Rick Widman and his wife, Linn Lesesne, have been working together for 17 years and have a combined experience of 60 years in the hospitality business. Together, they lead the teams for Charming Inns and Circa 1886 Restaurant, with Linn focusing on public relations, sales and marketing and Rick on operations. Rick serves on the international board of Small Luxury Hotels of the World and locally on advisory boards for the College of Charleston Hotel, Tourism Management and Hospitality Program and South Carolina Hospitality Association. Rick is immediate past chairman of the BB&T Charleston Wine and Food Festival and Linn was a part of the original team that created the festival along with Chef Collins of Circa 1886. Linn currently serves as board chair of Louie’s Kids, a local non profit committed to fighting childhood obesity, and is on the board of the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Trident Tech Hospitality and Tourism Advisory Committee, and is a member of the local chapter of Les Dames d’escoffier. When not working side by side Linn and Rick enjoy spending time with their 6 children and 2 grandchildren, traveling, college football and training and competing in triathlons.
Rick and Linn