vision come to life, planning every aspect out down to even the tiniest detail. A notable part of her life, Samantha has worked with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital as philanthropy chair, where she brought together 250 volunteers and planned events for over 2,000 participants. In the summer of 2018, Samantha was named St. Jude's Philanthropy Chair of the Year, an honor recognized out of 169 chapters across the country. Additionally, Samantha has worked as a server at both banquets and restaurants, helping her understand the fast-paced environment and working as a part of an event team. She loves to learn from each event she's a part of, and shares that experience with each client. In her personal time, Samantha enjoys baking, reading anybody's biography, and traveling as much as possible. Samantha can't wait to put her diverse knowledge and experience to work with Nancy's Catering & Events.
Alex Zukowski

Alex Zukowski

Equipment Manager

Alex has a true in-depth knowledge of catering and hospitality; working his way up through every position, he knows what it takes to make the wheels turn smoothly at an event. That is why after 14 years with this company he has taken the position as equipment manager. He keeps his finger on the pulse of each event and makes things happen! Alex graduated with a degree in Psychology and recently married the love of his life.
Dina

Dina

Event Planner

Dina graduated with a major in Hospitality Management and has worked for Nancy’s in many different roles for over a year. She loves working with clients to make their event a lasting memory. Her desire to bring people together, attention to details, and creativity have sparked a passion for events. She is always willing to go above and beyond to assure that you will be happy, relaxed, and enjoying your special day! Dina also loves fitness, photography, and spending her free time at the beach.
Suzi Pavelsek

Suzi Pavelsek

Store Manager

Suzi hails from the mid-west, she grew up in a small suburb of Chicago - St. Charles, Illinois. She circled the globe as a flight attendant for 23 years and before settling in Gulf Breeze she has called New York, Aspen and Wisconsin home. Suzi has extensive experience with planning events, she has worked as director of catering at several resorts and is certified by American Rental Association in event planning.
Paul Silivos

Paul Silivos

Event Planner

Paul is our talented event and wedding consultant here at Nancy's. Raised in the restaurant business, and as our lead event planner for the past 12 years, he has mastered the art of designing, coordinating, and executing events of all kind. His knowledge and experience is a great asset for our clients whether they are planning a small intimate event or a large gala. He has a Bachelors Degree from Wake Forest University and lives in East Hill with his wife, Jasmine, and their English Mastiff, Jackson.